Sunday, December 29, 2013

Featured author at Lex Valentine Holiday Bash

Guess what? Cassandra Curtis is one of the featured authors today over on Lex Valentine's blog (starts at 6am Pacific time). Go to and read the contest rules in order to be eligible to win a copy of any of the books listed for today's prizes from the featured authors listed in the blog post.

Good Luck!

Friday, December 27, 2013

Friday Finds: After Christmas Specials

Hope you had a wonderful holiday and got everything you needed and wanted for under the tree. But if you're like me, you can never have too many books, especially if they can fit on your new Kindle or Nook. So if you received a B&N or Amazon gift card as a present, here are some cool reads for not a lot of dough, that I suspect you'll want to check out. Happy reading.

McCarthys of Gansett Island Boxed Set
By Marie Force

Genre: Contemporary Romance | Boxed Set

Only .99¢ for a limited time! Grab your copy today!

With more than 1 million ebooks sold since Maid for Love debuted in 2011, the New York Times bestselling McCarthys of Gansett Island Series has become one of the most beloved romance series available today. Read the first three books in the series: Maid for Love, Fool for Love and Ready for Love in this special offering.

Book 1: Maid for Love
Maddie Chester is determined to leave her hometown of Gansett Island, a place that has brought her only bad memories and ugly rumors. Then she’s knocked off her bike on the way to her housekeeping job at McCarthy’s Resort Hotel by Gansett’s “favorite son,” Mac McCarthy. He’s back in town to help his father with preparations to sell the family resort and has no intention of staying long. When Mac accidentally sends Maddie flying over the handlebars, badly injuring her, he moves in to nurse her back to health and help care for her young son. He soon realizes his plans for a hit-and-run visit to the island are in serious jeopardy, and he just may be “maid” for love.

Book 2: Fool for Love
Joe Cantrell, owner of the Gansett Island Ferry Company, has been in love with Janey McCarthy for as long as he can remember. At the same time, Janey has been dating or engaged to doctor-in-training David Lawrence. When things go horribly wrong between David and Janey, she calls her “fifth brother” Joe, one of the few people in her close circle who lives on the mainland. Janey decides a few days with Joe is just what she needs before she goes home to the island to face her parents and family with the news of her broken engagement. It was bad enough for Joe loving Janey from afar, but having her in his house is pure torture. Will he take advantage of this opportunity to show her what they could have together? And what will Joe’s best friend and Janey’s protective older brother Mac have to say about it?

Book 3: Ready for Love
For four of the best summers of his young life, Luke Harris was in love with Sydney Donovan, a wealthy seasonal visitor to Gansett Island. Then Sydney went off to college and never came back. She married another man and had two children while Luke remained on the island, working at McCarthy's Gansett Marina and wondering what had gone wrong between him and the only woman he ever loved. Fifteen months after Sydney suffers the tragic loss of her husband and children, she's returned to Gansett to figure out what's next, and that may very well be a rekindled love affair with the one man from her past she’s never forgotten. But is she ready for a second chance at love?

The story picks up with Book 4, Falling for Love, with six other books available in the series and more to come from Gansett Island!

.99¢ boxed set for a limited time only!



Haunted On Bourbon Street
By Deanna Chase

Genre: Paranormal Romance | Novel


Jade loves her new apartment--until a ghost joins her in the shower.

When empath Jade Calhoun moves into an apartment above a strip bar on Bourbon Street, she expects life to get interesting. What she doesn't count on is making friends with an exotic dancer, attracting a powerful spirit, and developing feelings for Kane, her sexy landlord.

Being an empath has never been easy on Jade's relationships. It's no wonder she keeps her gift a secret. But when the ghost moves from spooking Jade to terrorizing Pyper, the dancer, it's up to Jade to use her unique ability to save her. Except she'll need Kane's help--and he's betrayed her with a secret of his own--to do it. Can she find a way to trust him and herself before Pyper is lost?

Free for a limited time only!

by Cheryl Douglas

Genre: Contemporary Romance | Novel

FREE ebook for a limited time so grab your copy today!

Book one in the Nashville Nights Series

Trey Turner may be topping the country music charts, but his life has been going downhill since his wife left him five years ago. He's desperate to make amends for the mistakes he's made, and convince Sierra their love deserves a second chance.

Sierra Brooks is happy for the first time since her divorce, but will she decide to risk it all for another chance with the man who broke her heart?



Highland Shift
(Highland Destiny Series: Book One)
By Laura Harner

Genre: Paranormal Romance | Novel


The Highland Destiny saga begins with Highland Shift, a tale of betrayal, murder, and magick spanning two continents and hundreds of years.

Elena MacFarland wonders what everyone else knows about her new farm that she doesn't, and whether she'll live long enough to find out. Betrayed by her fiancé and the powerful Worthington family, Elena fights back and negotiates a comfortable settlement with one small caveat: she must live in Scotland for two years.

One kidnapping and two attempts on her life later, the darkly arrogant Scot, Faolan MacGailtry declares himself her new protector and moves into her farmhouse. Major problem? He was present at all three incidents. Elena decides to follow the adage to keep her friends close and enemies closer--but which is he?

One by one, Elena uncovers Faolan's darkest secrets: his Druid heritage, his connection to her past, and finally, the deadly curse that is powerful enough to destroy them both.

Notes: This is the first book of the Highland Destiny series and includes multiple paranormal elements, including Druidry, Fae, shapeshifting and magick. Heat level: Slowly builds from extreme sexual tension toward "bring-some-ice-water" hot!

FREE for limited a limited time!


Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas!

Wishing all my readers and friend
a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Tuesday Special: A Grosvenor Square Christmas

When a friend told me about Anna Campbell's story in the anthology, A Grosvenor Square Christmas, I knew I had to grab it. What a perfect set of stories to read by the fireplace on a cold winter's night!

A Grosvenor Square Christmas
from authors Shana Galen, Vanessa Kelly, Anna Campbell, and Kate Nobel.

Genre: Historical/Regency Holiday Romance | Novellas/Anthology


Four breathtakingly romantic tales of a Regency Christmas from four bestselling romance authors.

Down through the years, enchantment touches a tall gray house in Grosvenor Square. The legend of Lady Winterson’s Christmas ball promises true love and happiness to one lucky couple. Who will feel the magic this winter?

1803 - The Seduction of a Duchess by Shana Galen

Rowena Harcourt, the Duchess of Valère, never forgot the handsome footman who helped her escape the French Revolution. For fourteen years, Gabriel Lamarque has loved Rowena—now at Lady Winterson’s Christmas ball, has fate finally delivered a chance to win her hand?

1818 - One Kiss for Christmas by Vanessa Kelly

Nigel Dash is London’s most reliable gentleman, a reputation he never minded until he fell in love with beautiful Amelia Easton. Unfortunately, Amelia sees Nigel as a dependable friend, not a dashing suitor. At Lady Winterson’s famous Christmas ball, Nigel vows to change Amelia’s mind—by sweeping her off her feet.

1825 - His Christmas Cinderella by Anna Campbell

At the season’s most glittering ball, a girl who has never dared to dream of forever after discovers a Christmas miracle.

1830 - The Last First Kiss by Kate Noble

Susannah Westforth has always loved Sebastian Beckett – but he’s only ever seen her as a friend. When Sebastian takes his Grand Tour, Susannah transforms herself into a woman he’ll notice. Now Sebastian is back, just in time for Lady Winterson's Christmas ball – but the last thing he expects to see is his little Susie, all grown up...

You’re invited to join the whirling dance at Lady Winterson’s sparkling Christmas ball, where miracles happen and true love shines forever. How can you resist?

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Friday, December 20, 2013

Friday Finds: Yule Edition

Check out these specially priced ebooks, perfect for reading by the fireplace on the winter solstice. Better act fast though, because the sale ends soon.

Forever His: A Time Travel Romance (Stolen Brides Series)
by Shelly Thacker

Genre: Erotic Time Travel Romance | Novel

FREE (until 12/31/13)

Book One: The Stolen Brides series

On New Year’s Eve, she tumbles 700 years back in time–and into the bed of a darkly handsome stranger.

Sir Gaston de Varennes wanted a docile bride who would fit into his plans for vengeance and justice, but a trick of time finds him married to a thoroughly modern American lady who turns his castle, his life, and his heart upside down. Will her desperate secret tear them apart after only a few bittersweet weeks of stolen passion — or will they conquer mistrust, treachery, and time itself to discover a love that spans the centuries?

WINNER of the National Readers Choice Award: Best Historical Romance of the Year

This new digital edition includes exclusive bonus content: “The Making of FOREVER HIS: The Story Behind the Story.”


Lichgates (The Grimoire Saga)
Book One

S.M. Boyce

Genre: Fantasy | Novel

FREE (until 12/31/13)

Kara Magari is about to discover a beautiful world full of terrifying things—Ourea.

Kara, a college student still reeling from her mother’s recent death, has no idea the hidden world of Ourea even exists until a freak storm traps her in a sunken library. With no way out, she opens an ancient book of magic called the Grimoire and unwittingly becomes its master, which means Kara now wields the cursed book’s untamed power. Discovered by Ourea’s royalty, she becomes an unwilling pawn in a generations-old conflict—a war intensified by her arrival. In this world of chilling creatures and betrayal, Kara shouldn’t trust anyone… but she’s being hunted and can’t survive on her own. She drops her guard when Braeden, a native soldier with a dark secret, vows to keep her safe. And though she doesn’t know it, her growing attraction to him may just be her undoing.

For twelve years, Braeden Drakonin has lived a lie. The Grimoire is his one chance at redemption, and it lands in his lap when Kara Magari comes into his life. Though he begins to care for this human girl, there is something he wants more. He wants the Grimoire.

Welcome to Ourea, where only the cunning survive.

FREE! Sale ends December 31, 2013.

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Some Enchanted Season
by Marilyn Pappano

Genre: Romance | Novel

Only .99¢ (sale ends 12/22/13)

Sometimes miracles do happen.

When Maggie left her husband Ross that fateful Christmas Eve, their marriage was over.  But a near fatal accident on an ice-slick road changed everything.

Now another Christmas approaches.  While Maggie hasn't regained all her memory, she's ready to test her strength at home--with Ross as her only companion.  Sharing a house with him once more, putting on the best face for their neighbors, Maggie knows she's living a lie.

Then she glimpses Ross as he used to be: playful and passionate, the man of her dreams before ambition changed him.  She couldn't know he's feeling the same regrets, the same heartache...or that he fears the return of her memory.  What will happen when she remembers the reason she fled from him last year?

It will take a miracle to send the walls of anger and secrecy tumbling down and reunite the divided couple.  But in the small town of Bethlehem, miracles do happen...

Only .99¢, sale ends December 22, 2013. Grab your copy today!


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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Friends With Benefits Holiday Reading

I have to admit, one of the best things about being friends with other authors is I often get to beta read some awesome material, get ARCs of upcoming titles, and have an entire bookcase of autographed books.

It's good to have friends with benefits. ::wide grin::

I received an ARC the other day from friend and fellow author Grace Draven. I have often said that I'm not a big fan of historical romance, but there are exceptions to the rule (Cia Leah sweet romance westerns, Morag McKendrick-Pippin historical romances, and Grace Draven fantasy romances that have this immense historical layering).

Her book Master of Crows was perhaps the best fantasy romance I'd ever read, up until now. Her upcoming book Entreat Me is a masterpiece of storytelling. You will fall in love with Ballard, the man and the beast. His character is drawn with precise lines, layer by layer, adding such depth that he feels so real you connect with him on a level so deep, you forget you're reading a novel. Yep, I got swept away. The heroine is a perfect match for him. Louvaen is no wimpy too stupid to live girl. Nope, she comes across as real and vibrant, determined and smart, witty and strong.

The story blends fantasy and magic with incredible living history, never mind that the book is a fantasy novel, it reads like the best historical folktale. Like other wordsmiths of storytelling such as Anne McCaffrey and Ursula K. Le Guin, you are drawn into their world of fantasy with a realism that is so pure, you can't help being a part of the drama and the romance. You feel that tug of recognition, knowing that Grace Draven tapped into something special, a part of the universe, where time and space collide, that this incredible romance had to have happened.

Yes, I guess you could say I am a total fan girl and am on Team Ballard. ::grin:: Watch for Grace's book, coming soon!

Blurb for Entreat Me by Grace Draven

Afflicted by a centuries-old curse, a warlord slowly surrenders his humanity and descends toward madness. Ballard of Ketach Tor holds no hope of escaping his fate until his son returns home one day, accompanied by a woman of incomparable beauty. His family believes her arrival may herald Ballard’s salvation.
…until they confront her elder sister.

Determined to rescue her sibling from ruin, Louvaen Duenda pursues her to a decrepit castle and discovers a household imprisoned in time. Dark magic, threatening sorcerers, and a malevolent climbing rose with a thirst for blood won’t deter her, but a proud man disfigured by an undying hatred might. Louvaen must decide if loving him will ultimately save him or destroy him.

A tale of vengeance and devotion. And how!

Another friend with a new book!

My friend Lu (aka L.K. Campbell) has a new book out and it's also available in paperback! Oh yep indeedy! I love her stories, they are sweet romance, with intriguing plots, and are pure romance at heart.

Inheriting Evergreen
by L.K. Campbell

Kristy Miller’s aunt dies suddenly, leaving Kristy a large portion of her multi-million dollar estate including her mountain home, Evergreen. Kristy soon discovers that Aunt Leslie had kept a few secrets from her family, not the least of which is how she earned her fortune. One of her aunt’s secrets leads Kristy into a new relationship with the charming but stubborn Drew Stone.

Each of Drew’s young sons received a large inheritance from Aunt Leslie, but Mr. Stone maintains that he has never met or heard of Kristy’s aunt. The other secret may be the biggest of all—Evergreen might be haunted, sending Kristy in search of a ghost.

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About the Author

L.K. Campbell has been writing for most of her life. Her professional writing career began with a weekly newspaper column called Scenes from Real Life. She wrote this column for her hometown newspaper for four years. She began writing fiction in her early twenties, choosing the romance genre because she enjoyed reading books by Victoria Holt as well as the Harlequin and Silhouette lines. From 1986-2007, she worked for her hometown, daily newspaper, becoming the paper’s composition supervisor in 2000. In 2007, she left the newspaper and now does e-book formatting for “indie” authors and for two publishers as her full-time business, LK E-Book Formatting Service.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Friday Finds: Historical, Fantasy, and More

Oh, Cherry Ripe
By Claudy Conn

Genre: Historical Romance | Novel length


Cherry Elton was beside herself! Her own mother had arranged a marriage for her to a man she had never even met. She had no choice but to run away.

Sky Westbrooke had no wish to marry, but his mischievous siblings sorely needed a firm maternal hand. Yet, how could he court his unseen bride, when into his employ had come the most remarkable, enchanting governess?

And Cherry, playing at being a governess was smitten by the handsome, cavalier Lord Westbrooke. His stolen kisses left her breathless—yet, he was betrothed to another.

Whatever was a love struck governess to do?


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By Antoinette Stockenberg

Genre: Contemporary Romance | Novel length

Only .99¢

Readers who enjoy Barbara Freethy, Nora Roberts and the classics of Mary Stewart will savor this intensely emotional story of family, betrayal and redemption, set in a quaint town in New England.

It's not a hand-made quilt, or an ivory pin, or a pretty box for treasures ....

It's the name of a postcard-perfect town in Connecticut. From its quaint gazebo to its white-steepled church and village green, Keepsake is the kind of place most would love to call home.

It's home to Olivia Bennett, the town princess who has a charming shop there. It was home once to Quinn Leary, the son of her family's gardener; Quinn fled as a teenager with his father who was accused of a murder he didn't commit. And Keepsake is home, still, to someone with mayhem on his mind


When Quinn returns after an absence of seventeen years, he has one desire: to prove his father's innocence. It's not until he sees his childhood school rival, now a grown woman, that he realizes he harbors another but equally passionate desire--and that the two are tragically at odds.


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Awakening (The Watcher's Trilogy)
By Karice Bolton

Genre: Paranormal/Fantasy Romance | Novel length


Book 1 of The Watchers Trilogy

Alone in snowy, remote Whistler village, Ana tries to build a new life since losing her parents. With a cozy condo, a sweet-faced bulldog and an evening job to leave the days free for the slopes, life slips into a great routine. If only she could shake the guilt for not remembering anything about her parents and banish the night terrors that haunt her every dream.

On a whim, Ana goes out with Athen, a guy she’s just met in the Grizzly Pub... The only problem is that she feels like she already knows him.

Within 48 hours of meeting Athen and his family, Ana’s world implodes. She falls for Athen quickly and before she knows it, a past life begins to resurface. As thrilling as the revelations appear at first, she fights against the chilling information that Athen is from the underworld.

Soon she begins to struggle as her own supernatural gifts are slowly unveiled, and she realizes that the nightmares she’s been having might be premonitions and not dreams at all.

It is up to Ana to decipher between fact and fiction before it is too late, and her new love, Athen, follows in her same fate - one that is lost between two worlds.


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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Lex's 30+ Days of Christmas

My good friend Lex Valentine is having a wonderful holiday celebration called Lex's 30+ Days of Christmas! The event runs through the month of December on Lex's blog SunlightSucks and there will be prizes galore, so if you love books, you have to drop by each day and check it out. I'll be one of the featured authors on December 29, 2013, giving away a copy of my ebook, Compulsion. Please spread the word and tell your friends about Lex's holiday bash.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Friday Finds: Romance Super Bundle!

Romance Super Bundle

Authors:  Dale Mayer, Donna Marie Rogers, Edie Ramer, Amy Gamet, Linda McLaughlin, Kate Kelly, Pamela Fryer, Lois Winston, Barbara Phinney, and Wendy Ely.

Ten full-length romance novels by ten of your favorite authors for just .99 cents! Regular price of the books in this bundle is $35.76, you save $34.77.  Wow!

From espionage, love triangles and amnesia to secret babies, murderous liaisons and pretend girlfriends, the Romance Super Bundle has everything you love about romance novels, times ten!  Nearly three-quarters of a million words and more than 2,500 pages!

Touched by Death by Dale Mayer

Death had touched anthropologist Jade Hansen in Haiti once before, costing her an unborn child and perhaps her very sanity. A year later, determined to face her own issues, she returns to Haiti with a mortuary team to recover the bodies of an American family from a mass grave-only to find the grave holds more than expected-and Jade finds herself confronting death and terror once again. And the man who unexpectedly awakens her heart is right in the middle of it all.

There's Only Been You by Donna Marie Rogers

Two weeks after Mike Andrews disappeared from her life, Sara Jamison discovered she was something she never expected to be-an unwed pregnant teenager. With the love and support of her annoyingly alpha-male family, she's made a good life for herself and her young son. Sure, she works too hard and her social life is nonexistent, but for the most part, she's content-until the day Mike walks into her bakery and back into her life.

Stardust Miracle by Edie Ramer

Becky Diedrich is the cheesemaker's daughter, the minister's wife, the good sister. What she's not is her own woman, what she can't be is a mother. And then she catches her husband with another woman, and she moves in with her sister, and she starts to see sparkles. And this is just the beginning...

Meant for Her by Amy Gamet

A fiery homicide leaves Navy investigator Hank Jared with just two clues: an encrypted message and a name, Julie X. Trueblood. Shadows from the past surround Julie, and Hank finds the perfect place to hide her, right by his side at his sister's wedding. Now he just needs to remember their relationship is all an act, while she works to decode the message that could save both their lives or tear them apart forever.

Rogue's Hostage by Linda McLaughlin

Mara Dupre is taken captive by a French and Indian War party that killed her husband and destroyed her cabin. She longs for her freedom, but her captor has other ideas. Lt. Jacques Corbeau's desire for his hostage threatens what little honor he has left. When Mara offers her body in exchange for her freedom, it may be his undoing. Will Mara find her way home, or realize she is already there?

Sleight of Hand by Kate Kelly

Suddenly suspected of stealing half a million dollars of original paintings, Chance Spencer can't afford to have the FBI delve too closely into his covert past. When one agent in particular endeavors to put him behind bars, Chance coerces the real thief's daughter, Sarah O'Sullivan, into helping him flush her wily father out of hiding. But his plan quickly deteriorates when the stakes for his freedom soar. How can he ruthlessly use the woman with whom he's falling in love?

August Unknown by Pamela Fryer

She doesn't know what happened the night of the storm, why she was walking along the highway without ID, or why she has a fading tan line on her wedding ring finger, but a dark and terrifying presence haunts the edge of her memory. Before she can start a new life with the wonderful man who came to her rescue, she must remember what in her past might take her away from him.

Love, Lies and a Double Shot of Deception by Lois Winston

Life has delivered one sucker punch after another to Emma Wadsworth. The poor little rich girl is the ultimate poster child for "Money Can't Buy Happiness"-even if she's no longer a child. So when Philadelphia's most beloved citizen becomes the city's most notorious criminal, she needs to do a lot more than clear her name if she wants to save her budding romance with the billionaire hunk someone is willing to kill for.

Hard Target by Barbara Phinney

Military policewoman Sgt. Dawna Atkinson has worked hard for her embassy posting, even while taking the blame for a shared indiscretion with her instructor, Tay Hastings. But when her embassy is bombed and Tay arrives to assist, she refuses to trust him again. Still, as the investigation and their growing attraction heat up, Dawna has the choice to trust Tay or risk the lives of everyone around them.

Jesse's Brother by Wendy Ely

One woman, two men: a single summer to choose between them. Sacrificing a summer to fix her relationship with her mother and find out what's troubling her father isn't so bad...right? Wrong. Or so Samantha learns upon her return to Portland. As if family drama wasn't bad enough, first comes Noah. Then comes Jesse. Will Samantha be able to choose between the men before their secret crushes her?





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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Throwback Thursday: Hairbands

Ahh, the good old days when no one could see you on the telephone, let alone a computer, and if you mentioned a timeline, status updates (Facebook) or tweeting (Twitter) they'd think you were on some seriously awesome shit and FUBAR out of your freakin' ever lovin' mind. If you were lucky, they'd just swipe your hairspray.

A friend of mine used to be a road manager for the group Cinderella, so to start off my journey back in time, I thought we'd play a little Cinderella. Enjoy, ya'll, and please feel free to bang your head. :D