Saturday, July 26, 2014

Love Is Mermaid Cameo Winner

Dayna, will you do the honors of reaching in and picking a winner out of ye old witch's hat for me? Thanks. Ooh let's see who we have here...

The winner of an ARC (advanced reader copy) of the Love Is anthology cover reveal contest and the mermaid cameo on my blog is...

::drumroll please::

Hiry Hiryuuko!

Congrats Hiry!

Please contact Dayna Hart via her website's contact form or by leaving a comment on her cover list post on her website to receive your ARC of Love Is. To receive your mermaid cameo pin, please contact assistant [at] cassandracurtis [dot] com with the subject head: Love Is Cameo Winner, and please let us know your name and full mailing address so we can get your prize out to you asap. :)

Remember, you have 30 days from the winning announcement date (today) to contact us. After that, we reserve the right to  hold a second chance drawing. Not responsible for lost or stolen packages.  Contest void where prohibited by law.

Thank you to everyone who entered. More contest, games, and prizes coming this August, so stop back by and check what new mischief your favorite redhead is to up...'cause with this southern girl, there is no tellin'. ;)

Friday, July 25, 2014

Friday Finds: Romance, Mystery, and Suspense

The Profiler
By Chris Taylor

Genre: Suspense/Thriller
FREE (sale ends 7/28/14)

A psychopathic killer is stalking the women of Sydney . . .

Federal Agent Clayton Munro, a criminal profiler with the Australian Federal Police (AFP), has been called upon to assist in hunting down a vicious murderer who is intent upon carving up his victims while they’re still alive. Guilt-stricken over his wife’s suicide, Clayton’s forced to set aside his personal issues in order to focus on the case.

Detective Ellie Cooper is also no stranger to heartache. Pregnant and abandoned at the altar by a fiancĂ© intent on pursuing a career with the AFP, her opinion of the elite body of officers is anything but favorable. Angered when her boss orders her to partner with the Fed, she’s determined not to cut him any slack.

But women are dying on the streets of western Sydney and the pressure is mounting to find the person responsible.

Will Clayton and Ellie be able to put aside their animosity and work together to catch a killer before it’s too late? And what about the special fascination the killer seems to have with Ellie . . .


Bad Medicine
Eileen Dreyer

Genre: Suspense/Thriller
.99¢ (for a limited time!)

Trauma nurse and part-time death-investigator Molly Burke is having a pretty normal night at her St. Louis Emergency Department. Then a well-connected lawyer is wheeled in, victim of a suspected suicide.

One suicide is bad. But when one grows to four in a matter of days, and all the victims are lawyers, the trend stops being an oddity and becomes a real problem.

Were these really suicides? Why would successful, hot young lawyers want to kill themselves?

Then Molly unearths secrets that powerful people don’t want exposed and the puzzle suddenly becomes a threat. Now she must find killer, or become the next victim.


Killer Image
By Wendy Tyson

Genre: Mystery
.99¢ (Sales ends July 27, 2014)

Philadelphia image consultant Allison Campbell is not your typical detective. She's more familiar with the rules of etiquette than the rules of evidence, prefers three-inch Manolos to comfy flats and relates to Dear Abby, not Judge Judy.

When Allison's latest Main Line client, the fifteen-year-old Goth daughter of a White House hopeful, is accused of the ritualistic murder of a local divorce attorney, Allison fights to prove her client's innocence when no one else will.

But in a place where image is everything, the ability to distinguish the truth from the facade may be the only thing that keeps Allison alive.


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Love Is Liking Us On Facebook

Have you liked us on Facebook yet? You should. Really. Why? 
Because I said so. lol
Lots of neat stuff, contests, and fun with 40 different authors. 
Where else can you party with 40 authors?
I mean, you can't fit that many of us in your kitchen.

So I hope to see you there.

Complete list of authors:
Sidney Bristol, S.M. Butler, Kat Cantrell, Cassandra Curtis, Keri Ford, Sadie Haller, Faye Hunter, Crystal Jordan, Jennifer Lewis, Molly McLain, Mima, Natasha Moore, Catherine A. Noon,
Elle Rush, Jessica Stone, Holley Trent, AJ Vale, Elle Wylder,
Clarice Wynter, Zoe York, Sabrina Darby, Bonnie Dee,
Jennifer Haymore, Kate Pearce, Vivienne Westlake, Elianne Adams,
Melissa Aires, Mahlee Ashwynne, Sophie Avett, Jennifer Blackstream, Sela Carsen, Cate Dean, Grace Draven, Hailey Edwards, Marie Hall, Dayna Hart, Elise Logan, Lyra Marlowe,
Cate Rowan, and Tina Moss and Yelena Casale!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Love Is...

I'm very excite to share with readers one of the special projects I'm participating in this year and can now post all the fun details. 

The Love Is Anthology

On August 5th, the LOVE IS... anthology will release at ebook retailers! A collection of 300,000 words, and more than 40 authors, covering all heat ranges and genres, there's something in here to appeal to everyone.

And all of the proceeds are going to charity—specifically, to: Reach out and Read which prepares America's youngest children to succeed in school by partnering with doctors to prescribe books and encourage families to read together.

Today, we are celebrating with a cover reveal for the anthology webring style. Participating authors are revealing the anthology cover, and ALSO sharing their individual story covers. 
(Individual stories may be released on their own at a later date.)

Anyone who comments on my blog and each of the blogs (listed at will be entered to win a copy of the anthology when it's released. ALSO, anyone who comments on my blog will be entered to win a copy of the anthology AND a lovely mermaid cameo pin (pictured below)!  So please, when you're done looking at the covers below, click the link for the next author's blog, or continue to The List to find more authors to visit. Thanks!

So, here they are:

Friday, July 18, 2014

Friday Finds: Sizzle and Spark

On this week's Friday Finds, we celebrate the seasons, starting with bestselling author Marie Force's book, Season For Love.

By Marie Force

Genre: Contemporary Romance
.99¢ (Sale ends July 20, 2014)

 McCarthys of Gansett Island Series, Book 6

His idea of permanence is the VW van that takes him from one gig to the next. . .

Owen Lawry has made a living as a traveling musician and enjoys his footloose and fancy free lifestyle. But after meeting Laura McCarthy and helping her to land the job as manager of his grandparents' hotel on Gansett Island, Owen decides there's something to be said about a roof over his head and a warm, sexy woman in his bed.

Laura, a newlywed who discovered that her husband never quit dating, came to Gansett for her cousin Janey's wedding, but ended up staying after she met Owen and took on the renovations to the dilapidated Sand & Surf Hotel.

As Owen and Laura's attraction simmers during months of close proximity, they form a tight bond that will be tested when her estranged husband refuses to grant her a divorce. As summer turns to autumn and Laura and Owen take baby steps toward love, favorite characters from past Gansett Island stories continue to live their happily ever afters.

“With the McCarthy’s of Gansett Island, Marie Force makes you believe in the power of true love and happily ever after. Over and over again.” —Carly Phillips, NY Times Bestselling Author of the Serendipity series


By Allie Boniface

Genre: Contemporary Romance | Romantic Suspense
.99¢ For a limited time only!

Welcome to Lindsey Point: home of a haunted lighthouse, a 50-year old murder mystery, and a romance about to erupt between travel journalist Sophie Smithwaite and hunky local handyman Lucas Oakes.

Sophie is a feisty travel show host in town to film an episode about Lindsey Point's haunted lighthouse. But digging into the story of a tragic murder-suicide and love gone wrong reveals startling connections to Sophie's own past.

Part-time paramedic, handyman, seasonal Santa-Lucas does it all-except get attached. He's still reeling from the death of his best friend ten years ago and the more recent infidelity of his ex-fiancee. Yet despite Sophie's big-city nosiness and her insistence on chasing long-dead ghosts, he's drawn to her.

As the mystery deepens, sparks fly and legends crumble. Is preserving tradition and protecting secrets worth giving up a chance at true love?


By Amber Kallyn

Genre: Paranormal Romance
FREE  For a limited time only! 

When duty forces a shaman to stop a vampire from her revenge, love doesn’t just burn... it bites.

For two hundred years, Niki DeVeraux has been tracking the monster who murdered her family and made her a vampire. She finally catches up to him only to face more than she bargained for in a too-sexy sheriff who makes her remember she’s still a woman. With duties as Keeper of the peace and Sheriff, Shane Spencer must protect humanity and stop the friction between the local Arcaine races before it turns into an all out blood war.

When wolves start turning up dead, the tension between the races grows and suspicion falls on Niki. Shane knows she’s not to blame, and it has nothing to do with the primal urges she stirs within him. Working together, they must stop the hostilities from going over the edge. Trouble is, the desires raging between them might prove more dangerous than the surrounding threats.


By Cindy Sample

Genre: Cozy Mystery 

.99¢  (Sale ends July 25, 2014)


When Laurel McKay attends a Hawaiian wedding, her vacation soon becomes more deadly than the calorie count in her daiquiri. Her post-wedding holiday upends after a beautiful hula dancer is found dead on the rocks below the oceanfront restaurant owned by Laurel's brother and sister-in-law. When a family member is arrested for the murder, Laurel is plunged into a mystery where exotic Big Island locations--a coffee plantation, black sand beaches and a volcano--reveal their deadly side.

And where is her hunky on-again/off-again boyfriend detective when she needs him? Laurel zip-lines and four-wheels her way through the island paradise unearthing long hidden secrets. Will ingenuity and pluck be enough? Or will this hula be her last?



Thursday, July 17, 2014

Throwback Thursday

Hosting today's Throwback Thursday (books) on my blog for a change. 
Does anyone remember these romance books? Which ones have you read?

Monday, July 14, 2014

A Day In The Life: Jennifer Haymore and Sandy Raven

On this special edition of A Day In The Life (Of An Author) I'm privileged to welcome two talented and amazing writers, Jennifer Haymore and Sandy Raven.

Hi, Jennifer. Can you tell us what your typical writing day looks like?

I have three kids, I edit for a day job, and I write books. Because those three things are my priorities, I tend to let other things fall by the wayside. Like…er…housework. And…well, cooking dinner (we eat out A LOT). And much to my son’s dismay when he had a friend over a few days ago, keeping the refrigerator stocked (expired milk, anyone?).

So my days are jam-packed with my three passions. I usually wake up early in time to help my kids get ready for school. Thank goodness they’re old enough now to make their own breakfast, but sometimes when I’m feeling particularly ambitious, I’ll whip up an omelet or something (when did my family grow big enough to consume a dozen eggs in one sitting?!).

When the kids are off to school, work begins, usually with emails. I answer requests and perform necessary smaller tasks either for my writing or editing for as long as it takes. Sometimes…unfortunately…it takes all day. For example, the other day, I needed to, (1) write a new bio and send it to my agent, (2) write a one-paragraph overview of my current project (harder to do than it sounds!), (3) answer the questions to an online interview, (4) contact my webmistress for a website update (since I got a new UK cover—yay!), (5) contact the winners of my website contest…

Sometimes these tasks seem never-ending! If I’m lucky, after all that, I’ll have some extra time for editing. I’ll open the file and sink into whatever book I’m working on at the time.

Before I know it, 3:00 rolls around, and the bus is dropping off the kids! Time to scurry! They need snacks, they need help with homework, they need rides to ballet, baseball, taekwondo, football… We do all these things, and somehow squeeze dinner in.

Finally, at around seven, I tell my husband (who’s recently arrived home from his own job), “Okay, the kids are yours.” And I lock myself in my office and close the door as he tells my children, “Mom’s not here, okay?”

I sit. I take a few hundred deep breaths. And then I put on my headphones and start to write.

And I write, uninterrupted (well, except to kiss my children goodnight), for hours. Sometimes it’s just a couple of hours, sometimes it’s until the wee hours of the morning. I start late, and I end later! But I’ve learned over the years that nighttime is when my mind is primed to do my most creative work.

Finally, exhausted, I close my laptop. I go to bed (usually trying not to look at the unwashed dishes in the sink or the unwashed laundry in the laundry room…) and a few hours later, I wake up and start the whole crazy process over again!

What gave you the inspiration to write A Highlander’s Heart?

Three things:
(1)  I wanted to start a crossover series, because readers have been asking for books about some of the characters from my House of Trent series.
(2)  But I also wanted to write a new series, with new conflicts and new characters.
(3)  I love Highlanders.

So I smashed those things together and came up with The Highland Knights, a group of soldiers who’ve returned home from Waterloo and are now working to protect the interests of the Crown (and are finding love along the way).

Tell me about your hero and heroine.

Hero: Sir Robert- He’s a Highlander, a major in the army who’s seen a lot of military action. He’s a solid man. A true leader. Stoic and calm in all kinds of high-stress situations. He’s madly in love with Claire, but he’s not the kind of man who’s very good at expressing how deeply he feels for someone!

Heroine: Lady Claire. She’s English, blonde, and very petite. She’s the kind of woman who hurtles headfirst into getting what she wants, and she doesn’t give up until she’s gotten it. She was called an “irrepressible hoyden” as a child, and she proves in this story that the nickname still applies.

How can readers reach you?


Hi Sandy, welcome to When Midnight Comes. What is your average day like?

It would be a luxury to have two days in a row that were the same! I live on a farm with lots of animals, so they take precedence to any plans I attempt to make. I usually wake up around nine-ish, let my inside dog out with his breakfast, feed the inside cats their breakfast, check social media, email and the news while I eat *my* breakfast. I don't usually answer email at this time.

I read them and think about what I need to say (if I have to reply,) or I forward it off to Assistant Ashley. Then I go outside and tend the horses and outside cats and dogs. Many hours later I can come inside shower, eat early dinner and get to work. I check social media again, then reply to emails. After I do that, I move into my office and write or edit. The only exception to this is if the Voice is on. Anything else I might watch is TiVo'd. Needless to say, before I go to bed I check social media again. ;-)

Plants or Pets?

Duh... both! This is a farm, and I do have fruit trees that I TRY to tend. Really, I do. Sometimes the trees get a little neglected because the animals always come first and I only have so many hours in the day. Earlier this year I hired two guys to tend the farm, but they ran off to be extras in a vampire movie filming nearby. If they don't get bitten by the acting bug and move out west, they might come back.

Music. What's the last song you bought? Why?

Actually, I just ripped this from my daughter over the weekend: Gabrielle Aplin's Human. When I first heard it I started to see snippets/images of one of my heroes in the lyrics. Marcus is so scarred emotionally and his (yet unnamed) heroine will bring him out of his darkness.

Favorite vacay spot?

Any deserted beach, as long as I have plenty to drink, a good book, and the sound of the surf. (I'm not big on the crowd noises.)

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About the Authors:

USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Haymore is the author of sexy historical and contemporary romance. You can find Jennifer in Southern California trying to talk her husband into yet another trip to England, helping her three children with homework while brainstorming a new five-minute dinner menu, or crouched in a corner of the local bookstore writing her next novel.
Author Sandy Raven grew up on the Texas Gulf Coast with sand between her toes and perpetually frizzy hair. Which is why she now lives in the middle-of-nowhere Virginia, in a place with minimal to moderate humidity (for perfect, non-frizzy curls,) rolling hills and farmed forests. Home is a small, renovated farmhouse she shares with her hero husband, and more cats, dogs and horses than she cares to admit to having. Second to writing is her love for her animals. She practices natural horsemanship, and loves to ride her barefoot Tennessee Walkers on the wooded trails around her home.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Friday Finds: Scandalous Summer Nights

This week's Friday Find is quite scandalous. 

Take note historical romance lovers, I've found a boxed set so passionate and scrumptious, it will leave you weak in the knees.

The box set features seven sexy series—opening novellas from seven bestselling historical romance authors! It includes 5 brand-new stories exclusive to this boxed set.

Genre: Historical Romance
.99¢ For a limited time only!

Lord Lucifer’s Disciple
(Haberdashers Nights, Book 1)
By Sue London
An heiress turns away every suitor until she meets a mysterious foreigner at a masque ball. His kiss ignites her in ways that nothing else has, but he refuses her pleas to elope. Has she lost her heart to a man who doesn’t exist?

Lady Northam’s Wicked Surrender

(Wicked Liaisons, Book 1)
By Vivienne Westlake
A midnight encounter between two estranged lovers rekindles a passion beyond their wildest dreams... Rowena, Countess of Northam, is surprised to find her former suitor has returned from India and is on his way to the very house where she is staying. When he appears in her room late at night, she can only believe it is a dream. Her fantasy soon becomes reality when Simon makes every effort to seduce her.

Miss Amelia Lands a Duke

(A Prequel to the Caversham Chronicles)
By Sandy Raven
Caught kissing a man she believes within her reach socially, Amelia discovers he isn’t. Not only that, he is same man her widowed aunt has been stalking all season. When the Duke of Caversham realizes who Amelia is, he does the honorable thing and offers for her. Only Amelia’s pride will not allow her to be forced onto any man in marriage. Cav must then convince Amelia that she is the only woman he wants for the rest of his life.

A Highlander’s Heart

(The Highland Knights, Book 1)
By Jennifer Haymore
Once madly in love, Claire and Rob Campbell are now estranged, torn apart by war and loss. When desire rekindles between them, they both hope desperately that they can mend their broken marriage ... But some wounds go deeper than the concussion Rob suffered on the Waterloo battlefield. And some wounds can never be healed.

How to Lose a Duke in Ten Days
(What Happens in Scotland, Book 1)
By Kate McKinley
Lucas Alexander, the ninth Duke of Arlington, is a man who gets what he wants. So when he sees the alluring Miss Pippa Welby from across a crowded ballroom, he vows to make her his. But the bold and spirited Pippa has sworn never to marry into the haute ton. Now Lucas must win her the only way he knows how—one wicked kiss at a time.

The Widow Vanishes
(Prequel to the Heart of Enquiry Series)
By Grace Callaway
A disastrous marriage leaves Annabel Foster buried in her deceased husband’s debt and at the mercy of a cutthroat. Faced with death or selling her body, she makes an unthinkable choice … Haunted by his past, former soldier William McLeod seeks forgetfulness in the arms of a tempting wench. What begins as a night of lust, however, transforms into desire beyond his wildest fantasies … Attraction flares between the pair even as an evil enemy seeks to destroy them both. Can one night of passion lead to love forevermore?

Scandal Before Sunrise
(The Weekly Scandal, Book 1)
By Sabrina Darby
When a reformed bad girl meets a rogue with dishonorable intentions, it's guaranteed to be a scandal before sunrise.

About the authors:

Grace Callaway is the national bestselling author of the sexy Regency series Mayhem in Mayfair.

Sabrina Darby has been reading romance novels since the age of seven and learned her best vocabulary (dulcet, diaphanous, and turgid) from them. She currently resides in Southern California with her husband and son.

Jennifer Haymore is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary and historical romances brimming with heat and heart.

Sue London is the author of the Amazon bestselling Haberdashers series.

Kate McKinley writes Regency and Fantasy Romance. When she's not staring at her screen, dreaming up delicious heroes, she's a wife, mother and part-time assistant.

Sandy Raven writes sexy historical romances set in the late-Regency to early-Victorian era and gets most of her plotting done while tending the animals and fruit trees on her farm.

Vivienne Westlake writes historical romances with sassy, independent heroines and seductive heroes. She is the author of the steamy Regency series Wicked Liaisons.





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Friday, July 4, 2014

Friday Finds: Happy 4th of July!

This year has really flown by. Hard to believe it's already Independence Day here in the USA. I plan to do all the traditional things folks do on the 4th, have a cook out and grill burgers and hot dogs, light some fireworks, maybe go see a movie. And read a book. 

I have a TBR pile waiting with my name on it and I can't wait to dive right in. If your TBR pile is getting dangerously thin, check out these discounted summer reads....

Forty Things to Do Before You're Forty
By Alice Ross

Genre: Women's Fiction
.99¢ For a limited time! (Sale ends July 8, 2014)

The truth is that Annie Richards is just too busy to fall in love!

Running a successful cake-making business, acting as caretaker to grand country house, Buttersley, and not to mention single-handedly raising her five-year-old daughter is more than enough to keep Annie’s (flour-dusted) hands full! 
So can someone please remind her why she agreed to train for a marathon as a ‘40 things to do before you’re 40’ pact with her same so-called best friend?!

With every hour of day already taken up, the arrival of crime writer Jake O’Donnell at Buttersley shouldn’t really have any impact on Annie’s day-to-day life at all. There’s definitely no time in her carefully scheduled day for daydreaming about drop-dead gorgeous authors. Is there?

But between whipping up batches of her signature limoncello cupcakes, Annie realizes that Jake, and his twinkling dark eyes, can’t just be ticked off her mental to-do list as easily as she thought. 
Especially when it seems that no. 40 on her list could be creating a truly decadent wedding cake–for her very own wedding…
Frosted Shadow
By Nancy Warren

Genre: Cozy Mystery
FREE (For a limited time only! (Sale ends July 7, 2014)

There’s nothing pretty about murder.

Meet Toni Diamond, make up artist to middle America. She’s also got a nose for trouble and a passion for solving mysteries. Imagine Columbo in a lavender suit. She never met a woman who wouldn’t look better with a little help from the Lady Bianca line of cosmetics. But don’t be fooled by appearances. Underneath the fake diamonds and the big hair is a sharp brain and a keen eye that sees the details as well as the funny side of life. 
When a Lady Bianca sales rep is murdered at the annual convention in Dallas, Toni is the one who notices things that some people, like sexy Detective Luke Marciano, might easily miss. Only someone who understands as much about how to make appearances deceiving could see into the mind of this killer—a murderer who wants to give Toni a permanent makeover. Into a dead woman.