Blind Date With a Book


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Week 1

Wellesley Wives, Suzy Duffy, Chick Lit

Popsy Power, a Boston society-wife, and her best friend Sandra seem to have it all with billionaire husbands Wellesley_Wives_Low-Res_Coverand beautiful daughters. But things change . . .

From Bollinger to minimum wage, it’s a rollercoaster for the ladies who lunch. When the daughters land in a heap of trouble, too, it’s hardly surprising that their mother should worry about the next generation of Wellesley Wives.

Life can’t always be fun in the sun, but that’s why there’s fur!

Newton Neighbors, Suzy Duffy, Chick Lit

Newton_Neighbors_Low-Res_CoverNewton Neighbors is a romantic comedy about the colorful residents of Crystal Lake. They’re all chasing their dreams. Maria’s chasing her lost youth and hot Puerto Rican body. Cathi is chasing a house in Newton’s most desirable neighborhood, and Jessica is chasing her firefighter. That’s not all—Noreen is chasing her randy Bulldog.  Ely’s chasing her business empire, and Ricky’s chasing his sitter.

It’s fast, furious, and funny. Can you keep up with Newton Neighbors?

Lincoln Ladies, Suzy Duffy, Chick LitLincoln-Ladies-Hi-Res-Cover

Kate Kavanagh, an empty nester, and Madeline Stein, recently fired, find themselves leaving Lincoln and heading to Italy, all in the name of adventure. Kate’s daughter also needs to flee New York when she discovers the Big Apple bites back. With more ups and downs than a Florentine fairground, the ladies survive love, loss, and fresh pasta by laughing at life and using a doggie bag. Come enjoy the ride with the lovely Lincoln Ladies.

For Authentication Purposes, Amber L. Johnson, Romance/Erotica

They say you should write what you know, but aspiring romance writer, Dawn Sims doesn’t have much experience with romance, much less The Big O.For-Authentication-Purposes-Low-Res-Cover

Warner Green knows a thing or two or a hundred about pleasing a woman. So when he reads Dawn’s latest work in progress he thinks she may be a lost cause.

The deal is simple: provide the hands-on experience that Dawn needs to be a romance writer. No strings attached.

After all, it’s only for authentication purposes.

Passion & Propriety, Elise de Sallier, Romance/Historical

Passion&Propriety-Low-Res-CoverThere is absolutely nothing improper about Hannah Foster, the vicar of Hartley’s eldest daughter, nursing the badly wounded Viscount Blackthorn back to health. At twenty-seven, she is two years the man’s senior and a confirmed spinster. Not only is Lord Blackthorn determined to break the curse that has plagued his family for generations by letting his bloodline die out, a man of his calibre would never be interested in a woman like Hannah . . . would he?

Innocence, Elise de Sallier, Romance/Historicalinnocence

Forced to flee her father’s brutal heir, Miss Anneliese Barlow masquerades as Lisa Brown, a servant, at Worthington Hall. Captivated by the beautiful maid, the duke’s heir, Lord Marsden, offers her his protection. With her reputation ruined, Lisa surrenders her virtue, finding unexpected passion in Nathaniel’s arms. Facing danger at every turn, she must keep her identity hidden . . . or Lisa’s innocence won’t be the only thing that’s lost.

Under These Restless Skies, Lissa Bryan, Romance/Historical

Under_These_Restless_Skies_Low-Res_CoverWill Somers has always thought himself unlovable until he discovers Emma, a selkie; one of the immortal fae-folk of the sea. He seizes the chance to have a wife and family of his own and unexpectedly finds love. But Will is headed for the glittering, dangerous court of Henry VIII, where a careless word can lead to the scaffold. Can he protect his newfound love from the thunder that rolls around the throne?

Eire’s Captive Moon, Sandi Layne, Historical FictionEires captive moon

Éire’s Captive Moon, the first book of Sandi Layne’s Éire’s Viking Trilogy, brings you to the unsettled era of the early Viking raids along the coast of Éire – today’s Ireland.

Red-striped sails make their first appearance on the shores near the village of Ragor and the peaceful life of the villagers is obliterated in one deadly raid. Agnarr Halvardson and his overlord, Tuirgeis, have come to Éire for treasure, honor, and slaves.

White Trash, Alexandra Allred, Humourous

White_Trash_Low-Res_CoverWhite Trash is a fast-paced, laugh-out-loud book that serves as a bitter social commentary on American hypocrisies and prejudices.  As a small police department works the biggest whodunit in Granby history, a startling underworld of domestic abuse, gunrunning, drug use, illicit sex, and child molestation is revealed.  It’s a story that neatly summarizes the reality of every American small town peopled with neighbors you can’t get away from, you can’t stop talking about, and you may not want to leave.

Damaged Goods, Alexandra Allred, Drama

When Joanna Lucas moves to a small town to escape a scandal and a scoundrel, she finds herself in trouble again damaged_goods book coverwhen she befriends a stripper-turned-Mormon, a one-legged woman thanks to a loose tiger, and a dirty-minded troublemaker with a love of inane questions, and they take on an industrial town. Erin Brockovich has nothing on these ladies!

Prepare to laugh out loud and cheer them on as they set out to right a terrible wrong . . . no matter how outlandish things get.

She Cries, Alexandra Allred, Romance/Suspense

She_Cries_Low-Res_CoverKali Jorgensen runs a dude ranch with her family in Horse Canyon, Utah, heading up cattle drives for celebrities and CEOs.  It’s a way to escape unbearable memories, but her solitude is broken when unwanted attention suddenly shines a spotlight on Rainwash Ranch.

Looking for a distraction from recent legal woes, a popular athlete decides her ranch is his best diversion. His presence is a concern for Kali and her daughters, but she soon learns that it’s Connors’ fans and his team of lawyers who may prove to be the most dangerous.

Roadkill, Alexandra Allred, Mystery/Detective

When dead prostitutes begin to appear along the rural roads of Ohio, Allie Lindell cannot stay away despite the oddsRoadkill_Low-Res_Cover—the odds being her badge-toting sister; her partner, who only wants Allie to stay home and out of harm’s way; and two little girls in full potty-training and tantrum-throwing modes. But when an old friend from The Columbus Dispatch calls with an intriguing job opportunity, Allie can’t turn her away, Allie breaks all kinds of promises to track the killer, heat up a cold case, and discover what happened to a fallen police officer. As she navigates the backstreets of Columbus, following pimps, prostitutes, sullen teenagers, and seedy gamblers, the only thing more complicated is remembering all her aliases.




Release Day for Debby Grahl

RUE Toulouse
by Debby Grahl

Release Date: January 15 , 2014

Genre: FICTION / Romance / General / Suspense

ISBN e-book:   978-1-61213-318-8
Available from: Amazon, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, and TWCS PH



It’s Mardi Gras time in New Orleans. Attending a masquerade ball, wealthy fashion designer Caterine Doucette, dressed as a shimmering ice princess, has her cool façade shattered when she encounters Bayou-born ex-cop Remi Michaud, disguised as the darkly handsome pirate Jean Lafitte. Their true identities hidden, the princess and the pirate come together in an explosion of passion and desire. But when fantasy turns to cold reality, Caterine panics and disappears into the night, unaware this man will soon be sent to rescue her from a killer and will capture her heart.

Orphaned at a young age, Caterine grew up in the home of her beloved grandmother, Miss Dauphine Doucette. Despised by her Doucette relatives for the devotion she received from her grandmère, Caterine suffered years of envy and disdain. The young Caterine learned quickly how easily the love she had to give could be thrown back in her face.

After Miss Dauphine turns over ownership of the century-old fashion house, Ma Chérie, to Caterine, an attempt is made on her life, for there are those in the Doucette family who will stop at nothing to possess what they feel is their rightful inheritance.

Not knowing whom to trust, Caterine goes into hiding. Miss Dauphine, convinced someone in her own family is behind the attack, hires Remi, now working for a private security company, to track her down and unmask her would-be assassin.

Learning that the affluent Caterine Doucette is the beautiful princess he held in his arms at the ball, Remi is torn between his growing desire for her and painful memories of another rich socialite’s betrayal. Caterine finds herself falling in love with Remi, but old embedded pain leaves her afraid to open her heart.

Down in the Big Easy, Caterine and Remi must learn to trust one another if they are to survive in a world of family greed and ruthless revenge.


“Hello, Princess.”
Caterine stared in disbelief at the man leaning against the door frame. Her mouth suddenly gone dry, she whispered, “Remi?”

“At your service.”

She opened her mouth and closed it several times before she stammered, “Wha-what are you doing here?”

“Your grandmother sent me.”


“Let me in, and I’ll tell you.”

Without a word, she stepped back to let him pass. He quickly scanned the room. “Nice, isn’t it? I’ve never stayed here, but I’ve heard it’s a great hotel. It suits you. But would you care to tell me why you’re here and not on a plane out of New Orleans?”

Caterine’s back stiffened. “I don’t see what concern that is of yours. I called Elaine and expected either Paul or her to come. So, again, what are you doing here instead of Paul?”

“You’re in trouble and need help.”

“But you don’t even know me.”

Remi smiled. “We have met.”

Caterine felt her face turning scarlet.

He chuckled. “I take it you remember.”

Remember? Oh, how she remembered. She’d relived those moments in his arms over and over again. And here he was standing in front of her wanting to help. It took everything she had not to throw herself at him. “I still don’t understand. How did you find out what happened?”

“I was on my way home when I heard Ma Chérie’s alarm. I found your hair clip and the blood on the sidewalk. What did that guy do to you?”

She looked away and in a barely audible voice said, “He held a gun to my back and tried to force me into a van.”

Remi’s jaw tightened. “That fils de putain left some blood. If we find him, we have a DNA sample.” He reached out and took her hand. “How did you get away from him?”

“First I swung wildly and hit him in the nose with the alarm remote I had in my fist. Then I got him with my umbrella.”

“Way to go, Princess.”

She gave him a slight smile. “And I’m pretty sure the remote saved my life. I set the alarm off while he held the gun to my back.”

“You must have been terrified. I promise we’ll get the bastard who did that to you.”

She tried to blink back the tears that suddenly filled her eyes.

“Don’t cry.” With the tip of his finger, he brushed away the tear that slid down her cheek. “You’re safe. I’m here.”


Debby Grahl lives on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, with her husband, David, and their cat, Tigger. When she’s not writing, she enjoys biking, walking on the beach, and having a glass of wine at sunset. Her favorite places to visit are the Cotswolds of England, Captiva Island in Florida, New Orleans, New York City, and her home state of Michigan. She is a history buff who also enjoys reading murder mysteries, time travel, and of course, romance. Visually impaired since childhood by Retinitis pigmentosa (RP), she uses screen-reading software to research and write her books. Debby belongs to Romance Writers of America, Florida Romance Writers, Hearts Across History, and Lowcountry Romance Writers. Her first novel, The Silver Crescent, was released January 2014.
Be sure to look for her other book, The Silver Crescent as well!
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Praise for RUE Toulouse
“When privileged fashion designer Caterine Doucette meets sexy Cajun ex-cop Remi Michaud, things get way hotter than usual in New Orleans around Mardi Gras. Caterine’s life is in danger, and Remi is hired to protect her – a job to which he applies himself most personally. Hot, and with a genuine mystery, I didn’t know exactly who the baddie was until the ultimate showdown.”  – Andrea

Book Review – Breaking Ties


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Rose Payne’s world is left in tatters after a disastrous betrothal, making her an easy target for recruiters to the Colonies. Using every cent she has, Rose sails for the New World and a fresh start, vowing to never again fall for a wealthy man.

Returning from a diplomatic tour in London, Chief Manteo is bewitched by the fiery-haired ship’s clerk and determined to overcome her distrust. He contrives a daring plan to win her heart – one that forces her, honor bound, to serve as a slave to his tribe – a plan he prays will protect her from a chilling conspiracy involving murder, blood money, and a betrayal of their fledgling colony so terrifying it can only be revealed in Breaking Ties.


I was so excited to get this one on my Kindle! The Roanoke Colony Mystery has always fascinated me and when I saw there was an historical romance book involving it, I was very pleased to purchase it.

Breaking Ties, by Jo Grafford, is written in the first person. For a novel involving mystery and shipboard politics and an inscrutable hero, this is not a bad perspective – it just doesn’t happen to be my favorite.

Still, after a bit of a confusing start (Our Heroine has a bit of a backstory that remains a mystery for a while), I fell right into the ocean and was tense and seasick by turns (In a good way) as Rose, Our Heroine, took on her clerking duties aboard ship.

What? A woman is working in business in the 1580’s? Why yes, yes she is. As unlikely as it might seem to us, Grafford made it work through the good offices of Eleanor Dare (mother of the famous Virginia Dare, who was the first English baby born in the New World) and the bamboozlement of the colony leaders who hired R. Payne on as clerk. She has a head of flaming red hair, outstanding aim when throwing a knife, and a very weak stomach. She attracts attention from some of the men aboard ship.

Including the attention of the Native American (Indian) diplomat: Manteo. Our Hero.

Here is the biggest draw for me. Jo Grafford portrays Manteo as highly intelligent, crafty, and passionate. His regard for Rose is obvious from the start, his pursuit of her daring but not indecent, which was appropriate for the times. I wanted more Manteo pretty much from the get-go.

The book is more than just a romance, however. Grafford posits reasons for the disaster of the Roanoke Colony and brings up the Spanish issue, spies, and the desire for gain that many in England had in terms of New World ventures. Secrets come out about Rose’s brother, about the captain of their ship, and even about Manteo himself.

The hardships of shipboard life are well presented without, pardon the expression, going overboard with them. The needs of the colony once they reach their new home are shared but, again, without too many grisly details. Still, the tension is constant.

About the romance, I have to be cautious. This is a story with a romance, but it really doesn’t feel like “an historical romance” since the love relationship is a side-issue to the story, not part of the main event. Not really. Though we do see how Manteo’s feelings for Rose might certainly influence some of his decisions, they are not necessarily the only reason for his assistance with the colony.

There are some lovely moments like this one:

He scowled. “I did not stop to ponder the matter when you fell overboard.”

“And ye regret it now,” I said bitterly.

The scowl deepened.

A wave of exhaustion shook me. Manteo muttered an oath and caught me when my knees buckled. He lowered me to the ground. Settling against a tree, he drew Tomas and me against his chest. I sank into the warmth and strength of him. The even cadence of his heartbeat performed instant sorcery on my tired limbs. I tried to keep my eyes open and failed. Perhaps I dreamt his next words.

“Nay. I do not regret it.”

I very much wanted to continue the conversation, but already I was drifting into sleep. I turned my face against his chest. He whispered something into my hair, drawing me closer. ‘Twas the last thing I remembered.

Now, I have said I like this book, and so I do. But, there were anachronisms within it that completely threw me out of the story. I found that highly distracting. One of the most glaring is this one:

“A nanny, an apothecary’s assistant, and a clerk you may be, but Shakespeare himself could not write a script with any more layers of intrigue.”

“Alas, there is no curtain and no stage,” I murmured. “And we are the players.”

Shakespeare, though alive in the 1580’s, did not start producing plays until the 1590’s, so he would hardly have been known as a playwright by all and sundry in the time this novel takes place.  Grafford also mentions devices that weren’t invented until the next century, expressions that are not known to have been used in England until the next century or so, and so on.

Overall, though, a gripping read that I recommend to anyone who is interested in the intrigues involved in colony-planting in the New World.

Author Bio:


Click here to go to Jo Grafford’s website.

Jo Grafford is from St. Louis, Missouri. An award-winning author at Astraea Press, Jo writes historical fiction to spotlight unsung heroes and unsolved mysteries. She published her first poem in junior high, edited her high school newspaper while typesetting for a local news journal, and has been writing ever since.  She holds an M.B.A. and has served as a banker, a junior college finance instructor, and a high school business teacher. She is a PRO member of Romance Writers of America and From the Heart Romance Writers RWA Chapter.  The mother of three children and the wife of a soldier, she serves as a literacy volunteer for elementary school students.

You can find Jo Grafford here:



Twitter @jografford

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Sunday Sneak Peek – Hidden Threat

9efca-sneekpeeksundaywithframeThree o’clock rolled around, and a knock sounded on Matthew’s door. He’d been staring at his phone for the last ten minutes trying to come up with an excuse to cancel his meeting with Cali Stanton today. The problem was there wasn’t a valid reason.

The knock came again, but louder this time. It could only be one person, and he knew if he didn’t respond this time, Jason would just come in anyway. “Come in,” Matthew said without enthusiasm.

Seconds later Jason was through the door and standing in front of him, hands on his hips.

Matthew stared up at his brother. “What?”

“What?” Jason said, clearly unable to believe what he was both seeing and hearing. “What? Matthew you’re supposed to be upstairs right now for your weekly briefing. You’re still here. Why?”

Matthew’s mind was scrambling for an answer, but he didn’t come up with one fast enough to suit Jason.

“What is going on? You haven’t been yourself for days, and now you’re missing meetings? This isn’t like you.”

He didn’t need Jason to tell him he wasn’t himself—he knew that already. “I’ve just had a lot of things on my mind lately.” Grabbing on to the first thing he could think of besides seeing Cali again, he said, “I talked to Martinez. The tape was tampered with.”

It took Jason only a second to fully grasp that information. “Who?”

Matthew nervously tapped his fingers on his desktop as he glanced back to his computer screen. “I don’t know, but we have to figure it out. Until we do, we can’t trust anyone.”

Jason nodded. “What do you need me to do?”

This was a strategic move, and one that Jason would always defer to his younger brother. “I need to think.” After another minute, Matthew came up with an idea, not one to solve the mystery of the security tape, but one to solve his more immediate problem. He looked up at his brother. “Do you think you could cover the meeting for me today? I’d like to pick up that tape this afternoon and take a look at it myself.”

“Yeah. Sure,” Jason said. “I’ll take care of it.”

As Jason left the room, Matthew took one last look at the computer screen and the flashing message reminding him about the meeting he’d just handed off to Jason. Matthew wouldn’t see her today. He’d stick with his plan. He could do this. Space. That’s what he needed—just a little time and space—then all would be normal again.

Grabbing his jacket, he was out the door.






AboutThe Author

Sherri spent most of her childhood detesting English class. It was one of her least favorite subjects because she never seemed to fit into the standard mold. She wasn’t good at spelling, or following grammar rules, and outlines made her head spin. For that reason, Sherri never imagined becoming an author. At the age of thirty, all of that changed. After getting frustrated with the direction a television show was taking two of its characters, Sherri decided to try her hand at writing an alternate ending, and give the characters their happily ever after. By the time the story finished, it was one of the top ten read stories on the site, and her readers were encouraging her to write more. Six years later, Sherri is the author of six full-length novels, and one short story. Writing has become a creative outlet for Sherri that allows her to explore a wide range of emotions, while having fun taking her characters through all the twists and turns she can create. She is most well known for her Finding Anna Series about a young woman rescued from being a sex slave by a wealthy Dominant. The third book in that series, Truth, released July 25, 2013.

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Andrea Goodson – Blog Hop Stop

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Today, please make the acquaintance of Romantic Suspense author, Andrea Goodson.

a2aandreagoodsonAndrea Goodson was born in 1982 and had a love of and fascination with writing since she was very young. Always imagining ways in which the world could be different, she began to write short stories when she was very young. It wasn’t until many years later that she put pen to paper and began to work on what has become her first novel, Riverbend, part one in a trilogy. Upon completion of that work she found that writing was something she felt meant to do and would never be able to give up. Using her own experiences with hardship and tragedy, Andrea uses her writing to reach others in an effort to show the world that we need not be victims of circumstance. Her main characters endure many conflicts yet find the courage and strength to better themselves. Andrea spends long days walking in the forests of Northwest Pennsylvania dreaming up her next novels.

1. Who’s your favorite author, and why?

This is almost impossible for me to answer. There are so many authors whose work I adore. From Romantic Suspense to Young Adult to Fantasy to Christian Fiction, there are countless whose books have changed my outlook on life. If I had to choose an absolute favorite it would be the author who first inspired my soul to dream of life in another time and place. Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables was the first book that I lost myself in as a child. Without her work, I may have never aspired to be an author.

a2agoodsonbook2. If you could have a conversation with one of the characters in your most-recently released novel, which one would it be and why?

Lena Woodruff from Riverbend. She is strong, bold, and unforgiving of herself. I would love the chance to tell her that life isn’t supposed to be easy and she should just give herself a break!

3. Where do you get the ideas and inspiration for your characters personalities?

My characters personalities are a blend of traits from many people I have encountered throughout my life. A favorable character might get the traits that I most appreciated from a handful of people I have known, while the villians get the worst!

4. What is the best thing (in your opinion) about being a writer?

Daydreaming, imagining, and thinking up stories. Coming up with plots and characters functions as a great stress reliever from the everyday havoc of the real world.

5. How did you find your agent/publisher?

This is actually a long story. I will keep it short and sweet for you. I sent countless query letters out with little to no response. I almost gave up after weeks and weeks of frustration. My child, who has been battling dyslexia, was having great difficulty with some homework one night. She had been crying and was ashamed and embarassed that she was having such a hard time completing her work. My exact words to her were, “You can accomplish anything you set your mind to as long as you have the motivation. Don’t ever give up. Nothing is impossible. You are smart and you have ambition.You can do this!”

She looked back at me and said, “Then why don’t you just publish your book yourself?”

I was speechless and instantly realized that to be an effective parent and successful in my own attempts, I needed to practice what I preached. After a few days of research and reading, I made the decision to self-publish. I am very happy with my decision. It gives me control over my book’s marketing and promotion while keeping me very involved with my readers. Also, it has impacted my daughter in an amazing way. She suddenly developed a love for reading that was not there before and has started an idea journal of thoughts for her own stories!

6. What’s the best piece of writing advice you’ve been given?

“Love it or leave it.” Writing is fun for me and there is nothing I would rather do. Someone told me once that if it begins to feel like too much of a job that I shouldn’t do it. I now see why. Although I absolutely love writing, editing and marketing are an entirely different story. I don’t necessarily dislike them, but they are not exactly loads of fun. So, you must love writing enough to make the rest of the work involved worth it. For me the benefits always outweigh the downfalls.

7. Biggest mistake you’ve made as an author?

I published my first novel before attempting to build any kind of website, platform, or fan base. I didn’t even have a Twitter at the time. A novel isn’t going to get read very much if nobody knows that it was even published! I spent a great deal of time doing what I can only describe as “back up” posting.

Holiday-themed questions:

1. What would the lead character of your latest novel want for Christmas?

At this point in the story (Riverbend is book one in a trilogy), all Lena would want is a one way ticket to Georgia!

2. Favorite Christmas music?

Anything instrumental, piano, or Trans-Siberian Orchestra!

3. What was the besgift you ever received?

My laptop. It was the first tool I used to begin research for my first book.

I love meeting new people and connecting with my readers! Find me online! 

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You can view, sample, and purchase Riverbend on Kindle, Paperback on Amazon, and all eBook formats on Smashwords. The second book, Rapid Water is due for release on Dec. 15, 2012

The Author to Author Blog Hop Giveaway Prize Package includes:

Legacy of a Dreamer by Allie Jean (16+)

Lessons Learned by Sydney Logan (16+)

Ghostwriter by Lissa Bryan (16+)

Behind Closed Doors by Sherri Hayes (16+)

Fifty Shades of Jungle Fever by L.V. Lewis (18+)

Riverbend by Andrea Goodson

Serial Summer by Angel Lawson (18+)

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