Dec 192013

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In Holiday in Crimson

Westbrook Department Store’s Christmas party wasn’t that wild–but Santa ended up dead! Window designer Shelby Corbin suddenly finds herself the prime suspect in his murder. CEO Rand McNabb’s romantic attentions both thrill her and frighten her. Is Westbrook’s impossibly sexy co-owner really helping Shelby search for the truth about that fatal night? Or does Rand have a deadlier motive for courting the only possible witness to the crime… Continue reading »

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Dec 182013

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Kassie has felt adrift ever since her dad died when she was in college. Now 24 and living in Seattle, she gets interested in learning sign language through her roommate, a sign language interpreter. One day at a Deaf community event, she sees a young man sitting off by himself. Kassie feels compelled to try signing to him–the fact that he’s strikingly handsome doesn’t hurt.

Jake has been deaf and blind since birth. His disability has cut him off from the world, but beneath his isolated exterior, is a smart, sweet guy with a dry sense of humor. Despite the odds, he’s highly educated, but at 26, he’s gotten stuck in a rut, with few friends and no clear career plans. Until a sweet-smelling girl introduces herself to him unexpectedly, and opens up a whole new world to him. Continue reading »

Dec 102013

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All the pleasures and none of the pain, that’s what Cynthia Buckingham wants in a relationship these days. A one-night stand with Jonah Colt seems to fit that bill perfectly. Newly divorced, she’s too busy planning her daughter’s wedding for any serious involvement. Besides, her true passion is helping victims of PTSD reclaim their lives.

Waking up after spending the night with a woman he barely knows, Jonah is stunned to realize sex for the sake of sex isn’t enough for him anymore. A veteran of more military battles than he cares to count, he wants to forget it all and focus on peaceful civilian life. Except flashbacks won’t allow it. Continue reading »

Dec 042013

The entire month of December, The Roses Of Prose are proud to present a collection of brand new short stories for the holidays. While all the stories are different, they each begin with the same first line. “This was the last place she expected to spend Christmas.”

Please stop by and enjoy.

By the way, we did the same thing last year with the first line “She had just one wish for the holidays.” and got this great REVIEW


Dec 012013

The writers at The Roses of Prose will present An Unexpected Holiday, a series of romance short stories, each penned by a different writer, each with different characters and events, all beginning with the same first line. “This was the last place she expected to spend Christmas.” These stories will be presented daily the entire month of December.

Please stop by and enjoy.

By the way, we did the same thing last year with the first line “She had just one wish for the holidays.” and got this great REVIEW

Nov 262013

Glad Tidings, a Class of ’85 romance takes place between Halloween and Christmas.

             Available at The Wild Rose Press                                    Available at Amazon

His twenty-fifth high school reunion leaves hard-driving hospital CEO Jake Holbrook feeling he’s missing something in life. So when a special woman from his past tumbles back into his life—and his bed—Jake is determined to keep her, even if it means recruiting her to work for him.

Family practice physician Bethany Thomas knows it’s a bad idea to sleep with her late husband’s best friend—even if he is the only man she’s ever loved. Recently widowed after twenty years of marriage to the wrong man and haunted by guilt over his death, Bethany isn’t looking for an entanglement.  Especially not with her future boss.

Working together makes Jake and Bethany confront their clashing philosophies to patient care, and as the holidays approach, Bethany unknowingly betrays Jake. Now Jake’s job is on the line.

Then comes a brutally cold winter night, and two young children are missing. Suddenly, the differences Jake and Bethany struggle with don’t seem so important anymore.
Nov 052013

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An unforgivable disappearance…

Four years ago, Jennie Brooks and Sheriff Brae Colton were engaged to be married—then Jennie disappeared without a word.

Leads to a mysterious reunion…

Brae hated Jennie for deserting him just as they were set to begin their life together. But when he finds her badly injured in a hit and run accident on a snowy mountain road, he can’t deny the love he’s never forgotten—until she regains consciousness with no memory of her identity, or what they once shared.

Where love holds the key to everything…

Brae wants to know why Jennie’s come home. Despite everything, she’s still the woman he fell in love with in high school—the woman he’s falling for again. But when the bullets start flying, his first priority is to protect her and catch her would-be killer. And if they can’t find a way to restore her memory soon, they may both end up dead.

Genre: Contemporary Romantic Suspense
Length: 250 pages
Release Date: October 28, 2013
ISBN: 978-1-62266-202-9

Imprint: Entangled Ignite

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Thursday, November 7, 2013
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The Book Excerpt

Jennie gazed out the passenger window as Brae steered the SUV through downtown Eagle Ridge. Ever since they’d left the hospital, he’d been tense, his eyes constantly shifting and taking in the vehicles around them.

“Do you think we’re being followed?” she asked finally.

“Probably not, but I don’t want any surprises.”

She stayed silent then, letting him concentrate. A lock of hair hung over his forehead, and she had an almost irresistible urge to brush it back. The muscles in his face were tense, his lips pressed into a thin line.

Those lips… Her thoughts strayed back to the kiss they’d shared in her hospital room.

Obviously they’d kissed before, and more than likely they’d done a lot more than kiss. She didn’t remember those kisses, though. His kiss from a half hour earlier, she’d never forget. Something about the way he held her, the way his mouth slanted over hers, the heat pooling in her belly when his tongue had touched hers…it felt so familiar, so right.

“You look like you’re thinking hard,” he said, his baritone voice filling the interior of the car.

She felt her cheeks heat. If he only knew where her thoughts had taken her.

“Remembering something?”

Oh, yes. She remembered every detail of the kiss they’d just shared. Although she would like to know whether the memories of his kisses back then were as exciting and breath-stealing as the reality of the one they’d just shared. She doubted that was what he was asking, though.

The Guest Post

Why I Love Romantic Suspense

Margery Scott

Why are romantic suspense novels so popular? Is it because of the happily-ever-after ending? The larger-than-life heroes? The danger?

I’m sure every romantic suspense reader has her own reasons why she loves the genre, but here are my top five:

1. An alpha hero – whether he’s a lawman, a soldier, or an ordinary guy caught up in a dangerous situation, he doesn’t back down. He’ll protect the heroine, no matter what.

2. A hero who’s tough enough on the outside to deal with any threat that comes his way, but tender enough on the inside to treat the heroine like she’s the most special woman in the world (and make love to her like no other man every could.)

3. No too-stupid-to-live characters. The hero and heroine who might come to a wrong conclusion or two in the beginning, but they’re smart enough to eventually figure out who the villain is and deal with him.

4. A hero and heroine who may not trust anyone else, but they trust one another enough to risk their lives for each other.

5. A heroine who can see beyond the shell the hero has around him to the real man underneath, and a hero who not only believes in the heroine but loves her unconditionally.

How about you? What do you love about romantic suspense novels?

About Margery Scott

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As a little girl in Scotland, I loved reading the words in books, and using those words even when I had no idea what they meant. My favorites were consecrate (my version of concentrate), and puncture (meaning temperature).Within the pages of those books, I lost myself in the fantasy worlds the authors created. But I had no idea that someone – a real, live person – was writing the stories that enthralled me. And it never occurred to me that I could write stories, too.

When my family left Scotland and settled in Canada, I began to write – not stories, but long, rambling letters to my grandparents. Looking back, they were really mini-novels, filled with my adventures and tales of growing up in a new country. In school, I loathed English class. So what was I destined to be? Yes, you guessed it. A writer.

It wasn’t until my children left home, that I started writing and seriously pursuing a new career as a published author. These days, I’m lucky enough to be able to combine my love of travel (thanks to my father’s wanderlust) and writing by personally researching the settings in my books.

Now, I live on a lake and I’m lucky enough to wake up to this gorgeous view every morning (it does tend to distract me from the computer, I admit).

When I’m not writing, I can usually be found wielding a pair of knitting needles or a pool cue. Oh, and dealing with that wanderlust thing …

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Nov 012013

All the pleasure and none of the pain. That’s exactly what Jonah Colt and Cynthia Buckingham expect out of their new found relationship. Too bad life doesn’t operate that way. Only If You Dare, is my latest novella from The Wild Rose Press, Dearly Beloved series.

Only If You Dare is now available for Kindle

All the pleasures and none of the pain, that’s what Cynthia Buckingham wants in a relationship these days. A one-night stand with Jonah Colt seems to fit that bill perfectly. Newly divorced, she’s too busy planning her daughter’s wedding for any serious involvement. Besides, her true passion is helping victims of PTSD reclaim their lives.

Waking up after spending the night with a woman he barely knows, Jonah is stunned to realize sex for the sake of sex isn’t enough for him anymore. A veteran of more military battles than he cares to count, he wants to forget it all and focus on peaceful civilian life. Except flashbacks won’t allow it.

Falling for Cynthia makes Jonah regret his weakened state, but he’d rather hide the truth than face it. When she sets aside everything she believes in to help him heal, can he accept her help–and her love?

If you’d like to wait, Only If You Dare will be free on Amazon December 10-14, 2013.

Oct 312013

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“Woot! Strap yourself in for a fast paced thrill ride with TWO CAN PLAY by Dawn Atkins. I could not put it down! Rena Novo is a refreshingly strong heroine matched perfectly by her handsome counterpart Gage Stone. The heat that ignites between these two while they try to solve their own personal quests positively scorches. This is a do not miss!” — Jenn McKinlay, New York Times bestselling mystery author

Live. Breath. And Believe — to Rena Novo there’s nothing better than being a part of the most popular virtual-reality game—EverLife…until she’s given a Quest to evict her best friend from the society she’s come to love. If she completes the job—she’ll rise to the top, but a sexy recruit is stirring a different kind of passion within her and making her question everything that makes her life complete.

Hunting for his missing sister, investigative reporter Gage Stone goes undercover in the gaming cult that’s taken over his sister’s life. But his biggest obstacle is the sizzling attraction between he and Rena, the extremely hot gamer assigned as his trainer. As their attraction builds, Gage realizes his sister isn’t the only one he can’t leave without. Now he must convince Rena the rhetoric the company’s pushing is just a plot that will culminate in the deaths of hundreds… before she turns him in and gets them all killed.

Publisher: Entangled Publishing – ignite imprint 
Publication Date: October 28, 2013

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Talk Supe {Guest Post}

The Book Excerpt

“What’s not to like?” He caught her gaze and got a full-on punch of heat. The two of them naked on all that bed sounded pretty damn good to him. The spark in her lake-blue eyes said she agreed. When she held out her hand, he almost yanked her close for a taste of those soft lips of hers.

“Your jacket?” she said, tilting her head.

He shrugged it off. She watched him, her blue eyes flaring hot, like the pilot light to her sex drive. Should he go for it or take a pass?

He wanted her–he was a man with a pulse, for God’s sake, of course he wanted her–but he had to do what was smart.

He dragged his gaze away, cleared his throat and looked around. “You’ve got some pricey stuff in here. God help him, he found himself staring at the bed again.

“I go after what I want,” she said, low and sexy, her eyes glowing hotter than ever.

She smelled sweet…edible. Was it coconut? Maybe just a taste.

“And what is it you want?” he asked, telling her he wanted it, too with a tone that registered in her eyes like the flick of a gauge needle.

She hesitated, stepped back, on guard. “It’s more important what you want, Gage. Why are you here? In Lounge Life?”

His answer counted big, he knew. “I’m a gamer. I needed a job.” What would a true believer say? “I like what’s here. It’s like a family.”

“You don’t have one already?” Her eyes glittered with suspicion.

“Not really.” His sister Beth was all he had and she was missing. That was his real reason to be here.

“Lifers are my family,” Rena said, emotions rippling beneath her words, like muscles under an animal’s pelt.

Their gazes locked and the connection went abruptly personal. He saw a lonely little girl behind her eyes and she, no doubt, caught a flicker of the grim kid he’d been.

The past reeked, but it was gone.

An electric thread sizzled between them. “What I want is right here.” He looked her up and down, wanting in, letting her see that. He liked the spark in her eye, the challenge in her half-smile, not to mention that tight, strong body of hers—everything in the right place and then some. He was pretty sure it was her hair that smelled of coconut. “How about you?”

She moved grabbed his belt and tugged, telling him all he needed to know.

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I’m so happy to be a guest here to talk about my new romantic suspense TWO CAN PLAY. I thought it would be fun to give you an exclusive look at the Real Life Lounge, the gamer arcade where the book is set–and where Lounge employees work and live as one big happy gamer family–by taking you along as Rena Novo, the book’s heroine, takes Gage Stone, the hot new hire she’s supposed to mentor, on a tour of the highlights of The Life. Make a comment and you’ll be entered to win one of two $15 Amazon Kindle gift cards to be awarded at the end of the tour. For additional chances to win, follow the tour and comment on each tour stop.

At our first stop, Rena became suspicious that Gage wasn’t truly interested in joining The Life and she was testing him as they moved through the Lounge, judging him by his reactions and questions.
He was doing well until he didn’t have a clue that Blood Electric was the name of the Lounge bar, which made him seem like a rare visitor. Plus when they drank to The Life,” he seemed less than thrilled to be part of it. Not good at all. A few more black marks and Rena will have him escorted out.
“One of your assignments will be to help out at the café,” she said, leading him to Soylent Green, the vegan restaurant. “When it’s busy, you bus tables, do dishes, handle trash.”
As they passed a table, Gage picked up a newspaper lying there. Rena was horrified to see it was the issue of New Day News with that awful story.
Gage studied the cover, a cartoon in slash-strokes of a gamer, face vacant, arms out like a zombie worshipping a monitor. Looking amused, he flipped to the story and began to skim it.
Rena watched him closely. His reaction would be a clue to his intentions here.
Rena had been shocked to see the photo of the smirking reporter who’d written the story. She’d met him, given him EverLife tips, not knowing he was undercover.
“So, do you know who this Angel is?” Gage asked, looking up from the page. Angel was the fake name of the Lifer who had revealed secret details about Lounge Life. 
“No one does. It has to be a Lost Lifer–someone who didn’t belong, so they left.” Or got kicked out, like you might be if you keep acting suspicious. “Everyone is upset about it.”
“Including the owners? The Blackstones?”
“Of course. Wouldn’t you be?”
“Any publicity is good for business.”
“Not when it’s wrong. Not when it’s ugly and mean.”
Something flashed in his eyes, something that told her he knew more about this than he was saying. Her instincts were firing madly now. What the hell was Gage Stone up to here? Was he another reporter doing copycat coverage?
She pulled the newspaper away from him and tossed it in the trash can.
Her mind raced. Should she call over a Watcher and have him removed forever? If he was a reporter–or even a cop–he would think that meant there was something to hide and he would be even more curious. She wished Maya was on the floor. She was the Blackstones’ advisor, a shrink in the Dead World, and the person who’d recruited Rena. She would know how to read Gage for sure.
For now, Rena would stick with Gage, see what she could learn.
She introduced him to the café manager and the head cook, then checked the time on her phone. “I can show you Living Quarters before I’m due in the Battle Dome for a performance. Let’s go.”
“As you wish,” he said, bowing and gesturing her ahead of him. He sure as hell didn’t act guilty.

About Dawn Atkins

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I always wanted to be a writer–from the moment I put fat pencil to brown-lined paper in second grade to write an elaborate story using all the spelling words on our list.

Though I always wanted to be a professional writer, I wasn’t sure I had the stuff, so I graduated from college with a teaching degree and taught elementary school–second and third grades (the best)–and then began freelance feature writing for newspapers and magazines, local and national.

I left teaching to work in public relations–skills I use today in my job as a writer/editor for the Arizona Education Association.

I met my husband, David Weiss, my very own hero, in 1980, on an airplane. We made the “love thang” permanent in 1985, when we married taking our Hobie sailboat to San Diego for our honeymoon. Then in 1990, we welcomed a son into our lives. He continues to be the light of our life together.

My first romance credits were two stories in True Love magazine. I went on to write a sexy romance in 1983, which was rejected–sniff.

Years later–1996–I got serious about getting published. Though I endured some rejections as I honed my craft, in 1998, I sold the first of two short romantic comedies to Kensington Publishing–Getting Zack Back, published in December. In July 2000, Baby Makes Three was released. After coming in second among published authors in a Harlequin Duets contest, I sold to Harlequin in 2001, quickly selling another comedy. In addition to Duets, I write for Temptation, Blaze and, the new comedy line Flipside.

Most of my hobbies–sailing, scuba-diving, playing the piano (badly)–have gone by the wayside as I devote all my non-family spare time to writing. I live in the Phoenix area with my husband and son, who proudly brings my books to his teachers and swears he doesn’t read them–except for the funny parts.

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Oct 232013

Welcome – I’m participating in Nancy Gideon’s Haunted Open House Giveaway Blog Hop! You’re invited to share your biggest Halloween scare, list of favorite scary books, movies, video games or TV shows. 

Here’s my spooky contribution to the Blog Hop:


Clouds obscure the moon,
Darkness creeps onto your path,
Nameless dangers lie ahead,
Shadows lurk behind,
Beware what moves beside.

Now for my giveaway! I’ll be giving away one e-Book copy of Night Stars and Mourning Doves and one e-Book copy of Only If You Dare. Just fill out the Rafflecopter Form below to enter for your chance to win.

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