What Belongs to Her
Rachel Brimble

She's ready to take back what's hers 

Since the moment a local crime boss claimed ownership of her family's fairground, Sasha Todd has dreamed of righting the wrong. Now it's time to act, and backing down from the man's estranged son is definitely not an option. After all, giving up her legacy to hot-blooded John Jordon means losing the chance to finally heal the wounds in her past. 

Stopping John in his tracks—and resisting the sizzle between them—is Sasha's best defense. But there's more to him than she thought, which changes everything. With what matters most at stake, she'll have to risk a brand-new future with John, or walk away from the man whose heart belongs to her.

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Rachel Brimble

Hi Rachel, thanks for stopping by!

Tell us a little about yourself, what do you enjoy doing when you’re not writing?

I am happily married with two teenage daughters and live near Bath, England – my first book was published in 2007 and since then I’ve had at least one book a year released. For the last two years, I have written contemporary romance and romantic suspense for Harlequin Superromance, and Victorian romance for eKensington/Lyrical.

When I’m not writing, I like to socialize with friends and family, read, knit, watch far too much US crime drama and walk the beautiful Wiltshire countryside with my beloved black Lab, Max.

What genres do you write?

See above – right now, I write contemporary romance, romantic suspense and Victorian romance. I plan to write a bigger, darker romantic suspense by the end of the year so watch this space!

How did you come to write these genres?

Mostly because it’s what I love to read – I’d say romantic suspense is my favorite genre, but my fascination with the Victorian era has a lot to answer for too!

Who has most influenced your writing?

My favorite authors who undoubtedly influence my writing are Nora Roberts, Jill Shalvis, Kristan Higgins and UK Victorian romance writer, Jean Fullerton.

How long have you been writing?

I started writing short stories around 2001 and after a little success in online contests and women’s magazines, I started writing novels. My first was published in 2007 and I haven’t looked back J

Who is your favorite character from one of your books?

Ooh, VERY tough question! I love all my characters…even the villains. If I were forced into a corner, I would say my favorite hero is either Will Samson from The Seduction of Emily or Thomas Ashby in my next Victorian release, What A Woman Desires and my favorite heroines are, Cat Forrester from Finding Justice and Sasha Todd from What Belongs To Her.

Do you plan your stories or do they evolve as you write?

I’m a bit of a mixture of the two – I start my novels by writing a 2-3 page synopsis including the hero and heroine’s goal, motivation and conflict and then a rough chapter plan. After that, I write the entire first draft without looking back. The hard part comes in the following drafts and reworking the synopsis to incorporate all the changes that have occurred throughout the writing!

Is there a special indulgence you allow yourself while you’re writing?

Umm…does Twitter and Facebook count as indulgence? Or is that procrastination?

Tell us a little about your current work in progress.

I am currently nearing the end of book five in my Harlequin Superromance Templeton Cove series – this is Tanya Todd’s story who is Sasha’s sister (the heroine of What Belongs To Her). We never actually see Tanya in Sasha’s story, but she became an intriguing secondary character anyway and I wanted to give her a novel of her own.

Rachel’s latest contemporary novel is book 3 in her Harlequin series – What Belongs To Her

More Books by Rachel Brimble

Finding Justice -- Out now from Harlequin Superromance Sergeant Cat Forrester lives by her own set of rules. When her childhood friend is murdered, Cat's world is thrown into chaos. Especially because Jay Garrett—a man from her past—is a suspect, and he needs her help to prove he's innocent. After all they once shared, how can she say no?

The attraction flares between them, and getting involved with a suspect is a huge risk. But the more time Cat spends with Jay, the stronger the tug on her heart. He is the same caring, irresistible man she remembers. Yet she can't let her emotions interfere with the case—solving it is top priority. And as she digs deeper, she discovers Jay has secrets that may jeopardize any possible future together.

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The Seduction of Emily -- Out now from E-Kensington

Seduction is a wicked game, and no one plays it better than the devilish Will Samson in Rachel Brimble's captivating new novel. . .
Since girlhood, Emily Darson has accepted that she will marry Nicholas, the son of her father's trusted business partner. The marriage contract safeguards her family legacy, Emily's fortune, and everything she values--except her independence. Only when a sinfully handsome scoundrel enters her life does Emily realize quite how much a loveless match will cost her.

Will Samson has advanced from expert pickpocket to confidence trickster of the highest caliber. Now he has come to Bath to exact vengeance on the man who destroyed his mother--the man Emily will soon marry. But from his first glimpse of the enemy's bewitching, spirited fiancée, Will's plan changes.

Amid the ballrooms and salons of elegant society, heated glances explode into scandalous kisses. Revenge is sweet, but surrender will be irresistible. . .
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What A Woman Desires - coming in January 2015 from Lyrical Press

From country girl to actress of the stage, one woman dares to live her dreams—but is she brave enough to open her heart…?

Monica Danes always wanted more than the village of Biddlestone had to offer. After a failed courtship to a man of her parents’ choosing, she fled for the city of Bath and never looked back. Today, Monica is the undisputed queen of the theater—a wealthy, independent woman. But when she is called home in the wake of tragedy, Monica returns—intending to leave again as soon as possible.

Thomas Ashby has been a groom at the Danes estate since he was a boy—and has been enamored with Monica for almost as long. He knows he isn’t a suitable match for his master’s daughter, despite the special bond he and Monica have always shared—and their undeniable attraction. But now that she’s returned, Thomas has one last chance to prove himself worthy—and to show Monica a life, and a love, she won’t want to give up... BUY: US | UK

About Rachel Brimble

Rachel lives with her husband and two young daughters in a small town near Bath in the UK.  After having several novels published by small US presses, she secured agent representation in 2011. In 2012, she sold two books to Harlequin Superromance and a further three in 2013. She also writes Victorian romance for Kensington--her debut was released in April 2013 and she has since signed for three more.

Rachel is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and Romance Writers of America. When she isn’t writing, you’ll find Rachel with her head in a book or walking the beautiful English countryside with her family and beloved black Lab, Max. Her dream place to live is Bourton-on-the-Water in South West England.

She likes nothing more than connecting and chatting with her readers and fellow romance writers. Rachel would love to hear from you!






The Edge of You
Theresa DaLayne

The Edge of You by Theresa DaLayne 
Published by: Bloomsbury Spark
Publication date: September 25th 2014
Genres: New Adult, Romance

Synopsis:He left home to escape. She made a new life out of guilt. Neither one expected to find love—but not even the Arctic can cool this steamy romance.

Maya knows she’s doing the right thing by moving to Alaska with her parents, but that doesn’t mean she has to be happy about it. Forced to give up a scholarship to a prestigious art school, she relocates to a Podunk town with one college the size of her high school cafeteria, all to help hold her family together after the death of her little sister. But a fresh start can only do so much.

Jake doesn’t like handouts and he certainly doesn’t need any distractions. Working on a salmon boat in Kodiak, Alaska is the only way to pay for his mother’s surgery back in the lower forty-eight. Juggling college courses and constant worry about his mother’s health, Jake couldn’t imagine anything else fitting into his life. That is, until he meets Maya, the sexy Californian artist who tints his world in technicolor.

But when Maya’s family starts to crumble and Jake’s mom takes a turn for the worse, will they drag each other down, or can they find what they were missing all along?

In this new adult romance, Theresa DaLayne paints a swoon-worthy story about life under the midnight sun, following your heart, and learning to live on the edge.

Theresa is a north-south-east-western kind of girl with a quirky personality to match her nomad life. Born in the garlic capital of the world, she spent her childhood exploring the US with her family, including a seven-year stay in Kodiak, Alaska. Years later she married and finally settled in the suburbs of Ohio, where she currently lives with her husband and three kids, plus a menagerie of animals including a vegetarian cat, freshwater fish and a small flock of domestic ducks.

Travel being her greatest joy, Theresa has visited over a dozen countries. She has walked the trails of Petra and visited the pyramids in the Far East, cruised the Rhine River and toured castles in Europe, and spent snowy afternoons soaking in the natural hot springs of Canada. Her bucket list has recently gotten longer with the goal of weaving unique and diverse romance stories for her readers, who she so adores.

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Risking It All
JM Stewart

Title: Risking It All
Author: JM Stewart
Publisher: Penguin Intermix
Date published: Sept 16, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Word count: 80, 000
ISBN: 9780698147980

Originally published in a shorter form as Staking His Claim

She’s everything he wants…
For years, Kyle Morgan has hidden his true feelings from the gorgeous girl next door that he grew up loving and protecting. But when she shows up at his apartment in the middle of the night, desperately needing comfort and support, his iron will begins to waver…

…and the only thing he can’t bear to lose

Kyle was always the big brother Cecelia Anton never had, but suddenly her goofy best friend has become a sexy man she can’t keep her thoughts—or hands—off of. As their deep connection melts into uncontrollable desire, Ceci is willing to put it all on the line for a shot at true love. Only Kyle is keeping a terrible secret about Ceci’s past that could destroy not only their lifelong friendship but their happily-ever-after…
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JM writes passionate, heartfelt contemporary romance. She’s a wife, a mother, a spiritualist, and lover of puppies, and happily addicted to coffee and chocolate. She lives in the rainy Pacific Northwest with her husband and two sons. She’s a hopeless romantic who believes everybody should have their happily-ever-after and has been devouring romance novels for as long as she can remember. Writing them has become her obsession.

You can find out more about JM or her books here: Website /Blog /Twitter /Facebook


Happy June 1oth! Happy Release Day to

Blame it on Texas

a contemporary romance by Amie Louellen

Every first love deserves a second chance.

© 2014 Amie Louellen

BlameItOnTexas-ART(1)Shelby Patterson has come back to Texas for one reason and one reason only—to get her husband to sign divorce papers. She’s worked hard to build her California bakery, where clients clamor for her one-of-a-kind creations. Seven years after her disastrous marriage, she’ll finally have everything in perfect order—just as soon as Ritter McCoy signs the dotted line. Ritt is still pissed that Shelby walked out all those years ago without giving their marriage a chance. Sure, they were young and had just lost the baby that had rushed them to the altar, but they’d loved each other beyond reason. Ritt gave up his college baseball scholarship, only to have Shelby and her mom take his parents’ bribe money and run. If Shelby wants those papers signed, she’ll just have to wait until he’s good and ready. Or maybe, before she flies the coop again, he can convince her the love they had between them is still there—and still hot enough to melt their hearts back into one. Warning: This book contains a sexy Texas boy determined to recapture his first love. May also produce feelings of nostalgia and longing for slow kisses and sweet tea.

Enjoy the following excerpt for Blame it on Texas:

She should have known she’d find him like this. Shelby looked down at the oil-stained driveway to the denim-clad legs protruding from underneath the ancient Ford. The hem of the jeans was frayed, the worn cowboy boots dusty and with a few stains of their own. She propped her hands on her hips, doing her best not to tap her foot in irritation. It would do no good. If there was one thing she’d learned in her time as Ritt McCoy’s wife, he had his own timetable and to hell with anyone else’s. “I said, I need to talk to you.” “And I said, just a minute,” his muffled voice returned. Shelby bit back a growl and used the thick packet of papers to fan herself. That was one thing she didn’t miss about Texas—the heat. But with any luck and the good Lord’s grace, she’d only be here another few minutes, an hour at the most, and then she’d be on her way back to California. A trickle of sweat ran down between her shoulder blades and into the small of her back. Shelby fanned harder and checked her watch. She’d been waiting twenty minutes for Ritt to finish whatever it was he was doing to the truck and sign on the dotted line. That was nineteen more than she cared to wait. “Ritt.” “Shelby.” “I need you to sign these.” “In a minute.” “Now. I have a plane to catch.” She jumped back, nearly snapping the heel off one peep-toe pump. They had been a special purchase for this trip along with the form-fitting black dress that hugged her like a second skin. Scrambling to get out of the way, she managed to maintain her balance as Ritt pushed the creeper from under the truck. And there he was, the boy who stole her heart, took her virginity and married her all in one summer. Well, he’d had her heart for years before that. And he wasn’t a boy any longer; though the years, she grudgingly admitted, had been very kind to him. “What?” he asked. Even lying down, he looked taller, broader, more. She was glad to have the advantage, standing over him like she was. “I’m in a hurry.” “Not my problem.” He disappeared in a quick swoosh back under the truck. But he left his image behind. Dark blond hair curling from under a ratty Longhorns baseball hat. Dirt smeared T-shirt covering a chest she didn’t remember as having quite so many muscles. Long legs, firm lips, square jaw. “I’ve flown over a thousand miles to get you to sign these. The least you could do is get out from under there and do it.” Her voice rose in pitch, the whine she’d been tamping down rising to the surface. Couldn’t he see how they needed this? That it was time to move forward? There was a loud clunk, which sounded like head versus oil pan, then a muffled curse. He rolled out again, and before she knew what had happened he was towering over her. She took a couple of steps back for good measure, unable to meet his blue-gold gaze as he studied her face. “What is it, Shelby? What is so important that you flew all the way out here to grace me with your presence?” She was wrong. The years had been more than kind to him, they had outright adopted him. Had he always been this tall? This broad? This…masculine? He had, she decided. But after seven years away, she had forgotten what a man her Texas boy had been. She licked her lips, the sight of him bringing back more memories than she cared to delve through. Prom night, at the lake after the baseball games, Saturday afternoon in the canyon…

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Dani-Lyn Alexander

After a head injury, Jess begins to see things she can’t explain. She starts to wonder if she’s hallucinating, losing her mind completely...or if something far worse might be happening.

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Love's Sorrow
Means of Mercy #1
Terri Rochenski

Hired as a nanny for her cousin’s children, Anne Tearle finds security and a loving family. The children are a dream, but London society is a world of its own, one where a displaced farm girl has no business being. But, wealthy rake, Gavin MacKay, helps her to see associating with the upper class might not be as horrid as she first assumed.

Like all things worthwhile, love comes at a price, and the cost soon bestows more anguish than joy. Lost, but not undone, Anne must find the courage to begin life anew, or succumb to sorrow's unrelenting waves of grief.

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Terri was kind enough to stop and answer a few questions!

Tell us a little about yourself, what do you enjoy doing when you’re not writing?
I’m a stay-at-home mom with three little yummies. I love my job, but I also love gardening in what spare time I find. There isn’t much of it, that’s for sure!

What genres do you write?
Fantasy and romance, but not combined.

How did you come to write these genres?

They’re my two favorite genres to read, so my mind goes these routes when day dreaming with the voices in my head.

Who has most influenced your writing?
Anne Tyler. If she hadn’t encouraged me over a decade ago to write, I never would have considered pursing that dream.

How long have you been writing?
I started in 8th grade with Gundi’s Great Adventure, but didn’t do much between that and my late 20s when I met Ms. Tyler.

Who is your favorite character from one of your books?

While I love all my characters, I probably enjoyed Jadon from Eye of the Soul the best. Arrogant, a lady’s man, handsome as sin yet flawed and sensitive—love him!

Is there a special indulgence you allow yourself while you’re writing?
I’d love to say Red Cat and asiago cheese, but my writing is usually done before everyone in the house is up for the day. Probably not the best time to get fuzzy brained! The fact I’m putting words onto paper is honestly indulgence enough.
Terri started writing stories in the 8th grade, when a little gnome whispered in her brain. Gundi’s Great Adventure never hit the best seller list, but it started a long love affair with storytelling.

Today she enjoys an escape to Middle Earth during the rare ‘me’ moments her three young children allow. When not playing toys, picking them back up, or kissing boo-boos, she can be found sprawled on the couch with a book or pencil in hand, and toothpicks propping her eyelids open.

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The High-Street Bride's Guide
Samantha Birch

Brides-to-be, this one’s for you!

You can say your vows in a catwalk gown so beautiful it reduces your mum to tears (and not because she paid for it).

You can style a reception so stunning your guests won’t believe you didn’t hire an A-list planner.

And you can sprinkle the day with personal touches that make everyone feel like you gave them special attention before they even got there. Without spending a house deposit on it. Honest.

Samantha Birch has written for GLAMOUR, Brides, You & Your Wedding and Cosmopolitan Bride. She knows a thing or two about planning a wedding on a budget, how much you can expect to pay for everything and where to go to get it for less. And she’s put it all down here.

You can find The High-Street Bride's Guide at:
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Hi Samantha! Thank you for stopping by to answer a few questions today!

Tell us a little about yourself: what do you enjoy doing when you’re not writing?

I’m a 28-year-old writer. Translation: mild obsession with words. When I’m not tap-tap-tapping away on some story, article, blog post or other, I’m most likely out for dinner with friends or curled up in front of the TV watching The Big Bang Theory, New Girl or lately—shocker—all four seasons of Battlestar Galactica on Netflix (didn’t think I’d like it, but I’ve devoured all but four episodes and I’m tense-as about how it ends). Either that or I’m under a laptop, sitting next to my husband, playing him at Hearthstone (read: I’m kicking his virtual ass).

What genres do you write?

Non-fiction and Steampunk Fantasy. I grant you not an obvious combo. The non-fiction I’ve written has included articles for GLAMOUR, Brides, Cosmo Bride and You & Your Wedding, but the big one is my book--The High-Street Bride’s Guide—which is about planning a seriously stylish wedding on next to no budget. The Steampunk Fantasy is a work in progress; I’m 21,500 words in.

How did you come to write these genres?

Straight out of uni I went into journalism because I wanted to write all day long, and that seemed like the way to get someone to pay me to do it. I started off at business magazines, moved on to Harper’s Bazaar and then from there got into writing about weddings. One day a friend of mine suggested I write a book from all my experience on the magazines and planning my own budget wedding. So I did!

The Steampunk Fantasy that I’m writing actually started when my husband and our friends got together to form a writing group. Each fortnight my husband would use a random word generator to give us our topic, and then we’d have two weeks to write something up from there. The first one we did, the word was ‘driftpiece’, and for some reason in my head that went from a ship to an airship, and then the airship’s captain… That 1,000 words is still the opening of my book.

Who has most influenced your writing?

The non-fiction is influenced by the titles I’ve written for, as well as others like Cosmopolitan, but I really wanted to inject it with my own personality and sense of humour too. That’s why there are references to things like Field of Dreams and the M&S adverts sneaked in there!

As for my fiction, I love people like Terry Pratchett, Lewis Carroll, J.K. Rowling, Douglas Adams and J.R.R. Tolkien, so I think they’ve all probably had some influence on my writing.

How long have you been writing?

Forever. Seriously. My mum says I picked up a pen when I was three years old and I haven’t stopped since. The pen just turned into a keyboard.

Who is your favorite character from one of your books?

The main character from my work in progress, because I’d convinced myself I couldn’t write from a male perspective and then there he was, large as life, on the page.

Do you plan your stories or do they evolve as you write?

The non-fiction is planned out, the fiction has to evolve as I write. I’m a bit of a contradiction: I like to be in control and plan ahead and know when things are happening when it comes to real life, but I can’t stand it when I’m trying to be imaginative. I’ve tried to plan fiction before but I end up bored with it before I even start writing. Turns out the creative side of me likes to be let loose and have a few surprises.

Who are some of your favorite authors?

The ones I mentioned before, who have influenced me. Also Sharon Creech, whose young adult books I loved to bits when I was a teenager. They’re so well-written, with such vivid and believable characters, but they’re always a little off-kilter, with just enough quirkiness to be interesting and different without taking it too far. She must have really good instincts to get it so right all the time.

Is there a special indulgence you allow yourself while you’re writing?

Haha, I wish! Probably the closest I get is half a sugar in my tea—I’m usually a sugar-free, decaf tea drinker—because any other treats like having music or films on in the background would put me right off. I have to have total silence and shut myself away from the world when I’m writing, so it’s kind of more about giving things up!

Tell us a little about your current work in progress.

It’s still early days, and it’s developing as I go, so there’s not a huge amount I can say at the moment. I’m hoping it’s a bit of a different approach to Steampunk Fantasy, and I’m going for fun, adventure and memorable characters. Hopefully I’m getting it right!
So far I’m the author of one book: The High-Street Bride’s Guide. I’ve written about dresses, bridesmaids and cake toppers for Brides and You & Your Wedding, and regularly contribute to the likes of GLAMOUR and Love Baking – often while eating cake in my pyjamas. I live with my husband in a chaotically untidy flat in Letchworth, which I pretend is an artfully unkempt writer’s loft in St. Albans.

If you'd like to learn more about Samantha Birch, you can find her at:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-High-Street-Brides-Guide/503367949687522

Twitter (me): @SamBirchWriter

Twitter (the book): @HighStreetBride


Letting Evil In
Ellie Eden

When Michael goes on a photographic assignment to Brazil and fails to return, Kristi and her son fly to Rio de Janeiro, desperate to find him. Instead she finds that during the cold New Jersey winter, her husband has spent his time in steamy chat rooms with Nara, a young woman desperate for attention and involved in the Rio drug world.

As she searches for Michael in exotic but crime-ridden Rio, Kristy finds herself way out of her league. She turns to Italian-Brazilian Federal Agent Tony Lamazzo for help. As the harsh truth of her marriage brings a dose of reality to her life, she finds the temptation of getting closer to the strong, capable—and totally hot—Tony difficult to resist. She’s in Brazil on the Day of Dead, a day when Brazilians go wild. Why shouldn’t she go wild with Tony, for just one night, before returning home to start the new life alone she’ll have to learn to make for herself?

But when her son vanishes too, Kristi doesn’t know where to turn. Michael’s affair with drug-dealing Nara has exposed them all to the murderous wrath of a ruthless drug lord, and while she longs to trust Tony, she can’t trust his powerful and politically corrupt family. But in the dangerous slums and rainforests of Brazil, the danger mounts for both Kristi and her son, and a cold-blooded enemy has an agenda of his own. If she trusts Tony, she might save her son. Or it might just get them all killed…

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Ellie Eden thinks the next best thing to hot romance is reading or writing about it. And she finds it even better to be somewhat scared or totally petrified at the same time. That's why she loves Romantic Suspense and Thrillers. She favors strong, protective alpha heroes, but finds murderous but good-looking bad guys fun too, at least on paper. And she loves to escape her family into an exotic, preferably crime-ridden, location.

In another life, Ellie Eden is the author of two bestselling travel books and a number of award-winning YA biographies featuring real life alpha heroes. She lives in Hawaii and California with her husband, two daughters and son.

You can find Ellie Eden at:

Blog:  http://edenauthor.wordpress.com/

Email: edenauthor1@gmail.com


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I'm thrilled to welcome Ellen Butler today with her newest release, Poplar Place. Be sure to read all the way through to the end for your chance to win some fabulous prizes!!

Poplar Place
Ellen Butler

Newly minted librarian, Cara Baker, effectively cuts ties with her tumultuous life in Pittsburgh, and moves to South Carolina where she embraces the peaceful, laid-back style of small town living. Everything seems to be falling into place when Cara finds the perfect house to round out her new plans. Well… perfect except for the immovable hermit living on the top floor. She throws caution to the wind, and buys the fabulous house—hermit and all—without meeting him. By wooing her reclusive renter with notes and mouthwatering meals, he caves and invites her up to the apartment. Preconceived notions are blown out of the water, when she finds Danny isn’t the nerdy Mr. Mole she envisioned.

Unfortunately, FBI phone calls from her past bring Cara’s summer idle to an abrupt halt. Will demons from a former life destroy Cara’s tranquility?

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In early spring, the trees would bloom with their fluffy white blossoms announcing the end of winter. I could easily envision strolling down the tree-lined sidewalk on my way to work. I was a recent transplant to Denton and had become the newest librarian at the Denton Regional Library. South Carolina was my new home. Or maybe a better description would be the place I had run to, away from a former life—a life I was doing my best to put distance and the memory of far away.

I was looking for a place to reinvest the money I’d received from the sale of my downtown loft. The market was up when I left the steel town of Pittsburgh and the Denton housing market was slightly depressed. Money would go a long way toward buying a house down here. Although, it did seem slightly ridiculous for one person to be thinking of living in a 3,000 square foot home…alone. Dismissively, I shook my head; I wouldn’t allow thoughts like that to distract me from this gorgeous dwelling.

To me, the house represented salvation, a new beginning in small-town America. I wished to shed the memories of my old life as a snake shed its skin when it grew. Perhaps I, too, would grow a new skin in Denton. Looking over the front porch, I pictured myself sitting on a rocker watching the neighborhood kids ride their bikes up and down the street.

Perhaps Ill get a cat to keep me company. Great, Ill become the crazy cat lady living alone in the big house. What was I thinking? Shading my eyes with a hand, I turned to look at the upper stories and thought I caught a faint movement in the third-story window on the far right—possibly a curtain fluttering from a draft. Perhaps the owner was inside watching me.

Ellen Butler lives in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, DC, and she considers herself an old-new writer. In other words, she’s old to writing, new to novel writing. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and Policy, and her history includes a long list of writing and editing for dry but illuminating professional newsletters, and windy papers on public policy. The leap to novel writing was simply a creative outlet for Ellen’s over active and romantic imagination to run wild.

You can find Ellen’s debut release, Second Chance Christmas, at Amazon. Professionally, she belongs to the Virginia Writer’s Club, the Northern Virginia Writer’s Club, and is a founding member of the Tempting Romance blog. When she’s not writing, Ellen is either, running around after her children, decorating a neighbor’s house, or holed up in her favorite lounge chair reading. Ellen is an admitted chocoholic and confesses to a penchant for shoe shopping. Book club questions for Ellen’s novels can be found on her website.

Website: www.ellenbutler.net

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Blog: http://temptingromance.blogspot.com/

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I'm thrilled to unveil my newest cover!!
The Perfect Gift

Dani-Lyn Alexander

Available for pre-order now at
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Releases October 13, 2014
Pocket Star Books