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Author Spotlight: New York Times bestselling author Brenda Novak

Hi readers! Welcome to SPOTLIGHT MONDAY! New York Times bestselling author Brenda Novak joins us for an incredible interview! Find out all about the “10th Annual Online Auction”, The Whiskey Creek series, and even fun things like who her Disney character look-alike is and her favorite celebrity crush!

 
 

Brenda and her granddog, which she loves as much as her kids!

Brenda and her granddog, which she loves as much as her kids!

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The Diabetes Breakthrough: Breakfast Menu and Calories!

Hello readers! Nice to have you back again to our Lifestyle Thursday! Today is our last post from THE DIABETES BREAKTHROUGH. This excerpt is all about breakfast choices and menu examples. So, if you’re reading this choice and haven’t ate breakfast yet, maybe try one of the options below! Read More »

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TIPS AND TRICKS ( POST 3): FEAR, RETREAT, PASSION!

Picture1Hi Everyone! Thanks for joining me on our last TIPS AND TRICKS (at least for now!) This post features our last three authors who have given us incredible advice: Cathy McDavid, Rhyannon Byrd, and Carol Marinelli. Read More »

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Author Spotlight: Andrea Kane

Today we are spending another Author Spotlight with a fabulous author ANDREA KANE. Her new book THE STRANGER YOU KNOW is an incredibly exciting suspense novel that any reader would love. Get to know Andrea and a bit about her new book below!

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Try a Different Series!

Hello readers! Thanks for joining us on another Friday! I’m hoping everyone is feeling a little warmer as we now see the weather slowly warming up!

This month Harlequin Reader Service is offering you to try your favorite books in Larger Print! I thought this would be something exciting to tell you because personally I hate reading books with tiny font! So if you would like to know the details on this Larger Print upgrade then take a look in your shipments this month or read below for the details!

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Top 10 Favorite Covers in April!

Harlequin has tons of series which means every month there are really cool covers! Some are cute, some are romantic, and some are even very artsy and different! So I figured this month I would share with you my 10 favorite covers of the month!

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The Diabetes Breakthrough: Healthy Choices When Dining Out

Hello! Happy Lifestyle Thursday! This is our 5th post from our cycle on The Diabetes Breakthrough! We only have one more left so I hope you’re getting all the information you need out of these posts! And if you enjoy them, well hey you can always go out and grab the book like I did! Okay so today is all about DINING OUT! We all dine out once in a while, and personally I find it very hard to choose healthy meals when I’m at a restaurant with 30 different delicious choices that include heavy sauces, or delicious starches. BUT there is a way to choose healthier choices and this excerpt tells us how we should order, what we should choose and what we should avoid! Check it out! Read More »

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TIPS AND TRICKS (POST 2): CRITIQUE, PATIENCE, GRAMMER!

Picture1Here we are, another FREESTYLE FRIDAY! This is the SECOND week of TIPS AND TRICKS brought to you by our awesome authors! If you missed the first post and have no idea what this is about – then let me give you a quick re-cap. Our authors have graciously sent in 5 pieces of advice that will help you with writing a book! Today’s post has advice from authors: Rachel Lee, Janice Maynard and Mira Lynn Kelly. If you missed last week’s post, then click here! Read More »

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Author Spotlight: Kristi Gold

Good morning everyone! Thanks for coming to the blog again. Today is another SPOTLIGHT MONDAY! Today’s spotlight is Harlequin® Desire author Kristi Gold and she gives us an insight into her new book THE SHEIKH’S SON!

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Coming Next Month: April Newsletter

Happy Friday! Do you all have something awesome planned for this weekend? It’s April so  I’m thinking this weekend it’s time to take my snow tires off my car and slowly start pulling out my spring clothes that I shoved in the basement the minute the weather started turning cold! Anyways, lets talk books! In March there were so many incredible books that I read, it truly is hard to count. I often try to read an hour before bed – which in turn helps me get a better sleep. How about you, when is your favorite time to read? Well hopefully the answer is anytime because with the books we have coming out next month, you’ll need to find as much time as possible to fit in all the great books! Check them out below, and if you have any questions at all or want to know if they’re in true larger print or larger print then just leave a message in the comment section below, or give Reader Service customer service a ring! Read More »

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The Diabetes Breakthrough – Portion Control

Wow we are already in our fist week of April! Crazy how time flys! Thankfully it’s spring and the flowers will be out soon! Anyways, here we are on another Lifestyle Thursday, with the 4th post to our continued cycle of THE DIABETES BREAKTHROUGH! As I mentioned in my previous posts, we are going through a 6 week cycle of learning through the new book THE DIABETES BREAKTHROUGH! So far, i’ve loved everything I’ve read from this book so I hope you have too! Even if you’re not diabetic, the tips are extremely helpful to anyone! This post is all about portion control and how to measure your food by your hands!

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TIPS AND TRICKS (POST 1): GOALS, EMOTIONS, WRITE WRITE WHAT YOU LOVE!

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Tails of Furry Friends: Cat From The Wild

Hi everyone! Thanks for joining us for another TUESDAY TAIL! This one is very special as a reader JUST LIKE YOU sent it in to us! Ann from Kentucky shares with us a well told story about her cat Ichabod and a bit of her journey with her loveable furry friend! I hope you enjoy this story, and remember if you have a furry friend story you would like to share, send it in to our customer service! All customer service information is at the bottom of this post!

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Loree’s eezie-peezie one-dish chicken casserole

We all enjoy a yummy meal, but isn’t it the worst trying to get home from wherever you may be just to cook that meal? And then let’s not talk about the cleaning afterwards! Pots, pans, mixing utensils – you name it! Wouldn’t it be nice to make a delicious meal a day in advance so all the cooking and cleaning is already done? Well – author Loree Lough shares with us the perfect recipe for just that!

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The Diabetes Breakthrough – The Meal Plans

Here we are again, another Lifestyle Thursday! We’re still in our 6 week cycle of The Diabetes Breakthrough excerpts and this one I know you’ve been anticpating! It’s all about your meal plans and what you should be consuming for Breakfast, lunch, dinner and best of all snacks!

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Read an excerpt from SAVING ALYSSA by Loree Lough!

Hi folks! Here is an excerpt from author Loree Lough’s 100th title SAVING ALYSSA which is in our Harlequin® Heartwarming™ series!

 

“If something happens to O’Malley, now that he’s in the general population, what happens?”

“They bury him.” She gave an indifferent shrug. “One less convict being fed and housed by my tax dollars.”

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Author Spotlight: Loree Lough

Thanks for joining us this SPOTLIGHT MONDAY. Today we have a fantastic interview with author Loree Lough who is celebrating her 100th title! A very interesting thing you’ll learn in this interview is that Loree wasn’t always an author! She was once a performer! But enough for now, read the interview and find out all the interesting things about Loree Lough! Don’t miss our Fun Facts at the bottom, a new addition to our interviews!
 

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The Diabetes Breakthrough: Does Your Plate Look Like This?

Welcome back to another fantastic Lifestyle Thursday! I was excited to post this excerpt for you from THE DIABETES BREAKTHROUGH because it truly shows the imporatance of what our plates should look like. It’s a simple post, but I hope the information given is as valuable to you, as it is to me!

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Author Spotlight: Eileen Robertson

Happy SPOTLIGHT MONDAY readers! This spotlight features Worldwide Mystery™ author Eileen Robertson! Get to know her a bit through the interview below and find out about her new novel WE’LL BE WATCHING YOU! A book you won’t want to miss!

 

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Tails of Furry Friends: Rolf the gentleman

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 Rolf by Eileen Robertson

Ever since as a little girl I sat in our local cinema and watched ‘Lassie’ I’ve been a lifelong fan of rough collies. Read More »

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Guinness Ice Cream with Chocolate-Covered Pretzels

Hi Everyone! Thanks for joining me! Normally I post recipes on Lifestyle Thursdays but since you all know, I recently posted a knitting pattern on Thursday so I figured Freestyle Friday was the next BEST DAY to post a St. Patrick’s Day recipe that you can make just in time for the fun day ahead of us!

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The Diabetes Breakthrough: Not Just Your Average Diet

Hello! Thank you for joining me this Lifestyle Thursday! One of our new Non-Fiction books has launched this month and it’s called THE DIABETES BREAK THROUGH! For the next 6 weeks I’ll be posting excerpts from this book with lots of tips and help on how to live a healthy lifestyle while not going overboard with a crazy diet! I personally think this book is extremely interesting as my family has a history of diabetes, so having something to guide me in ways to live healthy and keep my blood glucose level more stable, is more than welcome on my reading shelf!

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Meet the Editor: Susan Litman

Hello readers! I am happy to introduce you to Susan Litman, Editor for Harlequin® Special Edition. Susan began with Harlequin as an Assistant Editor, and has since become the editor for Special Edition. In this interview she opens our eyes to the do’s and don’ts for future authors, and of course a first-hand look of what it’s like to be an editor.

 

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Author Spotlight: Marion Lennox

Hello readers! Thanks for joining me again for another exciting SPOTLIGHT MONDAY! Today I am sharing my interview with author Marion Lennox from our Harlequin® Medical Romance™ Series. In this interview Marion Lennox shares with us her favorite places to visit, and special moments through-out her time as an author. Most importantly, you’ll learn that Marion Lennox is celebrating her 100th title, WAVES OF TEMPTATION! So don’t forget to read the excerpt afterwards!

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Springtime Celebration!

Yay! Spring is finally here and Harlequin Reader Service is bringing out a great offer that I just HAD to share with you! Personally I think you’ll love this collection, because it offers some of the most popular romance authors of all time! Plus reader service is offering free books again!

Most of you will be able to see this offer in your shipment, but if you lost your envelop or just can’t find it then here are a few details:

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Healthy Joints for Life – Foods that Reduce Joint Pain

Foods that Reduce Joint Pain

Some of the foods we eat are nutritious and some are absolutely delicious. Some embody our traditions and heritage. But not all are especially kind to our joints. I am going to help you make better choices when it comes to the foods you eat. What you eat can have a major impact on how your joints feel. The scientific research on foods that combat inflammation is growing quickly. Read More »

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Coming Next Month – March Newsletter

Check out these intriguing titles coming out next month!

Hello! How is your day so far? Mine is great! Not only is the sun starting to shine but, March is here! March gives me a feeling of warmth because I know it’s that much closer to the warmer weather! I’m ready for spring flowers (even if I have to deal with spring showers)! Read More »

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Tails of Furry Friends: Bailey, the dog with a big heart!

Bailey - A Dog With A Big Heart!

Today’s Tuesday’s Tail has been shared with us by author Lois Richer!

After my father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, he went through the restless stage called Sundowners where he fussed at the end of the daylight. My sister bought a dog to visit and left Bailey, a small Shih Tzu, with my parents. Bailey’s so cute, in spite of the orthodontic work he definitely needs. Read More »

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Author Spotlight: Lois Richer

Hello Readers! Thanks for joining us again on Spotlight Monday! This Monday we are happy to feature Harlequin Love Inspired® author Lois Richer who shares with us her incredible career changes through-out her life, and of course a little bit about her new novel!

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Read an excerpt from NORTH COUNTRY MOM by Lois Richer!

Interested in a new Love Inspired novel?  Try this one:  NORTH COUNTRY MOM by Lois Richer! Here is an excerpt below!

“Do you have kids?” Jack asked.

“I’m single,” Alicia said firmly. Then, lest he think she was angling for a date, she added, “And I intend to stay that way.” Read More »

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THERE IS A CHANGE IN YOUR SHIPMENT!

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Younger Next Week – Blueberry Burst

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The Fast, Fun, Delicious Way to Fight Aging!  A radiant appearance. Boundless energy. Effortless weight management. Supercharged health and well-being. Forget facelifts and fancy wrinkle creams—the fountain of youth is in the foods you eat and simple exercises and behaviors that will turn back the clock. Acclaimed nutritionist and wellness expert Elisa Zied shows you how to jump-start weight loss, reduce stress, improve sleep, banish mood swings and love the vibrant woman you see in the mirror. Read More »
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Meet the Editor: Allison Lyons

We’re happy to introduce you to Allison Lyons, Editor for Harlequin Intrigue®. Allison has been at Harlequin since 1998 and has worked with a wide variety of different authors. Hopefully this interview allows you to see a different side of an editor then the typical view you may have of one!

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Neiman Marcus Cake by author Barbara Taylor Sissel

Welcome back to Lifestyle Thursdays! I have another great recipe to share with you brought to you by author Barbara Taylor Sissel. I hope you enjoy it!

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Meet the Editor: Melissa Endlich

We’re pleased to introduce you to Melissa Endlich, Senior Editor for Love Inspired® books. Melissa Endlich has worked in the publishing industry for fifteen years and shares with us what made her want to become an editor!

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What made you want to become an Editor?
I’ve been in love with books since I learned to read. They’ve always been a large part of my life. I’d always focused on learning about literature and creative writing in school, and I just knew that the publishing business was the perfect place for me. After working in non-fiction for a few years, I got a job at Harlequin, and it’s been Happily Ever After ever since! Read More »

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Author Spotlight: Catherine Lanigan

Here we are again, another great interview with author Catherine Lanigan from our Harlequin® Heartwarming series! Get to know Catherine and find out what inspired her to become an author, what her idea of a perfect hero is, what books she has coming out next and much more!

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Read and excerpt from THE PREACHER’S BRIDE CLAIM by Laurie Kingery!

Read an excerpt from Laurie Kingery
Love Inspired ® Historical  novel,  THE PREACHER’S BRIDE CLAIM!

 

April 1, 1889—Boomer Town, Oklahoma Territory

Alice Hawthorne sat down quietly on an empty bench in the back of the tent church. She’d waited until the little congregation was absorbed in singing “Shall We Gather at the River?” so she could steal in unnoticed. Read More »

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Author Spotlight: Laurie Kingery

Read this exclusive interview with
Love Inspired® Suspense author Laurie Kingery

Who is your favorite character in THE PREACHER’S BRIDE CLAIM? I’m rather partial to Alice, since she’s a nurse like me! lauriekingeryphotobigw

Is there any hidden message in your novel THE PREACHER’S BRIDE CLAIM? The importance of the Lord leading us to the one who would be our best spouse, and the importance of unity in a congregation Read More »

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The Essential Collection by Debbie Macomber

Hello readers, happy Friday! I hope you’ve all had a great week full of relaxation and hopefully good reads! We’re in our second week of February (yay, winter is almost over!). I just wanted to point out in this post, a special collection that I think you’ll really like that’s being offered this month from the Harlequin reader service.

 You may have already seen this in your shipment, but the collection I’d like to talk about is: The Essential Collection by Debbie Macomber! Read More »

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Author Spotlight: Elle James

Read this exclusive interview with
Harlequin® Romantic Suspense author Elle James

 

You and your sister Delilah started writing novels together. What made you separate into your own authors?                  When my sister, Delilah Devlin, and I started Untitledwriting, we wrote our first chapters then looked at each other and asked, “What next?” We decided to combine our efforts and learn the process of writing books by co-authoring our first five stories. Read More »

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Read an excerpt from Elle James’ new novel, DEADLY LIAISONS!

Read an excerpt from Elle James’ new
Harlequin® Romantic Suspense novel,  DEADLY LIAISONS

He started his descent, his mouth angling toward hers.

Before he could get there, she raised a finger and planted it on his lips. “I take it you tend to live up to your name, Casanova.”

“On occasion.” His thumb brushed the hair from her cheek, then slipped across her lips. Read More »

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Upcoming February Books – Romance

UPCOMING FEBRUARY BOOKS!

Welcome back readers! You must be here to look at all the fantastic books we have out for you this February!  We’re very happy with the start to our new year and we hope you are too! To make it even better, we have a lineup of amazing authors this month, with intriguing books and even better series! February is a month known for one special holiday – Valentine’s Day! How do you plan on spending your Valentine’s Day? Will you be going out with a loved one and grabbing a romantic dinner for two? Or will you be hanging out with your friends? Maybe you’ll even be by a cozy fire, surrounded by burning candles, reading one of Harlequin’s heart-racing romances! We hope that whatever you plan to do on Valentine’s Day is as great as one of the books you read below! Read More »

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Valentine’s Day Advice From Our Harlequin Authors!

 

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Hello readers, thank you for visiting us again! Valentine’s Day is upon us and millions of individuals are pre-ordering flowers, chocolates and cards! I took a look at the statistics from the previous year’s Valentine’s Day, and I was amazed with the numbers, so I thought I would share: Read More »

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Valentine’s Day Love Letters

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Thanks for catching back up with us! Our authors loved the idea of giving you Valentine’s Day advice, so they decided to write secret love letters as well! Below are 8 love letters, by 8 different authors from our previous Valentine’s Day Post (Click HERE if you haven’t seen it yet). Read the love letters below, and match them up with the author who you think wrote it! Once you think you have the answers, comment in the section below, and make sure to let the author know on their facebook/twitter which one you think is theirs! At the bottom is a little answer sheet to see if you were right but try and guess first! Read More »

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Upcoming February Books – Love Inspired

Upcoming February Books!

Hello again! Thanks for coming back and visiting our blog Simply Books Extra! Once again we have your list of upcoming books for February and we have a strong feeling you are going to be very impressed by these books! Personally I think Love Inspired readers created Valentine’s Day – because the love and faith that makes up every one of these stories, is what truly makes up Valentine’s Day! So read a book or two this February from the list below, and let us know what you think! Read More »

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Upcoming February Books – Suspense

Hello fellow readers! Thanks for joining me again in another Upcoming special! This month we have some incredibly chilling suspense stories for you, with of course a bit of romance! What would a suspense novel be without a lady falling for her strong, mysterious hero! That being said, I hope you enjoy these novels as much as I have! Read More »

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Valentine’s Day RECIPE: Sweetheart Buddies!

Valentine’s Day is literally next week and I’m already stressed because I feel like I should be making cute deserts for my family and friends.. so I looked in my booklet of “my favorite recipes” and I re-discovered this recipe: Sweetheart Buddies. It’s absolutely adorable and you can easily package the little buddies into cute bags or boxes and send them off to friends, parents, children, grandchildren, grandparents – you name it! I’m going to making these again this year because I loved the ones I made last year! Try this recipe out, and I hope you enjoy it!

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Author Spotlight: Jennifer Armentrout

The #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author sits down with us and answers some of our most pressing questions about ageless romance, her inspiration and, of course, Valentine’s Day.

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Read an excerpt from ONE GOOD COWBOY by Catherine Mann!

Read an excerpt from Catherine Mann’s new
Harlequin® Desire novel, ONE GOOD COWBOY!

Mariah patted each twin on the cheek and smiled sadly at Stone since he held himself apart. “It’s inoperable brain cancer.”

His throat closed up tight. Amie gasped, blinking fast but a tear still escaped.

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Superbowl Snacks!

The week is almost over and Superbowl Sunday is upon us, yay! This game day means much more than just the game or humorous commercials, it’s a time when friends get together and eat a mass amount of snacks and appetizers!

If you are looking for a simple delicious dish to put out to serve to your friends or to bring to a party then you MUST try out this recipe shared to us by well-known Harlequin romance author, Brenda Novak!

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Author Spotlight: Catherine Mann

Read this exclusive interview with
Harlequin® Desire author Catherine Mann

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What is your favorite season? Well, I live in Florida which means we only have two seasons: summer and mildly-not-summer!  Lucky for me, I love summer in all forms, especially with sand between my toes and a book in my hands. Read More »

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Tails Of Furry Friends: Adorable Pinto!

PINTO!
Written by author Davalynn Spencer
 
 
 
 
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Life in the country requires cats—they keep down the mice and snakes. Not that I have anything against mice and snakes. I just don’t want them in my house, or even near my house, for that matter.

But when living in coyote country, one can never have enough cats. When a co-worker offered me three free kittens, I said thank you. Read More »

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Read an excerpt from THE COWBOY TAKES A WIFE by Davalynn Spencer

Read an excerpt from Davalynn Spencer’s new
Heartsong Presents™ novel, THE COWBOY TAKES A WIFE

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Author Spotlight: Davalynn Spencer!

Read this exclusive interview with
Heartsong Presents™ author Davalynn Spencer

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1. Being a mother and wife of professional rodeo bullfighters and a full time author must be hard to balance, how do you manage your time?
I have learned that time is where I make it. I always have a note pad and pen with me, and my family even teases me about that. But inspiration or understanding or a plot twist can strike at any moment. Read More »

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Author Spotlight: Marie Ferrarella

Read this exclusive interview with
Harlequin® Special Edition author Marie Ferrarella

 

1. What inspired you to begin writing?
I have always loved telling stories. In 5th grade, I launched into a verbal multi-chaptered pioneer saga (Anna Marie Anders, Adventurous Girl) and started writing it down. I haven’t stopped writing since. Read More »

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Read an excerpt from LASSOED BY FORTUNE by Marie Ferrarella

Read an excerpt from Marie Ferrarella’s new
Harlequin® Special Edition novel, LASSOED BY FORTUNE!

Don’t call Liam Jones a Fortune! He has no interest in being linked to his newfound wealthy Atlanta relatives—or to just one woman. Can a beautiful aspiring chef convince him of the value of family ties . . . and true romance? Read More »

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Love Inspired Reader Luncheon Coming to Florida in January!

Love Inspired Reader Luncheon Coming to Florida in January!

Calling Love Inspired fans: Harlequin is excited to announce that our first Love Inspired Reader Luncheon will take place on January 30 in Tampa, Florida! This exclusive event will give you a chance to meet Love Inspired authors and learn about great new books you won’t want to miss—and, yes, there’s still time to get your tickets! Read More »

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Author Spotlight: Barbara Taylor Sissel!

Read this exclusive interview with
Harlequin® MIRA®  author Barbara Taylor Sissel

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1.    Your new novel EVIDENCE OF LIFE sounds fantastic; can you tell us a bit about it?

The story evolves out of a mother’s worst nightmare, the one where she doesn’t know where her child is, whether she is safe. Read More »

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Read an excerpt from EVIDENCE OF LIFE by Barbara Taylor Sissel

Read an excerpt from Barbara Taylor Sissel’s new
Harlequin® MIRA
® novel, EVIDENCE OF LIFE!

On the last ordinary day of her life before her family went off for the weekend, Abby made a real breakfast, French toast with maple syrup and bacon. It was penance, the least she could do, given how utterly delighted she was at the prospect of being left on her own for two whole days to do as she pleased. Read More »

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Dark and Dangerous Foccacia Bread by Donna Alward

 

Looking for a delicious bread to make for your family? We’ve got the recipe for you! Within 1 hour you will have delicious foccacia bread to serve and indulge in!

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Upcoming January Books – Romance

UPCOMING JANUARY BOOKS!

Hello Readers! Happy New Year! We hope you all have a happy, healthy happy new year, one filled with reading lots of exciting, thrilling books! Below, is a list of our romance novels for this January 2014! and we can’t wait to share! There are tons of great novels coming out this month for you so make sure to read each back cover to find out what book best suits you! With great authors this month such as Marie Ferrarella,  Robyn Carr and Christine Merrill we’re sure you’ll find a new book or even series to start this 2014 year!

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Upcoming January Books – Love Inspired

UPCOMING JANUARY INSPIRATIONAL BOOKS!

Happy New Year! We have incredible books this year within our inspirtational series that we know you’re going to love! We can’t wait to share them with you and that’s why we’ve put together the upcoming-book list for January! Make sure you read the back cover’s of each book to ensure it’s the right one for you! I personally can’t wait to read Table for Two by Brandy Bruce! Read More »

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

What a wonderful year we have had this 2013 here at Harlequin! If you’re an avid reader of Harlequin Books you will know that this past year, our amazing authors have participated in fun interviews, they’ve shared with us delicious recipes and adorable pet stories! We hope you all have been reading our monthly newsletters which not only contain what books are coming out, BUT they have contained many of these fun author activities! Our blog has too, and that’s why we hope if you’ve missed a few of our newsletters, that you’ve caught the action here!

As a thank you to you, our readers – we have put a video together! Many of the authors you see in this video have participated in the fun activities through-out the year! They simply just want to wish you a very Happy New Year! Don’t forget to check out ALL of their interesting, perhaps suspenseful, perhaps romance filled, or perhaps love inspired BOOKS!

 

 

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Tails Of Furry Friends: My Dog Cubbie

Tara Gavin Senior Executive Editor of Harlequin Kimani Press, Special Edition and Nocturne is sharing a fun story about her adorable dog Cubbie. If you would like to share your own stories about your pet, send it in through the comment section below and we will post it on our blog and in our newsletters! Read More »

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Merry Christmas Readers – From a few of your favorite harlequin authors!

CHRISTMAS SPECIAL 

It’s that time of year again, where families gather together to celebrate Christmas! We hope you all have a wonderful, magical holiday this year and we are wishing nothing but happiness and love to all of you and your families! Joining us this Christmas are a few of your favorite authors to share with us their favorite memories of the holidays!

We asked some of your favorite authors these 3 questions:

  1. Please share with us your favorite memory from Christmas.
  2. What is your favorite part of the holidays?
  3. If you had to choose one book to read during this holiday, what would it be?

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Author Spotlight: Cerella Sechrist!

Read our exclusive  interview with
Harlequin® Heartwarming™ author Cerella Sechrist

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1. How do you pronounce your name, and does it mean anything?

It’s pronounced like the word “surreal” with an “ah” attached to the end (SURREAL-AH.) It’s just a lovely little name my mom found in a baby name book and liked. It’s Latin for “of the spring” (though I was born in the fall, which is my favorite season.) Read More »

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Tails Of Furry Friends: A purse for a dog

A purse for a dog…by Cerella Sechrist

It took me months to confess the story you’re about to read. After it happened, I didn’t tell a soul for the longest time. But once I did, it soon became a family favorite!

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Read an excerpt from GENTLE PERSUASION by Cerella Sechrist

Read an excerpt from Cerella Sechrist new
Harlequin® Heartwarming™ novel,  GENTLE PERSUASION

Dane and Ophelia departed the Ho`okipa Cafe amidst hugs and well wishes from their hosts. Ophelia felt the warm glow of an afternoon spent with friends, and before leaving, she insisted Dane pose with the Inoas for a photo with her disposable camera. Read More »

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Read an excerpt from PROTECTOR by Diana Palmer

Read an excerpt from Diana Palmer’s new
Harlequin® Mira® Romantic Suspense Collection novel , PROTECTOR

Sheriff Hayes Carson hated Sundays. It was nothing against religion, or church or anything spiritual. He hated Sundays because he always spent them alone. He didn’t have a girlfriend. He’d dated a couple of women around Jacobsville, Texas, but those dates had been few and far between. He hadn’t had a serious relationship since he was just out of the military, when he got engaged to a woman who tossed him over for somebody richer. Read More »

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Haupia Squares by Cerella Sechrist

Haupia Squares by Cerella Sechrist

I’ve had the pleasure of visiting Hawaii and attending a few luaus in my life, and one of my favorite Hawaiian luau foods is haupia, a coconut custard-like dessert that sort of resembles white Jello-squares. It’s a perfectly light, refreshing island dish, and happily, really easy to make even back on the mainland! And it’s gluten free for those with food allergies. Read More »

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Tails Of Furry Friends: A variety of pets

Diana Palmer’s PET story!

If you have a pet story that you would like to share, please send it in through the comment section below. If you create a log-in you can share photos as well

In today’s post, we share with you Diana Palmer’s story about the pets she cares for! Imagine having 7 animals in your house? Well Diana Palmer does and she loves them! Read More »

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Author Spotlight: Diana Palmer!

Read this exclusive interview with
Harlequin® Romantic Suspense author Diana Palmer

  1. Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?  Palmer_Diana_05 (3)
    My late parents spent years trying to sell anything. One of my earliest memories is the sound of the manual typewriter going like crazy when I was trying to sleep. They never managed to sell even a short story, but they both lived to see me in print. They were very proud of me. Read More »
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Salt Melted Snowman Ornament

Frosty the Snowman, was a jolly happy soul, with a corn cob pipe and a button nose, and two eyes made of coal.

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Fun with Baking! – Christmas Reindeer Donuts

Make this fun recipe with your family

Up on the housetop reindeer pause, Out jumps good old Santa Claus. Down thru’ the chimney with lots of toys, All for the little ones, Christmas joys. Ho, ho, ho! Who wouldn’t go! Ho, ho, ho! Who wouldn’t go! Up on the housetop, click, click, click, Down thru’ the chimney with good Saint Nick

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Upcoming December Books: Love Inspired

We have tons of great books for you this December and we can’t wait to share! There are tons of great novels coming out this month for you so make sure to read each back cover to find out what book best suits you! Some titles are clickable, and will bring you to an excerpt of the book!

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Upcoming December Books – Romance

We have tons of great books for you this December and we can’t wait to share! There are tons of great novels coming out this month for you so make sure to read each back cover to find out what book best suits you! Some titles are clickable, and will bring you to an excerpt of the book!

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Upcoming December Books – Suspense

We have tons of great books for you this December and we can’t wait to share! There are tons of great novels coming out this month for you so make sure to read each back cover to find out what book best suits you! Some titles are clickable, and will bring you to an excerpt of the book! Read More »

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Author Spotlight: Donna Alward!

Read this exclusive interview with
Harlequin® American Romance author Donna Alward

1. Did you always want to be a writer?new color donna alward H-R 1600
Actually – yes, in one way or another. When I was a kid I was always writing. Read More »

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Read an excerpt from HER RANCHER RESCUER by Donna Alward

Read an excerpt from Donna Alward’s new
Harlequin® American Romance novel, HER RANCHER RESCUER  

Her gaze met his as a kernel of an idea took hold. He had a problem, and she was restless. What if they could help each other out? Read More »

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Gift Giving Guide!

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It’s TWO days until December which means it’s time to get ready for the holidays! It’s BLACK FRIDAY tomorrow which means tons of people will be out shopping! We all know how frustraiting Christmas shopping can be! With so many people to buy for – it can get quite difficult! We’ve created this simple gift guide for you this year to put your shopping at ease and because it’s Black Friday tomorrow, we figured we’d give you a head start!

Reader Service has many holiday books this year, and it would be a shame for you to miss out on them! We’ve listed a few of our favorites, along with other gifts in our bonus buck catalog that you could get as well! Gift giving can be made easy, espcially if you have a book lover on your list! Make sure to check out our non-fiction books coming out this holiday below!

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Thanksgiving Special!

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It’s thanksgiving and we all have lots to be thankful for! Here at Harlequin Reader Service we’re most thankful for kind customers like you who continually read our books every month! We’re also thankful for our creative authors for creating such intriguing stories!

This is a great time of year to get cozy and eat lots so this year joining us is 5 of your favorite authors who want to share with us their favorite Thanksgiving memories, and their favorite recipes! Feel free to give each recipe a try and make sure to take a picture! Send your photos in and we’ll post them here on our blog! 

Click on the author name to be taken to a new post, with a personal memory and a recipe! If you feel like printing any of the recipes, just literally click on the recipe and it will bring you to a printer-friendly page!  

Harlequin® American Romance® author Marin Thomas

Harlequin® Superromance® author Liz Talley

Harlequin® Romantic Suspense author Beth Cornelison

Harlequin Presents® author Lucy Monroe

Harlequin Presents® author Jennie Lucas

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Author Spotlight: Darlene Franklin!

Read our exclusive interview with Love Inspired® Heartsong Presents
author Darlene Franklin

 

1. In a recent blog post you wrote about Tornado season in Oklahoma. Scary! Do any of the emotions from after a Tornado occurs make it into your writing?untitled

I’m sure they will! I haven’t written a tornado story yet, but I’ve written about plenty of natural disasters—hurricanes, floods, blizzards. Read More »

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Read an excerpt from HOMEFRONT DREAMS by Darlene Franklin!

Read an excerpt from Darlene Franklin’s new
Love Inspired® Heartsong Presents™ novel,  HOMEFRONT DREAMS!

Ralph was scanning the essays turned in for the civics class when Clarinda’s shadow passed in front of the door before she entered. She stood there, almost shyly.

“Come on in, I’m just grading papers.” Read More »

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Tails Of Furry Friends: Talia

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by Darlene Franklin

(If you have a pet story that you would like to share, please send it in through the comment section below. If you create a log-in you can share photos as well)

After my mother moved in with me in 2003, we decided to adopt a pet. We came to a compromise: if we took a kitten, we would adopt two; and if an adult, we would only take one cat. Read More »

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Remember The Brave – Tribute To Rememberance Day

“We are the Dead. Short days ago We Lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now we lie in Flanders Fields”. – John McCrae

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Cocunut Vanilla Snowball Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting by Susan Mallery

Cocunut Vanilla Snowball Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting 

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 This big-batch cupcake recipe makes enough for a winter party.
They will look especially pretty on a tiered cake stand.   Read More »

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Read an excerpt from THE VAMPIRE HUNTER by Michele Hauf

Read an excerpt from Michele Hauf’s new
Harlequin® Nocturne™ novel,  THE VAMPIRE HUNTER!

“Give me back what you took, Zoë.  Please?”

He said it so gently, and yet with a sure tone of command, she simply nodded and pointed over her shoulder.

“Up there?” he asked. Read More »

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Author Spotlight: Michele Hauf

Read our exclusive interview with
Harlequin® Nocturne™ author Michele Hauf

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1.  What inspired you to write your first book?

My first book was about vampires! It was in the early 90s, and the remake of the Dark Shadows TV series was playing (starring Ben Cross).  That was the first time I’d seen vampires depicted romantically, and my mind started buzzing with ideas for a story.  I’ve loved the fanged ones ever since. Read More »

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From the Kitchen of: Julie Miller

Julie Miller, Harlequin Intrigue® author shares with us a delicious recipe. Easy to make and easy to clean! A great dish that  can be enjoyed with the family!

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Read an excerpt from A BILLIONAIRE FOR CHRISTMAS by Janice Maynard

Read an excerpt from Janice Maynard’s new
Harlequin® Desire novel,  A BILLIONAIRE’S CHRISTMAS!

 

Leo stood there gaping at her even after the front door slammed shut. It was only the realization his hands were in danger of frostbite that galvanized him into motion. In short order he found the smaller of the two suitcases he had brought. Slinging the strap across one shoulder, he then reached for his computer briefcase and a small garment bag. Read More »

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Tails Of Furry Friends: Janice Maynard!

A Furry Friend!
by Janice Maynard

(If you have a pet story that you would like to share, please send it in through the comment section below. If you create a log-in you can share photos as well)

 

My husband is a United Methodist minister, and we lived in parsonages for many years.  In those situations, it is not always practical or possible to keep pets.  We did, however, go the route of goldfish, and one memorable Christmas, Santa even brought two rabbits! Read More »

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Author Spotlight: Janice Maynard!

Read this exclusive interview with
Harlequin® Desire author Janice Maynard

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1.What inspired you to write your first book?

I’d been writing since elementary school in one way or another, but right after college, my husband and I took a trip to Haiti.  Read More »

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Upcoming November Books – Suspense

We have tons of great books for you this month and we can’t wait to share! There are tons of great novels coming out this month for you so make sure to read each back cover to find out what book best suits you! Some titles are clickable, and will bring you to an excerpt of the book! Read More »

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Read an excerpt from A KISS UNDER THE MISTLETOE by Jennifer Basye Sander!

Read an excerpt from Jennifer Basye Sander’s new
Harlequin® Nonfiction novel, A KISS UNDER THE MISTLETOE!

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From the Kitchen of: Laura Marie Altom

Laura Marie Altom, Harlequin American Romance® author brings us a yummy desert that is fun to make, and even better to taste!  

Pumpkin Chiffon Pie

My Grandma Lu made this delicious pie every year for Thanksgiving. Once, while remodeling her kitchen, her salt and sugar canisters were mixed up.  The pie tasted AWFUL, and she cried, but best as I can remember, we all went out for ice cream Read More »

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From the Kitchen of: Patricia Davids

Looking for a delicious healthy recipe to serve at dinner? Well – look no further, as Patricia Davids, Love Inspired® author, has brought us an irresistable dish!

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The Last Word with Cathy Gillen Thacker

Cathy Gillen Thacker talks to us in this interview about The McCabe series and what her favorite part of writing is! Make sure to check out her new books coming out!

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Author Spotlight: Janet Tronstad

Read this exclusive interview with
Love Inspired® Historical author Janet Tronstad

Janet Tronstad  shares her experience of living in a small town, amd her faith, which are both woven into her stories. Read this interview to find out why Janet loves to inspire her readers! Read More »

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Read an excerpt from SUGARPLUM HOMECOMING by Linda Goodnight

Read an excerpt from Linda Goodnight’s new
Love Inspired® novel, SUGARPLUM HOMECOMING

By the end of the first quarter, Davis had memorized the main players and numbers, and he suspected Lana had too-at least on the Warriors’ team. She was smart, jotting notes in her spiral notebook, noting specific plays, asking astute questions about the game as she scribbled away. Read More »

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Tails Of Furry Friends: Buying vs. Adopting

Are you ready to get a furry little friend? Well you should consider your options. There are a few different ways you can add a new member to your family. Read More »

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Author Spotlight: Linda Goodnight

An interview with
Love Inspired® author Linda Goodnight

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1. Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

I was the only girl in a family of boys and baseball and I discovered at an early age that books were more fun than either one. (What can I say? I was seven!)   Read More »

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THE TIMER GAME

THE TIMER GAME

By: Susan Arnout Smith

Grace Descanso was going to be a pediatric heart surgeon–she was a brilliant up-and-comer with a bright future in a heart-breaking, innovative field. Then she took two months off to work in a clinic in Guatemala, and came back nearly destroyed. She won’t talk about why, but she quit medicine altogether. Read More »

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Author Spotlight: Beth Albright

Read this exclusive interview with
Harlequin® MIRA® author Beth Albright

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 When did you realize that you wanted to write?

I can’t even remember the moment. I have always been a writer. I was born with stories in my head. I’m from the Deep South—we’re all storytellers, it’s part of our culture. Read More »

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Read an excerpt from FORSAKEN by B.J. Daniels

Read an excerpt from B.J. Daniels new
Harlequin® Romantic suspense novel, FORSAKEN

The horse stumbled under him as he plummeted off the mountain, but he spurred the mare on even harder. Around him, the dark pines swayed and sighed in the wind as he crashed down through them, his only thought to reach the ranch alive. Read More »

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Author Spotlight: B.J. Daniels

An interview with
Harlequin Suspense author B.J. Daniels

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1. On your blog it says you “Love the research”. Does any of the research you do or the places you visit inspire the novels you write?

All of my research in Montana and its history inspires me!  Montana has so much colorful history and such beautiful settings. I love that a lot of the country is remote and challenges my characters. Read More »

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Baked Ziti with Butternut Squash and Ricotta by Susan Mallery

Baked Ziti with Butternut Squash and Ricotta

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Where is it written that baked pasta dishes have to be loaded with tomato sauce and cheese? This one stars creamy ricotta and sweet squash. Read More »

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Upcoming October Books: Love Inspired

We have tons of great books for you this October and we can’t wait to share! There are tons of great novels coming out this month for you so make sure to read each back cover to find out what book best suits you! Some titles are clickable, and will bring you to an excerpt of the book!

 

Love Inspired® Historical

CLAIMING THE COWBOY’S HEART
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Cowboy’s of Eden Valley
After witnessing her fiancé’s murder, Jayne Gardiner won’t let herself be caught on the wrong side of a gun again. But a disastrous first lesson in self-defense has left her with a wounded cowboy. She insists on nursing the handsome stranger back to health—whether he wants it or not! Read More »

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Upcoming October Books – Suspense

We have tons of great books for you this month and we can’t wait to share! There are tons of great novels coming out this month for you so make sure to read each back cover to find out what book best suits you! Some titles are clickable, and will bring you to an excerpt of the book!

Suspense Collection

FIGHT OR FLIGHT

Natalie J. Damschroder
Eighteen years ago, a group of men killed Regan Miller’s boyfriend and tried to kidnap her daughter, Kelsey. Since then they have lived in hiding, always vigilant and never getting close to anyone. Read More »

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From the Kitchen of: Sandra Robbins

Another great healthy recipe with an amazing taste that you’ll love! This recipe is brought to us by Sandra Robbins, Love Inspired® Suspense author! Read More »

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The Last Word with Terri Reed

 Terri Reed shares her inspiration for writing, her love for Christmas, and her idea of a perfect hero! Perhaps her pefect hero will be shown through Officer Jarrod Evans, a character in her new book RESCUING CHRISTMAS, coming out soon! Read More »

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Author Spotlight: Bella Andre!

Read this exclusive interview with
Harlequin® Romance author Bella Andre

 

1. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? BellaAndre_HR-BW

I was touring as a professional musician when two fictional characters started to have a conversation in my head! I decided to write that conversation down, and when it continued the next day, and then the one after that, I kept writing. Read More »

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Tails Of Furry Friends: 10 Most Common Animals To Have As A Pet!

People all over the world have pets, and is that really a surprise? They’re such a great companion! Many adults tend to get a pet when they have children, and sometimes those pets stay in the house even after the children have moved out! Now with so many animals out there, its a hard choice when deciding what type of pet you should get! Take a look at our top 10 most popular pet choices and why they make such a great pet (or why people choose them as pets). Read More »

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Read an excerpt from A MAVERICK UNDER THE MISTLETOE by Brenda Harlen!

Read an excerpt from Brenda Harlen’s new
Harlequin® Special Edition novel,  A MAVERICK UNDER THE MISTLETOE!

 

Sutter?”

He yanked his gaze from her chest. “Yeah?”

She huffed out a breath and drew the lapels closer together. Despite her apparent indignation, the flush in her cheeks and the darkening of those chocolate-colored eyes proved that she was feeling the same awareness that was heating his blood. Read More »

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Simply Crosswords – AUTHOR VS TITLES!

If you’re an exclusive Harlequin Reader Service member, you’ll love this crossword! This crossword will test your mind and challenge your memory! Your clue is the title of the book, but can you guess the author’s first name? All of these titles and authors have been featured in our 2013 newsletters – hopefully you’ve been reading them! Read More »

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Editor’s Favourite: Feta and Chick Pea Salad

We hope you’ve been enjoying these wonderful recipes brought to you by the wonderful authors, editors and employees here at Harlequin! We have many talented individuals who enjoy spending their free time in the kitchen and we hope you do too! Read More »

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Author Spotlight: Susan Meier

An interview with
Harlequin® Romance author Susan Meier

 

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1) You’ve published 54 books! What got you started in the first place?

I’d read romances forever! I’d also always wanted to write, but I never seemed to sit down and write. Then one day the love of romances and the desire to write just sort of collided. It was like blending peanut butter and chocolate! It worked. LOL Read More »

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Read an excerpt from SINGLE DAD’S CHRISTMAS MIRACLE by Susan Meier!

Did you catch part of this excerpt in our recent newsletter?
Read the full excerpt from Susan Meier’s new
Harlequin® Romance novel, SINGLE DAD’S CHRISTMAS MIRACLE!
Only online here at Simply Books Extra!

Anger skipped across his nerve endings, rippling to every part of his body, like waves from a stone thrown into a lake. After everything he’d told her the night before, she still left the house? Took the kids to town? Risked Brice seeing Teagan?

Grabbing his bags of fast food, he lunged out of his SUV, marched to the door and stared at the wreath. A huge circle of pine created a bed for red and gold ornaments. The ribbon of the big gold bow at the bottom cascaded along most of the lower half of the door. Read More »

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Read an excerpt from GOING ONCE by Sharon Sala

Read an excerpt from Sharon Sala’s new
Harlequin® Mira® Romantic Suspense novel, GOING ONCE!

 

The sun was directly overhead when Nola began hearing an outboard motor, and once again the sound gave her hope. She clung to the tree where she’d taken refuge from the flood and craned her neck to get a better view upriver. When a motorboat suddenly came into view, she gasped. Read More »

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Author Spotlight: Sharon Sala

An interview with Harlequin ® Mira ®
author Sharon Sala

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1) How many books have you published so far?

I have 86 books already in print, plus 6 more written and waiting for release, so a total of 92 books completed and sold. Read More »

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Upcoming Books: Love Inspired

We have tons of great books for you this month and we can’t wait to share! There are tons of great novels coming out this month for you so make sure to read each back cover to find out what book best suits you! Some titles are clickable, and will bring you to an excerpt of the book! Read More »

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Author Spotlight: Laura Scott

An interview with
Love Inspired® Suspense author, Laura Scott

 

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1) What inspired you to start writing in the first place?
I’ve been writing since I was a child, because I always had stories in my head and I often ran out of books to read. I wrote my first complete novel at the age of 13 (it was really bad) and it wasn’t until after I became a nurse and had a family that I decided to go back to writing stories. Read More »

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Spinach and Nectarine Salad with Pecans and Warm Bacon Vinaigrette by Susan Mallery

Spinach and Nectarine Salad with Pecans and Warm Bacon Vinaigrette

 

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Tired of the same old tossed green salad?
Wake up your taste buds with this fun flavor combination. Read More »

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Read an excerpt from HER MISTLETOE PROTECTOR by Laura Scott

Read this excerpt from Laura Scott’s new
Love Inspired® Suspense novel, HER MISTLETOE PROTECTOR

 

The closer Nick got to the location Rachel had given him, the more his gut tightened with fear and worry. And when he saw her mangled car wedged against the guardrail, his stomach dropped. He was surprised to see there weren’t any police cars or ambulances at the scene. As he pulled over, Rachel was there, limping and crying, making her way down the road. He bolted from his car and ran toward her. “Rachel, what is it? What’s wrong?” Read More »

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Upcoming books: Suspense

We have tons of great books for you this month and we can’t wait to share! There are tons of great novels coming out this month for you so make sure to read each back cover to find out what book best suits you! Some titles are clickable, and will bring you to an excerpt of the book! Read More »

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Upcoming Books – Reader to Reader

We have tons of great books for you this month and we can’t wait to share! There are tons of great novels coming out this month for you so make sure to read each back cover to find out what book best suits you! Some titles are clickable, and will bring you to an excerpt of the book! Read More »

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Simply Crosswords – FUN WITH WORDS!

Thanks for being a Simply Book Extra Blog reader! Not only can you find our posts in your daily newsletter, but we post exclusive material here as well! If you’re a Simply Books Extra follower, you won’t wanna miss our crossword below! Read More »

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Tails Of Furry Friends: Roger the Rabbit

Roger the Rabbit
By: Gwen Nguyen

For as long as I can remember I have always wanted my very own pet. Growing up I was deprived of the experience because my parents, being new immigrants, simply did not have the funds or the time to take care of an animal. Read More »

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Fun baking – CREAM FILM ROLLS!

Having a movie night with your grandchildren? Perhaps your own kids? Or even just with your friends? Well here is the perfect recipe that everyone will love!

It’s time to get creative! Read More »

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Brenda Harlen’s Banana Split Cake!

 Are you looking to try a new, yummy recipe this summer?
Harlequin’s author Brenda Harlen has a favorite summer recipe and would like to share with you.
This is a light desert that is quick to make and a huge hit with both adults and children.
Enjoy! Read More »

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Read an excerpt from A FAMILY FOR CHRISTMAS by Winnie Griggs

Read an excerpt from Winnie Grigg’s new
Love Inspired® Historical novel,  A FAMILY FOR CHRISTMAS

 

Eve ushered the boy Leo into the depot and out of the blustery wind, still feeling as out of place as a turtle up a tree.  She had no idea how to go about making certain Leo was taken care of.  She didn’t even know where the two of them would bed down tonight.  But she knew she was doing the right thing and, for now, that was enough. Read More »

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Author Spotlight: Winnie Griggs

An interview with
Love Inspired® Historical author Winnie Griggs

 

1. How did your interest in writing originate?Photo WG2
I’ve always been an avid reader – started with the Bobbsey Twins when I was just getting into chapter books and I‘ve never looked back. It just seemed a natural extension of that love of books to make up my own stories and jot them down. Read More »

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Read an excerpt from KILLER’S PREY by Rachel Lee

Read an excerpt from Rachel Lee’s new
Harlequin® Romantic Suspense  novel,  KILLER’S PREY!

“I can’t ask you in.”

 “Why?”

“Dad.”

She spoke the word with enough bitterness that he didn’t need much explanation. “House rules?” Read More »

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Author Spotlight: Rachel Lee

An interview with
Harlequin® Romantic Suspense author Rachel Lee

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1. How did your interest in writing originate?

 I’ve been writing since third grade.  My first experience came in writing a play our class was to present to the school.  After that, the passion never left me.  For years I wrote short stories for friends, and

a couple of plays in high school were produced for the entire school.  No matter what else I was doing, I made time to write.  Read More »

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Tails Of Furry Friends: Tia the Cat

 

 Tia the Cat!
(If you have a pet story that you would like to share, please send it in through the comment section below. If you create a log-in you can share photos as well)

 My entire life I’ve only ever had one pet (bare a few fishes). Tia Sugar Lewis is my pet. I first brought her home when I was 8 years old – my siblings and I chose her from a big litter of kittens. The family giving the kittens away suggested for us to get Tia because at the time she would cuddle on people’s shoulders and was very social! So of course we got her! Read More »

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Author Spotlight: Brenda Harlen

An interview with Harlequin® Special Edition author Brenda Harlen

1. How many books have you written?

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Photo Credit: Studio 16

Montana Mavericks: Rust Creek Cowboys—A Maverick Under the Mistletoe (available in November) will be my 29th title for Harlequin.  I was surprised to realize that the number was so high—I thought I was getting close to 25 (which I considered to be a pretty significant milestone), but when I counted all the titles, including two online stories, I discovered it was 29. Read More »

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Read an excerpt from HIS LONG-LOST FAMILY by Brenda Harlen

Read an excerpt from Brenda Harlen’s new
Harlequin® Special Edition novel, HER LONG-LOST FAMILY!

Kelly Cooper came back to Pinehurst so that her daughter could get to know her birth father. She certainly wasn’t looking to rekindle a romance with Jackson Garrett! But sometimes first love deserves a second chance . . . Read More »

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Read an excerpt from FLIRTING WITH DESTINY by Christyne Butler

Read an excerpt from Christyne Butler’s new
Harlequin® Special Edition novel, FLIRTING WITH DESTINY


“Who are you?”

The man perched himself against the desk again, his arms at his sides, fingers curling around the scarred edge. The corner of his mouth quirked into a slight grin. Read More »

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Author Spotlight: Christyne Butler

An interview with
Harlequin® Special Edition author Christyne Butler

1.Did you always want to be a writer, or were you inschristynebutlerpired by the well-known authors in your family tree?

I have been a writer all my life. From stories I would make up in my head during Sunday afternoon car rides with my family, to writing in journals as a teenager. Read More »

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Tell us YOUR pet stories!

Hello Friends!

Thanks for being an exclusive member of Simply Books Extra! As you may or may not know, we LOVE to talk about animals and the joy they bring to our lives. We have some exciting stories coming this month to share with you so make sure to keep checking Simply Books Extra each week! Read More »

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The Virgin Diet Shake

THE VIRGIN DIET SHAKE

The Virgin Diet

Are you eating all the right things—low-fat yogurt, egg-white omelets, whole-grain bread, even tofu—but still can’t lose the weight? Your favorite “diet” foods may be to blame.

On The Virgin Diet, you’ll eat plenty of anti-inflammatory, healing foods to reclaim your health and reset your metabolism, while avoiding the 7 foods that are most likely to cause food intolerance. You’ll never feel hungry or deprived, and in just one week, you’ll drop up to 7 pounds, lose belly bloat, gain energy, clear up inflammation and look and feel years younger. And that’s just the beginning!

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Author Spotlight: Debra Webb

An interview with
Harlequin Intrigue® author Debra Webb

 

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Photo Credit: David Phillips

Can you recall how your interest in writing originated?

I started writing when I was just nine years old. I adored listening to my grandmother tell stories. I’m certain she was my inspiration!

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Read an excerpt from BRIDAL ARMOR by Debra Webb

Read an excerpt from Debra Webb’s new
Harlequin Intrigue® novel, BRIDAL ARMOR

Thomas hadn’t stayed alive as the head of Mission Recovery by relying on luck or anyone’s mercy. He tried to tell himself he was following this woman out of professional courtesy, but it didn’t work. DeRossi was a weakness. One he’d purposely culled from his life years ago. He’d never had any real objectivity where this woman was concerned. Read More »

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Author Spotlight: Yvonne Lehman

An interview with
Love Inspired® author Yvonne Lehman

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I was teaching young girls ages 17-married in Sunday school and planned to invite some African-American girls to join us but the church wouldn’t allow it. That led to my wondering if I should leave church or not, saw an ad about the Billy Graham School of Christian writing, realized I’d been writing but not thinking about publication. Read More »

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Read an excerpt from LESSONS IN LOVE by Yvonne Lehman

Enjoy this excerpt from Yvonne Lehman’s new
Love Inspired® Heartsong Presents™ novel, LESSONS IN LOVE!

Megan Conley didn’t know if it was the heavy rainfall or a trick of her mind that made her think there was a blurry figure on that front porch as she drove past the house of her missing boyfriend, Michael.

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Summer Recipes!

We’re into the first week of July, and the weather is HOT! Depending on where you live, you may be experiencing the humid weather that’s been surrounding us these days! Read More »

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Author Spotlight: Brenda Jackson

An interview with
Harlequin® Desire 
author Brenda Jackson

 

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When did you first realize that you wanted writing to be a big part of your life? 

I made this realization the closer I got to the retirement age of 55.  Prior to that I worked in Corporate America and loved it, and considered writing as fun and something to relax me.  But when I saw I could write full time and still consider it fun and relaxing, I thought the time was right to make a move.

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Read an excerpt from STERN by Brenda Jackson

Enjoy this excerpt from Brenda Jackson’s new
Harlequin
® Desire novel STERN !

 

As far as Stern was concerned his best friend had she lost her ever-loving mind.  But he didn’t say that. Instead, he took another sip of his beer.

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Author Spotlight: Marie Force

  

An interview with
Harlequin® MIRA® Romantic Suspense
author Marie Force!

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Read an excerpt from FATAL DECEPTION by Marie Force

Enjoy this excerpt from Marie Force’s
Harlequin® MIRA®  Romantic Suspense novel FATAL DECEPTION , the 5th book of The Fatal Series
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Author Spotlight: Dana Mentink

An interview with
Love Inspired® Suspense author Dana Mentink!

 

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Photo Credit: Snap Pea Photography

Were you always intent on becoming a writer?

Actually, I planned on becoming a nurse for a long while, until I decided on elementary school teaching which is my first passion. When I was a student myself my favorite subject was always creative writing, not those pesky five paragraph essays mind you, but the “here’s a piece of paper, have at it!” type assignments. I’m a voracious reader which goes hand in hand with this crazy writing business so decades of cramming in all the fiction I can hold shaped that need to write.

What types of jobs did you have before becoming a writer? Read More »

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Read an excerpt from SHOCK WAVE by Dana Mentink

Enjoy this excerpt from Dana Mentink’s new
Love Inspired® Suspense novel, SHOCK WAVE!

 

Will being trapped in an earthquake bring Trey and Sage closer together or will it tear them apart forever? Read on for a preview of Shock Wave by Dana Mentink.

The chilled air of the opera house made Sage Harrington’s skin prickle all over. Her own hands looked pale Read More »

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Author Spotlight: Robyn Carr

Robyn CarrAn interview with New York Times Bestselling author Robyn Carr!

 

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

It was a very long time ago, of course, since I started writing novels with the hope of selling in 1975.  My interest grew right out of reading.  Good stories would keep me up late and I reasoned that writing them would have the same magnetism, and I was right.  I would fall asleep thinking about my characters, wake up thinking about them, wondering from day to day what was going to happen next.  Read More »

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Read an excerpt from THE NEWCOMER by Robyn Carr

Enjoy this excerpt from Robyn Carr’s new
Harlequin® MIRA® Romance novel, THE NEWCOMER!

Gina filled the scrub bucket and pulled on her rubber gloves. It was her curse that when she had a lot on her mind, she cleaned. She was just about to get on her hands and knees behind the counter to give the floor a good scouring when the door to the diner opened. She looked up to see a woman come in. In fact, the woman nearly took her breath away, Read More »

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Tails Of Furry Friends: Meant For Me!

I have always loved dogs, big or small; there is hardly a breed I don’t like. My family has had dogs since I was 6 and I cannot remember I time in my life without at least one dog. Growing up my family always had Lhasa Apsos, small balls of fur on legs that look something like an Ewok. I love our family dogs and they loved each of us. But when I was finally ready to move out of my parent’s house and buy a place of my own I was becoming increasingly disheartened that I was no longer going to come home from a hard day’s work to a happy little dog wagging its tail at me. I finally made the decision to get my very own dog. Read More »

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Read an excerpt from AGAINST THE EDGE by Kat Martin

Enjoy this excerpt from Kat Martin’s new Harlequin®
MIRA® Romantic Suspense novel, AGAISNT THE EDGE.

 

“Why don’t you just tell me what the hell is going on?”

Her patience was thinning. “Why don’t I just show you?” Ignoring Ben’s request, Claire marched into the kitchen and sat down in one of the oak captain’s chairs. Pulling the strap of her purse off her shoulder, she reached inside to retrieve Sam Thompson’s fifth grade class picture. Read More »

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Read an excerpt from BRANDED BY A CALLAHAN by Tina Leonard

Enjoy this excerpt from Tina Leonard’s new Harlequin®
American Romance® novel, BRANDED BY A CALLAHAN.

 
“That’s an easy one,” Mavis Night said. “Kiss a Cowboy for Christmas.”

The three ladies sitting around the table in the Books ’n’ Bingo Society tearoom and book shop looked at Fiona to gauge her reaction to the idea for a new woman-luring slogan. “Needs more energy, I think.” Read More »

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Jean C. Gordont Talks About Putting on Your Rose-colored Glasses for Mother’s Day

What do you think of when someone says “s/he sees the world through rose-colored glasses”? Probably not something complimentary.

Jean's Mom and Dad, Mary Jean and Herb Chelikowsky.

Jean’s Mom and Dad, Mary Jean and Herb Chelikowsky.

I disagree. My mother, Mary Jean Chelikowsky, saw the world through rose-colored glasses and that made the world a better place for her and the rest of our family. Her rose-colored view taught my three brothers and me to see what’s inside people as well as what they present on the outside.

As a teen, I remember Mom saying what a beautiful girl a classmate of mine was and me thinking Mom must need new glasses. The girl wasn’t physically attractive Read More »

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Hidden in Plain View

Enjoy this excerpt from Diane Burke’s new
Love Inspired Suspense novel, HIDDEN IN PLAIN VIEW.

 
“So, you didn’t answer me. Why are you dressed like an Amish man, Detective King?”

Sam searched Sarah’s face, looking for any signs of fear or weakness. He found in­stead only interest and curiosity. Read More »

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Write What You Know

Harlequin® Superromance® author Beth Andrews talks about
her new series, In Shady Grove, and how many elements of
her own life made their way into her wonderful stories.

Andrews_Beth_08“Write what you know” is advice I’ve often followed. That’s not to say I don’t ever write about places and occupations I’m unfamiliar with, though. I’ve lived my entire life in the same small town in Northwestern Pennsylvania and yet I’ve set stories in an Adirondack ski resort town, coastal towns in both Maine and Massachusetts and a vineyard in Southern Virginia. I’ve written about police officers, attorneys, bartenders, vineyard owners and managers, and waitresses (none of which I am or ever was) so I have no problem stretching myself creatively. Read More »

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Tails Of Furry Friends: Cute & Cuddly Co-workers

-by Donna Alward

Writing is a solitary business. I often joke that I have the best job and coworkers in the world – I’m my own boss and my office mates are my dog and cat. But really…it is a lonely thing. Social interaction is limited to mostly online contact. Don’t get me wrong, I love my job. I love being able to work in yoga pants, I love that I don’t have to commute to an office, I love the peace and quiet, and I love my online friends who keep me sane.  But sometimes it gets a little strange when I start talking to myself. Read More »

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‘There’s Always Tomorrow’ by Darlene Mindrup

There's Always TomorrowAdrella Murphy is heartbroken when her father suddenly dies during a hurricane. As if that’s not bad enough, she’s stranded for days on a deserted island with the enigmatic lighthouse keeper, Dathan Adams. When she finds out he’s a doctor, Adrella wonders what this devastatingly attractive man is doing hiding away on an island like a hermit and refusing to use his skills to heal others.

When they can finally get to the mainland, Dathan and Adrella find that the entire Read More »

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Tactical Advantage by Julie Miller (Harlequin Intrigue)

Enjoy this excerpt from USA Today bestselling author Julie Miller’s new book, TACTICAL ADVANTAGE!

“I’m trying to do the right thing here.  I…”  Just as another argument started, Nick pulled back.  His chest, already far too broad and way too close, expanded with a deep breath.  And then, before the instinct to put some space between them fully registered, he reached out to brush a curl away from the bandage on her forehead.  A tiny shock of electricity sparked from his skin to hers at the unexpected caress and Annie’s determination to get away short-circuited.  “It’s my fault you got hurt, so let me do this, okay?”  His voice had dropped to a husky, mesmerizing pitch.  “Let me play chauffeur for a day or two to make amends.” Read More »

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THE BOSS NEXT DOOR by bestselling author Roz Denny Fox

In THE BOSS NEXT DOOR, Sherry Campbell and Garrett Lock both want to be the new Dean of Human Services at Wellmont College. Sherry has worked hard to earn this promotion, but Garrett needs the job for the sake of his son. We first met Sherry in the February 2013 Heartwarming title THE WESTERN DARE, when she braved the Santa Fe Trail with a group of women. Imagine her surprise when the “escaped convict” she fought off one night in the wilds of New Mexico turns up at the group interview! Read More »

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“Stop the Wedding!”

by Lori Wilde

The idea for my Stop the Wedding! series for Harlequin Blaze came to me while I was attending the wedding of my best friend’s son. When the minster asked the audience to “speak now or forever hold your peace,” a small-wizened woman, wearing funeral black, got to her feet with the use of a cane and announced staunchly, “I object!” Read More »

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Author Spotlight: Kathie DeNosky

kathiephotoA short interview with USA Today Bestselling author Kathie DeNosky!

Q. Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

I think I was born with an interest in writing.  Even as a little girl I loved making up stories and remember being extremely excited when I started school because I learned Read More »

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Tails Of Furry Friends: Secrets to a Happy Dog

by Nikki Logan

When I was writing HOW TO GET OVER YOUR EX, I toyed with the idea of giving my moody, emotional-hermit hero, Zander Rush, a trusty canine companion. Something big. Something with a lolling tongue that he could take running with him each day and which could lie on the floor in his big, empty house and help make it—and Zander—feel just a bit fuller. Read More »

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Tails Of Furry Friends: A Yorkie Named Chewy!

Chewy!

 Harlequin® Romantic Suspense author Elle James shares with us her pet story!

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Reading Guide for All Personalities!

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FOR TEENS — Compelling Young Adult Fiction

Speechless by Hannah Harrington (Harlequin®TEEN, September 2012) is an incredibly powerful novel, dealing with a  topic relevant not only to young adults but society as a whole. Chelsea Knot is her school’s biggest gossip with the juiciest stories. Until the night her latest scoop incites a hate crime, and Chelsea takes a vow of silence to atone. Not speaking up when she is ignored, ridiculed, and even attacked is nearly impossible. But Chelsea soon learns there is strength in silence and in getting to know people she’s never noticed before. New friends who might possibly forgive her, if only Chelsea can forgive herself.

Gina Showalter delivers a unique twist on a beloved classic in Alice in Zombieland (Harlequin®TEEN, October 2012). In this literary/paranormal mash up, Alice Bell always thought her father crazy—until the night “his” monsters caused her entire family’s death. Devastated and forced to start a new life with her grandparents, Alice notices a group of dangerous kids at her new school who sport scars and fresh injuries every week. When her gaze meets Cole Holland’s, their leader, Alice is swept into a vision that will change her life forever and give the monsters a name—zombies.

 

 

FOR HIM — Thrilling Action Adventure

City of Swords by Alex Archer (Rogue Angel™, November 2012) appealS to the history buff and the action seeker. Drawn to France to explore the myth of Saint Christopher and the dog-headed man, archaeologist Annja Creed finds herself inexplicably targeted by vicious mercenaries. At the source is a descendant of King Charlemagne, who thinks collecting the world’s most precious swords will fulfill his ancestor’s failed goal to build the City of God. Now he has his eye on a very special sword—Annja’s. And he’ll have to kill her to get it.

Don Pendleton’s Enemy Arsenal (Superbolan™, October 2012) delivers a page turner any action adventure junkie craves. A massive black-market weapons bazaar, where someone with enough money could arm a small nation, becomes Stony Man’s highest-priority target. Setting out undercover into the African desert, Mack Bolan is about to close in on the masterminds behind the high-tech terror arsenal when chaos erupts…and Bolan must stop the assault.

 

FOR THE ANIMAL LOVER

Perfect for any animal lover, A Dog Named Boo by Lisa J. Edwards (Harlequin® NonFiction, October 2012) is the inspiring true story of “the little dog who could,” but more than that, it’s the story of how one woman and one dog rescued each other–a moving tribute to hope, resilience and the transformative power of unconditional love.

 

FOR THE BAKER

In Sugarlicous (Harlequin® NonFiction, February 2012) professional cookie decorator, Meaghan Mountford shows how anyone can transform drab cookies into glowing planets, plain marshmallows into scary zombies and simple cake pops into blooming flowers. Full of beautiful photos and drawings, this charming book provides step-by-step instructions to create adorable desserts from affordable and accessible materials.

 

FOR THE PROFESSIONAL

World champion adventure racer, firefighter and sought-after corporate speaker Robyn Benincasa shares the eight leadership lessons for creating extraordinary teams in How Winning Works (Harlequin® NonFiction, May 2012). With this fresh approach to leadership, managers will learn the eight essential elements to unleash their team’s potential and achieve unparalleled success.

 

FOR THE HEALTH ENTHUSIAST

The 7 Minute Back Pain Solution by Gerard J. Girasole, MD and Cara Hartman, CPT (Harlequin® NonFiction, April 2012) is perfect for anyone with a bad back…or anyone who wants to avoid getting a bad back. It’s a remarkable seven-minute program of easy, foolproof stretches that can banish back pain forever in just minutes a day! It also includes tips that show how to prevent injuries while exercising, cleaning the house, traveling and doesn’t of other daily activities.

 

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