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Join in on the Spooktacular Blog Hop and have a Howling Good Time #Spooktacular #BlogHop

While the fall nights are getting colder, you might need something to keep you warm!

If you love heat like we do, you’ll love the fantastic romantic fiction that can be found on the blogs of this hop.

From sweet to downright sizzling, you’ll be sure to find something that you will fall in love with!

Thank you to the authors who are in the hop, and a special thank you to you, our readers!

Now go on…. get your hop on!

Cats and Romance – Check Meowt! #books #romance #cats

Kitten

September is the month of the cat.

Cats—both wild and domestic—come from the Felidae family. Around eight to twelve million years ago cats evolved into two categories, which scientists called Old World and New World species. The cat family was also classified into two further groups. Big cats that roared e.g. lions, tigers etc were Panthera while the smaller cats that didn’t roar were placed in the Felis group.

Our modern-day domestic cats evolved from the Felis group. Experts think the African wildcat chose to live close to humans in Egypt and became domesticated. From here traders took cats into Italy and they spread through Europe and western Asia.

These days many of us own cats. They’re excellent companions. They entertain us. And who doesn’t enjoy the purr of a cat. It’s very relaxing to listen to a content cat.

Cats are independent, full of curiosity and they love to explore. They’re fastidious and self-cleaning. Many people are convinced they’re the perfect pet.

With so many cat lovers around, it’s not surprising that cats have found their way into romances.
If you’d like to read a romance featuring a cat, try one of these https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/36815.Cats_Wonderful_Pets_in_Romance

Personally, I’m a fan of feline shifters—the roaring group of cats—and I’ve written leopard, lion and tiger shapeshifters.

If you’re a fan of feline shifters check out one of my Middlemarch Shifters series, Middlemarch Capture series or my House of the Cat series.

And if you enjoy historical romances, my heroine in The Spurned Viscountess adopts a stray cat.

The Perfect Holiday Treat for a Booklover #giveaway #IARTG

How much do we love our readers? We’d like to show you!

 

Enter to win a collection of over 80 romance ebooks and a Kindle!

 

One simple entry will subscribe you to all participating Romance Authors’ Newsletters. Plus, gain additional entries through bonus sign ups!

Unsubscribe any time, but please don’t label us as spam. Better still, stick around and get to know us.

 

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A.M. Myers | Abbie Roads | Alexa Padgett | Alexandra Haughton | Alexandria Bishop | Aliyah Burke | Amanda Heartley | Amy Knupp | Amy L Gale | Anna Celeste Burke | Annie Anderson | Arizona Tape | Ashlee Price | Bea Paige | Belinda Boring | Bernadette Marie | Bethany Lopez | Blythe Reid | C.E. Wilson | Colleen Charles | Connie Davé | Debbie White | dee palmer | Demelza Carlton | Di Jones | Dianne Ascroft | DJ Bryce | emily bishop | Emma Nichols | Emma Tharp | Eva Winters | Gisele St. Claire | Heather C. Myers | Holly Cortelyou | Jackson Kane | Jane Anthony | Jennie Marts | Jennifer Millikin | Joely Sue Burkhart | juliana conners | Kamery Solomon | Kari Trumbo | Kay McKenna | Khardine Gray | kira blakely | Laura Greenwood | Leigh Anderson | Lexi C. Foss | Lisa Lang Blakeney | Lisa Shelby | Liz Isaacson | Maggie Fox | Mary Bernsen | Mary Hughes | McKenna Jeffries | Melinda Dozier | Melissa Stevens | Morgan & Jennifer Locklear | Natalie Rios | Olivia Howe | Phoebe Alexander | Pippa Grant | Priscilla Oliveras | R.R. Banks | Sammi Starlight | Shannon Nemechek | Shelique Lize | Shelley Munro | Simone Leigh | Sky Corgan | Skylar Hill | Stephanie Witter | Susan Sheehey | Susan Ward | Taige Crenshaw | Talina Perkins | Tara Wyatt | Teagan Kade | Tracey Pedersen | Traci Douglass | Tracy Ellen | Tracy Lorraine | Vivian Wood | Weston Parker | Zoe Reid

 

Enter here: http://lovekissedbookbargains.com/2017/11/17/happy-holiday-giveaway/

The 99c Book Fair #sale #giveaway

Book Fair

Check out the 99c book fair. A genre for everyone plus a chance to win a $50 gift card.

Go to the book fair today

The Fourth of July Facebook Hop: Have Fun and Win Prizes

Fourth July Facebook Hop

From Sunday, July 2nd at 12pm EST until Wednesday, July 5th at 12pm EST, your favorite authors and blogs have come together to offer prizes on every page PLUS the chance to win part of the grand prize through the giveaway below.

Don’t miss out!
Visit one, or all to participate.

Easy entries.

Meet some new authors!

Discover some awesome blogs.

Most of all…have fun!

The Fourth of July Hop starts here:
http://lovekissedbooks.com/2017/07/01/join-the-fourth-of-july-hop-here/
 

Terms of Endearment

Endearments

“Hello, darling.”

“Stop right there, sweetheart.”

“Lookin’ good, babe!”

“Sugar-pie, honey bunch, you know that I love you.”

“Aw, snookums.”

Endearments and pet names have always been part of our vocabularies. They appear in movies, on television, we see them in books and magazines and hear them in our daily conversations. Some are cute. Some are private, kept for tender moments between lovers. Some are over-the-top saccharine-sweet and make us cringe.

As a romance writer, I sprinkle sweetheart or babe in my dialogue. It’s a good way of adding characterization. A man might use the casual “babe” because a woman’s name escapes him and he doesn’t want to look stupid. Our male character might never utter a sweetheart or love until he meets the one. Perhaps the first time the heroine hears an endearment she realizes our hero is serious about their relationship. The ceasing of endearments could be the signal that the relationship is important, or it might mean it’s over and the person doesn’t care enough to use a pet name.

I’m not averse to the odd sweet nothing. A sweetheart or love works for me, maybe babe in some situations, but if anyone calls me snookums they should watch out!

When I’m reading, I don’t mind endearments as long as they’re not overdone. If they’re used on every page I want to yank them out of the book. Violent, much? But it’s true. They can bug a reader if they’re used too often.

What do you think about endearments? Do they irritate you or make you smile? Are there any that make you cringe?

Twas the Day After Christmas…

Twas the Day After Christmas

Lots of books on sale for 99c on 26 December. One day only.

My book My Scarlet Woman is on sale for 99c

Books 2 & 3 (My Younger Lover and My Peeping Tom) are both up for pre-order and are on sale too for a limited time.

Both pre-order stories will go up to $2.99 on 31 January, so if you want a bargain, grab them now. They won’t be this cheap again!

Books and Christmas Treats #Contest

Christmas Treats

What are our favorite Christmas Treats? Books, of course! Stop by each blog for a chance to win fabulous books & gifties for the Holidays!

I love to read, and I’m looking forward to the holidays in order to dive into some of the books currently waiting for me on my kindle. Time for this writer to have a rest!

Here are some of my favorite reads from this year:

1. Burn For Me by Ilona Andrews. This is the first book in a new series, and I loved it. Connor “Mad” Rogan is my new book boyfriend. I cannot wait for the next book in this series.

2. Written in Red by Anne Bishop.  Meg Corbyn is on the run, and she hides in a compound belonging to the others – shifters and those capable of magic. This book is also the first in a series, and I gobbled up the three books written to date. The reviews are mixed on this series, but I really enjoyed the three books.

3. Ice Planets: Barbarians – by Ruby Dixon. This one is a sci-fi and has an alien hero. He’s big, horned, blue, and really, really has a thing for the heroine.

4. Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase – an oldie historical but a goodie. This is a classic, and if you enjoy historical romances, this is definitely one you should check out.

5. Dirty Little Secrets by Liliana Hart. This one is a mystery with a romantic element, and it’s currently free. It’s the first book of a series with ongoing characters, and I inhaled the five books to date in this JJ Graves mystery series.

6. Kodiak’s Claim by Eve Langlais. I’ve read several of Eve’s series, but hadn’t read this one until recently. Eve knows how to weave in the funny and I loved the heroine in this one. The poor hero didn’t know what struck him – oh, wait. That was a frying pan and bullets in the butt. This is book one in the Kodiak Point series.

What are some of your favorite reads for this year?

CONTEST: I’m giving away one $5 Amazon gift certificate and six readers can choose their choice of one of the following box sets.

Flight of Dragons: Shifters, Alphas and Paranormal Bad Boys

Naughty, Nice and Paranormal: A Touch of Holiday Magic

Wicked Alphas, Wildest Nights: Sizzling Collection of Paranormal Romance

To go into the draw to win, tell me what your favorite reads were this year or which books you’d like to receive for Christmas.

Winner will be chosen once the hop end and winners notified by email.

Follow the links below to visit other Christmas Treat posts:

The Love of Reading

Pelican, Sydney

This photo was taken during our river cruise from Central Sydney to Parramatta. We don’t have pelicans in New Zealand, so we always snap a photo when we see one. They’re such curious looking birds.

Today I’m visiting NJ Walters, and I’m getting back to basics. I became a writer because of my love of books and reading, so today I’m talking about reading and what books I’m reading at present.

A Stroll Through the Past

I’ve had a bit of a rough week and took myself off to the doctor today. Since I’m not feeling too clever, I thought it was the perfect time to revisit some of my favorite posts from the past.

1. Classic Romance Plots – The secret of writing a great romance is to take a classic plot and twist it to make the story unique…

2. Penises in Paranormals – the curious case of interesting bits…

3. Gifts for writers – is there a special person in your life who writes?

4. Collaborative Writing Partnerships – the wonderful Josh Lanyon and Laura Baumbach share their experiences…

5. Marcia James shares her views and ideas about promo for writers…

6. Do you like paranormal romances featuring feline shapeshifters? I discuss some of my favorites…

I leave you with a puzzle of sorts. Male writers are from _______, Female writers are from _______.

What would you put in the blank spaces?



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