Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Promo: COURTING THE COWBOY by Carolyne Aarsen

Cowboys of Cedar Ridge - Book 1
Harlequin Love Inspired
ISBN:  978-0-373-62256-6
February 2017
Inspirational Series Romance

Cedar Ridge, Alberta, Canada - Present Day

Ella Langton’s life has been on the skids for some time, ever since she lost her marriage and her child.  Now, she has an unprecedented job offer from a prestigious art gallery and school in Montreal.  If they like her newest works, she’ll be able to teach, something she has longed to do, but only if she can find the inspiration to paint again.  Somehow, her muse has gone astray, and the most she gets for her efforts are a few lines and splotches of color on the canvas.  Frustrated and at the breaking point of frustration, Ella rents a cabin in the Porcupine Hills of Alberta, packs up her Malamute, Pablo, and together they move into the small house for the next six months.  All she wants is peace and quiet so she can concentrate on her painting.

Instead of peace, Ella is bombarded when her neighbor's nanny knocks on her door and rushes off, leaving Ella with three children.  Ella is so shocked all she can do is hug herself tightly while six- year-old Suzy and seven-year-old Paul make themselves at home in her living room.  And to her horror, Ella is also left to mind little two-year-old Oliver, who is now sitting on her floor ready to cry.  She can tolerate the older children, but the baby brings back too many dark memories for Ella, and she's nearly shaking with fear.  But, just in the nick of time, the children's father arrives to take charge of his offspring.

Rancher Cord Walsh lost his wife, Lisa, two years ago, but he still blames himself for her death.  Now, he’s attempting to take over the work she was doing when she died:  helping the Cedar Ridge Rodeo join the Milk River Rodeo Association as part of their event circuit.  But the too many meetings and time consuming projects are taking their toll on Cord; he’s away from his children too much, and now, he has no nanny, and the kids are out of school for spring break.  Even so, Cord feels he needs to carry on with his wife's work, but whether it's to commemorate her memory or just assuage his own guilt, he doesn't know.

Ella is determined to stay far away from Cord and his kids.  The kids melt her heart, and Cord, well, too many feelings she doesn’t want to explore erupt in his presence.  Cord is just trying to find more time to spend with his children and organize his life, but he's beginning to like the way he feels around Ella when she's near.  His kids are not helping the situation, however.  After Suzy persuaded Ella to help them with an art project, Ella has been spending lots of time in his home cooking dinner and cleaning his kitchen.  Cord likes having Ella around, but he's troubled by her obvious dislike of little Oliver, clearly she does not like babies, and he's wondering why.

COURTING THE COWBOY is a heartwarming romance featuring dynamic characters amid the story of two lost and hurting people who find each other through friendship and faith.  Ella's marriage was abusive and dark, leading her to paint bleak, but wildly popular canvasses which sold well.  Now pressured by her mother to create a new and even darker portfolio of paintings, Ella cannot find the inspiration to begin.  What she finds instead, is sunshine in the smiles of Cord's children, all except little Oliver, who only brings dark memories to mind that she is unable to face.  Cord, meanwhile, is dealing with the guilt of losing his wife to an untimely death and the uncertainty of maybe falling in love again.

COURTING THE COWBOY is the first novel in a planned series of four connected books, but I was unable to find out when the next release is due.  Check the author's website,
for updates.  Meanwhile, grab a copy of COURTING THE COWBOY, it's a great book!

Diana Risso

COURTING THE COWBOY by Carolyne Aarsen

1)      How did you come up with the relationship between artist Ella and rancher Cord?
a.       The first picture that came to me was a woman with three kids standing on the deck of her house, looking at her like they are supposed to help her out and she is reluctant to. Then a truck comes on the yard and here comes the father. This was how the book starts and this was the first idea that came to me. So then I had to figure out why the woman didn’t really want to help the kids. Why the father was so upset at her reaction. And because I knew I needed them to be forced together, I had to delve into that. I knew my heroine was an artist trying to find solitude so I came up with the idea that the kids, once they found out she was an artist, finagle her into helping them with an art project. The hero is trying to protect his children and knows that she is uncomfortable around them but also that they really want this to happen.
3)      What is your favorite part about writing Courting the Cowboy?
a.       The interacation with the kids and Ella. I have two precocious granddaughters and a chubby loveable grandson and they became my models for Suzie and Ollie. Paul was a composite of my other grandson and a nephew’s son. It was fun bringing them to life.
4)      How is it different to write about children than adults?
a.       Kids say what they think and aren’t scared to ask the hard questions. They aren’t scared to satisfy their curiosity so that makes for some interesting and fun conversations. Plus they don’t overthink so what you see is what you get. Adults spend more time debating and questioning  and filtering what they say so it’s a different dynamic.
5)      How did you pick a cabin in Alberta as the backdrop for the book?
a.       I loved the idea of seclusion and the mountains and a ranch. It created a sense of coziness that appealed to me. I wanted my heroine to be apart from her usual support system so that she was a bit vulnerable when the kids came barging into her life.
6)      What was the first book that made you cry?
a.       The Outsiders. I remember sitting under one of those dome, homestyle hairdryers, my hair in curlers as the hot air blew over my head, reading the book and my tears drying on my hot cheeks as I read how Johnny died. Such delicious sadness.
7)      How long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
a.       I often say I’m always researching stories and books. I gather information and hoard it, store it away for when I can use it. So it’s difficult to say. I love ranching life and the lifestyle and my husband has his horses and cows so, like I said, I’m always trying to find ways to write what I know into my story. As for the other stuff, like the art references in this book, I have a niece who’s an artist and I’ve listened to her talk about shows and galleries so I drew from that as well. Then, whatever I don’t know I fill in as needed either by phoning or going on Google.
8)      How do you select the names of your characters?
a.       I actually have a master list of names of hero’s and heroine’s that I’ve used in the past and for future books so I don’t make the mistake I did previously of having two hero’s named Logan. I usually pick names that sound strong, masculine for my men and a bit softer for my women. And that’s about it. For secondary characters I rely on a little tool in Scrivener that gives ideas for names. I’ve used it often.
9)      If you didn’t write, what would you do for work?
a.       Take pictures and edit them. Make covers for books and learn how to properly use the gradient tool in Affinity. Sometimes I think I would like to work in a store with other real people instead of the fake people I spend so much time with. (though they become very real to me). But the truth is I really can’t imagine not being a writer. I’m always coming up with stories.
10)  Do you believe in writer’s block?
a.       Not really. I think it’s often resistance to do the hard work that keeps me from writing. For instance I’m supposed to be reworking a book right now that I’m struggling with so it’s much easier to fill this out than to work on it. But I will go back to it and keep plugging. I know, for me, when I shut the internet off, the distractions cease and I have no choice but to work. I can’t really say that I’ve had actual writer’s block. Resistance to do the hard work, yes, but not writer’s block.
11)  Are you excited for Valentine’s Day?
a.       I know I’m supposed to say yes, but Valentines Day is often just another day here. If I’m in town I’ll buy some Lindor Chocolate for my husband and I and we’ll have them with tea as we have our devotions after supper. My dear husband is not a romantic so it’s often a non-event. I don’t doubt my husband’s love for me and I’ve learned, long ago, that birthdays, Christmas, Valentine’s Day should never be a test of that love.

Courting the Cowboy
by Carolyne Aarsen

Looking for inspiration, artist Ella Langton rents a cabin in the isolated Porcupine Hills of Alberta, Canada. She didn’t count on having neighbors, but rancher Cord Walsh and his three children are just a stone’s throw away. 

Still healing from a tragic accident, Ella has no plans of reaching out, but she’s having a hard time keeping them out of her yard—and her thoughts. And when little Suzy ropes Ella into helping her with an art project, she can’t help her growing feelings for the girl’s rugged daddy.

With three persistent children, Cord and Ella may find their fenced-off hearts opening up sooner than they thought!

CAROLYNE AARSEN lives in Northern Alberta where she was born, raised and married and has raised four children and numerous foster children. Her writing has been honed between being a stay-at-home mother, homemaker, gardener, crafter columnist and business partner with her husband in their cattle farm and logging business.

by Carolyne Aarsen
Love Inspired; January 17, 2017
$5.99U.S.; 224 Pages

Tuesday, February 21, 2017


The Billionaire’s Legacy, Book 8
Harlequin Presents #3497
ISBN: 978-0-373-06037-5
February 2017
Contemporary Series Romance

Isola D’Oro – Present Day

Assigned by his ailing grandfather to find a lost painting, billionaire Alessandro Di Sione is sent to visit exiled Queen Lucia of Isola D’Oro to learn if she has it. She doesn’t, but knows it is on the island of Isola D’Oro and instructs Alex to go after it, but with the stipulation that he take her granddaughter, Princess Gabriella, with him. He agrees, but because Gabriella might be recognized as a princess in a country where she’s no longer welcome, she must pretend to be his assistant and shall dress dowdily. Even with her disguise, Alex is finding himself intrigued and attracted to Gabriella.

There is a large age gap between Gabriella and Alex, but sexual attraction doesn’t care. Gabriella’s life has been sheltered and she is a virgin, but she increasingly wants Alex to be the one to initiate her in the age-old rite of lovemaking. Alex is still pained by the circumstances surrounding the loss of his parents and feels that he has no right to fall in love and marry. Besides, Gabriella is too young. Will Alex break his vow not to give into the attraction he feels for Gabriella? What about the painting? Will they find it and discover why it’s so important to his grandfather?

As head of the family, Giovanni Di Sione is well-loved by his grandchildren, and they will do anything as his health fails. In each of the seven prior books in The Billionaire’s Legacy series, he has sent one of his grandsons to search for and bring back an item, such as jewelry, that once belonged to his “lost mistress.” Alex’s mission is to find a missing painting, but he must first talk to Queen Lucia about its location. Alex probably wouldn’t have taken Gabriella with him to Isola D’Oro if the queen didn’t require it, but once they’re on the trip, her innocence and intelligence enchant and intrigue him. Once he realizes she’s a virgin, he swears that he won’t be her first lover, but she proves too hard to resist.

Gabriella initially finds Alex hard and unlikeable, but she is also curious as to what makes him tick. Once the painting is found, then THE LAST DI SIONE CLAIMS HIS PRIZE shifts to the intense feelings that have developed between Alex and Gabriella. The queen tells them that the truth about the painting’s background will be found in New York City, which is where they head. Once there, will Alex finally give into his growing attraction to Gabriella?

Both Alex and Gabriella had painful childhoods, so in a way they should be kindred spirits. In THE LAST DI SIONE CLAIMS HIS PRIZE it takes until they almost lose one another that they realize they can’t live without each other. A charming tale, pick up a copy of THE LAST DI SIONE CLAIMS HIS PRIZE.

Patti Fischer


1)      What is your favorite part about writing about a royal scandal? I think what like most about stories about the rich and powerful is how public interest shapes their behavior. And then how behind all of that, they have the same feelings and fears that we do. If a bit more lavish of an existence while having them.
2)      What was the first book that made you cry? Probably Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers. I remember staying up all night reading that book and having to go to work at 6 that morning, with no sleep and red rimmed eyes.
3)      How long do you spend researching before beginning a book? I tend to dive right in. Sometimes there are things I need to know before I start, but I’m big on googling as needed so the info never takes over the romance.
4)      How do you select the names of your characters? Sometimes I read name lists. Sometimes if I have sibling groups I look at certain types of names (Irish names for a recent group of brothers) and other times the names just appear and they’re RIGHT.
5)      If you didn’t write, what would you do for work? My back up plan is to win The Voice. I’m practical in all ways.
6)      Do you believe in writer’s block? No. I believe in days when I don’t want to work. And sometimes those days win. But sometimes I write through them even if it feels dry. What I feel isn’t necessarily the truth.
7)      Do you believe opposites attract? I do. I think that little bit of mystery you can’t ever quite figure out in the other person keeps things exciting. And also you can kind of bolster each other’s weaknesses.
8)      What is your favorite thing about Valentine’s Day? Going out to a fancy dinner! I love nice restaurants, particularly farm to table type places or restaurants with an emphasis on local foods.

by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author
Maisey Yates

“I want that painting. It is my last Lost Mistress. My Lost Love.”
Alessandro Di Sione is renowned for being cold and unsentimental, but even he can't deny his grandfather's dream of retrieving a painting steeped in royal scandal. Yet the key to its return is the outspoken Princess Gabriella.
While traveling together to Isola D'Oro to locate the mysterious painting, Gabby is drawn to the man tortured by guilt from his past. Her innocence makes her untouchable, as Alex is convinced his Di Sione blood is tainted. But could their passion be his salvation?

MAISEY YATES is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who lives in rural Oregon with her three children and her husband—whose chiseled jaw and arresting features continue to make her swoon. She feels the epic trek she takes several times a day from her office to her coffee maker is a true example of her pioneer spirit.

In 2009, at the age of 23 Yates sold her first book. Since then it's been a whirlwind of sexy alpha males and happily ever-afters, and she wouldn't have it any other way. She divides her writing time between dark, passionate category romances set just about everywhere and light, sexy contemporary romances set practically in her back yard. She believes that she clearly has the best job in the world.

by Maisey Yates
Harlequin Presents; January 17, 2017
$5.25 U.S.; 224 Pages

Monday, February 20, 2017

Promo: HER SWEETEST FORTUNE by Stella Bagwell

The Fortunes of Texas: The Secret Fortunes
Harlequin Special Edition #2527
ISBN: 978-0-373-62326-6
February 2017
Contemporary Series Romance

Austin, Texas – Present Day

As the youngest child in a large wealthy family, there’s no doubt a few people think Sophie Fortune Robinson is spoiled. But Sophie works hard in the family business and finds it rewarding. It’s too bad her love life isn’t as rewarding. She’s set her eyes on the office lothario, Thom Nichols, who soon asks her out. Sophie is so excited about this development that she spills the news to her best friend at work, Mason Montgomery. He tells her to slow down about pursuing a relationship with Thom, but Sophie isn’t listening.

Things don’t go as planned on Sophie’s dates with Thom. Turns out he is not the greatest guy in the world. She continues to pour her heart out to Mason, until one day she realizes he seems more matched to her than Thom. Soon, she is thinking about him rather than Thom. What Sophie doesn’t realize is that Mason is attracted to her and wants her all to himself. Can he win her over?

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and Sophie doesn’t want to be dateless for that romantic night. In HER SWEETEST FORTUNE, Sophie is determined—at first—to land Thom, but her sights are soon turning to Mason. Mason is the office IT guy—nerdy and almost blends into the woodwork—but he is sweet to her and easy to talk to. Their friendship has built over the months as they’ve gotten to know one another, and she doesn’t realize that he wants to be more than just friends with her. Thom might be the handsomest man in the office, but he’s also a narcissist jerk.

Mason isn’t sure how to approach Sophie to ask her for a date because he’s still feeling a tad burned about a failed romance from his past that ended with him being betrayed and he fears she’ll reject him. Sophie is young and may not be ready to settle down, but that doesn’t seem to stop her from thinking otherwise, while Thom is getting the idea that he has an easy way to the top of the company by marrying her. It may be up to Mason to step in and let Sophie know the truth. But would it end up destroying their friendship, and any chance at getting together?

HER SWEETEST FORTUNE is part of the ongoing Fortune Family series and you don’t have to read the books in order as each stands on its own. Sophie is still getting used to having learned her family is part of the Fortune family, and that her dad had a child—or maybe two—outside his marriage to her mother. The relationship between Sophie and Mason is slow to develop in HER SWEETEST FORTUNE, but once it does, it all comes to a sweet and satisfying ending.

Patti Fischer


1)      How did you come up with the friendship/relationship love triangle as a plot? Actually, the plot was suggested by the editors as a part of a special continuing series. As the author, it was my job to breathe life and personality into the characters and their story.
2)      What is your favorite part about writing for Her Sweetest Fortune? My favorite part of writing Her Sweetest Fortune was putting two friends together and watching their confusion and surprise as the attraction builds between them.
3)      Any tips for readers hoping that a special someone was more than just a friend? If that special someone goes out of his way to do something thoughtful for you, then he probably has more than friendship on his mind!
4)      What was the first book that made you cry? While I was still in high school my brother gave me a set of Ernest Hemingway books. When the hero of A FAREWELL TO ARMS lost the love of his life, I definitely cried. To this day I still can’t watch the movie or I’ll start sobbing.
5)      How long do you spend researching before beginning a book? That all depends on the setting of the book and the plot. If it’s a place or plot I’m familiar with then a week or two of research is plenty. When writing continuity the research always takes longer because you have to make sure characters, setting details and plot lines match those of the authors stories going before and after your own.
6)      How do you select the names of your characters? For me, choosing names for my characters is one of the most time consuming part of writing a book. I want the name to define my character’s personality and at the same time I have to be careful not to choose a name I’ve used in a prior book. If something doesn’t immediately pop into my head, I’ll reach for the telephone directory and search until I find a name that feels right.
7)      If you didn’t write, what would you do for work? I would probably be doing the job I held before I became a writer, which was a hairdresser. By the way, a treasure trove of stories goes through a beauty salon!
8)      Do you believe in writer’s block? I think a writer’s mind can go on a lazy streak or be distracted by outside influences. But I personally don’t believe in writer’s block.
9)      What is your favorite thing about writing contemporary romance? My favorite thing about writing contemporary romance is definitely the happy endings and the hope that the future will be filled with love.
10)   Are you excited for Valentine’s Day? I always look forward to Valentine’s Day. After being married for nearly forty-six years it still melts my heart to get flowers and romance from my husband!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Book Giveaway: INTENSE PLEASURE by Lora Leigh

The brand new, never-before-published novel in #1 New York Times bestseller Lora Leigh's deliciously sexy Bound Hearts series, where one woman must accept--or reject--the love of a lifetime.

Her name is Summer, as beautiful and occasionally fierce as her name suggests. Her past has just come back to haunt her, and suddenly she’s not sure who she can trust. Her longtime confidantes Falcone and Raeg seem to have Summer’s best interests at heart. . .but it’s clear that their desire for her still burns between them. Can they find a way to keep Summer safe―or will a bitter rivalry stand in their way?
Falcone and Raeg need to work together, now more than ever, if they intend to protect Summer from an old enemy who knows her dangerous secret. When Summer’s identity as a sweet, Southern socialite gets out, the two men must find a way to draw out the ruthless assassin on her trail. . .and keep their illicit romance with her under wraps. But some passions are so intense they can’t remain hidden. What are Falcone and Raeg willing to risk for the woman they both crave like no other, in Intense Pleasure, the next Bound Hearts novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Lora Leigh.

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Book Winners!

The Kat Martin winner is...... Martha Lawson!
(you will need to tell me what book you want of Kat's and in what format... print or Kindle)

The winner of THE DUKE is....Mo Boylan!

Ladies, please contact me at

Stayed tuned for another book giveaway starting Sunday. It will be one sexy hot read. ;-)

Friday, February 17, 2017

More Reviews Posted at RRT!

Contemporary Romance

BEAUTY AND THE BILLIONAIRE: THE WEDDING - Jessica Clare - A Billinoaire Boys Club Novella - 11/2016 - Carolyn - New! 2-5-17 
CAUGHT UP IN YOU - Jules Bennett - The Monroes, #2 - 12/2016 - Patti - New! 2-16-17 
CHRISTMAS IN DESTINY - Toni Blake - A Destiny Novel - 11/2016 - Patti - New! 2-5-17 
DO YOU HEAR WHAT I HEAR? - Margaret Brownley - Second Chance Star Inn - 11/2016 - Diana - New! 2-5-17 
LOST TREASURES OF THE HEART - Charlie Most & Charlene Keel - Treasures of the Tide, #1 -11/2016 - Diana - New! 2-7-17 
ONE SNOWY NIGHT - Jill Shalvis - Heartbreaker Bay, #2.5 - 11/2016 - Jennifer - New! 2-15-17 TEMPTING TEXAS - Kimberly Raye - A Rebel Moonshine Novel, #3 - Patti - New! 2-7-14 A WEDDING FOR CHRISTMAS - Lori WIlde - A Twilight, Texas Novel, #7 - 11/2016 - Jennifer - New! 1-31-17 
WHEN SNOWFLAKES FALL / LIKE FRESH FALLEN SNOW - Tara Wyatt - The Graysons, #1 - 11/2016 - Diana - New! 2-15-17 
WIND RIVER WRANGLER - Lindsay McKenna - 11/2016 - Patti - New! 2-15-17 

Historical Fiction
VICTORIA - Daisy Goodwin - A Perfect 10 - 11/2016 - Jani - New! 2-10-17 

Historical Romance
CHRISTMAS AT DOVE CREEK - Scarlett Dunn - 11/2016 - Diana - Inspirational - New! 2-5-17 
THE EARL - Katharine Ashe - A Devil's Duke Novel - 11/2016 - Jani - New! 2-9-17 
SOMEONE TO LOVE - Mary Balogh - Westcott Series, #1 - Robin - New! 2-7-17 
TEMPTING THE EARL - Rachael Miles - The Muses' Salon Series, #3 - 11/2016 - Robin - New! 2-7-17 
VICTORIA - Daisy Goodwin - A Perfect 10 - 11/2016 - Jani - New! 2-10-17 

Non - Fiction

100 PLANTS TO FEED THE BEES - A Perfect 10 - 12/2016 - Robin - New! 2-16-17
Paranormal Romance
ARCHANGEL'S HEART - Nalini Singh- A Guid Hunter Novel, #9 - 11/2016 - Jennifer - New! 1-31-17 

Regency Romance
THE LEGENDARY LORD - Valerie Bowman - The Playful Bride Series, #6 - 11/2016 - Jani - New! 2-10-17

Romantic Suspense

GOING DEEP - Anne Calhoun - An Alpha Ops Novel, #2 - 11/2016 - Carolyn - New! 2-7-17 
HONOR BOUND - B.J. Daniels - The Montana Hamiltons, #6 - 11/2016 - Patti - New! 2-7-17 

Series Romance
BACK IN THE ENEMY'S BED - Michelle Celmer - Dynasties: The Newports, #5 -11/2016 - Patti - New! 1-31-17
A BRAVO FOR CHRISTMAS - Christine RImmer - The Bravos of Justice Creek Series - 12/2016 - Patti -New! 2-16-17 
A CHILD UNDER HIS TREE - Allison Leigh - Return to the Double C Series, #9 - 11/2016 - Robin - New! 1-31-17 
HIS PREGNANT CHRISTMAS BRIDE - Olivia Gates - The Billionaires of Black Castle, #6 - 11/2016 - Patti - New! 2-7-17 
HIS SECRETARY'S LITTLE SECRET - Catherine Mann - The Lourdes Brothers of Key Largo, #2 - 11/2016 - Patti - New! 2-7-17 
HOLIDAY BABY SCANDAL - Jules Bennett - Mafia Moguls, #3 - 11/2016 - Patti - New! 2-7-17 
ONE HEIR ... OR TWO - Yvonne Lindsay - Billionairs and Babies Series - 11/2016 - Patti - New! 2-7-17 
A TEXAS COWBOY CHRISTMAS - Cathy Gillen Thacker - Texas Legacies: The Lockharts, #2 - 11/2016 - Jane - New! 1/31/17

EXPLOSIVE FORCES - D.D. Ayres - A K-9 Rescue Novel, #5 - 11/2016 - Robin - New! 2-7-17

Note: I will post book winners on Saturday!