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Lights, Latkes and Love with Peggy Bird

First, thanks, Becky, for hosting me on your blog today. I’m happy to talk about “Lights, Latkes, and Love” with your followers. It’s a Christmas/Hanukkah story that started out to be a sweet short story. No, really. That’s what I planned. How difficult could it be, I thought? I mean, I’m a writer. I can write sweet. Can’t I? Wrong. Apparently I can’t. When I read that my publisher Crimson Romance was looking for short stories for a holiday anthology I set out to write a lovely Christmas story, full of sentiment and no carnal activity. It would be short, sassy and sexless. Maybe there’d be a chaste little kiss but nothing else. I knew who David and Hannah, the hero and heroine, were. Knew how they’d meet. Figured out a couple complications to throw in their way and we were off. The first thing that happened was that, when they kissed for the first time, David kept trying to, shall we say, deepen the kiss. And Hannah liked it. So I let that go. After all, a little French ki

WINNING STREAK (A Las Vegas Sinners Book)

B: When I found out Katie was coming out with her third Las Vegas Sinners’ book I got understandably excited. Katie is a friend of mine even if she isn’t a Flyers fan. But most importantly I loved the first two books. It took a disgustingly long time for people to recognize how many women enjoy hockey and even longer for the world at large to acknowledge the sex appeal. I like to credit Katie with that. And Katie would like to credit all her fans with not only a great new book but a crazy giveaway - Be sure to read all the way to the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post to enter for your chance to win an ebook copy of Winning Streak plus a Sinners tote bag filled with signed postcard size covers from all three Sinners’ books, a Sinners magnet, and a pair of Sinners glow horns! ♥ About Winning Streak As the new head of public relations for the Las Vegas Sinners hockey team, Saralynn Reese wants to leave behind the frivolity of her popular girl image. Unfortunately, h


B: WAY TO GO ANDREA. I’m adding this to my TBR list based on the cover alone! Blurb: Liars, liars everywhere, watch your back they may be in your lair… After framing his Chief Operating Officer and believing he has killed the man’s family, Westridge and his corporation hides behind a mask of legitimacy. The company’s secrets were safe once again … or so they thought. Everyone knows secrets never stay buried for long. Crystal and her sister, Ruby, are commoners by day and thieves by night. Since their childhood, they've trained for one purpose: to gather proof of their father’s innocence. But Kade hanging around makes Crystal's focus falter. Kade Sullivan, one of Texas' finest undercover agents, is brought in to solve the rash of local thefts—the victims being Westridge’s Board of Directors. A dark past haunts Kade, keeping him from emotionally attaching to another, but he can't keep Crystal out of his thoughts. Can Crystal keep her passion

SECRETS by Lynn Crandall

Someone is making homeless cats disappear and Michelle Slade wants to put a stop to it. The office manager at Aegar Investigations and owner of cat rescue Cats Alive, she struggles to keep together the life she’s forged since the one she knew shattered five years ago on the night she was raped. She couldn’t have predicted that the rape’s impact would reach into her present life and put a strangle grip on all she holds dear, thanks to the evil machinations of powerful businessman, William Carter. When Michelle’s problems with Carter escalate, friends rally to help her, with private investigator Casey Mitchell at the top of the line. When Casey finds his investigation takes him down a very dark path of diabolic and life-threatening research conducted by Carter Enterprises, he attempts to keep his work life and his private identity as a were-lynx separate. However, though he’s been trained his whole life to keep his identity and his colony of were-cats protected, he now struggles w


I’m here to talk to you today about a very sensitive subject – book reviews. Please be sure to sit your authors down and have honest, forthright conversations with them about book reviews. Your author may think the hardest thing she had to do was write the book; edit the book; publish the book; but sadly, she is mistaken. She now has to market the book. And an important element of marketing, one that I cannot stress enough, is the holy grail of book reviews. Even bad ones. Relax! Breathe! It’s going to be alright. Your author can survive some bad reviews. Just remind him that not everyone likes spinach, some people detest spinach, that doesn’t make spinach bad. And in that same vein, not everyone will like his book – that doesn’t make it bad. Taste is subjective. And reviews are not personal; including the ones that feel like they are. Don’t address them, don’t respond, and don’t throw your typewriter in the recycling bin either. REMEMBER – YOU ASKED THEM TO SHARE T

Spotlight on author Angela Smith

One Last Hold by Angela Smith $0.99 Sale on Amazon Kindle BLURB: He has a shaded past… Wesley Webb is at the pinnacle of his auto racing career when his main rival is murdered hours after their confrontation. That, along with evidence found at the scene, shades him as prime suspect. Now he’s under intense press scrutiny, particularly from Caitlyn Daniels, an ex-girlfriend who knows all about his secret past. And she’s the one woman who could expose him… Caitlyn thought to never see Wesley again. Now, his life could be in her hands. Ten years ago, a tragedy tore apart everything she held dear, including their relationship. When she’s assigned to do an exclusive story with the reluctant race car driver she once loved, she believes this could be her purging. But chemistry tears apart her resolve to stay strong. Can they work out their differences and fall in love again, or will tragedy keep them apart? EXCERPT: She took a deep b

A Veteran's Day Wounded Warriors Giving Campaign

Helping our Wounded Warriors A Bad Traveler Giving Campaign Kyle Collins, the hero of Lola Karns'  Bad Traveler , lost his leg in Afghanistan. Although he's fictional, the real life heroes and Wounded Warriors she encountered while living near Virginia Beach inspired his story. Between November 9th and the 15th, to honor those who have served our country, she will donate the profits from the sale of Bad Traveler to The Wounded Warriors Project. Please help her spread the word. She’s guaranteeing a minimum of twenty dollars, but I know she would like to make a bigger donation. And I would like to help her. The brave men and women Veteran’s Day recognizes deserve our very best. Buy the book. Tweet. Post on Facebook. Here's a tweet friendly post you can share on social media: Nov 9-15 buy Bad Traveler @lolakarns & raise money for Wounded Warrior Proj @wwpinc Great book for a great cause About BAD TRAVEL

New 99cent Release by Christy Newton

Don’t panic but there are only 52 days left until Christmas. Where did the year go? I’m already getting seasonal emails and a friend of mine saw a Christmas themed commercial this Saturday. The news outlets have begun to talk about what stores will and won’t be open on Thanksgiving Day. Not to be outdone - I have news about a Christmas novella by author Christy Newton releasing today for the incredible low, low price of 99 ¢ Get A Little Bit of Christmas for 99 cents at   ABOUT THE BOOK After a tragic accident that brought the small town of Wynter Haven to their knees, Claire Belmont and Nick Lewis went in opposite directions coping in very different ways. Three years later, Claire gets a call urging her to come back to help her friend move past his grief. It will take more than a little hot cider, gingerbread and mistletoe to bring back Nick’s holiday spirit. He hasn’t celebrated Christmas since his twin sister died. In fact, he’s mastered locking up his