Bernadette Marie and “Home Run”


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Interview With Bernadette Marie

Susana: What inspired you to start writing?

Bernadette: As a tween I wanted to be an actress, but early on being the control freak I am now, I decided to write my own material. So, I started by writing “teen” movies. That year there were many mini-series that came to TV and I found that I enjoyed reading a book and then watching the movie. So I changed paths and began to write a novel (that of course would be turned into a mini-series starring me.) So far no movie deals, but the passion for writing was sparked.

Susana: How long have you been writing?

AuthorPicBernadette: I stared penning my first novel at 13. But very seriously I took the title of author in 2007 when I penned twelve books, many of which are now published.

Susana: What advice would you give to writer just starting out?

Bernadette: Write it all first and get it out of you. Don’t go back to each chapter, just get the story out. Edit once after that and send it on. As authors we pick apart our work so much that we often ruin it trying to get the best version for someone else to see.

Susana: Are you a plotter or a panther?

Bernadette: Such a pantser! Sometimes I’ll make me a guide to keep on track, well usually the characters have other plans.

Susana: Are you working on something at present that you would like to tell us about?

Bernadette: I’m very excited for my new trilogy that will come out in June, July, and August titled The Three Mrs. Monroes. Just the tag line even thrills me: Some men keep secrets—Adam Monroe kept three.

Susana: What are you reading now?

Bernadette: As of today I just finished Nora Roberts’s The Witness. Tomorrow I will start Shadow Spell also by Nora Roberts.

Susana:  What author or authors have most influenced your writing?

Bernadette: Sidney Sheldon was the first author who’s writing style encourage me to put pen to paper. He wrote in short, telling paragraphs that made it easy for me to understand and to write. Now, not the way I’d recommend most authors to write, but it got my creativity brewing. After that it was Danielle Steele and later (you might have guessed) Nora Roberts and Debbie Macomber.

Susana: What is your writing schedule like when writing?

Bernadette: Because I run a publishing house too my schedule is very divided between those two things. But when I start inching up on a deadline I am usually not in my office, but my laptop is attached to me at all times. I can’t stop writing once I get on a roll. It just consumes me at all hours.

Susana: What did you want to be when you grew up?

Bernadette: At first I wanted to be a teacher and a singer. There was no reason not to be both.

About Home Run

In one moment Christian Keller’s life was changed. Now as he picks up the pieces he wonders if he can possibly recoup what he lost.

Victoria Lincoln had a promising future with Christian until an accident took the life of her sister and left her as guardian to her two small children.

Their lives have gone in different directions, but Christian and Victoria’s paths will cross again. It will take a lot of change to pick up where they left off—if either of them can.


Quickly, exhaustion took over her body. At some point she knew she’d heard the kids in the hallway with Scott on their way to bed, but she slept through the night.

She’d nearly forgotten he was there until the next morning when she walked downstairs to make her coffee. The deep breathing from the living room startled her a moment. Then she saw him splayed out under a Mickey Mouse blanket. Her breath hitched in her throat at the sight of his bare chest.

Cover_Home RunSteadying herself with a cleansing breath she walked toward the kitchen.

She was more than grateful that she’d brushed her teeth before coming down, because when Scott walked into the kitchen and pressed himself up behind her she’d let out a sigh. His hard body was close against her and his lips were on her neck.

“Are you feeling better?”

“Uh-huh,” was all she could manage.

“I can call in sick and take care of you.” His voice had dipped sensually and she swallowed hard.

“I have to work.”

He let out a groan and then gave her a peck on the cheek. “Maybe tonight and the rest of the weekend.”

He moved away from her and headed down the hall to the bathroom and Victoria let out the breath she’d been holding. Right. It was Friday. He could come back and spend all weekend.

Scott would be spending the night.

Dear Lord, was she ready for this. She looked down at her shaky hand. Yes. She was ready.

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About the Author

Bernadette Marie has been an avid writer since the early age of 13, when she’d fill notebook after notebook with stories that she’d share with her friends.  Her journey into novel writing started the summer before eighth grade when her father gave her an old typewriter.  At all times of the day and night you would find her on the back porch penning her first work, which she would continue to write for the next 22 years.

In 2007 – after marriage, filling her chronic entrepreneurial needs, and having five children – Bernadette began to write seriously with the goal of being published.  That year she wrote 12 books.  In 2009  she was contracted for her first trilogy and the published author was born.  In 2011 she (being the entrepreneur that she is) opened her own publishing house, 5 Prince Publishing, and has released contemporary titles and has begun the process of taking on other authors in other genres.

Bernadette spends most of her free time driving her kids to their many events.  She is also an accomplished martial artist, working her way to her second degree black belt in Tang Soo Do.  An avid reader she loves to meet readers who enjoy reading contemporary romances and she always promises Happily Ever After.

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Emelle Gamble and “Dating Cary Grant”


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Cary Grant interviews Tracy Connor

The heroine in Dating Cary Grant is a thirty-something career gal who is experiencing a rough patch in her marriage, and like any one who is in her position, she’s trying to figure out what to do about it, and who needs to do it. Is it her inflexibility and unrealistic expectation that is the biggest stressor causing her problems with Mike Connor, the man she married five years ago and the man she still truly loves, or is it Mayor Connor’s poor priorities where he puts work, work, and work in the top three spots of what he spends his time on?

Let have “Mr. Perfect”, screen legend Cary Grant, ask Tracy a few questions…

CG: Tracy, dear girl, what is it you most want your Mayor to change about his routine?

TC: I want him to lead a more balanced, more scheduled life. I don’t want him available to his constituents at all hours of the day and night, and all weekend.

CG: Sounds like you want a 9 to 5 banker type?

TC: Well, yes. I mean, I understand how much Mike loves working for the citizens of Cukor, Connecticut. But he doesn’t ever say no! Except to me.

CG: Ahh, I see. So this isn’t so much about his having a demanding schedule, as it is about cutting into your schedule with him.

TC: Exactly. When we have a date to go into the city, or I’m cooking dinner, or we make plans for a long weekend away, I want him to say “No” to anything that might come up that would cause him to cancel. He missed my birthday dinner because he said he had to deal with an attack of black flies in the city park! Black flies. Is it  too much to ask that I mean more to my husband than an insect infestation, Mr. Grant?

CG: No. Of course not, Tracy dear. And I’m sure you show this same consideration to Mike than you wish he would show to you, don’t you? I mean, you don’t ever stay in Manhattan when you have a late meeting, or break a date to come to one of his public events, or go see his family, just because you boss might want you to, do you?

TC: Well, eh, Mr. Grant, that’s a bit complicated. You see things at work have been insane lately, and I’ve had to stay with my friend, Posey, sometimes for a few days at a time. But that’s different than  Mike standing me up because of an attack of black flies in Cukor. Isn’t it?

DC: Is it, Tracy dear?

Readers, what do you think? In your experience, can  a relationship really be a 50/50 equal partnership at all times? Leave a comment below and give Tracy Connor your advice.

About Dating Cary Grant

A modern Manhattan fairy tale starring…

Cover_DatingCaryGrantTracy Connor, a New York City career woman who loves her job and classic movies.

Mike Connor, her estranged husband, a small town Mayor who loves his wife but doesn’t seem to have enough time to see her.

The handsome stranger, Philip Adams, who lives downstairs from the small sublet Tracy has temporarily moved into. He’s charming, funny and looks a lot like her very favorite screen icon, Cary Grant.

Dating Cary Grant is a romance all about New York City career woman Tracy Connor struggling with real issues with her real guy, her husband of six years, Mayor Mike Connor of Cukor, Connecticut. Tracy is a smart woman, but some of her problems with relationships are partially caused by her unrealistic expectations that real guys should – and can – behave like matinee idols. Mike’s problems are also caused by the fact that he’s such a great guy and overextends his heart, and his appointment calendar, to every constituent, friend or stray animal who crosses his path.

Tracy is also being stressed by a TV reality show intent on showcasing Tracy and Mike’s personal life, as well as the imminent takeover of her employer, a small, private television station, by a billionaire with unlimited funds and no taste.

Dating Cary Grant considers just how selfless a man needs to be to meet his wife’s expectations, and just how honest a woman must be with herself about what she’s willing to give, and give-up. And Cary Grant is along to help prove that any woman’s search for “Mr. Perfect” might take her to a surprising place to find him.

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Her husband rested his big hands on the door. “Look, can I just come in for a few minutes?”

Tracy stared at him and realized Mike was nervous.


She had never, ever, seen her husband nervous, in any situation, in all the time she’d known him. He was an experienced attorney as well as a public official, a man naturally at ease with people, all people, even people pissed off because their property tax bill went up or angry because the jury ruled against them. People didn’t make Mike Conner nervous.

He listened, shook hands, and proceeded to logically explain how he was going to fix everything, no problem.

He had never even seemed stressed when they met with the marriage counselor, she thought. But at this minute, Mike Connor was nervous.

She lowered her voice. “It’s the middle of the night, Mike. Please.”

“I know what time it is.” His eyes studied her face, and then swept down her body with the force of a physical touch. “And I know you’ve got a headache, but let me say you look great. Really great. And you smell wonderful. Is that new perfume?”

“No. It’s the same perfume I always wear.” She watched as Mike’s eyes dropped to her cleavage and her face burned over the fact she had chosen this sweater with another man in mind.

Suddenly she visualized that other man, showing up with a bottle of aspirin. Though she hadn’t done anything wrong, nothing positive would come from Mayor Connor meeting Philip Adams outside her apartment door, of that she was sure.

“Mike, you really need to go.” She stepped across the doorway as if to encourage him to head for the stairs.

“Am I interrupting something?” He pointedly looked over her shoulder.

“No. Of course not. Not that it’s any of your business.”

“How’s that? We’re still married, aren’t we?”

“Yes, we are. But after everything we’ve been through the last couple of years, I’m a little surprised you’d insinuate something like that.”

“Like what?”

“Like I’d cheat on you.”

Mike’s face paled.   “I wasn’t insinuating that. Look, just a few minutes, okay? I smell coffee. And I could sure use a cup.”

Tracy sent another glance down the stairs. “There’s a 24-hour deli a block over. You can stop and get some on the way back to your car. I’m not trying to be difficult, but I just need some sleep. I’ve got to go into work all day tomorrow, and Sunday I promised to meet Posey early in SoHo, so whatever you’ve got to say –”

“–I’ll buy you pancakes. You love pancakes. Even in the middle of the night, right?” He reached out and gave her arm a squeeze.

Her heart softened but her tone remained unchanged. “I’m not hungry, Mike. I’ll call tomorrow and we’ll set up a time where we can talk more. Please, just don’t push me.”

About the Author

EmelleGambleEmelle Gamble was a writer at an early age, bursting with the requisite childhood stories of introspection. These evolved into bad teen poetry and worse short stories. She took her first stab at full length fiction in an adult education writing class when her kids were in bed twenty years ago. As M.L. Gamble, she published several romantic suspense novels with Harlequin.  Soul Mate Publishing  brought out Secret Sister,  a paranormal women’s romantic fiction novel in the summer of 2013. This was followed by the novella, Duets, in November, 2013, and the follow on novel starring the characters from Duets, Molly Harper, in January, 2014.

Always intrigued by the words ‘what if’, Emelle’s books feature an ordinary woman confronted with an extraordinary situation.  She most enjoys reading stories that surprise and amaze her, and hopes her readers will enjoy the challenging and exciting journeys her characters take.

Emelle lives in suburban Washington D.C.  with her husband, Phil, her hero of thirty years,  and two orange cats, Lucy and Bella. These girls, like all good villains, have their reasons for misbehaving. Her daughter, Olivia, and son, Allen, are happily launched on their own and contributing great things to society, their mother’s fondest wish.



Amber Leigh Williams and “A Place With Briar”—GIVEAWAY!

Susana: What inspired you to start writing?

Amber: When I was in the third grade, my parents moved the family to the Gulf Coast of Alabama. After taking several tests, it was determined that my reading levels were too low and that I needed to be placed in a reading comprehension course in order for me to catch up with the rest of my classmates. I had a very patient teacher who taught me that reading doesn’t have to be difficult. It can be fun and enjoyable. This is around the time I discovered my love of the written word, storytelling, and writing in general. It makes sense since every writer you meet is normally always an avid reader as well!

Susana: Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it?

Amber: I’ve learned over the years that writer’s block is an excuse. For me, it’s a combination of procrastination and perfectionism. Learning what writer’s block really was for me has helped tremendously, as well as a quote from bestselling romance author Nora Roberts: “You can’t fix a blank page.” I’m also at a point where I can no longer afford to sit around and wait for inspiration to strike. When you’re up against a deadline, you simply MUST sit down at the computer every day and WRITE, no matter what that page(s) looks like. And Nora’s right – I can fix a bad page much quicker than I can fix a blank one.

Susana: What comes first: the plot or the characters?

Amber: It depends on the story. In some cases, it’s the plot and in others it’s definitely the protagonist. Setting also is a big story influence for me. Usually, though, what happens is I come up with a “what if” scenario that creates great conflict between protagonists. The characters usually develop quickly around this and so does the plot framework and scenes.

Susana: Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Amber: I’m an ingrained plotter. I’ve tried pantsing because most of my favorite authors are admitted pantsers. Plotting is my bread and butter, though. It’s the method I always go back to. I’m not a full-out outliner…. I like some things within the book to develop a bit more organically than that. But when I start writing, I pretty much know my characters inside and out, their conflict and how that conflict is going to resolve itself in the end.

Susana: Tell us something about your newest release that is NOT in the blurb.

Amber: In a way, A Place With Briar is a bit of a tribute to my upbringing. It takes place in my hometown, Fairhope, Alabama, a beautiful small town on the Eastern Shore of Mobile Bay minutes away from Alabama’s white-sand beaches. I’ve spent my life in the South and I loved finally being able to allow a setting and a cast of characters to embody the spirit of the South. Although the hero and heroine, Cole and Briar, and the situation they find themselves in are not based on anything or anyone in real life, there are very small echoes of my own courtship with my husband, which happened on the Eastern Shore and the Gulf Coast. I can attest to the fact that it is the ideal place to fall in love. Travel + Leisure Magazine even went so far recently as to name Fairhope one of “America’s Most Romantic Towns!”

Susana: Are you working on something at present that you would like to tell us about?

Amber: Yes, I recently signed a two-book contract with Harlequin for two more Superromance novels to follow A Place With Briar, my Superromance debut. These two follow-up titles will involve some of the colorful secondary characters readers meet in Briar and Cole’s story. One of the first pieces of feedback I received from Harlequin about this book was that the editors cared almost as much about what happened to the secondary characters as they did about the hero and heroine. I always planned for A Place With Briar to be the first in a series, but this information from the editors really helped me decide whether or not I actually should go through with it.

Susana: What did you want to be when you grew up?

Amber: Ah, what didn’t I want to be when I grew up? LOL. Initially, I wanted to be an English/Language Arts or Literature teacher. I actually studied for a year to be a teacher before I realized that I was meant to be writer. If I hadn’t been called to writing, I might have been a marine biologist. I’ve lived on the water all of my life – whether it was the bay or the Gulf or the lake where I spent my childhood summers. In high school, I took a marine science course and was really absorbed by the material. I have a few issues with vertigo and seasickness, however, so I’m not sure how great my sea legs would have been in the field. Aside from writing now, I am still passionate about our waters, inland and offshore, and here and there I like to take an interest in conservation when I can.

Susana: If your publisher offered to fly you anywhere in the world to do research on an upcoming project, where would you mostly likely want to go? Why?

Amber: IRELAND! I’m sorry; did I say that a little too loudly? LOL. After my hometown series wraps up after four books, I’m most likely going to be doing a romance trilogy which revolves around three Irish characters. I’d love to visit Ireland to study the language and culture. My family has some strong Celtic ties as well, so it would be really fun to trace my ancestors’ footsteps back to Ireland and the Isle of Skye in Scotland. (Greetings from a Mighty McClure/MacLeod!)

Susana: Do you write in multiple genres or just one?

A Place with BriarAmber: I mostly write contemporary romance. I’ve written western contemporary romance, as well, which is a lot of fun! I’m a fan of cowboys. The real-life kind, not the NFL team. I’m a big history buff, however, and I absolutely love historical romance novels. I read more of those, historical fiction and non-fiction than anything else so, naturally, as a writer I’ve branched out a bit into historical romance. At some point, I would love to be able to focus on the historical genre a bit more. But right now my niche is definitely contemporary romance. As much as I love reading historicals, Regencies, and Highland romance, I enjoy writing contemporaries most.

Susana: Every writer dreams of getting “the call.” What were you doing when yours came? Who got to hear the good news first?

Amber: My agent relayed the news to me. I had known that Harlequin was interested in A Place With Briar and I had done several revisions of the manuscript. The revisions had taken a while because I was pregnant when I received the initial notes from the editors and I had some major issues with morning sickness and fatigue. I was so happy and relieved when the Superromance imprint finally said “yes” because I felt like the revised manuscript represented some really tough months and my best work to date.

Susana: Describe the “perfect hero.” What about the “perfect hero” for you?

Amber: As a reader, the perfect hero is a man who is compelling, someone I care about instantly and never stop caring about from the start of the book to the finish. I’m also a fan of the wounded/damaged romance hero. A beard doesn’t hurt much either and, as far as contemporary romance heroes are concerned, maybe a tattoo…or two. LOL. The perfect hero for me personally in real life is a 6-foot-tall, bearded man with calloused hands, kind blue eyes and an even kinder heart who can build beautiful houses from start to finish and who rides motorcycles. This is, of course, my real-life hero, my husband. :-)

Susana: What has been your biggest adventure to date?

Amber: My biggest adventure started in the spring of 2012. My husband and I tried for a long time to have a baby, and four years later we had all but given up when I realized that we finally would. That baby is now an adventurous toddler and he keeps us both very busy running after him and taking him to new places he can explore. Parenthood has definitely been my biggest and most cherished adventure to date!

Readers, I’m interested to hear your thoughts on what the “perfect hero” would be? Does your idea of the perfect contemporary hero differ from the perfect historical hero, like mine? And if you have a real-life hero, feel free to tell me what he’s like, too ;)


About A Place With Briar

He’s in some serious trouble…. 

Cole Savitt does not want to deceive Briar Browning. But if he hopes to see his son again, he has to find the weaknesses in her charming bed-and-breakfast, then get out of town fast! But the quaint inn isn’t the only thing charming him….

Cole’s straightforward plan becomes anything but when he begins to fall for the beautiful innkeeper. Suddenly everything’s on the line—his future with his son, a chance at happiness and the love of a good woman. Cole must rethink his priorities…and the stakes have never been higher. (RT BOOK REVIEWS gives this book 4 STARS!)

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“There’s something you need to know….”

Cole’s lips curved as he turned back to the bike. “I know.”

“You do?” Briar asked, sounding astounded.

“You’ve never ridden a bike before.”

“Is it that obvious?” she asked, rubbing her palms on her jeans.

“A little,” he said wryly. “Just lean with me into the turns. And hold on.”

Hell, if he didn’t coax her on now, she’d probably run for her life. And while that might have been better for the both of them under the circumstances, he found himself jerking his thumb behind him, motioning for her to get on.

After a brief pause, Briar dropped down her visor and stepped to the bike. Gripping his offered hand for balance, she climbed on behind him and placed her feet on the small passenger pegs.

Just this once, he was going to give Briar Browning the ride of her life. God help them both.

About the Author

biopic1Amber Leigh Williams lives on the Gulf Coast. A southern girl at heart, she loves beach days, the smell of real books, relaxing at her family’s lakehouse, and spending time with her husband, Jacob, and their sweet, blue-eyed boy. When she’s not running after her young son and three, large dogs, she can usually be found reading a good romance or cooking up a new dish in her kitchen. She is represented by Joyce Holland of the D4EO Literary Agency.



Ann B. Harrison and “The Club—Two for One”

I was at a library talk the other night with a few romance writers and one of the most common questions I hear came up.

“Have you read Fifty Shades of Grey?

Uh, hell yes. Along with millions of other people, I did read it and I’m not ashamed to say so either. Okay, I get it, you either love it or hate it. Being a writer myself I kind of swing both ways on this one. I loved the storyline, rich tortured guy finds himself infatuated with innocent young girl who tries to save poor tortured hero. Happy ever after with a bit of tension and loads of sex and you are guaranteed to have a winner on your hands, right?

Well, yes and no. The complaint I hear the most against the books is, the editing. Sure it wasn’t that great but I can read past that if there is a good story and E.L. James had a great story in my opinion. She had all of the elements wrapped up in that little package. And she had a killer marketing plan very few of us can get away with.

But do you know what it is that I loved the most about the whole deal and nobody can deny this? It changed the way we read. Yep, now you can sit in the train with a romance novel and not have to hide it behind the Sydney Morning Herald. And it can be a steamy romance novel too because that is what Fifty Shades has done for us, made it more acceptable to read erotic romance in the open. I mean, how many of you got a copy  in your Christmas stocking last year? I know my daughter did and she wasn’t the only one in our circle. All the men were talking about it and it was available in the local grocery store!

two-for-oneGotta love it right? I do because it made it so much more acceptable for us authors to write it. It made all the difference to me. I normally write rural romance with sex. Not a lot, but still steamy by some people’s count. Now I can happily write my little heart out, sex scene after sex scene and not get frowned at. That makes this author a very happy little girl.

The Club—Two for One is my steamy romance and I hope you enjoy it.

Thanks E. L. James!

About The Club—Two for One

Nothing is going Lizzie’s way. Her sex life is unsatisfying, her job sucks and she has more debt than she needs thanks to her loser brother. Against her better judgment, she lets her best friend sign her up to be auctioned off at a high-rolling venue called the Club. Agreeing to a weekend of adventurous sex with a stranger is one thing, but being bought by the brothers who own the Club means Lizzie is up for a weekend beyond her wildest fantasies.

Ryan and Lizzie hit it off, in bed and out, but it’s his quiet brother, Trace, that has her heart pounding and her panties in a twist. But is Lizzie what Trace needs? Having been burned before, will he take a chance on what his heart is telling him or trust his instincts and send her home after their weekend is over?


About the Author

054A3757_pp_1 (2)Ann swears she was born with a book in her hands and has never put it down. A lifelong love of reader has finally culminated in achieving her dream of writing…and publication.

She lives in the beautiful Hunter Valley with her own handsome hero of many years. Ann has always loved the ups and downs of life in small communities and she shares this with readers in her rural romances.

Strong sexy heroines with a good dash of sass thrown in feature in her stories. Of course these women need an equally strong hero. Bring on the outback hero and watch the passion ignite.

When not writing Ann enjoys reading, gardening, walking her very large dog Hugo and fighting with her computer.

ONE LUCKY NIGHT Cover Reveal—Giveaway!

I’m so happy today to share the cover and official blurb of One Lucky Night with you!

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One night can change everything… The crew at Boston’s Brazen Head Pub hasn’t been very lucky in love. Can a mysterious visitor inspire them to look past old hurts and misconceptions and give romance a chance? One Lucky Night is a collection of five sexy interwoven novelettes by Aria Kane, Grace Teague, Ana Blaze, Constance Phillips, and Melinda Dozier.

Lucky Break by Aria Kane

Four years ago, chef Derek Chase walked out of Andrea Rivera’s life after a tragedy neither of them were prepared to deal with. When she’s called to the Brazen Head to repair a dishwasher, old sparks ignite buried feelings.

Lucky Star by Grace Teague

When her life is threatened by a mugger, Charlotte Price realizes she’s in love with her best friend, Tommy Leung. The Brazen Head seems like the perfect neutral place to confess her feelings, but nothing goes according to plan.

A New Tune by Ana Blaze

When it comes to dating, Holly Hall has one unbreakable rule: no musicians. Not even gorgeous ones. Especially not gorgeous ones. Dating them only leads to heartbreak. So why did she let singer-songwriter Cian O’Neill kiss her? And why is she thinking about doing it again?

Lexi’s Chance by Constance Phillips

As a bartender, Sean Whalen meets all kinds of women every night, but none turn his head the way that Lexi has. She’s been playing cat and mouse with him for weeks. Tonight, Sean’s determined to get Lexi to quit teasing and take a real chance on him.

Drink or Dare by Melinda Dozier

A bachelorette party Drink or Dare game pairs paramedic students, Rachel Robertson and Killian Whelan, in a flirting match. Soon, the dares threaten to turn their academic rivalry into something much more.


One Lucky Night will be available in print and at all major ebook retailers on May 7th. For now, you can add it to Goodreads!

About the Authors

Aria Kane is a recovering mechanical engineer and romance writer. As a military brat, she grew up all over the country, but now lives in sunny Florida with a 60 lb mutt who thinks he’s a chihuahua.

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Grace Teague lives in Pittsburgh with her spouse, children and a cat named Mr. Sushi.

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Ana Blaze lives near Washington DC with her charming husband and three cats who firmly believe they are royalty. Ana is a member of Romance Writers of America.

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Constance Phillips lives in Ohio with her husband, two ready-to-leave-the-nest children, and four canine kids. Her perfect fantasy vacation would involve hunting Dracula across Europe with her daughter, who also digs that kind of stuff.

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Melinda Dozier teaches English to middle schoolers by day and writes at night. She lives in Guatemala, Central America with her college sweetheart and three sons.

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Kelly Hunter and “What A Bride Wants”


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About What a Bride Wants

What a bride wants…

Ella Grace Emerson adores her father, but he keeps trying to marry her off to every eligible rancher in Montana. When he puts an ad in the paper on her behalf – for a docile house-husband – Ella retaliates with one of her own, pinned to the noticeboard of the local saloon. No husband required, housebroken or otherwise. What she wants is the perfect lover.

What a bride needs…

Newcomer Cam Sawyer is perfectly willing to tear up the sheets with Ella and be her partner in chaos. She wants a bad boy and he’s had experience aplenty. But what she really needs is a strong and loving partner, and until Sawyer stops running from his past he can never be that.

Sawyer’s the one Ella wants. But can he be the man she needs?


Mardie greeted them with a cheerful smile. “Ladies. Table for two?”

“Booth, if you can swing it,” said Jo.

“I can swing it.”

“Sawyer working tonight?” Jo asked next.

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000031_00003]“Not you too.” Mardie’s voice was dry, very dry.

“Ella Grace wants a look. She’s hoping he’ll spark a little something deep down inside. I’m hoping to say I told you so.

Mardie laughed. “He’s not exactly docile. And I don’t think marriage is on his agenda.”

“It’s not on mine either,” offered Ella.

Mardie slid her a puzzled glance. “So what was with the ad? Not that it wasn’t awesome, because it was.”

Ella blinked in confusion, and then shrugged it off. Maybe Mardie was talking about some television commercial. Given that Ella rarely watched television at all, it stood to reason that she had no idea what the other woman was talking about.

They were halfway to the booth when Ella realized that something other was going on. Lots of eyes in this here saloon for it was Friday night and a snowy, wintery one at that. Lots of eyes fixed on her. A pair of women laughed suddenly, over by the bulletin board. Reese Kendrick looked her way and there was a warning for her in his dark, dangerous gaze… and what the hell was that for?  Ella had done nothing to fan his ire of late. That she knew of. “Am I missing something?” she asked warily.

“The ad,” Mardie answered, equally wary now. “Your ad. In the classifieds.”

Ella shook her head. “I never put any ad in the classifieds.”

About the Author

Author PicAccidentally educated in the sciences, Kelly Hunter didn’t think to start writing romances until she was surrounded by the jungles of Malaysia for a year and didn’t have anything to read. Eventually she decided that writing romance suited her far better than throwing sterile screw-worm flies out of airplane windows, and changed careers.

Kelly now lives in Australia, surrounded by lush farmland and family, 2 dogs, 3 miniature cows, a miniature pig, a 3-legged cat and a small flock of curious chickens. There are still flies, but their maggots don’t feed on flesh. Bargain.

Kelly is a USA Today bestselling author, a three-time Romance Writers of America RITA finalist and loves writing to the short contemporary romance form.


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Victoria Pinder and “The Zoastra Affair”

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Setting the Scene: A Letter From a Character

by Victoria Pinder

Dear Diary,

It’s been a while since I wrote in a book. My life has changed. Now that I’m back in the pink haired girl’s body, I’m safe again. I had to steal Grace’s body. But it was a shameful act. People can’t wrap their minds on any goal that might make it okay to borrow someone else’s life. And everyone loves Grace. I can’t say I blame them. If I had another choice, I’d have made different plans. And Grace is a nice person. Her husband loves her. But no hu-man on the ship would understand or care. My life was stolen too. Long ago, by some child named Lenchena. I had two childhoods. The one I was born into and then the second one when my life was stolen. The Sheratons are backwards. The planet is beautiful and tame and inviting for visitors. But what lies underneath that is an alien race where men and women are segregated. They wouldn’t allow me to be an an engineer based on my gender. But I was one of the brightest minds in the known galaxy in terms of engineering. I remember everything about my life, before.

The hu-mans have every right to lock me up and throw away the key. Heck, I’d not trust me if the situation was reversed. But why do they keep the ship so cold? Or is it just my cell? If they take me back to Sheraton, I’d rather die. This body might belong there, but my soul doesn’t. I can’t go back and lose any hope of fixing what happened. I want my life back too.

I’m so sorry about everything. I don’t know what else to do.

Ariel Transcender

About The Zoastra Affair

A hundred years from now, Earth has trading partners with alien beings, mostly humanoid. However, going into space brought forth an unknown enemy who attacks Earth at will.

The Zoastra is part of the Earthseekers, an organization originally designed to go into space. Its new mission is to find Earth’s enemies.

Ariel is stuck on a Victorian planet and steals Grace’s body and life to get off the planet. Grace must get her body back before Ariel bonds with Grace’s husband, Peter. Then there is Cross, the man on a mission to find those who killed his family. Ariel is attracted to Cross, but she’s stolen someone’s life.




Twenty Second Century

Sheraton Home World

I’m going to have to steal someone else’s body to get out of here.

“Ariel, are you listening?”

Ariel Transcender stared dumbfounded at the mother superior of her prison, a/k/a Aulnale School for Orphans. “Yes, mistress.”

She had no idea what happened, though she pasted a fake simpering smile of appreciation on her face. Ms. Rochelle walked away.

A few minutes later, Ariel looked out the window again, tuning out Rochelle’s mind numbing lecture on what was proper behavior when near a man. The boarding home on this planet gave the stupidest lectures of the galaxy. Her lips curled into a sneer. Women were not excited to be bound to men.

Could I do this to someone else? Do I have any other choice?

MEDIA KIT TheZostraAffair500x700Lenchena, the teenage girl who’d stolen her adult body and taken off on Ariel’s ship, needed to be found. And Ariel refused to listen to the daily drivel about always listening to a man

No longer on her planet, Grinocx, she did her best to understand this planet’s culture. Order made sense, but the Sheratons never made sense. Her gaze wandered to the well-manicured lawn designed for ostentatious parties. Not paying attention, Ariel’s mind still picked up a few phrases in the lecture, please a man, be agreeable, and do whatever is asked with a smile, floated in the air.

Lenchena’s voice became animated as she told them, “Ferula can be used on your future husband to ensure he finds completion even if you are too tired to perform your duties. However, with your husband, do this sparingly or else he’ll find you a lazy wife.”

Ariel blinked after that statement. Another grueling lecture on pointless marriage and sex. Blah, blah, blah. Her people, Grinders, didn’t believe in love and mating only to reproduce. Being stuck on Sheraton where the women dressed in long dresses, caring for homes with neatly cut green grass, and doing nothing more exciting than watching the pink dawns, while the men held careers in outer space, had never been her plan.

Was she really sitting in a lecture on how to please the male species? She rolled her eyes. Seriously? No, she refused to listen to this nonsense. The words ‘ladies never say no’ reverberated behind her back and made her face pucker.

Ariel schooled her features, pretending to listen to the school master, Ms. Rochelle. The woman had no heart. No one had listened to Ariel when she had cried for days and days that some young teenager had switched bodies with her, trapping her in this alien hell. Rochelle had dragged her back to school, and kept her under lock and key.

Hope became fleeting after that, while the years ticked past. For the past four years, she’d been training at the all-girls school for orphans on how to be a proper maid and housewife

The twenty-five years of her life training to be an engineer, then serving on the starship Tygra, then the sistership Thrycer, had been stolen.

Now that this body was almost of marriageable age, Ms. Rochelle, cursed school teacher, paraded Ariel out of the orphanage to find her a match. Every week or special event needing service, Ariel had on the job training with heavy supervision, pointing out Ariel’s light pink hair and ability to be a serviceable wife to a working man. Pink hair girls are sweethearts. Yeah right. That lowlife bottom-feeding insect, Lenchena, had stolen her body and her life.

Ariel had stopped complaining years ago because it got her nowhere. She was on her own and needed to find a way out of this body and back to her ship. With the almost age of marriage upon her, it was now or never. Then Ariel was going to find that little twit who stole her body and make her pay for stranding her on this backward planet.

“In a few weeks Ariel will be leaving us. Heading toward marriage with Massimo?” Ms. Rochelle’s voice pulled her back into the lecture.

“Err . . .” Massimo, with his hovercraft, became convenient transportation to leave the school with permission, but marriage? The boy dreamed of owning a restaurant with a pretty wife. She’d find a way off the planet, when she wasn’t being observed or offered for marriage to every low level non-space going man on this planet. Time ticked fast now.

“Ariel is lucky to have found a man so interested in her beauty, he can overlook her status.”

Ariel’s mouth tightened and she lowered her head to hide her scowl. No. Massimo was a child, too. Getting her body back from the child thief, Lenchena, mattered far more. This body was now strong. Away from the ever-watchful teacher, she’d have her chance for escape at one of the upcoming diplomatic events where she’d be a maid or serve others dinner. Plus, Sheratons mated for life, something Ariel refused to believe in. But in order not to draw attention to herself, she played along. “Um, yes. I am.”

A group of male soldiers marched past the closed door of the school room. The females in the class twisted around to catch a glimpse of them. Ariel didn’t join her classmates in staring and drooling at the opposite sex.


Why did these aliens keep males and females separate until marriage? The customs of this world never ceased to amaze her. The teacher taught the virgin teenagers to expect women to fall into orgasm whenever a man’s hand grazed her body. Seriously? Had they never had sex before? In her memory, sex hadn’t been that all-encompassing.

For the past four years she’d been stuck in this body, living through alien teenage hormones. The sexually denied tightness irritated her body, and her mind longed to be back working on a single engine design. On the Thrycer, she’d run a top design engine room, winning numerous awards for ingenuity on a space ship. Then she’d joined the boarding party to Sheraton, being told the planet was a relaxing and safe tranquil spa. Lies.

If Ariel let them, these alien hormones would dull her reaction time in the girl’s leftover body that held her consciousness. She’d managed to keep slim and fit with exercise as she bided her time until she found a way to her freedom, and got her body and life back. When she finished this, she’d fix everything. She’d force the girl who stole from her to return with the borrowed body to make the final switch and right everything.

About the Author

MEDIA KIT Author PhotoVictoria Pinder grew up in Irish Catholic Boston before moving to the Miami sun. She’s worked in engineering, after passing many tests proving how easy Math came to her. Then hating her life at the age of twenty four, she decided to go to law school. Four years later, after passing the bar and practicing very little, she realized that she hates the practice of law. She refused to one day turn 50 and realize she had nothing but her career and hours at a desk. After realizing she needed change, she became a high school teacher. Teaching is rewarding, but writing is a passion.

During all this time, she always wrote stories to entertain herself or calm down. Her parents are practical minded people demanding a job, and Victoria spent too many years living other people’s dreams, but when she sat down to see what skill she had that matched what she enjoyed doing, writing became so obvious. The middle school year book when someone wrote in it that one day she’d be a writer made sense when she turned thirty.

When she woke up to what she wanted, the dream of writing became so obvious. She dreams of writing professionally, where her barista can make her coffee and a walk on the beach, can motivate her tales. Contemporary romances are just fun to write. She’s always thinking whose getting hurt and whose story is next on the list to fall in love. Victoria’s love of writing has kept her centered and focused through her many phases, and she’s motivated to write many stories.

Member of Florida Romance Writers, Contemporary Romance, Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal chapter of RWA, and in Savvy Authors.


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