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10 Things I Loved About Seattle

When AvonBooks asked me to participate in the KissCon Seattle event—having never been to Seattle—I decided to go in a few days early and get a flavoring of the city.

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Have You Met: Avon Addict Merle

Have you met Avon Addict Merle yet? She’s come by today to share five things about herself that we probably don’t know! Welcome, Merle… 1) What is the very first romance novel that you read? I’m actually relatively new to romance — I only started reading it a year ago! My very first romance was Courtney Milan’s Unclaimed. I adored it so much I went out and bought all of her books immediately afterward. 2) Favorite place to find new books? There’s a large used bookstore here in my city called Gardner’s, and I LOVE wandering through their large romance section to find all sorts of goodies. 3) Who are your must-buy authors? Courtney Milan, of course; Tessa Dare; Theresa Romain; Simone St. James for her utterly perfect Gothic ghost stories; Elizabeth Loupas, who writes stunning historical novels; and N.K. Jemisin, for truly unique and exciting fantasy books. 4) Do...

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Never Judge a Lady By Her Cover by Sarah MacLean Review +_Giveaway!!

How many times can you say that you judge someone based on what you heard or preconceived notions based on their appearance? Probably most of us can confess to doing that at some point in our lives. Sarah MacLean takes this notion and flips it upside down during her Rules of Scoundrels series, especially the fourth book in the series, Never Judge a Lady By Her Cover.  Never Judge a Lady By Her Cover By Sarah MacLean Publication Date: November 25, 2014 Publisher: Avon Reviewed from: an ARC from Avon--thank you! Purchase Notes:      --Purchased a copy for myself      --Copy ordered for the library What is This Book About? We first met Lady Georgiana in Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing a Lord, as a young girl who has been deceived by the one she thought she loved. Left with a child, Georgiana has spent her adult life...

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Guest Post & Giveaway: The Duke's Guide to Correct Behavior by Megan Frampton

The Duke’s Guide to Correct BehaviorDukes Behaving Badly # 1 By: Megan Frampton Releasing November 25th, 2014 Avon Blurb All of London knows the Duke of Rutherford has position and wealth. They also whisper that he’s dissolute, devilish, and determinedly unwed. So why, everyone is asking, has he hired a governess? When Miss Lily Russell crosses the threshold of the Duke of Rutherford’s stylish townhouse, she knows she has come face to face with sensual danger. For this is no doting papa. Rather, his behavior is scandalous, and his reputation rightly earned. And his pursuit of her is nearly irresistible—but resist she must for the sake of her pupil. As for the duke himself, it was bad enough when his unknown child landed on his doorstep. Now Lily, with her unassuming beauty, has aroused his most wicked fantasies—and, shockingly, his desire to change his wanton ways. He’s determined to become...

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Nov 27 - Post

Fear Not

I opened my devotional book and it fell open to this page. It really spoke to me, and in light of all the unrest, most specifically all that is going on in Ferguson, I thought I'd share the whole devotional with you. Do not be afraid, for I am with you. Hear Me saying Peace, be still to your restless heart. No matter what happens, I will never leave you or forsake you. Let this assurance soak into your mind and heart, until you overflow with joy. Though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, you need not fear! The media relentlessly proclaim bad news: for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A steady diet of their fare will sicken you. Instead of focusing on fickle, ever-changing news broadcasts, tune in to the living Word--the One who is always the same. Let Scripture saturate your...

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[Book Tour, Review & Giveaway] Can't Wait by Jennifer Ryan

      Can’t Wait Hunted Series Prequel By: Jennifer Ryan Releasing November 11th, 2014 Avon Romance     ...Blurb... From the All I Want for Christmas is a Cowboy Anthology comes Jennifer Ryan’s story of Caleb and Summer. Before the Hunted series they had a whirlwind romance not to be forgotten...   Caleb Bowden has a lot to thank his best friend, Jack, for - saving his life in Iraq and giving him a job helping him run his family’s ranch. He also introduced him to the most incredible woman he’s ever met. Too bad he can’t ask her out. You do not date your best friend’s sister. Summer and Caleb share a closeness she’s never felt for anyone, but the stubborn man refuses to turn the flirtatious friendship into something meaningful. Frustrated and tired of wishing to be happy, Caleb tells Jack how he feels about Summer. With his friend’s...

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Writing Erotic Romance – Second Drafts And Other Messes

This post has adult content. If you are under the age of eighteen years old and/or sensitive to adult language/situations, please do not read this post. You’ve conquered NaNoWriMo and have written a fast first draft of your story. Now what do you do with this steaming pile of word feces? There are some writers who claim to write perfect first drafts, first drafts that make the angels sing and editors weep with wonder. These writers can usually be found drinking by themselves at conferences. Publicly, we pretend to be happy for them. Privately, we know they can’t be trusted. Because every writer tweaks SOMETHING. Maybe this tweaking happens immediately after the first draft of a sentence or scene or chapter is written. Maybe this tweaking happens after the entire first draft of the story is written. The timing doesn’t matter. Once we change something – a word, a scene,...

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Nov 26 - Post

Happy Thanksgiving and Black Friday!

Hey everyone,   As you are getting ready to celebrate Thanksgiving or just start your Christmas shopping early I wanted to say a little something. Most of my posts have been about books and this one is no exception but first...   Thanksgiving,           I know some don't get into this holiday for one reason or another but I want to encourage you to make a mental note to give thanks anyway. We all live busy lives and yes we should give thanks every day but sometimes time flies by and we forget. So tomorrow and Friday as you are shopping and spending time with friends and family or however you spend your days. Just stop and give thanks, thank your family for being there, or a friend that has always encouraged you, thank your children for giving you the faith and trust of a child, thank God for waking...

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