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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.

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SHOWCASE: Author Vicki Batman

Vicki Batman describes herself as “a sassy writer of sexy and funny fiction”. That’s enough to get my attention. I love sassy, I love sexy, and most of all, I love funny.

I first got to know Vicki when she shared a few thoughts here at Time for Love during the recent holiday season. Along with thoughts, this talented, sassy woman also shared her craftiness.

Winter Holiday Crafts by Vicki Batman

Readers loved it; so did I. I wanted to know more about  Vicki, so I made a little visit to her blog. I’ll admit, the blog title had definitely piqued my curiosity.

Vicki Batman: Handbags, Books…Whatever

Handbags? Yes, handbags. She’s got quite a collection of them. But, I’ll let her tell you about those.

From Vicki:

 I adore handbags and change mine out often. Going to church, out for the evening, need a tote to carry more stuff. Whatever.

I came to love handbags over a very simple thing–shoes. Lots of women will elaborate on how much they LOVE shoes. I, however, have small feet–size 7 narrow. That particular size is very hard to come by; so I don’t have lots of shoe candy. I turned my eye to handbags. Much to Handsome’s dismay, I have seven shelves. In my own defense, I have one I kept from high school.

I love to go to flea markets and antique malls. There, I have found bags for as little as $3.00. I’d much rather have four bags for ten dollars than one forty dollar bag! I’ve bought handbags from eBay and ETSY, too, particularly, needlepoint handbags. Everyone thinks they are old lady purses. Sometimes, I add a nifty handle and totally update the look. Right now, I am ready to turn in a handbag needlepoint canvas I did. Yeah! And every time I sell something I’ve written, I treat myself to a bag.

My so-called collection includes Enid Collins jeweled bags, Margaret Smith of Maine totes, Mary Frances fancy ones, Hobo International (fine leather), Kim Smith clutches. I have vintage decoupage, various straw ones for summer, Kate Spade (yummy!), and some made from record album covers. 

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Record covers? Those, I’d like to see! What a clever idea. Readers, take note, every Monday, Vicki features handbags on her blog. Here’s the link again, in case you missed it:

Vicki Batman: Handbags, Books…Whatever

Along with being a sassy, crafty lady, Vicki is, above all, a talented and prolific writer. She kindly prepared a list of her book titles and other published works for me — sorry, Vicki, I didn’t mean to make you work so hard! Whew! This lady is one accomplished writer.

– To be determined 2014, The Wild Rose Press, Temporarily Employed

– To Spring 2014, WordForest, “Sister Act” for the Sisterhood Anthology

– To February 2014, Indie, “Bug Stuff…and Other Stories”

– To December 2013, MuseItUp Publishing, “The Great Fruitcake Bake-off”

– To March 2013, MuseItUp Publishing, “San Diego or Bust”

– To February 2013, Indie, “Little Birdie Who…and Other Stories”

– To May 2012 LongandShortReviews.com, “Check Her Out”

– To August 2012 MuseItUp Publishing, “Store Wars”

– To February 2012 Ink Lion Books, “Man Theory and Other Stories”

– To December 2012 MuseItUp Publishing, “Twinkle Lights”

– To October 2011 MuseItUp Publishing, “Taking Flight,” Lavender Dreams anthology

– To June 2011 LongandShortReviews.com, “Tommy and the Teacher”

– To April 2011 Noble Romance Publishing, “I Believe”

– To February 2011 True Love, “The Sweetest Revenge”

– To February 2011 True Love, “Valentine’s Day Misery”

– To December 2010 True Love, “Candy Cane Twist”

– To December 2010 True Confessions, “Breaking Free”

– To October 2010 True Confessions, “Wedding Day Disaster”

– To September 2010 True Love, “Drive My Car”

– To September 2010 True Love, “I’ll Never Leave You”

– To September 2010 True Love, “When You Least Expect It”

– To August 2010 True Love, “Running to Love”

– To August 2010 True Love, “A Cake for All Seasons”

– To April 2010 LongandShortReviews.com, “Ouch”

– To January 2010 True Love, “Beyond Ordinary”

– To December 2009 True Romance, “Christmas Ties”

– To September 2009 True Romance, “Charlie’s Friend”

Vicki recently made another appearance here at Time for Love, this time sharing a few thoughts on Valentine’s Day:

Worst Valentine’s — Evah! by Vicki Batman

This became the inspiration for one of those “True Love” stories listed above. Be sure to read it and see how she got the last laugh on a fellow who obviously wasn’t good enough for her in the first place.

Many thanks to Vicki for sharing her thoughts, her crafts, and her stories with Time for Love readers. She’s a great lady, and I’ve enjoyed getting to know her.

About Vicki:

Vicki BatmanLike some of her characters, award-winning author, Vicki Batman has worked a wide variety of jobs including lifeguard, ride attendant at an amusement park; a hardware store, department store, book store, antique store clerk; administrative assistant in an international real estate firm; and a general “do anything gal” at a financial services firm–the list is endless.

 Writing for several years, she has completed three manuscripts, written essays, and sold many short stories to TRUE LOVE, TRUE ROMANCE, TRUE CONFESSIONS, NOBLE ROMANCE PUBLISHING, LONG AND SHORT REVIEWS, MUSEITUP PUBLISHING, and THE WILD ROSE PRESS.

She is a member of RWA and several writing groups and chapters. In 2004, she joined DARA and has served in many capacities, including 2009 President. DARA awarded her the Robin Teer Memorial Service Award in 2010.

 Most days begin with her hands set to the keyboard and thinking “What if??”

 

Worst Valentine’s – Evah! by Vicki Batman

From Christina: Ah, yes, Valentine’s Day, a time for love and happiness, and sweet thoughts, and, uh, well, yeah, right. Sometimes it doesn’t happen like that. 

Worst Valentine’s Day – EVAH!

 by Vicki Batman

I know you are thinking no way. But this is a really true story.

Dear Jane

 

I was a single girl for a long while after college and dated all kinds of men. And sometimes, had a Valentine with a few. But one stands out as the worst EVAH.

 

The day was drizzly. I parked my sedan as close as I could to my front door and dashed through the raindrops to my apartment. As I drew closer, I saw something white stuck on the door. My brow narrowed. Once there, I removed a folded note with my name on it from the crack between the door and the framework. Hmmm. I opened it, and to my amazement, I found a Dear John/Jane letter from a guy I’d dated a few times.

 

I saw fire engine red. I wasn’t mad about not dating him anymore. I mean, who would be after getting a Dear Jane/John. No, I was pissed over getting this on Valentine’s Day. And if he did this to me, he’d do it again. I determined he needed a lesson.

 

So I phoned and phoned and phoned him. Every ten minutes. For over an hour. But he wasn’t home or didn’t answer. The coward.

 

A little later, my friend popped by. She took one look at me and said, “What’s wrong?”

 

I passed her the note.

 

She said, “I know what to do. Give me a match.”

 

My roomie handed her a match. The good friend moved to the fireplace, laid the note on the hearth, lit the match and set it to the paper’s edge. Then she began singing, “Feelings. Nothing more than…”

 

“Feelings,” my roommate and I added. We burst into giggles. The note became a pile of black scraps.

 

Fast forward to a few years ago… I sold a version of this story to the True Magazines, entitled “Valentine’s Day Misery.” And to this day, a part of me will always hope the Valentine’s Day moron learned a lesson from someone else.

 

 

Old Aquaintances…and New

I’ve always loved New Year’s Eve because of the traditional song, Auld Lang Syne.

“Should old aquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind…”

The song is about old friends, good times shared, and most of all, about the inexorable passing of time.

Auld Lang Syne

I’ve been blessed this year to be able to share my thoughts and my beliefs about love with romance readers who enjoy traditional historical stories. Thank you for all your kind words, your wonderful reviews of my books, and your continued support.

I hope my new stories will continue to inspire you, delight you, and satisfy those cravings for something both sweet and spicy.

I’ve also been incredibly blessed this year to share my life and time with many, many talented romance authors. Writing is truly all about sharing — sharing our thoughts, sharing our beliefs, sharing our passions, sharing our time. I am grateful to those authors who have long been friends as well as those whose acquaintance I’ve made during this past year.

I especially want to thank Vicki Batman, Angela K. Roe, Ashley Nemer, Sabrina Garie, Mae Clair, Holly Jody Gill, and Charlene Roberts for taking time out during this very, very busy holiday season to visit Time for Love and share their personal thoughts and Christmas traditions.

It was also a pleasure to meet several new authors in 2013. Thanks go out to Gioconda Lyss, Shelby Rebecca, and Robin Leigh Morgan for sharing their experiences with us.

Now, as we leave the hustle and bustle of Christmas behind and come to the end of the year — and the beginning of a new year — many of us will be thinking of resolutions to keep, goals we’d like to reach, and changes that can help us make 2014 the best year of our lives.

My resolutions are simple: Live fully. Laugh often. Love deeply.

 

Live Fully

 

 

And always take time to express gratitude, appreciation, and thanksgiving. I’ve been blessed in 2013, and I wish the best to you and your families in the coming year.

– With Love, Christina –

Winter Holiday Crafts by Vicki Batman

From Christina: I was delighted by this “crafty” little post from author Vicki Batman. I’m not too crafty, you see. But every year my daughters and I come up with some idea or another that we’re sure we can do. I can’t wait to share this with them. 🙂

Winter Holiday – Crafts

By Vicki Batman

 Every year, I go on a girlfriend weekend to a small town for their Christmas Candlelight Home Tour. We talk, laugh, shop, and eat— the fun stuff! Usually, we usually stop at a huge market on the way. One year, I found the most clever snow dome. Here’s a picture: 121213_christinacole_snowman_globe I grew up a crafty girl. I said, “I can do this!”  and began collecting the perfect jars, sanding the lids and painting them white. Bought several colors of glitter. Set aside or purchased little holiday them items. Then began the assembling. Here’s what I did: 121213_christina_cole_snowglobe_collection   As you can see, I had a small nativity set I found at a craft store. Inside the jar, I put snowflakes, two kinds of glitter—white and sparkly white—sequins and vintage glass ornaments. It’s up to you what to include! The lid is superglued to the jar. Leaving the lid bare wood, I hotglued the figures on top, adding the bare branch tree. The reindeer globe is made with an old cupcake pick, vintage glass ornament, and a bottle brush tree. Inside are more glass ornaments, pearly beads, snowflakes, and sequins. There are endless varieties you can make. And best of all—no water leaking, although with glass jars, they are breakable. I hope you will give these unique globes a try!

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 06_2012_VBauthor_photo (1)Like some of her characters, award-winning author, Vicki Batman has worked a wide variety of jobs including lifeguard, ride attendant at an amusement park; a hardware store, department store, book store, antique store clerk; administrative assistant in an international real estate firm; and a general “do anything gal” at a financial services firm–the list is endless.

Writing for several years, she has completed three manuscripts, written essays, and sold many short stories to TRUE LOVE, TRUE ROMANCE, TRUE CONFESSIONS, NOBLE ROMANCE PUBLISHING, LONG AND SHORT REVIEWS, MUSEITUP PUBLISHING, and THE WILD ROSE PRESS. She is a member of RWA and several writing groups and chapters. In 2004, she joined DARA and has served in many capacities, including 2009 President. DARA awarded her the Robin Teer Memorial Service Award in 2010.

Most days begin with her hands set to the keyboard and thinking “What if??”

You can find Vicki at her blog, Handbags, Books…Whatever. Her latest holiday release is a romantic comedy, “The Great Fruitcake Bake-off”.