Friday, September 22, 2017

#HarlequinSuperromance Anthology Facebook Party!

Come join the fun! As you readers know, 10 Harlequin Superromance authors are working on the very first Harlequin Superromance anthology!

The anthology releases October 17, and features some of your favorite small towns, families, and characters. And, we're celebrating with a month-long Facebook party!

Starting October 1, 2017 we will have games and trivia and giveaways and prizes - so much is happening!! - and you can join the fun by joining our Facebook Group: Octoberfest -- Fall into Romance - Falling for You. 

Don't forget, you can pre-order the anthology now for only 99¢!

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Do you want to know which small towns will be featured? Read on for a peek at our blurb (and we also created a handy-dandy map for your reference):

It Was You by Tara Taylor Quinn:
He has no problem respecting the fact that she is off limits…until the one night he does.

The Right Man by Heatherly Bell: 
When one long planned dream day veers wildly off-course, she must decide between the perfect wedding or the right man.

Her Hometown Cowboy by Claire McEwen: 
Falling for him wasn’t part of her plan.

Meet Me in the Middle by Jo McNally: 
She’s used to playing it safe, but when her old crush comes cruising back into town, she might have to risk it all.

Outsider in a Small Town by Kristina Knight:  
She may hold the keys to his heart…and his future.

If I Fall by Kris Fletcher: 
What goes up must fall…in love.

Finding Harmony by Janet Lee Nye:
Jericho was the last place she wanted to be, but it was becoming the best place for her.

Perfect Fit by Angel Smits:
She never forgot her first love…and though he never measured up, neither did he.

Home to You by Dana Nussio: 
Can a woman who ran from home and a man who never had it ever hope to discover that home really is a place for hearts?

Can’t Help Falling in Love by Lisa Dyson: 
She’s career-oriented. and he’s the one who just broke her boss’s heart.

Don't forget, you can pre-order the anthology now for only 99¢!

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Friday, September 1, 2017

September 2017 New Releases from #HarlequinSuperromance

The Littlest Boss
The Cleaning Crew
by Janet Lee Nye

Her daughter always comes first 

Successful ER nurse Tiana Nelson has sacrificed a lot to provide for her daughter, Lily. She won't let anything, or anyone, jeopardize all she's accomplished. Not even handsome and charming engineer DeShawn Adams. But she's running into him everywhere, and when he connects with Lily, ignoring their attraction is impossible.


After an unexpected visit from DeShawn's past, it's clear that his life isn't as settled as it seems. Tiana can't expose Lily to danger, but walking away from DeShawn isn't easy. Not when Tiana is beginning to suspect that the best thing she can give Lily—and herself—is a future with him.

Breakup in a Small Town
A Slippery Rock Novel
by Kristina Knight

This isn't the man she married… 

Jenny Buchanan never considered what "for better or for worse" meant when she married Adam Buchanan at nineteen. Six years and two little boys later, "for worse" arrives in the form of a tornado that ravages Slippery Rock and injures Adam. Now he's a stranger to his family…and love won't be enough to bring him back.


Only when Jenny asks him to move out does Adam become the husband she needs…but Adam isn't the only one who's changed. As their attraction sparks back to life, Jenny and Adam must learn what it is to grow up—and grow together—before this small-town breakup lasts forever.

Wrangling the Rancher
The Brodys of Lightning Creek
by Jeannie Watt

It's a thin line between aggravation and…attraction! 

She was definitely not part of Cole Bryan's lease agreement. The rented farm is Cole's only chance for peace and quiet…until his landlord's gorgeous, city-livin' granddaughter, Taylor Evans, shows up looking for a place to stay. With nowhere else to go, Taylor isn't taking his "no" for an answer.


Cole plans to wait her out. Taylor's obviously not made for rural life, and she can't get out of Montana soon enough. But he never counted on her grit and determination—or the unexpected pull between them. Now the only way Cole can keep to himself is by compromising his heart…


Montana Unbranded
Home on the Ranch
by Nadia Nichols

Big-city cop rides the Wild West… 

Tracking down another criminal is not how DEA special agent Joe Ferguson expected to spend his enforced vacation while recovering from an injury. But someone is harming the wild horses of Montana, and attorney Dani Jardine is desperate to stop the culprit. Joe admires Dani's passion for the beautiful, free-spirited mustangs, so he steps up to help her.


While working together, Joe and Dani become closer, and their attraction grows stronger—until danger from his past threatens people they both love. Joe believes the sooner he returns to Providence, Rhode Island, the better. Because some things are meant to stay free…

September 2017 Boxed Set

Harlequin® Superromance brings you a collection of four new novels, available now! Experience powerful relationships that deliver a strong emotional punch and a guaranteed happily ever after.

This Superromance box set includes:

WRANGLING THE RANCHER
The Brodys of Lightning Creek
By Jeannie Watt

Taylor Evans is living on her grandfather’s farm. Temporarily. She can’t wait to get back to a big-city job, and Cole Bryan, the rancher leasing the property, clearly wants to be left alone. So why does she find him so intriguing?

MONTANA UNBRANDED
Home on the Ranch
By Nadia Nichols

DEA agent Joe Ferguson believes it’s safer to remain free and unattached. Until he meets Dani Jardine. Dani’s passion for wild horses is contagious, and when these animals are in danger, Joe helps this strong woman protect them. Then the stakes get higher in a showdown with a mob boss, forcing Joe to take stock of how he’s living his life and who he wants to share it with.

BREAKUP IN A SMALL TOWN
A Slippery Rock Novel
By Kristina Knight

When Adam Buchanan rushed in to rescue children trapped in a day-care center during a tornado, he never imagined that his selfless act could cost him the family he holds most dear. But he’s about to learn a whole lot more about true courage…

THE LITTLEST BOSS
The Cleaning Crew
Tiana Nelson—the woman DeShawn Adams never forgot—is back. He wants to get closer to the ER nurse and her adorable daughter, but after a surprise visit reminds him that he can’t bury the past, he has to make the choice of a lifetime.

Look for 4 compelling new stories every month from Harlequin® Superromance!

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Falling For You

Have you heard? This October, ten of the Superromance authors will be releasing an anthology of small-town novellas!

We've been talking about doing this for ages, so we're incredibly excited to tell you about it. We'll have more info as we get closer to the release. But right now, we want to share one important piece with all of you, and that's the dedication. You see, we're dedicating the entire anthology to our wonderful Superromance editors, and we want everyone to know just how special they are to us. Here's what we said:
This anthology could not and would not have happened without the encouragement and support of the amazing Superromance editorial team – Victoria Curran, Karen Reid, Megan Long, Claire Caldwell, Piya Campana, and Deirdre McCluskey. They were not part of its development but they went above and beyond to smooth the path for us, both directly (legalities!) and indirectly (making our in-person meetings possible). There is a rumor that wine may have been involved in the process, but our lips are sealed.

The editor-author relationship is a unique one, built on trust, honesty, wisdom, and vulnerability. Authors pour their hearts onto the page and hand the result over to editors, who have the responsibility of guiding the author toward a stronger story without losing either the heart of the book or the spirit of the author. The Superromance editors excel at this delicate balance. Each author in this anthology will tell you that she is a better writer because of her editor, and each time, it will be truth.

We, the authors, dedicate this anthology to our editors – the women who have taken our words and dreams and hearts and turned them into something so much more than we could have ever imagined.  The days of Superromance are drawing to a close, but our memories and appreciation and good wishes will live on. Never stop being amazing, ladies. 



Tuesday, August 1, 2017

August 2017 New Releases from #HarlequinSuperromance

For Joy's Sake
Where Secrets Are Safe
by Tara Taylor Quinn

There's something about Julie

Hunter Rafferty is committed to two things: his bachelor lifestyle and his career as an event planner. But working with Julie Fairbanks on a fund-raising gala is quickly becoming the best part of his day. He can't stop thinking about the mysterious beauty—despite her refusals to have dinner with him.

Everything changes when seven-year-old Joy comes to The Lemonade Stand, a shelter for victims of abuse. To help Joy overcome her trauma and the mystery surrounding it, Hunter and Julie push beyond their boundaries, confronting their own past pain…and feelings for each other.


Ethan's Daughter
Templeton Cove Stories
by Rachel Brimble

There's safety in solitude…isn't there? 

Single dad and best-selling thriller writer Ethan James has no problem being Templeton Cove's most famous recluse…until a surprise visit from the past plunges him into a real-life crime drama just as feisty nurse Leah Dixon barges her way into his world.

Ethan's first priority is to protect his daughter. His second priority is to keep Leah out of this dark web—and that means out of his bed. Except Leah isn't going anywhere; she's afraid little Daisy is in danger. Ethan couldn't live with himself if anything happened to Leah…but pushing her away may be even harder!


About That Kiss
The Malone Brothers
By Cindy Miles

A love worth fighting for 

Once a dedicated Coast Guard rescue swimmer, Nathan Malone lost more than his confidence the day he couldn't save his fiancée. He lost his faith in love. Nathan's come home to Cassabaw Station and put his life on hold. That changes, though, when Sean Jacobs and her five-year-old daughter move in next door.


Sean is unpacked and unsettled, and the fear in her eyes tells Nathan she's running from something. Yet despite his better judgment, Nathan can't ignore the tug at his heart. He'd do anything to protect Sean and her adorable daughter, because Nathan's not letting love slip through his fingers again…


Undercover with the Heiress
Fitzgerald House
by Nan Dixon

What's behind her beautiful mask? 

FBI agent Kaden Farrell is on a mission. He's undercover at Fitzgerald House in Savannah, where a little girl is the key to his investigation. And that's what he needs to focus on, not a down-and-out heiress whose jeweled eyes haunt his dreams.


Courtney Smythe might be spoiled, but when Kaden notices her ease with the children at the B and B, he sees the beauty beyond her looks. Getting close to Courtney will help his case, and giving in to attraction is the right thing to do. Even if it means perpetuating a lie…



August 2017 Boxed Set 

Harlequin® Superromance brings you a collection of four new novels, available now! Experience powerful relationships that deliver a strong emotional punch and a guaranteed happily ever after.

This Superromance box set includes:

FOR JOY’S SAKE
Where Secrets are Safe
By Tara Taylor Quinn

When Julie Fairbanks is brought in to help a little girl at The Lemonade Stand shelter, she does not expect to have to work with Hunter Rafferty. While he is charming, he is also persistent, and Julie does not—will not—let anyone get close.

ABOUT THAT KISS
The Malone Brothers
By Cindy Miles

Once a Coast Guard rescue swimmer, Nathan Malone lost more than his confidence the day he failed to save his fiancée from her sinking fishing boat. Back home in Cassabaw Station, he’s trying to pick up the pieces as captain of his family’s shrimping business. And then he meets his shy, keeps-to-herself new neighbor, Sean, and her outspoken and adorable five-year-old daughter… Can he find love again with a mom he discovers is desperate and on the run?

ETHAN’S DAUGHTER
Templeton Cove Stories
By Rachel Brimble
All Ethan James wants is a quiet life for himself and his daughter. But as threats escalate against them both, Leah Dixon will stop at nothing to help—no matter how much the single dad tries to keep her at arm’s length.

UNDERCOVER WITH THE HEIRESS
Fitzgerald House
By Nan Dixon

FBI agent Kaden Farrell is undercover at a Savannah B and B. A child there is connected to his drug case, so it only makes sense to get close to the kid’s nanny…down-and-out heiress Courtney Smythe!

Look for 4 compelling new stories every month from Harlequin® Superromance!

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Tell Orlando Hello For Me

By Angel Smits
           This year I’m not hastily packing to climb on board a plane to fly off to the Romance Writers of America conference.  I’m still here at home.  Pretending I’m not just a bit disappointed. 
But as I look at all the Facebook posts, and see all the photos of everyone setting out to have a good time, I am a little bit sad.  I love conference.  I learn so much, and the time I get to spend with all my writer friends—many of whom I only see when I go to those conferences—is precious.  But this year it just wasn’t meant to be. 
              I started going to conference way back in the dark ages, and it’s been the primary way I’ve been able to travel and see some amazing cities.  The other day I was thinking of all the places I’d have never seen if I hadn’t gone to conference.  Dallas, Seattle, San Francisco, Chicago, Reno, Orlando, New York City—and all the places I’ve had a layover or caught a flight, too.  Such fun!  Such experiences. 
            Several years ago I had a co-worker who used the phrase that someone was being a Gumby when they did something that wasn’t exactly what they intended.  (You remember the little green character, with the orange horse named Pokey?)  Over time it grew, and on one of my trips to RWA, I found a Gumby statue and bought it for her. 
            After that Gumby started appearing on desks when they did something--memorable.  And it wasn’t usually in a good way.  Yeah, he became the symbol for everyone when they did something that, well, wasn’t the brightest.   No one really wanted Gumby at first, but then after awhile people began to come in and say, “Give me Gumby.  You’ll never believe what I did--”  The stories got better and better. 
            At one point, however, Gumby needed to get out of the office.  I was heading out on another RWA trip, so I slipped him into my suitcase...

Ready to go!
...and away we went.  His picture started showing up in lots of place.  At meals.  On sight-seeing trips.  In restaurants (and even a few bars.)  He had some dates, and even attended the Harlequin Party.  My editor has cozied up to him...


 and a few authors may have even discussed his leading role in their novels…  Okay, maybe the last one had more to do with the bars than reality—but hey, we do write fiction…






            When life got crazy this past year, and I knew I wouldn’t be able to go to conference, I was almost as disappointed that I wouldn’t be taking Gumby any place exciting, as I was that I was staying home. 
            To cheer myself up, I dug out my Gumby pictures.  We reminisced a bit, as the last Orlando conference, we were there, posing by the fountains and having a wonderful time learning and seeing friends. 
            So for those of us who are staying home this year, I pulled up some Gumby pics from years past, maybe I can add a couple of us relaxing here at home. typing on my book that’s due in a few weeks and planning our trip for next year.  We will be there!



            Have fun everyone!  Think of us!  We'll be thinking of you.  

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

It Happens

Kris Fletcher

For the first time I can ever recall, I didn't get my blog posted on time. Not because it's my kids' summer break, which means I got, got, got, got no time (to quote the Guess Who). Not because it was the Tsarina's night to cook dinner, which means I was up to my elbows in egg yuck as I helped her make homemade baked mozzarella sticks. Not even because it was time for my couples massage with Ryan Reynolds, though you know, it would have been rude to make him wait.

No, this time, the problem truly was beyond my control. Our power went out. Some pretty bad storms went through and while we didn't feel the brunt of the wind or rain, we still spent well over an hour in the semi-dark. (Work with me. It was five in the afternoon.)

Sometimes, life just happens, and all we can do is roll with it.

In 1998, a couple of months after we moved in our old (then new) house, we went to Maine for Labor Day weekend to visit my husband's family. While we were gone, we got a call from our new neighbors, letting us know that a possible tornado had ripped through our neighborhood the night before. It turned out to be a derecho (straight-line winds), not a tornado, but the damage left behind was pretty terrifying. We had trees down all over our back yard and no power for 10 days, but we were lucky. Two people who were staying at the state fairgrounds were killed. In fact, if the storm had hit about  an hour earlier, the fair would have still been going and the midway would have been teeming with people. A week+ of no power feels a little insignificant after an event like that.

Life happens whether we're ready or not. The best we can do is tuck our heads down, pull our elbows in, and bend our knees, because baby, it's time to roll.

Or, possibly, to fly. 


Thursday, July 20, 2017

July Guest Editor Post by Claire Caldwell

Good morning, Supers authors!

I’m here with your guest editor post this month, AKA a dispatch from the pre-RWA trenches. Don’t get me wrong, I’m SUPER excited to jet off to the conference. But with under a week to go, it’s getting a bit frenzied around here. My Outlook calendar is bursting at the seams, and the halls are abuzz with last-minute dinner reservations and Orlando humidity hair tips.  

And last night, I had to go shoe shopping. Between rehearsing our Series Spotlight presentation and booking author appointments, I realized the turquoise Keds I can get away with at the office and my weekend hiking sandals aren’t going to earn me any professionalism points at Nationals. I managed to find a cute pair of sandals pretty quickly, but I was determined to hunt down something a bit fancier for the Harlequin party, too. How hard could that be?

Oh, sweet summer child. My mission was doomed from the beginning. Apparently it’s clearance time, and every store seemed to be out of my size—even when I managed to find something appealing among the season’s castoffs, piled haphazardly on tables and crammed into racks. 

Hot, disheveled and hungry, I went into yet another store, hoping it would be my last stop. “Huh,” I thought, turning over a wedge to check the price. “I wonder what the code ‘495’ means.” It took me two more shoe-flips to realize that was, in fact, the price tag, and I was out of there faster than you can say, “I’ll try these in a 9.”

Eventually, I was forced to admit defeat. For now. Or maybe I’ll just skip straight to dancing in my socks at the Harlequin party.

The series editors have lots of great events planned at RWA this year, but even if you can’t make it to the conference, there are lots of ways to get involved. In fact, that Series Spotlight I mentioned? Today, we’re having a Twitter event to drum up excitement for the presentation. From 10am to 12pm EST, tweet using the hashtag #MakeADateWithHarlequin to tell us how you spend quality time with series books. We’d love to hear from you!

Yours in footwear dilemmas,

Claire 

Saturday, July 1, 2017

July 2017 New Releases #HarlequinSuperromance

Her Secret Service Agent by Stephanie Doyle


She wants her Secret Service agent back… 


She was the president's only daughter. And like a bad movie cliché, Vivian Bennett fell in love with her Secret Service agent, Joe Hunt. Except the night she chose to confess her feelings, the night he rebuked her embarrassing advance, was the night her stalker kidnapped her.

That was ten years ago. Joe, of course, had rescued her. But that didn't stop her father from firing him, and her juvenile mistake cost Viv her best friend. Well, she's back in Washington and, even though her dad's no longer in office, she's started to get threatening letters. She needs—wants—the only man she's ever trusted to protect her a second time.

Welcome Home Katie Gallagher (From Maine with Love) by Seana Kelly


Nobody said a fresh start would be easy 


A clean slate is exactly what Katie Gallagher needs, and Bar Harbor, Maine, is the best place to get it. Except the cottage her grandmother left her is overrun with woodland creatures, and the police chief, Aiden Cavanaugh, seems determined to arrest her! Katie had no idea she'd broken his heart fifteen years ago…



Rebel in a Small Town (Slippery Rock) by Kristina Knight
He's not giving up his family without a fight 


James Calhoun has never been able to resist Mara Tyler, or her knack for mischief. Her reputation as a reckless teenager drove Mara from their hometown. So Slippery Rock is the last place James ever expected to see her, and Mara's timing couldn't be worse. With the upcoming election for sheriff, she threatens the squeaky-clean image James needs to win. Because Mara has brought with her the result of their steamy affair: his two-year-old son, Zeke. After the initial shock, James is determined to have both his family and career. He just needs to convince Mara that her home is where it's always been. With him.

Bachelor Protector (Poppy Gold Stories) by Julianna Morris

Driven to defend a woman who won't let him! 


Poppy Gold Inns should be the perfect place to relax, except architect Tyler Prentiss doesn't do slow. He's juggling his work long-distance while looking after his brother, a wounded soldier battling PTSD. And he's figuring out how to make nice with Sarah Fullerton, his mother's new boss. Helping the stubborn, sexy baker remodel her kitchens is a step in the right direction, he figures. And when someone begins harassing Sarah, he wants to do more, but the independent woman won't let him. Tyler knows all about needing space. She's in danger, and so is he…of finally opening his heart.

July Box Set

Harlequin® Superromance brings you a collection of four new novels, available now! Experience powerful relationships that deliver a strong emotional punch and a guaranteed happily ever after.

This Superromance box set includes:

HER SECRET SERVICE AGENT
by Stephanie Doyle
She was the president’s only daughter. And like a bad movie cliché, Vivian Bennett fell in love with her Secret Service agent, Joe Hunt. Except the night she chose to confess her feelings, the night he rebuked her, was the night her stalker got her. That was ten years ago; long since Joe had rescued her, lost his job and she’d lost her best friend. But now she’s back and she needs the only man she’s ever trusted to save her a second time…

BACHELOR PROTECTOR
Poppy Gold Stories
by Julianna Morris
Sarah Fullerton doesn’t need Tyler Prentiss to protect her. Yes, strange things have been happening and, yes, it’s possible she might have a stalker. But she can handle it on her own—and she definitely doesn’t need help from an overbearing, emotionally closed-off man. No matter how steamy the attraction is between them…

REBEL IN A SMALL TOWN
A Slippery Rock Novel
by Kristina Knight
Detective James Calhoun believed he’d put his feelings for Mara Tyler firmly in the past…until she shows up in Slippery Rock again with a toddler she says is his.

WELCOME HOME, KATIE GALLAGHER
By Seana Kelly
With the end of her marriage, Katie’s decided a fresh start is in order. So she moves to Bar Harbor, Maine, and takes up residence in the cottage her gran left her. Though not everyone’s happy Katie’s back, including Aiden Cavanaugh. But despite his grumbles, Katie feels a certain heat between her and the handsome chief of police…a flame she definitely wants to fan.

Look for 4 compelling new stories every month from Harlequin® Superromance!

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

What To Do On a Sunday

What To Do On a Sunday
by Angel Smits

            Last Sunday my fellow Super Romance author Claire McEwen posed a question on her Facebook page.  Now, I didn’t answer or post because, well, I didn’t see it until Tuesday, and the comment was about what you do on a Sunday. 
            If I’d seen it on Sunday, I’d have commented—really—but I didn’t.  But it got me to thinking.  What I do on Sunday’s is actually a very big deal. 
            I work a 9-5 day job as the admin assistant to the plant manager for a large manufacturing plant.  It’s a busy job, definitely hectic some days.  So when I get to the weekend, hectic and busy is not what I’m looking for.  But, working a 9-5 day job also means there are several tasks that have to be done around the house, whether I like it or not. 
            So Sunday’s are the days where I sleep in a little.  The rest of my family can apparently sleep in a lot because I’m usually up way before they are.  I throw on my robe, walk out to the driveway and retrieve the newspaper, and put on a pot of coffee.  This is the quietest time of my week.  I relish every single minute of it. 
            Ready the newspaper is an old-fashioned habit, but a particularly important one for me.  I read nearly every story, every editorial and sometimes the advertising inserts, too.  Depending on when the rest of my family gets up.  Reading a newspaper is relaxing.  I don’t have to worry about the battery dying.   There’s no ads that stop my screen from scrolling down to the next section—I simply turn my eyes or the page.  Yeah, some of the stories are things that I saw online a couple days ago, but frequently this is the entire story, not just the headline, or the grabber paragraph. 
            I get story ideas from newspaper articles.  Those grainy newspaper photos are often the best jumping off place for a tale I want to tell.  So I sit back and enjoy every single minute--heavily laced with my coffee.  
            Eventually, though I do have to emerge from that cocoon.  And often the bridge back to reality is the coupon inserts.  I love coupons.  I’ve saved a lot of money over the years clipping and saving them.  It’s also become a ritual with my daughter and I.  We get out the scissors and clip away, a lot like cut and paste back in school.  She and I get ideas of what we plan to make for all of us to eat in the week ahead, and get reminded of things we haven’t had in awhile. 
            In the afternoon, we venture off to the grocery store.  It’s really the only day I can do it so I’ve resigned myself to it.  And my daughter loves to go.  She started going with me when she was little.  At an early age she learned how to add to the shopping cart.  At least now, she asks.  At two, she just tossed it in and this harried mother never had a clue—not until I was home unpacking bags.  Some interesting things ended up on our menu that way. 

Do we look like intrepid shoppers?
            Over time, grocery shopping became a mother daughter activity.  Sometimes it was the only time we had, just the two of us.   We’ve found that a lot of topics can be fit into the hour plus it takes us to buy a week’s worth of groceries.  And while it’s not private, no one’s really listening to us—and if they are, who cares.  We don’t know them, and they don’t know us.         
            There’s been a lot of sharing going on as we walk those aisles.  I can ask her in produce if something’s bothering her.  And by dairy, she’s filled me in and we’ve hashed out a few solutions.  In canned goods, she might say, “You know mom, I was wondering…”  And as we stroll down the baking aisle and debate which desert to get, we’ve come up with some answers, maybe even some viable solutions. 
            We never consciously decided to make the grocery store our connecting ground, it just happened over time.  And I’m glad it did.  Every parent should have a special time and place with each of their children.  A place where that child feels like they are the only person in that parent’s life.  A place where the relationship is one on one and  you can get to know the individual.  And they can get to know you as a person as well. 

            Is there a special place or event you have in your life where you connect with someone special?  I’d love to hear stories, if you’re willing to share.  And if you don’t have one?  Feel free to think about making one.  It’s definitely worth the effort.  

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Have Laptop, Will Travel - And Write.

Kris Fletcher

One of the things I like best about writing is what a portable career it is. For example, this blog post is coming to you from the hallway of my church, where I am holed up while my daughter is in the sanctuary having a voice lesson. It got me thinking about some of the many and varied places I have carried my writing with me over the years. Care to travel down memory lane with me?
  • My office, of course. We've owned three houses over my writing time and I've been lucky enough to claim an office in each one. In fact, when we were house-hunting last year, the list of requirements was pretty simple: same schools for my girls, at least three bedrooms, and an office for me.
  • School concerts. Don't fret - I don't work during the concert itself. But before the music begins? Fair game. Transition time between groups? That works, too. 
  • Waiting rooms. Oh yeah. And exam rooms, while waiting for the good doc to appear. 
  • Hotel rooms, both solo (when racing to meet a deadline) or with the family. Of course, that writing is usually done in the bathroom while everyone else is still asleep :-)
  • Outside. The glider, the Adirondack chairs, the picnic table, the playground - they have all seen
    their share of action.  The car. Not as much as you would expect, given the amount of traveling we do, but the thing is, taking time to write means that I have to let my husband drive. Can you say, watch the control freak totally lose it?
  • Libraries, coffee shops, cafes. Come on. I think those are practically required. 
  • Planes. Again, not as much as you would expect, but since I'm usually traveling with at least one child, most flights have been spent keeping kids amused (and making sure they don't spend the entire flight ringing the call button). But they are getting older, and unlike my husband's driving, they are constantly getting better.
  • Writing retreats. These are the best. Good friends, no distractions, abundant snacks.Does it get any better?
And let's not forget the many times inspiration and plot points have hit in the least expected places - the shower, the grocery store, in the middle of a sermon, during school performances, while cooking dinner - basically, anywhere and everywhere. My family has grown accustomed to having me stop them in the middle of something while I frantically jot a note on paper or dictate a memo into my phone. Sometimes they're not even embarrassed.

I've written on three continents, in at least seven countries, and in more cities than I can count. No matter where the road leads, it seems there's always a story - either one I bring with me or one I find there. Definitely one of the best perks of this gig.




Thursday, June 1, 2017

June 2017 New Releases from #HarlequinSuperromance

Airman to the Rescue (Heroes of Fortune Valley) by Heatherly Bell

She's off-limits…and perfect for him! 

It was supposed to be easy. Sarah Mcallister was going to flip her late father's house and head back to Colorado for a fresh start. But when her shady contractor gets arrested, taking most of her budget with him, she's at risk of losing everything. Enter Matt Conner…sexy pilot, single dad, Sarah's brother's best friend…and far too good with his hands for her peace of mind.

Moving into Sarah's spare bedroom is just asking for trouble, but Matt's trying to make amends with his troubled teen son, and a key step is finding a decent place to crash for as long as it takes. And the woman needs his help…

Her Amish Protectors by Janice Kay Johnson


She had wanted a simpler life in Amish country… 

The caring community in her new Missouri small town was a healing salve for Nadia Markovic's wounded spirit…until someone broke into her apartment above her Amish quilt shop and robbed her while she was sleeping. The thief made off with all the funds they'd just raised through the sale of her neighbours' handmade quilts. And police chief Ben Slater can't rule her out as the prime suspect. Only her Amish friends are willing to give her the benefit of the doubt. People are angry enough to even target her with violence… But while Ben might not trust her, he's committed to protecting her, confusing her feelings for this man who's pulling her apart!

Shelter in the Tropics by Cara Lockwood

She's got nowhere left to run 

After a year of searching, ex-marine turned private eye Tack Reeves has finally located Cate Allen. She's traded in her high heels for flip-flops but Tack would recognize the stunning beauty anywhere. He just needs proof. Posing as a tourist at her Caribbean resort is the perfect cover. Except that the closer Tack gets to Cate, the less his case makes sense…and their intense attraction is only fueling the confusion. When he learns that the mom and her four-year-old son are hiding from her abusive ex, he vows to protect them. But Cate may not let him when she learns why he's on the island…

Unexpected Attraction by Stella MacLean

She swore never to trust him… 

Hardworking single mom Andrea Taylor thought she knew everything about her teenage daughter. She doesn't. Her teen is being bullied, and the school has brought in Jake Polegato to help. But the charming psychologist is the last man Andrea wants meddling in her family affairs. 

Andrea has good reason to despise Jake, but her daughter comes first. Yet as Andrea and Jake work together, she begins to see the man he really is. As tensions turn into undeniable attraction, Andrea finds herself in dangerously unfamiliar territory. Because now she doesn't just need Jake's help…she needs him.


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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

A Family Anniversary on the Bay

Our wedding anniversary isn't really a romantic occasion, it's more of a family event.  That's because my husband and I didn't get married until our son was almost one year old, so I carried him at the wedding instead of a bouquet.


And then, when we finally saved enough money for our dream honeymoon to France and Italy, we took our son with us.


So now my son talks about how 'we' had a wedding.  And 'we' went on a honeymoon.  And when May 27th rolls around, he calls it 'our anniversary'.  I think it's pretty cute.  My husband and I always go on a romantic date to celebrate the day we met, but the wedding anniversary is definitely a family holiday!

This past weekend was our wedding anniversary, and my husband surprised my son and I with a sail on Monterey Bay.  We were so excited!  We live near the bay, visit its shores at least once a day, but my son and I had never actually been out on the water.  So on Saturday we headed for the harbor, boarded a catamaran, and sailed out to sea for a fun adventure!


Now, since this is a romance author blog, I'll just mention that the handsome crew members made me wonder if I should write a story about sailors!  Or harbor patrol officers!  I tried to get a photo of this gentleman, but he zoomed by a bit too fast for me.  But he had a romance-novel hero aura about him for sure!


Anyway, I cannot recommend an anniversary boat-adventure highly enough. We had so much fun! We loved seeing our town from the water.



And The Boardwalk is always fun to see from any angle.



And the critters!  We were hoping to see the humpback whales and orcas that live in the bay, but I think they were hiding out due to the choppy water.  We did find sea lions by the wharf and swimming alongside the boat.



And we sailed by an otter, who looked a little upset that we'd interrupted his meal.  Can you spot the shell in his paws?


Although we see pelicans in our neighborhood every day, it's usually from a distance.  It was amazing to see them swoop right over the boat!


We couldn't have asked for a better anniversary celebration.  As we chugged past the lighthouse and into the harbor, all we could think about was when we could head out onto the bay again!


Whether it's for an anniversary or just for fun, what kinds of adventures do you enjoy with the people you love?

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Unplugged!

by Angel Smits

            Some weeks just don’t go quite like you plan. 
Last week was one of those.  My husband and I had been planning a trip to the Preakness Horse Race for months.  We planned to meet some of the people he’d gone to school with at the Air Force Academy—people we haven’t seen in a gazillion years. 


            Early in the week the announcements came from Harlequin that they were restructuring the lines.  My heart hurt thinking about how hard I’d worked to get this far, and how much I still wanted to accomplish.  I worried about what was ahead.
            Then in my day job, I had to cram five days of work into three.  It was crazy and I came home every night exhausted.
            Like I said, it wasn’t going like I planned. 
            To top it off, I was getting ready to head home on that last day, packing up my laptop for work when it froze.  It wouldn’t turn off.  Wouldn’t restart.  Wouldn’t do a blessed thing.  Then the dreaded blue screen appeared. 
            Panicked, I ran down to IT.  They would have to keep the laptop to see what was wrong.   There wasn’t anything they could do. 
            Now, I was heading out for a few days of vacation, so I didn’t need it to work.  But I don’t like to come back to 100+ email, so I do look through and weed out the useless stuff and get my brain prepped for the next week sometime when I’m off. 
            But I wouldn’t have the laptop.  I’d be disconnected.  Completely. 
            We packed up and planned to leave early in the morning.  I was still in the dumps about my writing, and decided I wasn’t even going to pack a notebook.  It was going to be a short vacation, and we were going to be too busy for me to write anyway.  Besides, all good hotels have notepads available, and I’ve been known to write entire plots on coffeeshop napkins.  If all else fails, my phone has a notes app.   
            I woke up in the middle of the night and heard it raining hard.  Great.  It only got worse—when we woke up in the morning, we learned it wasn’t rain—it was snow!  I do live in Colorado, so spring snow isn’t unheard of, but—really?  We had to drive to the airport two hours away.
            This week, this trip, was starting to feel doomed. 
            Sometimes, however, the universe knows what I need more than I do. 

Leaving Colorado

Arriving in Washington, DC
             We landed in Washington DC to a beautiful sunny day.  We used the GPS function on my phone to find out hotel, and throughout the weekend.  Our friends were in our room visiting, so we didn’t turn on the television.  In the car, we were talking and laughing.  No phone.  No computer.  No TV.  No radio. 
            It’s been years since I’ve been that disconnected.  It was wonderful!! 
            And we didn’t even have to go to the boonies to get away—we were smack in the middle of one of the country's busiest metro areas.
            The Preakness is held in Baltimore, Maryland, and is the second race in horse racing’s triple crown.  The Kentucky Derby and the Belmont are the other two races, which the Preakness is in between.  If it isn’t on your bucket list, it should be.  Just the experience of it.  The horses, the people watching, the fresh outdoors--it was all wonderful and a lot of fun. 
            I came home more relaxed than I’ve been in ages.  Yeah, the whole vacation helped, but honestly, being unplugged was a huge part of escaping.  I can’t recommend it enough. 
            Now back home, things aren’t all “fixed.”  There’s still a lot of uncertainty in my writing career and, yeah, I had over 100 emails waiting for me.  But I was rested up and I can handle it.  I’ll figure out something.  I always do. 
            Maybe we all should unplug sometimes, and not wait until the universe does it for us.  Just a thought. 
            Oh—and no I didn’t win my millions by betting on the right horse.  My horse was edged out at the end of the race.   But what fun it was to cheer him on while he was ahead! 
            And not do anything with my phone—but take pictures! 
The track was so close!

Run!!!



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