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Sweet Contemporary Romance Feature and Interview: A Thankful Heart by Melissa McClone @melissamcclone

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Sweet Contemporary Romance

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Release Date: 11/3/16

Publisher: Tule Publishing

Chocolate is better than men, and so are dogs. At least, that’s what Dakota Parker tells herself as she mends her broken heart and finds forever homes for rescue animals. So far, so good. She can indulge her love of chocolate where she works while her foster dogs provide her with the unconditional love she craves. What more does she need?

Seattle architect Bryce Grayson is counting the days until he can return home to the big city with his father in tow. That is if he can convince his dad to leave Montana. Bryce’s escape plan, however, goes astray when he meets Dakota. Her sweet kisses put the chocolate she sells to shame. Maybe he should be the one to move to Marietta, but could he be happy living in such a small town?

He has until Thanksgiving to decide.

Love at the Chocolate Shop series
Book 1: Melt My Heart, Cowboy by C.J. Carmichael
Book 2: A Thankful Heart by Melissa McClone
Book 3: Montana Secret Santa by Debra Salonen
Book 4: The Chocolate Cure by Roxanne Snopek
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“Welcome to Copper Mountain Chocolates,” she greeted as she always did.

His shoulders were angled toward the opposite side of the shop, so she couldn’t see his face. Not everyone came right to the counter. Sometimes, people entered out of curiosity or to window shop. Others wanted a free sample or to warm up from the cold.

Dakota stirred the pot but found herself watching him.

He brushed a gloved hand through his sandy-blond hair. The short, messy style appealed to her more than the way he dressed.

An expensive-looking leather jacket showed off wide shoulders. A white collar peeked out the top. His khakis were creased. That amused her since she didn’t own an iron. A pair of polished loafers completed his outfit.

His attire screamed big city.

Definitely not from around here.

No tie, but he reminded her more of the men she’d dated who worked inside, often behind desks in offices, and wore ties. She preferred men who worked outdoors.


A man who faced the elements every day, had a strong work ethic, appreciated animals, and knew how to treat a woman appealed to her at a gut level. The boots and jeans they wore were an added bonus. Not that she’d dated a cowboy or wanted to date one now.

She focused on the man, letting her curiosity and imagination run wild. Maybe he was a tourist from the east eager for a taste of the west. Maybe he was a CEO needing to escape a high-pressure job by escaping to a small town that moved at a snail’s pace.Maybe he was a witness in a big case for the FBI and hiding out until it was time to testify at the trial. Or maybe, and most likely, he was here because he liked chocolate.

“Would you like to try a champagne truffle?” She readied the tongs. “That’s what we’re sampling today.”

He turned.

Her gaze collided with a pair of killer baby blues that made her breath catch and birds sing. Well, birds would be singing if there were any in the shop. A good thing she hadn’t lifted the tray or the truffles would be all over the counter.

He was, in a word, stunning.

Dakota hoped she wasn’t staring openmouthed or drooling, but she found him as appealing as her favorite Sage creation—dark chocolate with almond and cherry bits.

His slightly crooked nose gave him character, making his handsome face more interesting and rugged. A nice contrast to his smooth skin. Dakota was a fan of the razor-stubble look, but perhaps there was something to be said for clean-shaven.

He stared at Dakota. “What?”

She held the tray and used the silver tongs to offer him a piece. Thankfully, her hands were steady. “Would you like to try a sample?”

Or me.

Whoops. Where had that come from?

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USA Today bestselling author, Melissa McClone has published over thirty-five novels with Harlequin and Tule Publishing Group and been nominated for Romance Writers of America’s RITA® award. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, three children, two spoiled Norwegian Elkhounds and cats who think they rule the house.

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How many books do you currently have published? 

42 books that range from one 9,000 word short story to a 65K word novel.

Are you currently working on a book? Will this be your next release?

I’m currently working on The Valentine Quest which will be out in February. It’s a sequel to A Thankful Heart and features the heroine’s younger sister.

What do you enjoy most about writing?

Does wearing pajamas while I work and having my cats net to me count? Seriously, I love bringing characters and stories to life. I see them as movies in my head, and my hope is to translate that into words so I bring a smile to a reader’s face.

What lessons have you learned since becoming a writer? Do you have any tips for new writers?

Read what you want to write. Make writing a habit because it’s hard to get back into the groove once you stop. Have your computer read your book back to you while you proof. You’ll be amazed at what you miss.

If you were to recommend your books to a stranger, which book would you advise them to start with? Why?

I have so many books that’s a hard question to answer. If they want a small town set on Mount Hood then I’d suggest Rescued by the Magic of Christmas which is the first book in my Hood Hamlet series about a team of volunteer mountain rescuers.

If they like contemporary westerns than Home for Christmas is a great place to start. It’s the first book in my Bar V5 Ranch series.

If they like contemporary romances with a Realty TV twist, then The Honeymoon Prize in my Ever after series might appeal to them. That book is free until November 21st!

Now it’s time to get to know you! What are some of your favorite books to read?  

I love reading Nelson DeMille! I buy his books in hardcover. Otherwise I read a lot of sweet romance. I also love Christmas stories.

What about television shows? Movies?  

I don’t watch a lot of television except in December when I’m addicted to the Hallmark Channels. My favorite movies are all from the Star Wars franchise so I’ll see those in theaters or if there’s really something the kids want to see. They took me too see Jungle Book for Mother’s Day and that was the last movie in a theater I saw. But I’ll be there opening day for Rogue One!

Can readers find you at any live events, such as book signings or conventions? 

I’m so busy with my kids I don’t get to many events. I did participate in the RWA Literacy signing in San Diego in July, but I have none on the calendar for 2017.

If you had to sum up your life as a writer in ten words, what would you say? 

Exhilarating but a hard way to make a living.

New Adult Contemporary Romance Book Spotlight: Just Stay by Michelle Abbott @MichelleAbbott4

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New Adult Contemporary Romance

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The last place Pia wants to be is on a family vacation in a sleepy Cornish village. She’s anticipating two weeks of mind-numbing boredom. Then she meets Trey, a local boy. He’s absolutely gorgeous. The trouble is — he knows it. He’s arrogant and egotistical, and Pia intends to avoid him at all costs.

But Trey is not the kind of guy who gives up easily. When he sets his sights on Pia, her resistance is futile.

It’s just a holiday romance, some light-hearted fun, right? But one of them is about to discover that still waters do, indeed, run deep. When what lurks beneath the surface finally erupts, the consequences may prove to be catastrophic.

For age 17+ due to sexual content and strong language.

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He stops outside a single storey, whitewashed cottage, and pulls a set of keys out of his jeans pocket. I notice there’s an old blue car parked in the driveway, I guess we’re driving to another town to eat. He’s probably stopping off to pick up his car keys. That’s good, I’d rather go somewhere more lively. He’s standing in the doorway, smiling at me. He gestures for me to go in. “I’ll wait out here for you,” I tell him.

“Why would you want to stand out there all night?”

“I’m only waiting here while you get your car keys,” I say, frowning at him.

He leans against the door frame and folds his arms across his chest. “Pia, I asked you to have dinner with me, I didn’t say I was taking you OUT to dinner.”

I gape at him, my mouth open. What an asshole. I got dressed up for nothing. I starved myself all day for this, which is my own stupid fault, I should have known better. I take a deep breath. “I see. So what delights do I have to look forward to? A frozen microwave meal? Or maybe you’re going to treat me to a take-out.”

He grins, and my hand itches to slap it off his face.

“Do you think I’d give you a frozen ready meal? You might be surprised,” he says.

I snort. “I’m already surprised. I’m surprised I agreed to this date. I’m surprised that I’m even surprised, that you aren’t bothering to take me out.”

He busts up laughing, a deep, throaty laugh, that makes his shoulders shake. His laugh is infectious and his whole face lights up, it’s attractive and it annoys the heck out of me that I think so. He finally stops laughing and gazes at me, his eyes sparkling. “You’re adorable.” He grabs my hand and pulls me inside. My heel catches on the door frame; I lurch forward, and slam into his chest.

I can feel his heartbeat beneath my palms, he smells of spices. I shiver as he strokes his fingertips down my bare arms. This is so embarrassing, I’m sure my face is the colour of a tomato. Why did I wear these stupid heels? “I’m sorry, I tripped,” I mutter, as I finally pluck up the courage to look up at him.

He cocks his head to the side and smirks. “As much as I enjoy you throwing yourself at me, Precious, you might want to wait until after dinner.” Arrgh. I shove him away and step backwards, giving him my most furious glare. As he brushes past me to close the door, he glances down at my feet. “How do you even walk in those things?” His gaze slowly travels up my body, and my skin heats up, as if his eyes were lasers. His hand reaches for me; I hold my breath and stiffen, unsure of where his touch will land. He ruffles my hair. “You’re still tiny, even when you’re wearing stepladders, aren’t you, Pee Aitch.”

I frown at him. “Pee aitch?”

He nods his head. “Yeah, Pia Hamilton, that’s your name, right?”

My mouth forms a thin line. “What’s your surname?”

His eyes sparkle. “Baker.”

I fold my arms across my chest. “Trey Baker.”

He smiles. “Yeah, that’s right.”

I raise an eyebrow. “Tee Bee, as in, tuberculosis, a nasty disease that you want to get rid of.”

He nibbles at his lip and then busts up laughing. “It’s no use trying to charm me with sweet talk, Precious.” He kicks off his flip flops, leaving them on the hallway floor, then he glances down at my feet again. “Take those things off, before you break your neck.”

About The Author:

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Michelle Abbott lives in the UK and hates describing herself in 3rd person. She’s a self-published author of new adult romance, and likes to write about heroes who begin as the underdog and are protective of their girl. She’s an avid reader of romance, is addicted to coffee and loves wine and chocolate, so yeah, not the most healthy eating and drinking habits :-) She spends way too much time online when she should be writing. She collects teddy bears and occasionally knits a couple of rows on a sweater she started years ago, which she may eventually finish in time to wear for her funeral :-)

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Halloween Contemporary Romance Feature: Batten Down the Hatches by Roxanne D. Howard @RoxanneDHoward

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Contemporary Romance


Cover design by April Martinez

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Release Date: 10/26/16

Piper Goldhirsch is the head reporter for Business Buster, an Undercover Boss-esque tabloid exposé show. While it was never her dream job, it pays the bills. When she attends a masked Halloween Ball and meets a sexy costumed pirate captain who calls himself Captain Jack, what starts out as a few kind words and exchanged kisses in the billiards room quickly becomes the greatest sex of her life, leaving her haunted by the powerful magic between them. Piper’s not sure what she wants or even if she’ll ever see her mysterious stranger again… until he becomes her job’s next target.

Captain Jack Spencer runs his own brand new whale watching company, Ahoy, Matey, on the outskirts of Costa Mesa and Balboa Island. He’s so good at it he’s garnered the attention of rival companies. Piper is called in by Jack’s nemesis to go undercover on an ocean tour to expose him, and reveal the alleged illegal tricks that have made his business so successful in a short amount of time. But when Piper realizes he’s the same sexy man she slept with at the Halloween Ball, she’s emotionally conflicted. Plus, Jack has been unable to forget the woman from Halloween, so when they do meet up again, they can’t keep their hands off each other.

It’s time to Batten Down the Hatches, because the waves are about to get wild!

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“Help me down?”

He ignored the hand, scooped her up, and lifted her bridal-style off the pool table. He helped her find her feet. She smoothed down her costume. “My, my. Chivalrous and everything. Thank you. I’m glad we waited to have sex, Jack. Really.”

He laughed. “Yeah, I hope it was worth the time.”

“Oh, it was.”

She crinkled her nose up at him, and he wanted to gobble her up. “You’re a funny one, aren’t you?”

“So they tell me.” She looked around the floor. “Where are my panties?”

In my trouser pocket, Legs, but you’re not getting them back. He blinked a little too innocently. “I have no idea.” Her surly smirk told him she’d sooner believe in the Headless Horseman.

“Right. Well, Captain, that was one hell of a pleasure cruise. I’ll have to hop aboard some other time.” She smoothed down her hair and looked around.

Ouch. He stepped forward. “Piper, listen, I’m not some sleazy—”

She patted his shoulder—patted it, as if he were her puppy. Her eyes were soft, but her tone meant business.

“No. It was a nice ride. Amazing. The best I’ve ever had, actually. But let’s not kid ourselves or pretend this is more than an incredible quickie, okay? A nice memory we’ll both hold onto and never forget, remember?”

He frowned. He didn’t want it to end like this. Hell, he didn’t want it to end. But it was too late, because with a gentle kiss on the lips and a whispered good-bye, she slipped out of the room.

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Roxanne D. Howard is an Army veteran who lived throughout Germany and England, where she met her British husband. She has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and English, and enjoys reading classical literature and Stephen King. She is also an avid musical theater nut and loves everything related to marine biology. She is the proud mother of two beautiful girls, several pets, and loves to spend time with her husband and children when she’s not writing. Roxanne loves to hear from her readers, and she can be contacted at To find out more, please visit her website at

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Harlequin Halloween Romance Must Read: Her Halloween Treat by Tiffany Reisz

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I’ve always enjoyed books from Harlequin, and though I’ve read several of the Christmas romances I haven’t seen many Halloween-themed ones.  If you love Harlequin and Halloween, you’ll enjoy this book from Tiffany Reisz! This book is from the Blaze line, and you know what that means… it’s going to be HOT!

Halloween Contemporary Romance


Harlequin Blaze

Trick…or wicked treat! 

It was a devastating dirty trick—Joey Silvia just found out her boyfriend of two years is married. What. A. Dick. Joey knows her best chance to get over one guy is to get under another. Of course, heading home to her family’s remote cabin in Oregon poses some challenges in the “available men” department…until she discovers this cabin comes with its own hot handyman!

Holy crap, Chris Steffensen. When did her brother’s best friend turn into a hard-bodied pile of blond-bearded hotness? He’s the perfect Halloween treat—and a surprisingly dirty rebound guy. For a couple of weeks, anyway. Except that Chris has other ideas…like proving to Joey that this blast from the past is a whole lot more than a naughty Halloween hookup.

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Tiffany Reisz is a multi-award winning and bestselling author. She lives on Mount Hood in Oregon in her secret volcanic lair with her husband, author Andrew Shaffer. Find her online at

Werewolf Romance Spotlight: My Wolf Protector by Rose Wynters

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Native American Romance, Paranormal Romance, Werewolf Romance


A Paranormal Romance Best Seller!

Resigned to never knowing the truth about his mate’s disappearance, Marrok Walker is a guardian with nothing left to lose. Late one night his entire world is turned upside down when two battered werewolves stumble into Wolf Town. They have escaped from a hidden research facility in New Mexico, and they are only moments away from death. Before losing consciousness, one of them makes a shocking revelation. Marrok discovers his mate is still alive… and desperate to be rescued.

Taylor Moore was just your average virginal accountant until a series of horrific events altered her life. Plus-sized and loaded with responsibilities, she lets her best friend talk her into trouble. At the very last moment, she’s rescued by a tall, dangerous male riding a motorcycle. He’s a Native American from the Apache tribe and a bad boy biker at that. It’s the start of something wonderful… until she’s abducted from him and taken to Hell’s Pit.

Now that he knows his mate is alive, Marrok won’t let anything stand in the way of reclaiming her. She’s no longer the same woman he knew, but the mating heat doesn’t care. It explodes, burning them both alive. Taylor is his.

And by the time Marrok is done with her, she’ll know it.

The Bestselling Wolf Town Guardians:
Book One: My Wolf King
Book Two: My Wolf Protector
Book Three: My Wolf Cowboy
Book Four: My Wolf Fighter

Each book in this series is a complete novel. This steamy series contains smoking hot alpha werewolves determined to claim their spunky mates.

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The wind blew through his hair, bringing in more of the captivating scent. He inhaled deeply, his body humming with excitement. It was a combination of jasmine and musk, purely female. It was delicious, unlike anything he’d ever smelled before. His eyes glowed red behind his dark lenses. Who was this mysterious female affecting him so deeply?

The answer slammed into him, his body stiffening in a mixture of shock and overwhelming lust. His massive hands tightened on the handlebars, nearly crushing them with his strength. It was undeniable. The wolf inside of him had lived for this very moment, and there was no force on earth strong enough to keep him away. Nothing existed or mattered beyond the burning need pulsating through his body. He had scented his mate, and he was determined to claim her.

 About Rose Wynters:

I’m many things including a paranormal romance author, traveler, adventurer, and adorer of extremely hot, alpha men!

I’m also a hopeless romantic that enjoys excitement, fun, and the mysteries of life. I have a great love of romance and the supernatural, and I love combining them into romance books that push every boundary in the literary world. After all, shouldn’t romance be thrilling, decadent, and especially sensual?

Series by Rose Wynters:

The Endurers (Paranormal Romance)

Territory of the Dead (Zombie Horror)

Wolf Town Guardians (Werewolf Romance)

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