Thursday 31 March 2016


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More Than a Feeling
Heart of the Rockies #3
By: Sara Richardson
Releasing March 29, 2016
In More Than a Feeling (Heart of the Rockies #3) by Sara Richardson, after what her ex put her through, Ruby James needed to find a place that made her feel safe, and it seems she's finally found that place in Aspen, Colorado. Working for the Walkers is the best thing to happen to her, but when police officer Sawyer Hawkins starts asking personal questions, she doesn't know what to do. Because if anyone found out she was on the run, it could put them in danger and she's not about to let anyone get hurt.
When he's asked to look into some thefts that have been happening at the Walker Mountain Ranch, for some reason -- at first -- Sawyer Hawkins thinks Ruby may be responsible. No one knows anything about her, and she has the access around the Ranch just as much or even more than the Ranch's other employees. However, the more Sawyer gets to know her, the more he begins to see how wrong he is, and when he learns about her past, he'll do anything to keep her safe.
Having absolutely loved the first two books of this series, I couldn't wait to read Sawyer and Ruby's story. Because they're two amazing characters that made this book from start to finish highly entertaining and fast-paced. All due to their back stories, the investigation into the thefts happening at the ranch and the nice blend of playful and intense dialogue.
I really liked the main as well as the secondary characters in this book. There were some really good light-hearted moments, as Sawyer strives to get past the walls Ruby has built to protect herself from any future hurt. The heroine is strong, brave, independent, stubborn and tenacious. She's determined for everyone not to know what happened to her with her ex, yet somehow, Sawyer's kindness and persistence begin to wear her down. Besides, she needs to open up to someone, and who better than a cop. Even if she has every reason to be weary of a man in uniform, someone that's supposed to uphold the law and not break it. 
While Sawyer, he's loyal, trustworthy, intuitive and a good cop that will do anything to protect the innocent and punish the guilty. Truly, he's good for Ruby. She needs someone she can trust, if she's to ever overcome her past and realize that she can finally have a relationship again. To finally get justice for herself and anyone else her ex has hurt.
Both Ruby and Sawyer aren't looking for a relationship since they've either been hurt physically or emotionally in their previous ones. Yet, their feelings are so strong that there's no denying them. Until eventually, their intense chemistry -- which is there from the beginning -- spills over onto the pages in nicely-detailed sex scenes.

Overall, Ms. Richardson has written another incredible story and I can't wait to read more of this author's work in the future. The author wrapped this story up nicely with the way Ruby finally faces her past, and then how she honors someone that Sawyer loved. I would recommend More than a Feeling by Sara Richardson, if you enjoy a hero and heroine that need each other to heal from the hurts of their pasts.   


"Charming, witty, and fun. There's no better read. I enjoyed every word!" --- Debbie Macomber, #1 New York Times bestselling author on No Better Man
For Ruby James the Walker Mountain Ranch is her safe haven. Here in Aspen, Colorado, she can finally build a quiet life for herself without fear of her old one rearing its ugly head. Or so Ruby thinks. Any single woman would be happy to indulge a tall, dark, and curious cop-but the closer Ruby gets to him, the closer she gets to losing her newfound peace.
Police officer Sawyer Hawkins is no stranger to secrets. He's ready to leave town for good until a security threat brings him back to Walker Ranch, and Ruby's gorgeous green eyes soon have him second-guessing his decision to go. Her kindness and quiet strength awaken feelings he'd thought long buried, even as her reluctance to talk about her past worries him. The cop in Sawyer only wants the truth-but the man in him wants Ruby in his arms forever . . . 
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“Sawyer…” There was so much she couldn’t tell him. So many reasons she should ask him to leave, to leave her alone. But the ache tightening inside of her would never go away if she didn’t touch him, if she didn’t feel the generous hunger of his lips against hers, the thrilling sensation of his hands reading every curve of her body. So instead of saying anything, instead of casting him out of her life, she scooted to her knees so she could reach his lips, first touching them lightly with her fingers. “You’re a good man, Sawyer Hawkins,” she whispered. And though she knew he couldn’t have her forever, she could give herself to him now. He could have her for this one moment.
His gaze fused with hers, the mesmerizing blue of his eyes smoldering like the center of a flame. His large hands settled on her hips and tugged them until she straddled him.
The swing pitched forward and she wrapped her arms around his neck to keep from losing her balance.
“This isn’t why I came here,” he informed her hoarsely.
“That’s disappointing,” she breathed against his neck. The stubble made her lips tingle.
Sawyer sighed in a helplessly delicious way and took her chin in his hand, bringing her lips to meet his, brushing them lightly in teasing preview.
Oh, lordy, lordy, lordy…the man could kiss.
He pulled back to look at her, but what good was that? She wanted to feel him against her, solid and safe and warm. So she wrapped her legs all the way around his waist cinching them tighter until the hard bulge of his desire for her pulsed between her legs. It was blinding the way he made her lungs pound, the way he sent her dizzy heart twirling in circles. His touch brought her somewhere else, made her feel like someone else. Someone whole and unbreakable. The person she’d always wanted to be.

Sara Richardson grew up chasing adventure in Colorado's rugged mountains. She's climbed to the top of a 14,000 foot peak at midnight, swum through Class IV rapids, completed her wilderness first-aid certification, and spent seven days at a time tromping through the wilderness with a thirty-pound backpack strapped to her shoulders. 
Eventually Sara did the responsible thing and got an education in writing and journalism. After a brief stint in the corporate writing world, she stopped ignoring the voices in her head and started writing fiction. Now she uses her experience as a mountain adventure guide to write stories that incorporate adventure with romance. Still indulging her adventurous spirit, Sara lives and plays in Colorado with her saint of a husband and two young sons.
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Wednesday 30 March 2016


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Cuff Me
New York's Finest #3
By: Lauren Layne
Releasing March 29, 2016
In Cuff Me (New York's Finest #3) by Lauren Layne, Detectives Jill Henley and Vincent Moretti have been long-time partners on the force. They've been through so much together, but nothing as hard as Jill returning home after three months engaged. Worse yet, the upcoming nuptials put a strain on their partnership just when they're assigned a high profile homicide. Can Vincent put aside his jealousy so they can solve the case, or even better can he convince her to give him a chance at happy ever after? 
Although I've only read half a dozen of Ms. Layne's books, I've enjoyed each and every one, and this book was no different. Right from the start, I found this book extremely entertaining as it encompasses the friends to lovers trope, and the case they're assigned makes this story fast-paced. The question is - can they solve it before someone else gets hurt?  
The dialogue was compelling, as Ms. Layne has a way of engaging her readers so it's possible that they feel every emotion and reaction along with the great characters that she writes. There were some really good light-hearted moments between Jill and Vincent that reveal how good they are together both professionally and personally. Then there are the moments between the main and secondary characters that showed how close Jill is with the Moretti family. She fits in perfectly. However, the dialogue is also intense due to the case Jill and Vincent are working, and Vincent's jealousy. 
I really liked both characters as well as the secondary characters. The Morettis are a tight-knit family that will do anything for each other, even if that means pushing Vincent to see the truth that he needs Jill in his life more than just his partner on the force. The hero is a great detective, but he really needed to work on his people skills. He went at things like a bull in a china shop. Well, at least he did in his job with his interrogation techniques, which was what I liked most about him. Way to go riling up suspects, especially one in particular, which seemed to backfire when the conversation became about Jill and Vincent's growing relationship.
While Jill, all she wants is love, marriage, happiness, and doesn't think she can have it all with Vincent because he believes that he's no good at relationships. Yet, I liked that she proved him wrong. The heroine is strong, brave, and tenacious. But what I liked most about Jill was how she didn't give up on the case when it seemed all hope was lost in solving it, and that she didn't give up on Vincent either when he was trying to keep her in the friends zone.             
Very sensual sex scenes heat up the pages, and do justice to this couple's chemistry, which was there from the moment they were reunited after the three months Jill was away. I couldn't fathom why Vincent kept denying himself the chance to be with Jill, but I'm glad he finally realized what a mistake he was making; a mistake that would have resulted in both of them being miserable if Jill went through with the wedding.
Overall, this was another great addition to Ms. Layne's New York's Finest series, and I can't wait to read more of this author's work in the future. I really liked the ending, and was so happy that I couldn't guess the person responsible for the murder. Jill was lucky that she didn't get more seriously injured, and I liked the warning Vincent gave about Jill's former fiancé.  I would recommend Cuff Me by Lauren Layne, if you enjoy romantic suspense or the friends to lovers trope.


Vincent knows he's not the most charming of the Moretti brothers. He prefers brooding to flirting, reading to talking, and he sure as hell isn't about to give into his mother's insistence that he 'settle down with a nice girl.' Luckily, Vincent's gig as one of the NYPD's top homicide detectives keeps him busy. As does his long-time partner, Jill Henley–a tough-as-nails cop with the face of an angel and smart mouth that makes Vincent crazy in all the worst ways.

After six years of working the homicide beat with the tight-lipped Vincent Moretti, Jill figure she knows him better than anyone. Which is not at all. But when their most recent case points to a potential serial-killer situation, the higher-ups send them on a rare undercover mission to a place no NYPD officer dares go: the Upper Eastside.

Now the bureau's most antagonistic set of partners is posing as Mr. and Mrs. Brooks of Park Avenue. Spending 24/7 in the suspect's territory brings them closer and closer to their killer . . . and closer to each other. Soon Vincent and Jill are playing good cop/bad cop in and out of bed, and Jill's falling hard. But can she convince Vincent to give her a shot as partner in life, as well as at the bureau?

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Jill gave a happy sigh. “God, I miss doughnuts. Florida doesn’t know how to do them right, and Mom decided that going without sugar was going to be her ‘thing’ during her sixties.”

Elena looked horrified. “No wine? That has sugar.”

“Yeah, I think she conveniently ignores that.”

“How is she?”

“Better now,” Jill said. “Getting her mobility back and all that.”

A broken collarbone and hip were a nasty combination for anyone, but it had been especially hard on Kerry Henley, who prided herself in being an active “young” sixtyyear-old. One day she’d been running a 5K, and then next she’d missed a step carrying her laundry basket down the stairs and been almost completely laid up for months.

It had taken up all of Jill’s personal time plus a couple months of unpaid leave to care for her, but Jill hadn’t hesitated to make the temporary move to Florida.

Her boss had assured her that her job would be waiting for her when she got back, and three months of your life is the least you could do for a parent who’d given eighteen years to caring for you.

Jill’s in particular deserved her devotion; Jill’s dad had dropped dead of a heart attack at forty-one, leaving Kerry to raise a headstrong (read: bratty) daughter all by herself.

“I’m glad she’s better. I love your mom. I wish she’d come up to New York more often.”

“You wouldn’t say that if you had to listen to her complain about the pigeons and the subway and the weather.”

“Could be worse. Last Sunday, my mother actually started a sentence with, “You’re not getting any younger, Elena.”

“I can beat that. Mine suggested freezing my eggs.”

“You’re right. You win. And speaking of your nether regions, I’m so overdue for an update on this Tom guy you’ve been seeing. Did you guys decide to do long distance? Or are you going to wait until you find out if he’s any good at sexting before you cut him loose?”

Jill bit her lip, gathering courage for what she was about to say. For some reason, she’d always pictured this moment as feeling . .. different. She expected feeling giddy and breathless as she made The Big Announcement.

Instead she felt hesitant.

So Jill did what Jill Henley did whenever she felt anything less than sparkles and rainbows.

She faked it.

Jill pasted a smile on her face, took a deep breath, and shot her left hand out in front of Elena’s face.

“What, are you—” Elena broke off, her cool fingers wrapping around Jill’s wrist as her mouth dropped open. “No. Freaking. Way.”


Elena let out an uncharacteristic squeal. “You’re getting married?!”

The words hit Jill with a little slap.

She was getting married.

It felt. .. funny.

Probably because she wasn’t used to it yet.

Elena threw herself across the backseat, arms wrapped around Jill’s neck as she kissed the side of Jill’s head repeatedly.

“Congratulations, darling! When? Do I get to be maid of honor? I won’t wear green, but you know that. How did it happen? How did it happen? Oh yeah, and why did you not tell me?”

Jill managed to extricate herself from Elena’s grip, only to have her left hand held hostage as Elena studied the square-cut diamond with a scary level of scrutiny.

“He asked last night,” Jill said, gazing fondly at the ring. “I thought it was our farewell dinner, and, well, he had other ideas.”

“Hell yeah, he did,” Elena said, ceasing studying the diamond so that she could instead study Jill.

“I wanted to call you last night,” Jill said apologetically. “I so did. But I thought if I could hold off just a few hours, and tell you in person...”

“Forgiven. Of course. I mean, the news is so much better with the ring, you know?”

Let’s hope everyone feels that way. Jill sat in thought as Elena lifted her hand, studying the ring.

Because if she’d been nervous to tell Elena, it was nothing compared to her nerves over telling Vincent. Which made no sense. She and Vin weren’t romantically involved. Had never even come close.

And he might be the most surly grouch on the planet, but he cared about her. Cared about her happiness.

He would be happy for her.

Wouldn’t he?

“I’m thrilled, you know that, right?” Elena asked.

Jill smiled because she knew that tone. “But...”

Her friend bit her lip for a moment, looking uncharacteristically unsure of herself before taking a deep breath. “Okay, I’m just going to come right out and say it. This happened fast. You’ve known the guy three months. You’re all the way sure?”

Jill twisted the ring. “I’m sure. I’m totally sure. You’ll understand when you meet him, El. He’s just. . . he’s just. . . he’s perfect.”

“Perfect, huh? You just got engaged, so I’m going to allow for the hyperbole. But tell me why I should let this guy marry my best friend.”

Jill blew out a breath, wondering how to explain. “You know you meet another person and just get them? It was like that.”



How did one explain Tom Edward Porter and how when you met someone as perfectly right for you as Tom was for her, you couldn’t afford to waste thought on things like soul mates or passion. You just had to go for it.
Lauren Layne is the USA Today Bestselling author of more than a dozen contemporary romance novels.
Prior to becoming an author, Lauren worked in e-commerce and web-marketing. A year after moving from Seattle to NYC to pursue a writing career, she had a fabulous agent and multiple New York publishing deals. 
Lauren currently lives in Manhattan with her husband and plus-sized Pomeranian. When not writing, you'll likely find her running (rarely), reading (sometimes), or at happy hour (often).
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Tuesday 29 March 2016


A Better Man
Sunshine Creek Vineyard #1
By: Candis Terry
Releasing March 29, 2016

In A Better Man (Sunshine Creek Vineyard #1) by Candis Terry, after the death of his parents, Jordan Kincade returns to Sunshine Creek to be with his family. However, it seems not everyone in his family is happy he's home, and he's determined to find out why his sister, Nicki, is miserable and failing at school. Yet, he's not sure where to start except for with the one teacher that wants to help make sure his sister graduates.
Lucy Diamond knows Jordan Kincade can be charming, but she's not about to fall under his spell, only to be disappointed by him failing to live up to his promises a second time around. Yet, she desperately wants to help his sister, so she's determined to deny the attraction while working closely with him. 
What an entertaining, fast-paced, emotional read Ms. Terry has penned, encompassing the second chances trope, a heroine determined to help one of her students while trying hard not to fall in love, and a hero looking to once again find the close bonds he had with his siblings when they were younger. Although it took until the moment when Jordan returned to Sunshine Creek for me to be totally engrossed in this story's plot, I enjoyed it from start to finish.
The playful banter between Jordan and Lucy was riveting, and I loved every  moment they interacted. Yet, the dialogue was also intense due to the main characters back stories, and the secret Jordan discovers about his sister. The heroine is strong, brave, and tenacious. She certainly knows how to keep the hero on his toes. Helping Nicki is good for her, because it reminds her of the mistakes she made. Of how she was vulnerable to the man she married, and wouldn't allow the same thing to happen to Jordan's sister. Not if she could help it.
While Jordan, he's confident, determined and I liked how he finally realized what is most important to him  -- family. Reuniting with his family after being absent for so long due to his career as an iced hockey player was good for him. He needed them just as much as they needed him, especially Nicki, because his little sister felt like she didn't belong. That she didn't fit in as a family member, since of the family secret only she knew until she found someone she could trust to tell. But what I liked most about Jordan was how patient he was with his sister. That he didn't give up on her when she was so determined to keep him at arms length. 
Hot sex scenes heated up the pages, and illustrated this couple's strong chemistry perfectly. Lucy didn't know whether she could get close with another man again after everything her ex-husband did to her when they were married. Indeed, trusting a man again was hard. Yet, Jordan proves himself to her, enough that she reveals what happened. Then there's the fact that Jordan is a bit of a player because of his career, so that's another obstacle they have to overcome. How can the heroine match up to the type of gorgeous women he usually goes for?      
Overall, this was a really good book and I can't wait to read more of this series in the future. The ending wrapped this story up nicely with Jordan proving that his family is more important than his career, and  then Lucy's response to the hero's very public question. I would recommend A Better Man by Candis Terry, if you enjoy the second chance romance trope.  
In Candis Terry’s first novel in her Sunshine Creek Vineyard series, the handsome Kincade brothers convene to rescue their legacy-but the last thing they expect to find is love….

Sooner or later…

Hockey star Jordan Kincade wasted no time ditching Sunshine Creek for the NHL, but his sports career has overshadowed everything else-a truth Jordan confronts when his parents’ deaths bring him home. Now his little sister Nicki is flunking out of school, and only one teacher can help Jordan save her-the shy but incredibly sexy Lucy Diamond, the same girl whose heart he broke years ago. But he’s determined not to make the same mistake twice. If only Lucy would give him the time of day.

Love has a way of catching up with you.

Lucy has no intention of drowning in Jordan’s deep blue gaze again, even if he seems to have turned over a new leaf. Still, his devotion to his sister is impossible to ignore. As they team up to salvage Nicki’s future, Lucy soon discovers that Jordan’s sweet caresses and lingering kisses might just be everything she needs.

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Today, she was a different person. Stronger because of the things she’d lived through. Smarter because she’d found a way to survive and come out the other side in a happy place. She knew exactly where she belonged, and that was teaching and helping students like Nicki. Which was why, right now, she was going to pull on her big girl panties and face the boy who had disappointed her head on.

Lucy managed to pull herself together as Jordan removed his sunglasses and slid them to the top of his head. His smile lifted a masculine pair of lips that somehow managed to look cruel and sexy at the same time.

The boy had turned into a man times ten.

Tall and broad shouldered, his chest looked a mile wide. Judging by the smooth ripples beneath his snug shirt he was packing muscle, not pounds. Jeans, worn and frayed at the stress points, accented his long muscular legs and trim waist. His longish nearly black hair gleamed beneath the overhead lights. And his sharp blue eyes focused intently on her. 

It was all she could do to keep her heart at a normal pace and her legs solidly beneath her. If ever a man could be described as delicious, Jordan Kincade would be a menu’s specialty of the day.

Too bad he was such a jerk.

“Ms. Diamond?” He came forward and stretched out his very large hand. “Jordan Kincade.”

And clearly he didn’t remember her.

Lucy smiled as a funny little tickle moved through her chest. Maybe this was going to be fun after all. Rarely was she ever given the upper hand or the opportunity to have even the slightest edge.

When he moved closer his warm palm engulfed hers and her triumph died with a sizzle.

Close up she got a better look. She inhaled his sexy scent of worn leather and warm man. Every square inch of her female DNA perked up like it was party time. She hated to disappoint the little darlings but today was all about helping someone else.

“Please.” She kept the handshake brief and formal before she disengaged and motioned toward the chair in front of her desk. “Have a seat.”

He glanced at the standard school chair with a you’ve got to be kidding me lift of his brows. When he sat down, the orange plastic chair creaked and seemed ridiculously small beneath the scope of his height and muscles.

Lucy took her own seat and noticed that the difference in chairs made her tower over him and seemingly give her another advantage. But when he leaned back and crossed an ankle over a knee, he appeared completely comfortable.

So much for one-upmanship.

“I apologize if I seemed taken aback just now.” She opened the folder and pulled out Nicole’s progress report as well as several exams and the few assignments Nicole had actually turned in. Late, of course, but complete nonetheless. “I expected your brother Ryan."

“He had business at the vineyard and sends his regrets.” 

She couldn’t help notice how very deep and smooth his voice had become. Like hot buttered rum on a cold winter night. He had the kind of voice a woman could imagine whispering sweet nothings in her ear while he caressed her in places that tingled beneath his touch.

“I understand.” Snapping out of the fantasy, she imagined the enormous scope of duties Ryan Kincade must need to tend to after the death of their parents. Her heart sank a little further for the family. Especially for Nicole, who was so young and really needed the love and guidance of her mom and dad. “I hope you’ll accept my condolences. And I sincerely apologize for having you come down at this sorrowful time to deal with what might seem insignificant but—”

“Anything regarding my sister is important, Ms. Diamond. Now more than ever.” His brows dipped in a no nonsense fashion. “So don’t judge me when you don’t even know me.”

Oh, she knew him.

Knew he was the type who’d make a promise then shatter it without ever looking back.

But that was then, and this was now.

“My apologies, Mr. Kincade. That was certainly not my intent.”

His piercing eyes perused her face for a long, uncomfortable moment and she had to admit that the look did something funny to the beat of her heart.

Especially when with a slight tilt of his head he asked, “Why do you look so familiar?”

“Do I?” That erratic heartbeat kicked up another notch as she let go a chuckle to cover up what was really going on inside. “People say that all the time. I guess I just have one of those faces.”

She pushed Nicole’s schoolwork in his direction. “If you’ll take a look at these projects, you’ll see that even though she didn’t complete the assignment exactly as it was defined, Nicole has an enormous gift.”

“I’m pretty sure that’s a lie.”

“Excuse me?” Irritated, Lucy’s gaze shot up to the slight smile curling his lips. “How can you say that without even reading anything? I guarantee your sister has a multitude of talent.”

“I’m not talking about my sister’s work. I’m talking about you just having one of those faces.” He uncrossed his long, muscular legs and leaned forward without even looking at the papers she’d put in front of him. “So now I’m wondering why you sidestepped my question.”

Good God the man was intense. There was something in the combination of that nearly black hair that fell over his ears and his nape in perfect waves and those deep blue eyes that seemed almost otherworldly. She could imagine how he’d intimidate an opponent on the ice.

And it had nothing to do with his size.

But as far as admitting who she really was? Not going to happen. No need to dredge up a bad memory when all she really wanted was to help his sister.

“I apologize.” Her heart beat erratically as she avoided the intensity of his gaze. “But I would like to stick to the subject of your sister’s grades—or lack thereof—that may prevent her from graduating with the rest of her class. I genuinely care about her which is why I noticed a problem way before the loss of your parents.”

“And now you won’t even look at me,” he said. “Why is that?”

As he leaned in, his intoxicating scent came with him. Normally such things didn’t affect her. Well, at least not with her colleagues who tended to wear either too much aftershave or worse, too much body odor. Jordan wore his masculine scent like a sexual promise and Lucy swore he should come with a warning label.
Candis Terry was born and raised near the sunny beaches of Southern California and now makes her home on an Idaho farm. She’s experienced life in such diverse ways as working in a Hollywood recording studio to chasing down wayward steers. Only one thing has remained the same: her passion for writing stories about relationships, the push and pull in the search for love, and the security one finds in their own happily ever after.

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Q: Firstly, congrats on the release of your ninth full length novel and first in the brand new Sunshine Creek Vineyard series, A BETTER MAN.  Even through you are a total veteran now at this whole "New Book" thing, do you still get the same excited, nervous, mixed emotion with each release?
A: Thank you so much! I’m really excited about the new series. The Kincade brothers are super delicious, and this time around I got to include a little mystery.
Honestly, I don’t see myself as a veteran. I’m still learning so much about writing a better book. So for me, each book really feels like the first. I usually get a hard copy a couple of weeks before the release date and the minute I hold it in my hands I feel like I’m getting ready to go to prom. Seriously. All those happy tickles going on inside my heart are like the popping of the cork on a champagne bottle. With a new series I always get very nervous because I really hope my readers will enjoy the new characters as much as the last.
Q: How do you feel your writing had grown from SECOND CHANCE AT THE SUGAR SHACK, your debut release with Avon, to now with A BETTER MAN?  What is the one thing you have learned that stands out for you looking back?
A: I’m reaching outside of boxes I didn’t even know I had! I think the one thing I’ve learned (with the help of my amazing editor, Amanda Bergeron) is to really dig deep into the characters and their situations. More than just a fun story (which I hope they are), I want the reader to get the emotional pull so that they feel like they’re right there in the pages with the hero and heroine. When I receive a note or letter from a reader saying my stories made them laugh and cry, I can’t even describe the absolute satisfaction I feel. Because that’s my ultimate goal–making the reader happy.
Q: What are two of the biggest hurdles you have had to jump in order to make your writing career a success? 
A: Oh my gosh, there have been so many. Balancing a day job, my family, and my writing. Battling self-doubt (probably the biggest one). Finding a new flavor of frozen pizza my family hasn’t suffered through yet. J
Q: Do you as an author feel like you have accomplished the goals you set for yourself?  Is there anything that stands out for 2016 that is an "I WANT" in terms of goals?
A: In the beginning, my only goal was to write a book good enough that a publisher would want to buy. It took me twenty-two years to make that a reality, so anything beyond that was frosting on the cake. I never dreamed I would be the first of anything. But I was the first for the Avon Impulse line and the first to be moved to mass market. I never imagined that my books would be best sellers. Inside this crazy mind of mine, I’m still the chick who plugged away on manuscript after manuscript for years without any success.
I’m not the kind of person who ever asks for much for myself, so an “I want” in terms of goals is difficult. Of course I’d love to be a NYT bestselling author, and I’d love to win a RITA. But truthfully, I really just want to write really good, heartwarming stories for my readers. Without them I’d just be writing for myself, and my characters would be very sad and probably bored as heck with me.
Q: For anyone who doesn't know, you didn't become a traditionally published writer until your daughter was a grown adult. Do you have any advice for aspiring authors who think it's too late for them to begin a writing career?
A: Yeah, it took me twenty-two long, tough years. I was just too darned stubborn to give up. I came close a couple of times, but as my husband always said, it’s my passion, so why would I quit. My favorite quote is from the movie Galaxy Quest. “Never give up. Never surrender.” If writing is your passion, stick with it. If publication is your goal, there are a dozen ways to make that happen these days. There are pros and cons to writing when you’re older, just as there are pros and cons to writing when you’re younger. There is never one perfect time and one perfect career. I’m a believer that life is what you make it. If being an author is your passion and your dream, make it happen and enjoy whatever opportunities come your way. I’m now heading into my sixth decade of life. Do I wish I could have become a published author sooner? Not really. I think it happened when it was supposed to. And I’m enjoying it every bit of the way.
Q: You have had a host of different careers in your life as you mention in your website bio, "From working in a Hollywood recording studio to a graphic designer in marketing; from schmoozing with the likes of Charleton Heston and Motley Crüe".  Do you ever use your "past life" as a muse for a story line, a character or a setting?
A: I use a lot from my personal life in stories, but it never has anything to do with meeting celebrities (although that was always fun). It does, however, have everything to do with personalities, and lives, and the stories they tell. The characters and settings I write about are a lot more grounded than some of those who live behind a mansion’s security gates. But I could tell you stories about those days. Oh yes I could. ;)
Q: One of my many problems when it comes to your romances is that you have too many amazing heroes to choose from, and I can never decide who is my favorite.  Some have been my "first", some have stolen my heart, some have made me swoon, and some have made me laugh out loud. Do you have a favorite hero among the bunch?  The one who gave you the hardest time, the one who made you cry, the one who you let lead the way?
A: Ah, come on! That’s like asking who is your favorite child. But since you asked . . . yes, I do have my favorites. For different reasons. I always compare my heroes with a bag of M&Ms. Each one has a different substance (because, you know, there are regular, crispy, and peanut butter M&Ms now) and each has a different color to his personality. I’d like to note that not a single one of them has ever let me lead the way. I write alpha males. They don’t like to be led by anything or anyone. Specifically, the hero who gave me the hardest time would be (hands down) Jackson Wilder from Sweetest Mistake. I love him, but we argued the entire time I wrote his book. He was hot-headed and passionate about everything and I could barely keep him reined in. The one who made me cry? Well, there are three. Matt Ryan from Second Chance at the Sugar Shack broke my heart so hard I had to stop writing until I could get my stuff together. Reno Wilder from Anything But Sweet because he was such an amazing guy who’d had such a tough life. And Jake Wilder from Truly Sweet. Jake was a hero from head to toe who was so afraid to live life that he made my heart pound through his entire book. The sexiest? Jesse Wilder from Something Sweeter. Jesse. Yeah. Whew!
Q: Where do you see your career headed in the next few years? (aside from hitting USA Today and NYT's wink wink).
A: I really have no idea where it’s headed. With the generosity of my readers I hope I’ll still be writing books. I have so many ideas in my head there’s no way I could ever write them all. But I’m going to give it a damn good try.
Q: What do you hope that readers take away from your romances?  Who are the kind of readers that you think your books will appeal to?
A: I’d love for my books appeal to everyone. Realistically, if a reader likes blood and gore they’re not going to like my stories. If a reader is looking for a story that is fast-paced, fun, emotional, and heartwarming, then I think we’ll get along just fine. Oh, and if they like pets, because the little furry guys in my stories bring a whole lot to the page. I hope my readers take away a great amount of satisfaction and that my little tales of love hit them in just the right place in their hearts.
Q: And lastly...I know that you are a HUGE romance reader as well as author...I need your Top Five Romances of All Time.
A: Good grief! Only five? Have you ever seen my paperback keeper shelf or the library on my Kindle? It’s insane. Okay, okay, I’ll try to narrow it down.
1. Heaven, Texas by Susan Elizabeth Phillips. I have two copies of this book because the first one got so dog-eared from me re-reading it so often. Three words. Bobby Tom Denton. Sigh.
2. Whitney My Love by Judith McNaught. Such a wonderful read. My heart pitter-patters just thinking about it.
3. Truly Madly Yours by Rachel Gibson. Another book I have two copies of. Nick’s love for Delaney is just so tortuously sweet and wonderful I will never get enough.
4. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. Hey, I’m a Scot, so sue me if I’m crazy over Jamie Frazier and his kilt.
5. Son of the Morning by Linda Howard. Just a breathtaking story with amazing characters. And okay, yeah, another Scot. Can’t help myself.
This has been so much fun! Thank you so much!