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SHOWCASE: Author Tea Cooper

I first became acquainted with Australian author Tea Cooper through one of the various Facebook groups to which I belong. I enjoyed Tea’s posts and quickly realized I’d found a fellow history-lover. I invited her to share a few thoughts about love and romance in February, and her Valentine’s post was thoroughly enjoyed by Time for Love’s readers.

 

Valentine’s Day Musings by Tea Cooper

I wanted to know more about Tea, her appreciation for the past, and about her books.

Today, I’m delighted to have Tea as my “Showcase” author for March.

 

From Tea:

Why do I write romance?

 I can’t help it … an over active imagination and the Greek Gods smiling at me!

I received a great review the other day for one of my books – any author’s life blood! The best part of the review though wasn’t the stars or the delightful comments about my plot and my story but the sentence that read:

You have such wonderful ideas for your books, wherever do you get them?”

 It got me thinking. I know I’m a visual learner – too many years trying to work out how children learn – then I realized I’m also a “visual writer.” I backtracked to see if it is true and where I got my inspiration.

 Inspiration means literally, to breathe in and be filled with spirit of the Gods, the muses of ancient Greece. I like to think the gods smile on me.

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It was certainly true of my little Greek novel A WINNING STREAK. It harks back to a trip to Pompeii more years ago than I am prepared to admit!

 

 

 

 

 

Then I took a closer look at my other books:

 

IMG_0520TREE CHANGE is about a woman who has to choose between her career (she’s a sculptor) and the love of her life, who is an environmentalist. The actual starting point for Cassia and Jake’s story was a sculpture I saw.

 

 

As I’ve become more aware of the way I write, (I’d like to say the way I capture my muse but it sounds dreadfully pretentious!) it became easier to spot the starting point of a story.

My family saga FROM THE OCEAN TO THE OUTBACK, which will be published at the end of the year, began with this necklace.

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JAZZ BABY, the first of my 1920s stories to be published in October, began with a trip to a wine bar in Sydney right in the middle of the back streets where the Razor Gangs ruled between the two world wars.

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The well-known meme I came across while I was sitting in a café in the local town called The Queen of Tarts combined to set PASSIONFRUIT & POETRY in motion.

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(PS That’s my daughter!)

 

And MATILDA’S FREEDOM and LILY’S LEAP (releasing July 2014) belong to Wollombi, the village where I live, my historical muse, the local museum and the surrounding countryside … there’s a very old winding road built in 1826 that runs through Wollombi and nastiest bend is called Ramsey’s Leap  – rumor has it that a convict leapt over the side in an attempt to escape. As I stood gazing over the culvert I couldn’t help wondering what if ….

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What a strange collection of snippets! If I haven’t bored you to death my Pinterest Boards tell more of the stories behind my stories. Drop by if you have some time to kill.

Tea’s Pinterest Boards

Where does your inspiration come from?

Do the ancient Gods smile on you?

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Many thanks to Tea for sharing her thoughts and inspirations! You can find here at her website: Tea Cooper Author. You can also follow her on Twitter @TeaCooper1

About Tea: Téa Cooper lives in a stone cottage on one hundred acres of bushland, in the Hunter Valley. When she isn’t writing, Téa can be found haunting the local museum or chatting to the locals, who provide her with a never-ending source of inspiration. The settings for her stories range from the glittering beachside city of Sydney to small country towns and the harsh outback. 

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There is a Giveaway currently running on Goodreads for a print copy of TREE CHANGE and THE PROTEA BOYS. You can find details on Tea’s page at Goodreads.

Tea Cooper Author – Goodreads

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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.

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IrresistibleIrresistible by Christina Cole

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

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Please check out these titles from your favorite romance authors!

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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?

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

 

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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?

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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.

 

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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?

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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.

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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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Coming to Terms with Love by Dilys J CarnieComing to Terms with Love by Dilys J Carnie

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

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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?

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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?

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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.

 

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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?

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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?

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Sexy Bea Spelling by Davee JonesSexy Bea Spelling by Davee Jones

Bea returned to reality and wanted to leave Andrew behind. An odd coincidence led her back to him. This time, she had nowhere to run.

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Bug Stuff by Vicki Batman

 Bug Stuff…and Other Stories by Vicki Batman

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

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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.

The Winner is…Tamara Hoffa

Congratulations go to Tamara Hoffa, winner of Time for Love’s “Readers’ Choice” Award for February.

Last month, a number of different romance authors shared short blurbs about their books. Readers were then able to vote for their favorites.

Results of the voting can be viewed here.

1st Place: Tamara Hoffa

Chasing Love

This story will be featured at Time for Love on Friday, March 7.

Chasing Love by Tamara Hoffa

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2nd Place: Tea Cooper

Passionfruit and Poetry

Passionfruit and Poetry by Tea Cooper

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3rd Place: Linda Rae Sande

Tuesday Nights

Tuesday Nights by Linda Rae Sande

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Honorable Mention goes to Tricia Andersen and Samantha Combs

Please continue to show your support for these talented romance authors by reading and sharing their stories. Your reviews and encouragement keep us going, so please take a moment to show your appreciation to authors whose stories you’ve enjoyed.

Valentine’s Day Musings by Tea Cooper

From Christina: I loved this post from Australian author, Tea Cooper. I’m always excited when someone loves Valentine’s Day as much as I do, and it is with great pleasure I present Tea’s “Valentine’s Day Musings”.

Valentine’s Day Musings …

 by Tea Cooper

While I was doing some research for a historical romance, I stumbled across the ultimate Valentine … Australian love tokens or leaden hearts as they were also known. I’d never heard of them before. They weren’t solely reserved for Valentine’s Day but they belong as surely as any Valentine’s Day card, poem or love letter.

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 When This You See

Remember Me 

When  I am Far

    From Thee

 

 

 

Coins were used to create love tokens in England as early as the 1400s. At first, the coins were simply bent out of shape, usually twice, so that they could not be used as money. They were then given to a lover as a token or amulet.

When prisoners were sentenced to transportation to Australia between 1788 and 1868 it was seen as a one-way trip. Often they were imprisoned in Newgate or the hulks, rotting ships on the Thames, to await passage and during that time many of them fashioned love tokens as a memento to leave behind with their loved ones.

The National Museum in Canberra and the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney both have collections. I can’t look at them without tearing up. The messages on them tell so many stories of love.

There were also the more sophisticated leaden hearts that probably cost the poor convict his last remaining pennies…

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The engraved side shows a female figure with an anchor leaning on a rectangular structure, with two crossed hearts and a bird flying above, a ship sailing in the distance, and the text:

I love till death shall stop my breath

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And finally my two favourites because I am fascinated by the stories behind them…

A Token 

of Respect 

Given to S K. 

By J D her 

Brother in law 

April 3rd 

1816

The other side features a design of an ornate pot with crossed hearts below a border and flowers. I can’t help wonder about SK’s story and her relationship with her brother-in –law!

Willm. 

 Powell 

Manchester

1799

(with a heart engraved to one side.)

On the other side the text ‘

W.P. 

Mary Fin

 I’ve left you here for 

To complain til I 

Return to Old 

England, again.

So many untold stories!

By then I was bitten by the bug and went in search of other Australian ‘love tokens’ and I was sidetracked yet again. I found this Valentine’s Day card at the Powerhouse Museum.

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Apparently picture postcards first appeared around 1869 and marked the beginning of Valentine’s Day cards in Australia then around 1910 there was an outbreak of “vulgar” postcards and the straight-laced Australian society threatened to make the “Valentine’s Day card extinct…” Surely this couldn’t be the case!

Off I went again…. and discovered this….from the Brisbane Courier on 15th February in 1928

“Who’ll be My Valentine?”

Time was when St. Valentine’s Day brought to many a young maiden a sheaf of artistically designed missives from anonymous donors each expressing, per medium of a white dove, or the conventional heart pierced with Cupid’s dart, or, the true lover’s knot, the tenderest devotion. Yesterday was St. Valentine’s day, but the postman was not overloaded.

Alas! The patron saint of true lovers has fallen upon evil days … he is cast out from the ecclesiastical calendar … the advent of the picture post-card and the degeneration to vulgar humour dealt the custom its death blow … and this year it is safe to say that there were few of these messengers of sweet prevailment passing through the post.

Last year a determined attempt to resurrect the custom was made in England, but it is likely that the next generation will see its complete extinction.

Well, The Brisbane Courier certainly got it wrong or perhaps they just ahead of their time?  Maybe love letters, love tokens, even Valentine’s Day cards are finally destined to “complete extinction”.

How do people send their messages of love today? I can’t see a museum keeping a collection of emails, text messages, even Facebook posts. Something definitely gets lost in translation. Perhaps I’m a sentimental fool searching for immortality—I’d rather have a letter or a card or better still a love token, in the hope one day someone will look at it and tear up knowing my love truly was eternal.

This Valentine’s Day I will be sending my message handwritten with a fountain pen (yes, I still have one) on a piece of recycled paper in the hope that it will live on down the ages and the next generations will not “see its complete extinction.”

Musing4How about you? Cyber Valentine or old-fashioned romance?

About Tea Cooper: 

Téa Cooper lives in a stone cottage on one hundred acres of bushland, in the Hunter Valley. When she isn’t writing, Téa can be found haunting the local museum or chatting to the locals, who provide her with a never-ending source of inspiration. The settings for her stories range from the glittering beachside city of Sydney to small country towns and the harsh outback. Here first three contemporary romances will be available in print in February and March 2014.

Please visit her website, Tea Cooper Author. You’ll find links to her blog, and an opportunity to sign up for her author newsletter.

The Winner is…Melissa Keir

Congratulations go to Melissa Keir, winner of Time for Love’s “Readers’ Choice” Award.

Last month, a number of different romance authors shared short blurbs about their books. Readers were then able to vote for their favorites.

Results of the voting can be viewed here.

1st Place: Melissa Keir

Chalkboard Romance

This story will be featured at Time for Love on Friday, February 7.

Chalkboard Romance by Melissa Keir

 

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2nd Place: Flossie Benton Rogers

Mind Your Goddess

Mind Your Goddess by Flossie Benton Rogers

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3rd Place: Liza O’Connor

Worst Week Ever

Worst Week Ever by Liza OConnor

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Honorable Mention goes to Tea Cooper and Marie Lavender.

And THANKS go out to all readers who voted.

Please continue to show your support for these talented romance authors by reading and sharing their stories. Your reviews and encouragement keep us going, so please take a moment to show your appreciation to authors whose stories you’ve enjoyed.

25 Words or Less – February 2014

February means hearts, flowers, love, and lots of romance. Here are more great titles — and quick little blurbs — to help you celebrate Valentine’s Day. Grab a book today. Indulge!

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Not the Marrying Kind by Christina Cole

The last thing Kat wanted was a husband…until Joshua came along. He wanted Kat for a wife, all right…for another man.

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Please check out these titles from your favorite romance authors!

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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.

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Unearthed by J S MarloUnearthed: Duty  Bound by J  S Marlo

Shaped by regrets. Bound by duty. Driven by secrets. Rowan’s future is jeopardized by the regrets she harbors and the deadly secrets she unearths.

 

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Return by Lynn RaeReturn by Lynn Rae

When a small-town accountant volunteers to help a new neighbor with a leaky pipe he has no idea how she’ll balance his books.

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Heaven on Earth by Gioconda LyssHeaven on Earth by Gioconda Lyss

Can a wronged woman believe in love again? Can a man who feels like his life is crumbling around him win this woman’s love?

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Tuesday Nights by Linda Rae Sande Tuesday Nights by Linda Rae Sande

If every man is a master of time, then what of the man who loses track of it?

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Naked man in hockey helmet and skates Pink 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?

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Breaking the Cycle by Tricia AndersenBreaking the Cycle by Tricia Andersen

Max sacrifices everything to find an answer to Chloe’s illness. But is it enough to save their relationship – and save her?

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The Bullrider and the Bare Boycotter by Jeanine MacadamThe Bullrider and the Bare Boycotter by Jeanine McAdam

Can an animal rights activist find love with a sexy bull rider while trying to save the bulls and his family at the same time?

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Chasing Love by Tamara Hoffa

 Chasing Love by Tamara Hoffa

Christmas came early this year. Chase found the gift of his dreams… the girl next door. Will she make his Christmas dreams come true?

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Passionfruit and Poetry by Tea CooperPassionfruit and Poetry by Tea Cooper

When Sydney photographer Xander Fitzgerald takes a shot of Jeanie Baker, his ISO settings hit red alert and no one’s life is ever the same again.

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Coming Home by Ann B HarrisonComing Home by Ann B Harrison

Three very different siblings with their own dreams, forced to face reality, confronted at every turn by their past. Will there be time for love?

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Switching Mercedes by Jan GrahamSwitching Mercedes by Jan Graham

How can two Dominant men and a Mistress have a successful BDSM relationship? It’s quite easy, providing one of them decides to submit.

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Mayhem MS SpencerMai Tais and Mayhem by M S Spencer

-So many romances, so many crooks. Can Tessa Diamond, turtle defender and amateur sleuth, keep them straight and still find true love?

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Wingspan by Samantha CombsWingspan by  Samantha Combs

Not every scientific breakthrough is a gift.

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Tantalized by Whitley WestonTantalized by Whitley Weston

Gunnar, a lawyer is Tall, Blond & Brutal and court reporter Elaine has him Tantalized. Think Fifty Shades flipped. The control freak becomes the submissive.

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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?

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Weathering Rock by Mae ClairWeathering Rock by Mae Clair

Drawn together across centuries, will their love be strong enough to defeat an ancient curse?

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Saved by a Maid by Lindsay DownsSaved by a Maid by Lindsay  Downs

Can their love survive class differences…and murder and treachery?

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Complete Surrender by Ju EphraimeComplete Surrender by Ju  Ephraime

When his taxi stops to pick up the most beautiful woman he’s ever seen, Raymond’s life is changed forever. Who is this gorgeous woman?

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Second Nature by Krista AmesSecond Nature by Krista Ames

A secret forced them apart; could a wedding bring them together again? When they reunite, their love and desire are Second Nature.

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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 – January 2014

Here are more great titles — and quick little blurbs — to whet your romance appetites. Grab a book today. Satisfy those cravings for love.

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The Wrong Woman

The Wrong Woman by Christina Cole

He stole the wrong woman. How could he make such a big mistake? And what will he do with Abigail now?

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Please check out these titles from your favorite romance authors!

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Unscripted J S Marlo

 Unscripted by J S Marlo

“Shaped by fire. Bound by duty. Driven by love.” Riley’s tumultuous life rivals the television scripts she writes for Wild Rescue.

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Question of Fire Karen McCulloughA Question of Fire by Karen McCullough

When Catherine Bennett becomes the recipient of a dying man’s last message, she also becomes the next target of a ruthless killer.

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Letting GoLetting Go: Anchored Hearts – Volume 1 by J M Witt

When your past threatens to destroy your future, how long will you hold on before letting go?

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Upon Your ReturnUpon Your Return by Marie Lavender

Fara Bellamont has always dreamed of having adventures and finding love. She becomes utterly captivated by a man who rescues her one night.

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Ribbon of Darkness Summer RossRibbon of Darkness by Decadent Kane

A family secret draws Ribbon into an Elven world while Draven’s forced to find a way to drag her back home to save Christmas magic.

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A Winning Streak Tea CooperA Winning Streak by Tea Cooper

Will the path of true love incur the wrath of the virgin Goddess Artemis? ****************************************************************** Lightning Strike by Beverly OvalleLightning Strike by Beverly Ovalle

Levi’s life changes in an instant when lightning strikes, tumbling Daphnaie into his arms.  He becomes her savior…she becomes his every dream. ****************************************************************** Maverick Touch by Ashley NemerMaverick Touch: The Cat by Ashley Nemer

Meet Nadia and Mr. A – two destined to become friends in the midst of murder and mayhem. Think Dexter meets April O’Neal. ****************************************************************** Twelfth Sun by Mae ClairTwelfth Sun by Mae Clair

A younger man, older woman, treasure hunt, reclusive billionaire, lavish seaside mansion, nautical riddles, and romance!   ******************************************************************

All I Want for Christmas by V L LoceyAll I Want for Christmas by V L Locey

Can Alex, Cooper, and their feline friends find a way to have a purrfect holiday together? ****************************************************************** I Kissed a Ghost by Robin Leigh Morgan

I Kissed a  Ghost by Robin Leigh Morgan

As their interaction grows and Mary eventually gives George a quick peck on his lips while they’re in the past where he’s a real boy. ****************************************************************** A Special Kind of Love by Tamara Hoffa

A Special Kind of Love by Tamara Hoffa

Through fights and fire, passion and prejudice burns a special kind of love. ****************************************************************** An Irresistible  Shadow by Kirsten Blacketer

An Irresistible Shadow by Kirsten S Blacketer

When she overhears a plot against her father, Lady Evelyn takes it upon herself to discover the traitors, unaware that the shadows are watching. ****************************************************************** Worst Week Ever by Liza OConnorWorst Week Ever by Liza O’Connor

Humorous disaster romance of epic proportions. ****************************************************************** 13 NightsThirteen Nights by  Sabrina Garie

An Amazon warrior falls for the half-human warrior she is paired with for the Thirteen Nights Breeding Rite. But Amazons are forbidden to marry. ****************************************************************** If I Loved You by Jean Joachim

If I Loved You by Jean Joachim

Will snappy answers and smarts keep Megan’s heart safe from gorgeous Chaz Duncan? Can she resist this movie star’s charm while she handles his money? ******************************************************************The Mason's Mark by M S Spencer

The Mason’s Mark by M S Spencer

Who to trust? The policeman, the handsome Senator, or the secret agent? Claire Wilding must decide and soon, before the murderer strikes again. ****************************************************************** Chalkboard Romance by Melissa Keir

Chalkboard Romance by Melissa Keir

Dating a parent might cost Lauren her teaching job…and her chance at happiness. Will Mac convince everyone that love is what’s most important? ****************************************************************** Mind Your Goddess by Flossie Benton Rogers

Mind Your Goddess by Flossie Benton Rogers

A Goddess awakens in the Roaring 20’s. Can this flapper summon the razzle dazzle to reclaim her powers and the heart of her dark Guardian?

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Misadventures Manda Ward

The Misadventures of Pann Haggerty by Amanda Ward

Widow Pann Haggerty, an Englishwoman, decides to leave her life in England behind for a trip around America in an RV in search of love.

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Forgiveness by A J BestForgiveness by A J Best

When the wires of communication get crossed and tangled, is love enough to bring everything back into balance?

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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.