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Series Spotlight: Texas Cattleman’s Club: After the Storm

Thanks for joining me today, on our last SERIES SPOTLIGHT for this month of August. I hope you enjoyed the different reviews from our editors on these series. Our editors are often extrememly busy so it’s hard to get them to look through every series, and pick out the best ones for review, but they did a great job, and hopefully in the future we can capture a few more great series for you!

Today’s SERIES SPOTLIGHT is featuring the brand-new mini series in Harlequin Desire. Editor Charles Griemsman has written an outsanding, and in-depth review of this amazing series, featuring various authors. Check it out: Read More »

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Author Spotlight: Maureen Child

Hi there! Welcome back to the Harlequin Reader Service blog. Today we’re meeting with Maureen Child to discuss her new book THE FIANCEE CAPER and the characters and plot line within it. You’ll also learn that Maureen was in her own movie, and the things that she feels make a compelling romance story. Don’t forget to check out the fun facts after the interview, and of course make sure to check out her book! I hope you enjoy this interview, as much as I do sharing it with you! Read More »

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Top 10 Favorite August Covers

We’re approaching the end of summer (BOO!) but that doesn’t stop me from finding beautiful covers that you’re sure to love! In my personal opinion, a cover can make or break a book. For instance, say you’ve never heard of the author, or the book, but you see a beautiful cover sitting on the book stand at your local bookstore. You’re probably 10 times more likely to go and read the back cover of that book, because the cover intrigued you. That’s why I love celebrating each month my top 10 favorite covers. Check out the following I picked this month!

 

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Series Spotlight: Ruthless Russians

Hey there, thanks for coming back to another Series Spotlight. Remember each week this month, on Wednesday we will be featuring a new series for you to try! Our editors have specifically selected these series  because they know what YOU like!

Today’s SERIES SPOTLIGHT is on the new series coming out this NOVEMBER: Ruthless Russians. Associate Editor Pippa Roscoe, from the Harlequin Presents series, guarantees that this will be a great series for you to try!

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Author Spotlight: Paula Graves

Welcome! I hope you’re having a great Monday – there is nothing more important than starting your week off right, and that’s why we’re giving you a great interview with author Paula Graves who is here talking with us about her new book DEAD MAN’S CURVE, the new series The Gates and all about the creation steps to a great suspense story! Enjoy.

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3 COLLECTIONS TO END THE SUMMER.

Hey everyone! Today I’m bringing another great offer to your attention – and it’s for valued friends and family just like you!

Why am I sharing this with you? Because the fact that you can get ONE FREE BOOK and a FREE GIFT just for trying this collection makes me think that you’ll love it!

Choose between the following collections:

BEST SELLING AUTHOR COLLECTION:  DIANA PALMER, DEBBIE MACOMBER, LINDA LAEL MILLER, ROBYN CARR, SHERRYL WOODS – these are some of the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling authors showcased in this treasury of classic romances in collectible volumes. And these superb storytellers sure know how to make the sparks fly when smart, funny, modern couples are swept up in passionate, deeply moving romances! Read More »

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Think you have what it takes to entertain on a small budget?

Don’t sacrifice your style. Continue to entertain your friends with a party that’s exactly your style – without emptying your clutch!

Hi everyone, thanks for stopping by! The other day I was doing my laundry, figuring out what I was going to wear to my friend’s house. It was her turn to hold the dinner party, which meant in three months from now, it’s my turn. So I started getting worried because 3 months goes by fairly quickly, and a dinner party takes some planning. Therefore, me… being me, put together two types of lists. One list was my dream dinner party, which of course involved a 5 course meal, a chef, and a live band. However my other list… was a little more realistic. After looking at both of them, I obviously knew I had to choose the more realistic one for many reasons.  So I decided today I’d write this blog post all about entertaining on a small budget, because I’m sure many of you have gone through my predicament – and if you haven’t – it’s not fun to realize the high cost of having fun with your friends. Read More »

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Series Spotlight: Home in Magnolia Bend

Does anyone remember our old newsletter? We used to have a SERIES SPOTLIGHT written by an editor here at Harlequin. Due to the changes in our newsletter, we have taken the SERIES SPOTLIGHT out of the newsletter. However, for this month – each Wednesday, we will be featuring a Series that our editors here at Harlequin think are GREAT series, with MUST read books!

Today’s SERIES SPOTLIGHT is Home to Magnolia Bend. This is a new series in the Harlequin Superromance genre, and Senior Editor Wanda Ottewell tells us a bit about it and why it’s so fabulous! Read More »

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Tails of Furry Friends: Beautiful Joe

Thanks for joining me on this Tuesday Tail. This is a very special story, shared with us by author Pamela Morsi. When I first received the story from Pamela, I was reading through it and I honestly though she was writing a story about a fictional dog. It is so heartwarming to know that animals can be such great friends to us, at all different ages. The story becomes a little sad towards the end, but I hope you read the story and think of Beautiful Joe the way Pamela remembers him.

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Author Spotlight: Pamela Morsi

Thank you for joining us this morning. Today’s spotlight is shining on author Pamela Morsi. We’re talking all about her new book MR. RIGHT GOES WRONG, what inspired her to write romance, and much more! Don’t miss out on this fantastic interview!

 

1. I’m going to start with asking you a bit about your new book MR. RIGHT GOES WRONG. Can you tell us a bit about the book and how it came to be? I’ve always been curious about those women who consistently fall for the wrong guy. I thought I wanted to explore that and write about it. Read More »

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Must-See State Fairs (And Crazy Carnival Foods!)

We’re smack dab in the middle of STATE FAIR days so I’ve decided to go over some of the more famous State Fairs, and the incredible finds you can experience by going to one! Make sure you read every single one, as they all have unique food products I hope you’ll try! Read More »

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Coming Next Month! August Reads

Hello! Thanks for coming by. With only one month left of summer, we have very little time to complete our reading list – but I plan on getting a lot of books read before the cool weather settles in! In my personal opinon, there is nothing better than reading outside – and there are only a few months you can do that (depending on where you live!). If you take a look below, you’ll see plenty of great books coming out next month. I’m really excited to read PICTURE PERFECT WEDDING by Fiona Lowe, THE BRIDE SHIP by Regina Scott and of course, THE BILLIONAIRE IN DISGUISE by Soraya Lane. Let me know what you decide to read, I’d love to know!

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My First Book Memories – Featuring Harlequin Authors

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We’ve finally reached the month of August. It seems like summer should get a speeding ticket for going fast! I hope it slows down a little, because I’m not ready for the cool air, and I have so many more books I want to get through while bathing in the sun, instead of sitting on a couch! While eating breakfast, I was reminiscing over the past books I’ve read.  I remember one of the first books I read was about a pre-teen who volunteered at a veterinary clinic. I remember purchasing this book at a book sale at my brothers hockey game, and it was in pretty brutal shape… so when I started reading it, of course the book split apart. I’m almost positive I still have this book somewhere in my house, split in half – and I wish I could find it so I could tell you the title of it. Here is a photo of my sister and I at the book fair, years ago that my parents saved from our old local newspaper! Read More »

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Author Spotlight: Lynne Graham

Welcome! I hope you’re all having a wonderful Monday morning. I’m a little sleepy today - this past weekend was a long weekend in Canada so I’m not really back into the swing of things yet – but coffee always helps me wake up! Today i’m posting an Author Spotlight with Lynne Graham, author of the new Chatsfield series book Christaki’s Rebellious Wife. She talks with us about the creation of her book, a bit about the challenges in writing and tells us about her worst job ever! Make sure to read the FUN FACTS, which are always great to read, and of course her new book! Read More »

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The Character Bachelorette – WINNER ANNOUNCED!

 

thefinaleThank you for coming back to the Harlequin reader service blog!  We have finally come to the day that the winner is revealed! This game has been so much fun with you all, and it’s great to see you all supporting your favorite author and choosing your favorite hero for our lovely bachelorette, Claire! Please read below to find out who the final winner is and make sure to read the follow up story! Read More »

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Baking with Anne Marie Becker!

Welcome to today’s Thursday Lifestyle post.  Today’s post features a delicious recipe brought to us by Anne Marie Becker. I hope you have the time to make this recipe, and share it with your friends and family!

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Summer Care Tips!

We’re almost half way through summer – and I personally have already noticed a few things starting to change with my skin, and hair! So I thought I’d get back to my old trusty list of  my “Summer Care” ways and I thought I’d share it with you too! Read More »

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The Character Bachelorette – FINAL ROUND

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Here we are! Down to the last round of The Character Bachelorette. Before we begin, I want to thank ALL of you for continually supporting your favorite character (and of course author!). Today is the beginning of the last round of votes for our wonderful game. If you look below you’ll see who was voted out of last week’s round. Read More »

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Tails of Furry Friends: Trixie The English Bull Terrier

Hello, welcome to Tuesday Tails! Today’s tale is all about Elizabeth Beacon’s furry friend – Trixie, the English Bull Terrier.

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Author Spotlight: Elizabeth Beacon

Another week, another Author Spotlight. Today we have Elizabeth Beacon, a Harlequin Historical author! This interview for me was so fun – as I find history very fascinating, and I just find that historical books really are becoming that much more interesting. So find out all about Elizabeth’s new book – and don’t forget to check out the Fun Facts section!

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Your new novel, The Viscount’s Frozen Heart sounds so interesting! Can you tell us a little more about your character Chloe? I know an author shouldn’t say this about one of her own, but I love Chloe; she has to fight for everything she has and raise her daughter on her own. Read More »

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Top 10 Covers for July

It’s July, the summer heat is here, and my pool is finally open. So I’ve definitely been lounging around on the weekend – getting my reading in. I’m not sure about you, but when I’m shopping around for a book, I am always intrigued by the cover. Some are just so artistic and beautiful it makes you want to buy the book without even knowing what it’s about! I’ve put this list together of my Top 10 favorite covers for July. Let me know what you think of them!

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West Country Farmhouse Apple Cake (Shared with us by author Elizabeth Beacon)

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As I can only do cake, which says a lot about me I’m afraid, this is my recipe for West Country Farmhouse Apple Cake and I’ve done my best to forget my usual smidgeon of this and a pinch of that and be serious about quantities for once. Half the fun of this one is having an orchard full of apples and finding out how the different ones change the texture and flavour of the cake, but it works just as well with a commercial variety.

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Stay Cool & Refreshed This Summer

Wow! It is a hot summer, but I am certainty not complaining! I’d honestly prefer the warmth over snow any day, but hey – that’s just me! I know some of my friends actually think the weather is a little too hot – so I took the time to put together a list of my personal favorite ways to stay cool in this warm weather! Check it out:

 

 


 

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The Charactor Bachelorette – Week 3

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Hey there! Welcome back to The Character Bachelorette Round 3. We only have 1 more round left after this, and then we’ll know the winner! I’m so happy with all the votes that were received – you guys truly do love these bachelors!  It looks like Brian Sloane and Sam Winston are two of the favorite bachelors so far… but that doesn’t mean to say that the others aren’t loved – they’ve all received many votes by YOU!

Unfortunately – they can’t all win! Today we must eliminate 2 of our bachelors… and I must say I’m sad to see these gentlemen go!  However, if you look below you’ll find out who made it through this round of votes, and who sadly must leave us! Read More »

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Tails of Furry Friends: Dexter

We’re pleased to introduce you to Dexter, Anne Marie Becker’s cat! He’s cute, fluffy and most importantly, he was a great pet!

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Dexter (my cat, not the character on the popular TV show, named because he was dexterous and could bat around ping pong balls like nobody’s business) passed away several years ago, but he was a great cat. I took him in off the streets. Or he took us in. It’s hard to tell.

When I was in graduate school, my husband and I lived in a loft condominium with 18-foot ceilings. Our living room happened to be right below the open loft for the second bedroom, which had a ledge Dexter loved to lay on—and fall asleep on. One day, he must have shifted in his sleep because he fell off the loft and landed right next to me on the couch. He bounced once and landed on his feet on the floor, then walked away as if nothing had happened. He did that a few times, but luckily I never got hurt. Of course, he didn’t either, since cats always land on their feet.

D’aww – what an adorable cat! There is something about an orange cat that is just so beautiful, and different then other cats! (Although, I love all cats!). Please share your pet stories, and photos with us by commenting in the section below. Make sure to come back tomorrow, for the last day to vote in the Character Bachelorette game.. and if you have no idea what i’m talking about then click HERE!

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Author Spotlight: Anne Marie Becker

 Today we chat with author Anne Marie Becker. In this interview we learn all about her favorite characters and a little bit about the plot in her suspensful book DARK DEEDS! You’ll also find out a little bit about Anne’s family, how she creates such multifaceted characters and even quirky details like her celebrity crush! Keep reading to find out more.

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  1. Can you tell us a little bit about your new book Dark Deeds? Dark Deeds is the fourth book in my Mindhunters series, which follows an organization named SSAM (The Society for the Study of the Aberrant Mind) as its agents pursue serial killers and repeat violent offenders who’ve fallen through the cracks or the leads have gone cold. Read More »
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DON’T MISS THE BOAT! FREE BOOKS!

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Another month, another amazing offer! Today I’m telling you about the newest offer from Harlequin Reader Service. If you’re a huge romance fan, suspense fan, or inspirational fan… then this offer is perfect for you! Here are a few details: Read More »

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Simple ways to volunteer this summer!

It’s the summer time, which means it’s the perfect time to put your time to use and volunteer in your local community. There are so many places that look for volunteers to help out, especially in the summer. I actually think volunteering is so much fun because you get to meet new people, and continue to open your horizons, while doing something good!

If you’re looking for somewhere to volunteer, then check out this list of suggestions and see if your community has open volunteer positions. Read More »

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The Character Bachelorette – WEEK 2 VOTING

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Welcome back to The Characters Bachelorette.  Last week was pretty interesting, and I’m glad you all took the time to vote for your favorite character! There were so many intriguing men!  I have a few favorites myself – but who am I to sway your thoughts. So, this week I’m here to let you know who was voted out – and who still remains! Cross your fingers and hope that your favorite men are still in the game! Check the score board below – any character’s name crossed out has unfortunately been voted out! Although we love all these men, only 1 can win Claire’s love! Read More »

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Tails of Furry Friends: Ana the Cat

Here we are again, for another Tuesday Tale! This one is all about Ana the cat, shared by author Elizabeth Otto.

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Author Spotlight: Elizabeth Otto

Welcome back! We’ve managed to all make it through the festivities of Canada Day and Independence Day so hopefully all of your lives are back to normal, and a little less hectic. To start off July, we have a new author – Elizabeth Otto – in the author spotlight. We’re discussing her new book The Firefighter’s Appeal, which is actually her first book published with Harlequin – so exciting! Get to know her below through the exciting interview, and make sure to check out the fun facts, and of course her new book! We hope you love it!

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Can you tell us a little bit about your new book, The Firefighter’s Appeal? On its barest level, The Firefighter’s Appeal is about overcoming fear. Read More »

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Coming Next Month: July

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Welcome! You’ve landed on the perfect page! I’m here to tell you all about the great summer reads you can expect this month! A few I definitely plan to read by my pool on sunny days are DEATH OF A SECOND WIFE by Maria Hudgins, LORD HAVELOCK’S LIST by Annie Burrows and THE NURSE’S BODYGUARD by Melanie Mitchell.  What are you reading this month? Whatever it is – I hope you enjoy it!

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Happy 4th of July!

 

 

Thank you for joining us on INDEPENDENCE DAY! The Declaration of Independence was established July 4th 1776, with the United States declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. One of the oldest Independence Day celebrations in the United States was in 1785 – the Bristol Fourth of July Parade in Rhode Island! Today, Independence Day is celebrated in many differeant ways such as BBQ, picnics, fairs, parades, fireworks and much more. It’s a great day to have pride for your country, and celebrate with friends and family. Please welcome some very special authors who are sharing a few things about how they celebrate their Independence Day! Read More »

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Make An E-Reader Cover Out Of An Old Book Cover

Hi everyone thanks for joining me on a Lifestyle Thursday! Today is a fun crafty post that I’m hoping you’ll get the chance to do! Today we will be learning how to make an E-Reader Cover out of an old favorite book cover.  I love this do-it-yourself craft because it saves you money, and you have a very unique creative kindle cover that no one else will own! Imagine having your favorite book such as Gone with the Wind as your E-Reader Cover? Awesome! In total, you could spend around $5-10 on this project! It could take you anywhere from 1-2 hours to create so ensure you have some spare time! The more time the better, because you want it too look great! Let’s get started! Read More »

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The Character Bachelorette

BACHEIt’s summer – and reading is supposed to get our minds sparking with imagination so what better way to interact with your favorite characters and authors then participating in a readers challenge! I present to you The Character Bachelorette where your imagination will spark, and your favorite authors’ competitive side will show!  Below you will meet 8 different characters from Harlequin books by the following authors: Angi Morgan, Cynthia Thomason, Jeannie Watt, Jessica Gilmore, Kate Hardy, Kayla Perrin, Kira Sinclair, and Karen Anders!

The point of this game is to imagine these characters as SINGLE men, competing for the love of a beautiful, single woman. Their short biographies are below. Now it’s up to YOU to determine who will win the love of character Claire.  All you have to do is:

Come back ONCE a week and vote! Please comment on this post with the character of your choice. The 2 characters at the end of each week with the least amount of votes will be eliminated.

Come  back EACH week to vote for your character of choice! You may only vote ONCE a week. Share this post with your friends and family to help your character win!

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Happy Canada Day !

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July 1st is CANADA DAY! The Constitution Act of 1867” (the joining of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Ontario and Quebec into a single country) was first celebrated in 1917 which was Canada’s 50th birthday! Today, Canada Day is celebrated in many different ways – fireworks, cookouts, games, and even concerts! One of the major patriotic festivities that can be found in Canada is the fireworks that they launch from Parliament Hill. Anyways, today a few of our Canadian authors are sharing a few things about how they celebrate their day! Please welcome author Jennifer Hayward, Lois M. Richer, Stella MacLean, Kate James, Melinda Di Lorenzo, Dani Collins, Amanda Sun and Carolyne Aarsen. Read More »

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Get Ready for Spring/Summer: DIY (Do It Yourself)

Hi everyone, thanks for making the time to visit our blog again. Today’s post is the 3rd and last post in our “Get Ready for Spring/Summer”. This post is a DIY(Do It  Yourself) post. Below I’ve listed 5 things that you can make simply out of scraps around your house. These items will add a nice touch to your house or your garden, and your friends will all be asking how you did it!

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Author Spotlight: Vacation Memories

It’s another Author Spotlight and today we’re changing things up a bit! Instead of an interview, we’re posting the rest of Author Talk from the Simply Books magazine, in which whether it was funny, special, interesting, disastrous or just plain cringe-worthy, we asked some of our authors to share their most memorable vacation memories.  Read on to find out if you can relate to any of these unforgettable stories! Feel free to comment below and let us know your summer vacation story!

 

 

 

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Get Ready For Spring/Summer – Green Thumbs!

Hey! This post today is the second of our Getting Ready for Spring/Summer.  Spring and Summer are usually when people are working outside on their gardens, and lawns. We all enjoy having green grass, and/or beautiful flowers but sometimes it’s not that easy and we have to work slowly each day at building beautiful yards. But in the end it’s sooooo worth it! I hope you enjoy the post, and don’t forget to check out the last post in this series Spring/Summer DIY – which will be a very fun post.

 

 

 

 


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A New Book! LET’S GET LOST!

Let’s Get Lost by author Adi Alsaid is an exciting new book coming out this August! This book is a coming of age story all about four teens travelling the country for their own personal reasons. This book has been said to be similar to the hit: “The Fault in Our Stars”. Read More »

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Top 10 June Covers

Here we are – it’s finally June and I have my top 10 Favorite Covers to show you! These covers are very different from the May top 10, a lot of them portray beautiful landscapes as oppose to people like the May post did. Check these covers out, and let me know what you think!

 

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Author Spotlight: Winnie Griggs

 

It’s another Author Spotlight and we’re here with Author Winnie Griggs. You may remember in the past that we did an interview with Winnie, however Simply Books magazine decided to do another interview with Winnie, because we love her that much! These questions are different from the past interview so keep on reading! Winnie opens up about how she knew she wanted to write, her dream for a summer vacation and the inspiring message that she tries to live by every day.

 

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Happy Fathers Day!

Thank you for joining us for a special Father’s Day Post. Today, 4 of your favorite authors join us to help celebrate Father’s Day by sharing with us the memories of their fathers. Joining us are: Debra Clopton, Melinda Curtis, Maisey Yates, Renee Ryan and Bronwyn Scott.

 

 

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Get Ready For Spring/Summer: Cleaning Tips!

 Most people would start their spring blog posts out with something like “oh my gosh, where did the time go – spring is already here!”… but I’m not going to because I feel like I’ve been waiting forever for to spring to arrive. Do you feel the same? It was such a long winter so now that spring is finally here – it’s time to start being productive! That is why I’ve decided to do a series of posts that will get you organized for this spring/summer! We’re going to start off with SPRING/SUMMER CLEANING TIPS, and then move to GREEN THUMBS and lastly we’re going to finish with SPRING/SUMMER DIY (Do-It-Yourselves).

Spring is the perfect time for cleaning out the house! Between last Spring and this Spring, there is so much that has accumulated. Sometimes Its frustrating to start the big Spring Clean because there are so many areas that you feel need to be taken care of, but if you follow this simple list – you’ll be on your way in no time with little to no frustration – and a soon to be clean house! Read More »

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Summer Reading List!

Summer is finally here and so are plenty of new books! Looking for a great book to read this summer? Well I’ve created a list of my MUST read books this summer! I hope you’ll join me in reading these books if you haven’t already! Below I’ve included why I think you should read each book specified, and of course the back cover copy for you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Author Spotlight: Mary Kubica!

I’m so excited about this Author Spotlight, because today I’m introducing you debut author Mary Kubica! She shares a bit about what influences (and inspires) her writing, what a typical day is like and her passion for animal welfare. Part of this interview can also be found in your Simply Books magazine, but of course we always post the full interview here!

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BONUS BUCKS CATALOG!

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Hello! It’s Friday (yay, the end of the week!) and I have great news to share with you! The summer Bonus Bucks catalog is finally available and I don’t want you to forget about it so I hope this post is a great reminder to start using your bonus bucks! Read More »

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The Perfect Summer Cake !

Hi everyone! The first day of summer is only two weeks away and I thought the perfect way to celebrate would be to make a cake!  Now i’m not talking your average vanilla or chocolate cake – I’m talking rainbow cake! What better kind of cake is there to make for summer? Full of colour and icing – it doesn’t get much better!  Enjoy!

Please note I did not create this recipe, I’ve only discovered the recipes through various friends!

 

 

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Summertime is reading time! JUNE COLLECTIONS!

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Hello readers – thanks for joining us here again! It’s Friday so that’s always exciting! I love the weekends, especially when the weather is perfect! This month I am sharing with you an incredible special offer that I don’t’ want you to miss! Read More »

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Author Spotlight: Sheila Roberts

The sun is shining, and it’s finally June! I absolutely love June because the first day of summer exists within this month, and of course June has the perfect weather to read outside! Monday’s spotlight is with MIRA® author Sheila Roberts! Part of this interview was showcased in the Simply Books magazine, which is available for all Harlequin Reader Service Subscribers  – however we always post the EXTRA questions here on the blog!  In this interview, Sheila Roberts shares with us what inspired her to start writing, what she would do if she won the lottery, what she likes best about writing, and much more!

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Recipes Based on Harlequin Books – Carrot Pineapple Muffin and Saving Felicity

Hello, thanks for visiting the Harlequin Reader Service blog. Today we have the last post in our “Recipes Based on Harlequin Books”. This post features Saving Felicity by Heartsong Presents™ author, Darlene Franklin.

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serves to guests at her tea shop.” ~Darlene Franklin

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Top 10 Favorite Covers in May!

Harlequin has tons of series which means every month there are really beautiful, artistic covers. Some are cute, some are romantic, and some are very artsy and different! Here are my top 10 favorite covers of the month!

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Recipes Based On Harlequin Books – Chocolate Cheesecake and Second Chance Café

Hello, thanks for visiting the Harlequin Reader Service blog. Today we have the second post in our “Recipes Based on Harlequin Books”. This post today features The Second Chance Café by Heartsong Presents™ author, Brandy Bruce.

 “When I was a college student, my cooking abilities were limited to grilled cheese sandwiches and canned tomato soup, and this fabulous cheesecake recipe randomly came to me in the mail one day as part of a promotion. I followed the recipe and voila! It was the best cheesecake I’d ever had! It’s the kind of dessert that, every time I make it, people ask for the recipe. Read More »

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Tails of Furry Friends: The Writer’s Cat

Clea Simon, author of “Cats Can’t Shoot” and many other cat-related mysteries, has shared with us a story written from the voice of her cat, Musetta. We hope you enjoy this Tuesday Tail, and please remember to share your own pet story in the comment section below.

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Author Spotlight: New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author, Kristan Higgins!

Hello readers!  Today we are changing things up a bit and showing you a VIDEO interview with New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author, Kristan Higgins! Read More »

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New Collections for May!

Hello Readers! I hope you’re having a wonderful Friday, and are preparing for a relaxing weekend. In Canada it is the long weekend, so I’m sure all of the local attractions will be very busy! Anyways, I thought I would start your weekend off on a high note by bringing your attention to two of Harlequin Reader Service’s special collections occuring this month! You’ll see this offer in your May shipment, but if you missed it… here is a bit of information on it! Read More »

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Coming Next Month: May Newsletter

So spring is finally here and there is lots of stuff to be accomplished before June! In May I often do a lot of gardening around the house – basically trying to get my property back to looking “pretty”. It takes time, but May is the perfect month for yard work because it isn’t too cold, but it’s also not too hot. There’s also rain which helps the grass and flowers grow! I really enjoy May because it means that I can finally read outside! Anyways, I hope that you get outside for a good read, and perhaps it will be one of the books below from our Coming Next Month newsletter. Read More »

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Recipes Based On Harlequin Books – Tea Pound Cake and The Tea Shop On Lavender Lane

Hi everyone! It’s LIFESTYLE THURSDAY and I’m starting a 3-week themed post! The theme is:

Recipes Based On Harlequin Books.

 Each Thursday for the next three weeks we’ll have a different recipe based on a Harlequin Book. Let me clarify, that this does not mean these recipes are directly in the book themselves. Each week I will post a recipe that an author feels represents the novel, and then I will post the back cover of the book for you to read!

Author Sheila Roberts is our guest for today’s recipe. Read More »

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Explore the world’s most stylish, scandalous hotel – The Chatsfield

Thank you for joining us here at the Harlequin Reader Service blog again! Today we are stepping into the world of The Chatsfield. One of the world’s most stylish, spectacular, and scandalous hotels.

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Tails of Furry Friends: Frisbee

Hi everyone, thanks for joining me for another TUESDAY TAIL! I love Tuesday, specifically because I get to look at cute photos while writing blog posts! Today’s charming TUESDAY TAIL is all about Frisbee, author Natalie J. Damschroder’s cat!

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Author Spotlight: Lynette Eason

Hi everyone! It’s SPOTLIGHT MONDAY – the best way to start a new week! Today our spotlight is shining on Lynette Eason – author of the new novel HER STOLEN PAST. Read this interview and find out all about HER STOLEN PAST, what actor/actress would play her characters in a Hollywood film, sticky situations she’s been in and much more! Don’t forget to read our Fun Facts section, where you can further get to know some crazy fun facts about Lynette, that you would never have known before!

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Mother’s Day

This blog post is dedicated to mothers all around the world. Today, five of our authors have gathered with us to help celebrate Mother’s Day by sharing with us their best memories with their moms. Please welcome authors: Susan Wiggs, Carol Marinelli, Brenda Minton, Linda Goodnight, Cathy Gillen Thacker, and Brenda Novak!

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Read an excerpt from ACCEPTABLE RISKS by Natalie J. Damschroder!

Feel like reading a new Romantic Suspense novel? Then make sure you check this excerpt from ACCEPTABLE RISKS by Natalie J. Damschroder and let me know what you think!

Lark felt the weight of Jason’s eyes on her and knew she wasn’t fooling him by pretending to be asleep. That was okay. He wasn’t going to tell her anything until they got to the safe house, and she didn’t want to pepper him with questions. It would annoy both of them, and if her eyes were open, she wouldn’t be able to help herself. Read More »

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Author Spotlight: Natalie J. Damschroder

Hello readers! I hope you’re all having a delightful Thursday. Today the spotlight is on Carina Press author, Natalie J. Damschroder. Read this exciting interview and find out how Natalie started writing Romantic Suspense novels,  exciting information about her new book Acceptable Risks, and what character she would choose from Acceptable Risks to be stranded on an Island with, and of course much more! Don’t forget to read our new Fun Facts section, where you can find out fun things about Natalie, such as the first movie she ever saw at a theatre, the most expensive thing she has ever broken, and more!

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Favorite Quotes from Harlequin Books

You often remember funny quotes from movies, but how often do you remember a quote from a good book you’ve recently read? Well often when I’m reading, if I like a certain quote or paragraph, I tend to write it down or take a photo of the page with my iPhone. So – today I’ve decided to share my favorite quotes  from Harlequin Books with you… and I hope you’ll share with me some of your favorite quotes from Harlequin books too! Read More »

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Meet the Editor: Rebecca Hunt

Hello! It’s WRITER’S WEDENSDAY and I have an  interview for you with Harlequin® Non-Fiction Editor Rebecca Hunt. Learn what the best part of Rebecca’s job is and what made her want to become an Editor!

  1. Why did you want to be an editor? I’ve loved reading and being surrounded by books since I was little. As I got older and went to college, I realized I was actually allowed to be paid to read books and work with interesting people. After my first internship at a small press shop the summer after my sophomore year in college, I was hooked! Read More »
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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 other fun things like who her Disney character look-alike is. Also, see if you can guess who her favorite celebrity crush is! 

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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 see the weather slowly warming up!

This month the Harlequin™ Reader Service is offering you the opportunity 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 of this Larger Print offer 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!

I know people always say, “you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover” but every month there are a number of stunning covers that stand out.  This month, I’ve selected just a few of my favorite covers to share with you.  Some are cute, some are romantic, and some are more artistic and different. Here are my 10 favorite covers for April!

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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 here’s a quick recap. Some of 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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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 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! Remember if you have a story about your furry friend that you would like to share, post it in the comments below or email us! Our 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.”

“Yeah, yeah…but then what? Do I get to go back to Chicago? Pick up where Alyssa and I left off?” Read More »

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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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  1. How did it feel to get your first book published? I was very nervous about sending my first book off to the publisher’s. Read More »
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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

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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!

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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

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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!

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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
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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

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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!
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(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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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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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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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

 

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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