New Series Begins With Chosen for Power

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The Women of Power series is almost here!  Pre-order your copy of Chosen for Power today. Release date is April 21st, 2014.

Somebody is out to destroy Elle Simpson and everything she’s worked hard to build. As the CEO of a corporate conglomerate, Elle is used to fighting off challengers. However, this new threat comes at a time when she finally lets her guard down to meet Prince Charming. And it’s unlike anything she’s been up against before.

Drake Charles’s work on mobile technology has made him a wealthy, powerful man. But he quickly sheds the fame and publicity for a more private life, which earns him the label as a man of mystery. Drake adds to that mystery every year when he hosts a masquerade ball for charity. It’s also his best chance to find the one thing he really wants . . . true love.

Having met behind masks of anonymity, Elle and Drake enjoy a whirlwind night of romance that leaves them both wanting more. But Elle must question everything and everyone as she battles to save her life and career. Can Elle trust Drake to help get her life back or will she lose everything?

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Author Interview with Kate Angell

03/04/2014 -You asked and you got it!  This new series of interviews is 100% inspired by the readers.  Each interview and set of questions are a result of reader submissions on my Facebook page.

Kate Angell is the next author in this series of fan-inspired interviews.  Thank you to the readers for supplying the questions and to Kate for the great answers.

Life’s A Beach

Though his family owns the charming beachside town of Barefoot William, Aidan Cates is as down-to-earth as the locals. He’s also practical to a fault and doesn’t believe some psychic on the boardwalk can predict his future.

Jillian Mac is as free as the breeze, so when the hot stranger and his date mistake her for a fortune teller, she’s ready to have some fun. But one devastating secret told, one mistaken identify revealed, and numerous long summer nights later, it’s Jillie and Aidan who discover that sometimes love comes with a simple twist of fate.

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And now for the interview…

1. What kind of books do you read? Are they similar to what the author writes?

I have very eclectic tastes in reading. I especially enjoy chick lit. I also read mystery cozies and young adult. I am a fan of mainstream fiction authors Stuart Woods and Carl Hiaasen.

2. Where does the inspiration for a story come from? Did you ever take writing classes?

I write what I love. That pretty much involves baseball, as well as the beach and boardwalk. I took several creative writing classes in college. A professor encouraged me to pursue writing. I did so. However I worked a lot of jobs before I ever got published – it took me twenty years to sign my first New York contract. All worth it!

3. Do you know how many books will be in a series when you start writing it?

I usually propose a trilogy to my editor Alicia Condon. If the first two books sell well, then we discuss additional titles.

4. When writing a series, do you write all the books at once and then tweak each book’s storyline before it’s published or do you write them individually?

I write each book individually. I often give future characters cameo appearances as I go. I keep a notebook of character identities and plot points, so I can remember who did what and when it happened.

5. When your first book was published what special treat did you buy just for you?

I didn’t really celebrate my first three books being published. It was when I started my Richmond Rogues baseball series that I treated myself to a gift. My grandfather took me to my first baseball game many years ago. I was in middle school then. We saw the Washington Senators play. My granddad was a Frank Howard fan. Gramps has long since passed away, however when Squeeze Play was published, I purchased a vintage Frank Howard jersey. I framed it, the jersey hangs in my home office. Lots of happy memories there.

6. When you read books, are you able to sit back and enjoy them or do you re-write characters, plot, and the ending in your mind?

When I have time to read for fun, I sit back and appreciate what an author has written. I know how much time and effort goes into a book. I absorb every word.

7. Do you ever take a vacation away from the stress or do your stories just flow that easily? Do new ideas come to you while you try to vacation?

Some days when I write I stare at a blank screen; other days the plot comes together perfectly. My ideas come to me at ‘odd times’. When I’m at the drive-through at the bank, grocery shopping, sitting on a lawn chair in the backyard watching my dogs play. When I go on vacation…I vacation! Vacations usually come at the end of a book. That’s how  I clear my head between stories. 

8. Have you been to all the places you write about?

Both the Twins and Red Sox take spring training in Southwest Florida. Attending an occasional game keeps my mind in baseball mode. I live in Naples on the Gulf Coast, which is a beautiful beach town and retirement area. Sunshine and warm weather are inspiring! Lots of good mojo.

You can find out more about Kate and her wonderful book at her website ( and her Facebook page (

Acquiring Trouble on Sale for $0.99

Acquiring Trouble

From now until March 2nd, 2014, Acquiring Trouble in eBook format is on sale for $0.99 at Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo.  This is a great chance to catch up on the series that hit the New York Times bestseller list twice.  Spread the word and make sure your Keeneston friends know about this deal.

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Author Interview with Jean Oram

02/22/2014 -You asked and you got it!  This new series of interviews is 100% inspired by the readers.  Each interview and set of questions are a result of reader submissions on my Facebook page.


Jean Oram is here today to give us some great insight into her writing career.  Big thanks to Jean for taking the time to provide all of these great answers.  I hope you all enjoy!




One nature guide. One accidental forest fire. And one steamy investigator hot on her tail. 

Jen Kulak’s good at running from her problems, so when she finds her best friend and boyfriend in bed together she burns rubber, never looking back. When Jen finds the quirky town of Blueberry Springs, she finally feels as though she’s found a place she can call home, settle in, and get to know herself. With help from her boss, she rediscovers her love of nature and begins giving wilderness tours, which would be perfect if it weren’t for the fact that she may have accidentally just burned down the forest she depends upon for her fledgling business. And it would figure that Rob Raine, the man of her dreams, also happens to be the fire investigator hot on the case. 

Can Jen find the strength to fight the accusations that could cost her everything? Or will she run again, ignoring the sparks that fly between her and Rob, and torching her chances at a happily ever after?


And now for the interview:

1. What kind of books do you read? Are they similar to what you write?

I will read anything! But I’m a complete sucker for a good romance, some lighthearted chick lit, or really, anything that can make me laugh and cry in the same chapter. With my own books I try to inject humour and love together and give the reader that same ride I so dearly love myself. My motto for my stories has become: Read, Dream, Laugh, and Love. All the things I love in a good book!

2. Where does the inspiration for a story come from?

Usually it starts with my inner three-year-old coming out to play. She asks ‘what if’ and ‘why’ a lot. That gets me started. Usually, it’s just an idea. Small something and then everything builds around it. For example, my upcoming release, Rum and Raindrops (the 3rd book in the Blueberry Springs series–coming Saturday, February 22nd) is about Jen, a nature guide who maybe kind of accidentally burns down the forest she depends upon for her livelihood. My inner three-year-old, always wanting to make things harder for the heroine, asked: what if Jen fell in love with the man who came to investigate her? And thus, Rum and Raindrops was born! Well, the idea. I had to spend a lot of time in front of my computer to get the whole story out! ;)

3. How do you develop a series? Do you know how many books will be in their series when you start writing it?

For my Blueberry Springs series, I didn’t know it was going to be a series. I actually took some old (and new) story ideas and rewrote and transformed them into a Blueberry Springs story. Those stories are small town romances that are stand alone novels, so that made it easier to sort of slide different story ideas into one series.

For my upcoming Summer Sister beach reads series (coming summer of 2014), I knew it was going to be a four book series before I started. I also knew it would be similar to Kathleen’s Bluegrass series where there was one big story that would carry through the series, and that each novel would be a piece of it. This series has taken a lot more planning since it’s kind of like one big story carved into four chunks. (But each novel will still be it’s own story where each sister has to overcome her own obstacles and find a way to pursue her own dreams in order to find love.)

4. When writing a series, do you write all the books at once and then tweak each book’s storyline before it’s published or do you write them individually? Do you use a story board to keep it straight?

I wrote the Blueberry Springs series separately as they are all stand alone novels. (They do spoil each other’s endings though.) I did do some storyboarding to keep myself straight as I wrote. I do tend to wander off on tangents if I’m not strict with myself!

The Summer Sisters series is requiring a different approach though as the books follow the four sisters through one summer and there is a ‘big’ thing they all have to deal with together. In this series’s case, I need to know where I’m going so all the stories tie together in the end. So, for this series, I’ve spent about two to three days simply figuring out each of the four sisters’s story for each of the four novels and then the overarching story that spreads across all four books. So really, it’s one big story with four individual stories (as the sister’s fall in love and add their piece to the big story). The plan for this series is to write all four books before I publish any of them. Totally different than with the Blueberry Springs series which I’ve been publishing as I finish them. Blueberry Springs has three books and the fourth book will be published in 2015!

5. Do you know who the bad guy is when you begin a story, or does the story write itself?

I usually have a sense of who the bad guy is ahead of time, but I don’t see them as clearly as the heroine. For me, the bad guy is usually a ‘somebody’ who is standing in the heroine’s way when I start writing the story.

Although, Mandy kind of snuck in there to be Beth’s bad guy in Champagne and Lemon Drops. The fun part of having Mandy be a ‘bad’ guy was that she got to be the heroine in Whiskey and Gumdrops and readers really enjoyed seeing the other side to her. (She’s just another gal trying to find love and her place in this world.) So, in her case she also got to be the good guy. ;)

6. What inspired you to start writing? Did you ever take writing classes?

I’ve always enjoyed writing in a diary or journal, but I didn’t decide to write an actual novel (or fiction for that matter) until I became a stay-at-home mom with my daughter a few years ago. I had been working as a high school librarian and had always loved books. (It was COMPLETELY different trying to write one though!)

I have taken a few online classes and read a few books on writing. That has helped tremendously, but even more so has been my critique group (other writers) as they are willing to tell me what’s working and what isn’t within my stories. I love those ladies! They are awesome and they aren’t afraid to tell me the hard stuff which, in turn, makes my stories stronger.

7. At what point in your life did you start writing?

That would be about seven years ago. It was summer and I sat down at my computer and laughing like a crazy woman declared, “I’m going to write a novel!” The only problem–I had NO idea how long a novel was supposed to be. I thought it was about 20,000 words. They are more like 60,000 – 80,000 words (for romance)! So you can imagine how that story turned out when I reached 20,000 words and was like, I’ve only just started!! It was a ton of fun and the writing bug had definitely bit me. That’s when I realized I needed to read up on what I was trying to do.

8. What special treat did you give yourself when your first book was published?

I, um, didn’t. I am HORRIBLE at treating myself. I told myself when I got a literary agent I would buy myself a typewriter key bracelet. Well, I got a literary agent back in 2010. I didn’t buy the bracelet. I decided it would feel ‘real’ when he sold the book and then I could treat myself. He retired on April Fool’s Day and the book hadn’t sold…so I ended up asking my hubby to get me the bracelet for Christmas after I published my first book, Champagne and Lemon Drops (independently). I do think I should treat myself though, don’t you? It’s such a fabulous idea.

9. When reading others’ books, are you able to sit back and enjoy them or do you re-write characters, plot, and the ending in your mind as you read?

I am usually able to sit back and enjoy, although there are certain things that will cause me to put a book down. For me, it is usually when the author ‘tells’ the reader too much and doesn’t allow the reader to jump in and feel the book. That’s always been a bug of mine though. I don’t usually ‘solve’ the problems of the book unless I am trying to help another author. (I’m more likely to put it down or skim.)

10. Do you ever need a vacation away from the stress or do your stories just flow easily?

The stories usually flow easily. For me, the editing is the tricky part as sometimes figuring out what is not working as well as it could wraps my brain in tangles. That’s when I procrastinate like crazy!

A vacation can be good, though, as I rarely think about writing at all. However, if I go on vacation in the middle of a project that can make me feel as though I should be writing and I get kind of wiggy!

11. Do new ideas come to you when you do take a break from writing?

Usually when I take time off, I turn my writing brain off and get absorbed in whatever else I am doing. But if I am home, I can get sucked back into writing. I find I get a lot of ideas when I am driving somewhere alone.

12. Have you been to all the places you write about?

Blueberry Springs and the nearby towns are fictional. That said, in some ways, I have been there because I grew up in a small town and some of the characters and behaviours are based on the people and small town experiences I am familiar with. Just like with Kathleen’s characters in Keeneston, gossips are the same everywhere! ;)

That said, I have been to France (Beth goes there in Champagne and Lemon Drops). And for my upcoming beach reads series, which will follow four sisters (Summer Sisters series), it will be set in Muskoka, Canada–a place I spent a lot of summers as a kid in my grandmother’s 114-year-old cottage. (Muskoka is Canada’s cottage country north of the great lakes and has been a popular place to cottage since the 1800s. (Goldie Hawn and Kurt Douglas have a cottage in this area.) It’s a fun place with rugged beauty. Oh, and hot rich men! Boats. Cottages. And, of course, a big bad conglomerate for sisters to fight!)

13. How much research time goes into a book?

That depends on the book. Sometimes it takes less than an hour, sometimes it takes days. For the Summer Sisters series, I’ve spent a day or two doing research even though I know the area! I’ve had to do some research into paparazzi, endangered species, tax laws, watershed issues, and other strange things! My Blueberry Springs series, however, required less research as it was very much about the people (characters).

Thank you for having me on your blog, Kathleen!

Readers can stay in touch with me, Jean Oram, on Facebook ( as well as find out more about me and my books on my website ( And, of course, on major online booksellers as well. (And pssst! Champagne and Lemon Drops is a free ebook if you want to get a taste of my small town romances set in Blueberry Springs!)

Final Vow Now Available

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Final Vow is now available for purchase!

As the ultimate bodyguard, Ahmed’s focus has been protecting the lives of everyone he cares about.  When the darkest part of his past resurfaces, Ahmed knows he must go on the offensive to protect his future . . . a future with the one woman that can match his toughness and return the love that was once robbed from him.

 Bridget Springer’s private security work involves training with a mysterious man feared by many in her line of work. She finds herself drawn to Ahmed despite his attempts to remain distant.  Bridget vows to help Ahmed in his pursuit of justice, not knowing the full danger that she would find along the way.

 As Bridget and Ahmed’s passion heats up, so does the threat from Ahmed’s oldest enemy.  Can they defeat him and finally be free to pursue their chance at love?

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Supporting a Great Cause

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Check out this great opportunity to help those in need and receive a signed book for your collection or the book worm on your Christmas list.  Friends & Vets Helping Pets is an organization that helps families in need facing extraordinary veterinary expenses.  Here is a little info about Friends & Vets Helping Pets from their website:

Friends & Vets Helping Pets was started to fill a unique gap that has unfortunately appeared during these tough economic times. When a pet gets injured or sick and is in need of life saving treatment, responsible pet owners are faced with the unthinkable – finding a way to pay for the treatment or being forced to euthanize their beloved pet.

For the lucky, they cringe at the veterinary bill, but pay whatever is necessary to save their pet. However, for low income families it is not so easy. For those who have been working hard to provide for their family the unexpected expense of this life saving treatment may just not be there.

That is where Friends & Vets Helping Pets comes in. We work with the veterinarians to see what they can donate toward the cost of treatment. Then we work with the applicant to see how much they can afford. If we are able, we will then provide the difference in the form of a grant paid directly to the veterinary clinic treating the pet.

Friends & Vets Helping Pets strives to help as many families as possible with the funds we have available. The more donations we receive, the more families we can help. So, make sure you check with your employer to see if they will match your donation or if they want to become part of our corporate donors with a larger gift.

Click the link below to see how you can help and receive a signed book from one of the authors listed below:

The very generous authors who have helped make this possible are:


  • Angie Fox
  • Carolyn Brown
  • Carly Phillips
  • Catherine Coulter
  • Cherry Adair
  • Christie Craig
  • Christina Tetreault
  • Darynda Jones
  • Dean Koontz
  • Debbie Macomber
  • Deirdre Martin
  • Fern Michaels
  • J.M. Madden
  • Jana DeLeon
  • Jennifer Probst
  • Kathleen Brooks
  • Kristan Higgins
  • Laurien Berenson
  • Liliana Hart
  • Lori Foster
  • Lynn Raye Harris
  • Marie Astor
  • Marie Force
  • Mary Campisi
  • Robyn Peterman
  • Ruth Cardello
  • Sandra Marton
  • Shiloh Walker
  • Sophia Knightly
  • Susan Mallery

Guest Post by Colleen Connally


Today I have fellow author Colleen Connally here to maintain awareness for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing.  Colleen is such a sweet person and I am happy to help her promote her new release of Fragmented.  Colleen has decided to donate half of her proceeds to help the victims and families affected this past Spring.  Here she is:


My Christmas Wish is that everyone would have their happy ending.

I miss Christmas seen through the eyes of a child. Joy is contagious. I love the sparkle in their eyes…the amazement at the world around them. Now, though, my children are grown. The excitement and thrill of Christmas morning has been replaced with a different perspective. The joy once found in gifts is now discovered in the power of giving.

There are times in our life that we need to follow their heart. Giving half my royalties from my new release, Fragmented, to help the victims of the Marathon Bombing is one of those times. Being from Boston, I felt the need to give back to my community.

It’s not a new concept for authors to give back. When I think of authors who have given back, my first thought was of J. M. Barre, author of Peter Pan. Mr. Barre gave his rights to Peter Pan to London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital, a children’s hospital. It was a gift that has kept on giving.

Mr. Barre isn’t the only author to give. It isn’t unusual for authors to donate portions of their proceeds to a cause. One of my author friends, Vanessa Kelly, is donating a portion of her royalties from her new release, Lost in a Royal Kiss, to the Wounded Warrior Project (!/ ) .

Back in April, I donated a week’s royalties to two charities that helped the Marathon victims, but I realized then I wanted…needed to do more. I was inspired by the spirit in Boston that rallied around the Boston Marathon bombing victims. One of the most poignant stories was of the Emerson College students that came up with the logo— Boston Strong.!/StayStrongBostonStrong

Students at Emerson came up with the idea of selling T-shirts with Boston Strong logo on them. Co-founders of the campaign, Chris Dobens and Nicholas Reynolds, started a non-profit campaign which has raised over $925,000 for the One Fund Boston which benefits the victims of the Boston Marathon attack.

Boston came together in the midst of the tragedy. There are many, many stories of the good-will of the residents. One of the major concerns of the community is the awareness of the severity of the injuries sustained by the victims, which included three deaths and over 264 injuries. Our hearts and sympathy went out to the victims. For many of these victims, the bombing was life changing. They do not need to be forgotten. The One Fund Boston was set up for these victims.


There are more avenues to help. There are individual fund raisers for the victims as well as the American Red Cross, who helps anyone in a disaster such as the bombing.


Fragmented, Book One Boston’s Crimes of Passion series, is my first contemporary suspense thriller. I’m excited for the release, but also for the opportunity to give back to my community.

I hope that you will enjoy my book.

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The first in the Boston’s Crimes of Passion Series! A pulse-pounding thriller! Ms Connally’s first murder mystery delivers! Suspenseful…shocking…a psychological thriller— leaving readers on the edge of their seat. Cameron Quinn is caught in a web of deceit. Protecting her brother from being framed for a murder places Cameron in untold danger. When the real killer diverts his attention to her, she has nowhere to turn, especially not to the man she shared one unforgettable night… who now is trying to put her brother in prison. A “must read” for any suspense lover!

She would do anything to protect her family…
Cameron Quinn watched her father fall into a world of despair after being falsely accused of causing her mother’s death. Now, her brother is a suspect in a crime she knows he’s not capable of committing. She’ll risk everything to save her brother from the same fate as her father, even destroying evidence that implicates him in a series of murders.

He would do anything to win a case…
ADA Darren Kennedy is known as ‘the bulldog.’ He doesn’t lose. When a killer emerges on the streets of Boston, he’s dead-set on putting that killer behind bars…along with anyone that stands in his way.

A killer would do anything to get his heart’s desire…

Cameron soon discovers that the police aren’t the only ones who suspect her of covering for her brother. The murderer is still out there and he isn’t happy his plans have been disrupted. Now, the twisted psychopath has turned his attention towards Cameron and will stop at nothing until he has her in his control.

Praise for Fragmented:

“Fragmented is a thoroughly engrossing romantic suspense which will have you turning the pages as fast as you can! Author Colleen Connally does a masterful job diving into the demented mind of a serial killer. If you liked Silence of the Lambs, you’ll love this story. Highly recommended!” ~ S.G. Rogers

“A gripping, page-turning thriller. You won’t be able to stop reading. And you’ll sleep with the lights on! Colleen Connally creates evocative words that will send more than chills down your spine. There’s also a few scenes that will grip your heart!”~ Elaine Raco Chase

“A fast-paced, sensual romantic suspense with a compelling heroine and a caring, dynamic hero.” ~ Lindsay Townsend


Connect with Colleen Connally

Website- Jerri Hines, Romance Author

Colleen Connally Blog

Twitter: Colleen Connally   @colleen.connally

Have a happy and safe holiday season. I hope you find your happy ending!

Guest Post by Christie Craig

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I’m so excited to have my friend, Christie Craig here today. Christie is hilarious, sassy, and spunky—just like her romances! I was able to get a sneak peek of her new book, The Cop Who Stole Christmas, and couldn’t put it down. Welcome Christie!

Learning to Trust Love . . . Again

I love the stories of high school sweethearts falling in love, marrying and living happily ever after. I even know a few people who this is their story.  But most of us, unfortunately, have a different story.  We’ve kissed a few toads, maybe even married one.  We’ve had our hearts broken, and feel as if it’s been used as a chew toy by a mean ol’ pit bull.

I’ve been there.  Got the T-shirt, wore that dang thing out.   It took a special man, and some fate throwing us together, to teach me that not all men are toads—or pit bulls.  And maybe that’s the reason most of my characters wear that same T-shirt.   Let’s face it, it’s hard to hand your heart over again after someone has done you so wrong.

Savanna Edwards, my heroine in The Cop Who Stole Christmas, lost her mother to cancer, and after leaving the hospital, she only wants to fall into the arms of her loving husband.  Instead, she finds him in their bed, all wrapped up in the arms of another woman.  Savannah lost her mama and her marriage on the same day.  Talk about a blow . . . talk about a tough year.

Ahh, but talk about a touch character.  Savannah doesn’t break easily.  She knows eventually, she’ll let someone new into her life.  She just doesn’t know it will be her sexy neighbor, Homicide Detective, Mark Donaldson.  Or, that the thing that will bring them together will be Santa Claus stealing her car, and her ex-husband found murdered in the middle of her kitchen.  Life is just full of surprises.

And what better time to find those surprises than Christmas?  Well, getting her car taken and finding her ex dead isn’t actually a good surprise, but falling right into Mark’s arms and finding a place in his life and heart, well, that is just magical.

The Cop Who Stole Christmas is a story with humor and heart.  And a murder, of course.  It’ll make you laugh, it might bring a tear to your eye, and hopefully it will make you want to go grab a cup of hot cocoa and curl up with someone you love over the holidays.  I hope you’ll enjoy it.

Oh, and remember, on January 28th, the last book in the Hotter in Texas series will be released.  As a matter of fact, the first four chapters of Texas Hold ‘Em are in the back of The Cop Who Stole Christmas.  Happy Reading!

Merry Christmas!  Oh, and thank you Kathleen for having me here today.

Christie Craig

Secrets Collide is a New York Times Bestseller!

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I am so excited and grateful for all of my wonderful readers.  You all helped me achieve my first listing on the New York Times Bestseller list for the week ending October 12th.  To show how excited and grateful I am, I’m running a contest that will see five people win $10 gift certificates and one lucky person will receive a $100 gift certificate.  Go to my website and see the rules on how to enter by clicking HERE.

Good luck!


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