Saturday, April 21, 2018

Have you met Laura Hawks?



Archeologist Lyra Mayet's life's work has been to prove that Pharaoh Horemheb had offspring. She is thrilled when she finally succeeds by locating the tomb of Namire, the Pharaoh's daughter. However, Namire's tomb contains more than just secrets; it holds the key of balance between good and evil. Recently stolen from the Goddess Ma'at, Lyra's discovery allows worshippers of chaos the ability to attain the sacred feather and bring about a world of hellish anarchy. 

Anubis's second in command, Asim has been given the duty by the Egyptian Gods to retrieve the Feather of Justice before it's corrupted and destroyed, thereby bringing about a new world order with chaos at its head. Following the trail of the feather to the United States, Asim realizes he's running out of time. What he doesn't expect is Lyra, who reminds him of a love lost long ago. Even though his distraction delays his retrieval of the feather and puts the world at risk, he isn't sure he can let her go.

Teaming up, the two race to reacquire the feather from the followers of chaos before it's too late. They have less than two weeks to complete their mission. Will they succeed or will the world succumb to the evil waiting to arise?


LAURA HAWKS has always been interested in writing in some form or other, including writing for a local newspaper. Deciding to become more knowledgeable, she headed back to school and received her Master's Degree in Ancient Civilizations, Native American History and United States History.

It was at this time she got involved in role playing on Facebook, which gave her ample opportunities to grow and hone her writing ability. 

She lives in the suburbs of Chicago with her three companions, all males... cats. She travels as much as she can to various Author/Reader conventions and loves to meet established fans and make new ones, some of which she considers friends more than fans. Check out her social media sites to follow her.




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Friday, April 20, 2018

The May Intrigues

~Harlequin Intrigues ~
"Taut, edge-of-the-seat contemporary romantic suspense tales of intrigue and desire. Kidnappings, stalkings, women in jeopardy coupled with bestselling romantic themes are all at the forefront of a Harlequin Intrigue novel."
~It's my privilege to bring you all six of the May releases. AND a special feature on Julie Anne Lindsey who is graciously donating 1 autographed copy of THE SHERIFF'S SECRET to a lucky Rafflecopter Winner. 

Julie Anne Lindsey

When Tina Ellet’s infant daughter is abducted, Sheriff West Garrett vows to save the child, capture the criminal and prove to Tina that their love is worth fighting for.

Protectors of Cade County
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ANGI:  Favorite thing about Sheriff West Garrett
JULIE ANNE: My favorite thing about West, and all the Garrett brothers, really, is his dedication. This man is unwavering in his intentions. Save the baby. Uphold the law. Protect his town. Love the woman. There’s no stopping him from doing the right thing for his family and his people.

ANGI:  Favorite thing about Tina Ellet
JULIE ANNE: My favorite thing about Tina is the fact that she came from the worst kind of home life, and she turned that mess around. She went her own way, chose her life, her path, her future. She refused to be defined by her upbringing and because of that she is strong. She’s a survivor. An overcomer. Tina is fierce of heart.

ANGI:  Favorite thing about THE SHERIFF’S SECRET
JULIE ANNE: I loved the continued intensity of this book. The problems and danger just grew and grew, page by page. West and Tina faced internal battles, a killer afoot and then an abducted baby. Even after that, the stakes just keep growing. There’s so much to lose and so many ways to give up, but West and Tina weren’t cut from that cloth, and they fight.

ANGI:  Was writing about a kidnapping hard?
JULIE ANNE: Yes! Oh, the first thing you should know about me is that I’m basically afraid of my shadow, so I give myself nightmares when I write things like this. Kidnapping is horrible enough, but knowing a straight stalking lunatic has his hands on an infant? I ate antacids for two weeks while I finished this book.

ANGI:  Favorite scene in THE SHERIFF’S SECRET
JULIE ANNE: My favorite scene in this book comes in the last chapter. I like to add a bit of an epilogue to my books, to give my readers and characters some resolution and a peek into the future of the ones they’re rooted for and have hopefully grown to care about. I won’t spoil it with more, but I will say that it involves the whole Garrett clan, and their beautiful, powerful synergy and love.

B.J. Daniels

Former army pilot Colt McCloud never forgot the woman he rescued nearly two years ago. Now back home on his Montana ranch, Colt discovers Lola Dayton on his doorstep…and learns that their baby girl has been kidnapped.

The Montana Cahills 
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Debra Webb

With a target on her back thanks to a vengeful gang leader, nurse Eva Bowman turns to the Colby Agency for protection. Can she trust investigator Todd Christian with her life—even if he once broke her young, vulnerable heart?

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Barb Han

A heartbreaking loss brings rancher Hudson Dale home to Cattle Barge, where he crosses paths with Madelyn Kensington. Thanks to the terms of a will, the beautiful stranger has become a target, giving Dale the chance at redemption he desperately craves.

Crisis: Cattle Barge
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After rescuing Reese Brantley in the Congo, can navy SEAL Dalton “Diesel” Samuel avoid getting them both abducted by warring factions—and at the same time not lose his heart to the beautiful bodyguard?

Mission: Six
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Jenna Kernan

Tribal police detective Ava Hood has every intention of bringing down a surrogacy ring. Then she learns all roads lead to Dr. Kee Redhorse’s clinic, and her attraction to the sexy physician becomes a lot more complicated…

Apache Protectors: Wolf Den

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Thursday, April 19, 2018


Recently, I saw a graphic on social media that said, “If you give up at the first sign of a struggle, you’re not ready to be successful.” As I’m celebrating the release of MADDIE FORTUNE’S PERFECT MAN, my 30th book for Harlequin (and 40 books in all), it made me think of all the ups and downs I’ve encountered along my journey as an author.

I’m not going to lie, there have been times when I’ve thought about hanging it up and doing something that seemed easier with a steady paycheck, something that didn’t feel quite so personal when others just don’t see my vision or recognize my hard work. A writing career isn’t for the faint of heart. It’s a calling that requires constant reinvention while simultaneously having a clear grasp of who you are and what you stand for. A writer absolutely must have a firm grasp of her own self-worth. Otherwise, this industry can take its toll.    

However, the most important thing I always come back to, is at the end of the day, there isn’t anything else I’d rather do. It’s in my blood. My writing theme song is Frank Sinatra’s That’s Life. As Frankie says, “Each time I find myself flat on my face, I pick myself up and get back in the race.” The way I pick myself up is by sending in the next proposal, writing the next book and eventually sending another book-baby out into the world – and, most important of all, always, always remember that I am fortunate to be doing what I love.

This isn’t so dissimilar from the struggle experienced by the heroine of MADDIEFORTUNE’S PERFECT MAN. Maddie has worked hard to prove herself worthy of taking over the family business when her father retires, only to discover she must clear one final hurdle before she can successfully achieve her goal: she has to compete with the guy who is her secret crush for the job she thought was hers. After some soul-searching, she realizes she can’t quit and she ends up stronger and more successful in the end.

I hope you’ll pick up a copy of MADDIE FORTUNE’S PERFECT MAN. If you do, please leave a review on Amazon or GoodReads or write to me and let me know what you think of it. I love to hear from readers.  

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Award-winning Paty Jager

Shandra Higheagle Mystery #10

Secrets… Scandal… Murder…

An autistic boy and his brother need potter Shandra Higheagle’s help when a teacher’s body is found after a confrontation with the older brother. Shandra knows the boy is innocent. Digging into the teacher’s life, she and Ryan turn up scandal.

Detective Ryan Greer has believed in Shandra’s dreams in the past, but she can’t always be right. When his investigation uncovers a principal on the take, females being harassed, and parents kept in the dark, he discovers more suspects than the brothers. Shandra’s time at the school is coming to an end, and the killer has struck again.

“I’ll be fine. Besides, you’ll be there sometime this morning, won’t you? To talk to Jennifer?” Shandra buttered her toast and tossed half the slice to Sheba. Having a large dog made it easier to eat foods she shouldn’t. She could take a few bites of the forbidden food and then toss it to her furry companion.
“Yes. I’ll head there after I go by the department and fill in Sheriff Oldham. After the school, I’ll catch up with Mrs. Lawrence at her work. Someone, somewhere is bound to slip up and give me a detail that will give me a foothold on some information.” Ryan set his coffee mug in the sink and stopped beside her. “Please be careful.”
Shandra stared into his pleading eyes. He knew her well enough by now to not tell her what to do. But his caring always did more to shake her need to find the truth.
“I’ll be careful. I just want to make sure the real killer is found.” She hugged Ryan, wondering how she’d been so lucky to have found him.
“Good. We have a wedding to plan for and it’s hard to do that without a bride.” He kissed the top of her head and walked into the living room.
The wedding! She still needed to get the invitations sent out. In all the hubbub the last week or so, she’d forgotten they were in a box in her suitcase in the bedroom. Sheba rose up off the floor as Shandra headed out of the kitchen. Before she crossed the living room, Sheba woofed and pounced on the door.
“You have to go out the back door.” Shandra pivoted toward the kitchen.
Sheba woofed and pounced on the front door again.
Shandra spun around. “You can’t go out there unless I watch you.”
 The dog pounced at the door and dug at the floor.
“Okay. I get the point. You want to go out the front door.” Shandra snagged her coat from where it lay across the back of the couch and walked to the door.
Sheba whined and plopped down on her furry backside.
“What is wrong?” Shandra looked out the peephole on the door before opening it. All she spotted were kids headed to school. To avoid one of them getting knocked down by her overgrown puppy, Shandra grabbed the leash by the door and clicked it to the collar.
“Let’s go.” She opened the door, and Sheba refused to move. “You’re the one who had to go out this door.” Shandra glanced down and found a shoebox.
She shoved back into the house and closed the door.
Where had she left her phone this morning? A quick look through the living room and kitchen didn’t find it. The second she stepped into the bedroom, her gaze landed on the object of her search. She crossed the room, grabbed the cell phone, and hit Ryan’s speed dial number.
“You have reached Detective Ryan Greer—”
“Voicemail!” She hung up and dialed the Sheriff’s Department.
“Weippe County Sheriff’s Department this is Deputy Davis. How may I help you?”
“Cathleen! This is Shandra.”
“Hi Shandra. Ryan is in with the Sher—”

“I know. He’s not answering his phone. Someone left a shoebox on the front porch.” She knew there could be something innocent in the box, but given someone followed her last night, she really didn’t need to find a harmful surprise.


Award-winning author PATY JAGER and her husband raise alfalfa hay in rural eastern Oregon. On her road to publication she wrote freelance articles for two local newspapers and enjoyed her job with the County Extension service as a 4-H Program Assistant. Raising hay and cattle, riding horses, and battling rattlesnakes, she not only writes the western lifestyle, she lives it.

She has published thirty novels, four anthologies, and seven novellas. All her work has Western or Native American elements in them along with hints of humor and engaging characters. Her penchant for research takes her on side trips that eventually turn into yet another story. 


ANGI: How often do you get lost in a story?
PATY:  Writing a story, I get lost nearly every day. I try to write 2-5 hours every day to keep up with my deadlines. To read a book, I also read a I’m using for research every day but I tend to only get the chance to read for enjoyment about once or twice a week.

ANGI: What’s your favorite thing about your book’s heroine?
PATY:  Shandra Higheagle is a halfbreed. Her father was Nez Perce Indian and her mother was Caucasian.  Her father died when she was young and her mother remarried. They didn’t allow her to know her father’s family or that heritage. As an adult she is learning about her roots and discovering who she really is. I like her loyalty to her family and friends and how she shows the truth and wisdom of women.

ANGI: What’s your favorite movie of all time?
PATY: That’s tough! I love musicals- Dirty Dancing, Mama Mia, Burlesque. But I also love The Proposal, Everafter, and Sherlock Holmes with Robert Downey Jr. I watch these movies over and over when cleaning or sewing.

ANGI: What’s your perfect day?
PATY:  A perfect day could go two ways. 1) sunshine, an hour ride on my horse, several hours writing, hubby takes me out for dinner. 2) Hanging out with kids and grandkids playing games, have a meal, and they all go to bed. 😉

ANGI: Salad or soup?
PATY:  Salad- green with honey mustard dressing

ANGI: Would you put yourself in a Fairy Tale or Action Adventure?
PATY:  If you’re talking about my life- Fairy Tale. If you’re talking about my imagination- Action Adventure. I lived vicariously thought my character Isabella Mumphrey in my Action Adventure trilogy- Isabella Mumphrey Adventures.

ANGI: Favorite TV rerun you watch every time you channel surf? 
PATY:  M*A*S*H  and Murder She Wrote

ANGI: Favorite date night…fancy or at home? 
PATY:  Fancy- we stay at home all the time being ranchers and semi-retired.

ANGI: Champagne or Soda?
PATY:  champagne

ANGI: Geek or Jock?
PATY:  I like to think Jock. I played basketball and threw the discus in High School and have always ridden horses. I always need help with the electronics.

ANGI: The most daring thing you’ve ever done… Care to share?
PATY:  Skinny dipped with three other couples at night while the kids were sleeping in tents.

ANGI’s GOTTA ASK:  Where is your favorite writing space & why? 
PATY’S GOTTA ANSWER:  I like to write at my desk in my office. Having this spot and place to write and spread out my research materials makes if feel like I step into my office and it’s time to work. 


Silver Dollar Saloon
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(Yep…they help cowboys!) 

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PATY WANTS TO KNOW: Do you read across genres? For instance: I write mystery and historical and contemporary western romance. Would you read a book from all three genres or are you loyal to one genre?  Thanks for stopping by and learning more about me.  

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

E.E. Burke's Best of the West: Mimi Milan gives us a sneak peek at the next Bride of Noelle

Say hola to a new arrival to the town of Noelle, where anything is possible...

Victoria Villanueva is a survivor—literally. When the French fought in her homeland, she was little more than eight years old. After losing both parents at the Battle of Puebla, she became displaced and roamed from one household to another until coming under the care of her cousin Ignacio’s family in America. So, she’s not only excited when he invites her to start fresh in Noelle, but eternally grateful. She’s determined to repay him for all the kindness his family has shown her and is eager to do so while pursuing her hopes of owning a bakehouse. However, dreams turn to dismay when the handsome man next door has similar goals.

Alejandro Vela is no stranger to adversity. Despite his parents fleeing their Caribbean island home amidst slave trade protests, he arrived in America only to lose his father during the New York City draft riots. Left to raise two small children on her own, Alejandro’s mother taught him how to hustle. Doing so put him in the position to meet interesting people, though, and one of them ignited a desire in him to become a great chocolatier. After his mother falls ill, Alejandro packs up his younger sister and decides to head out west to a place where dreams can still come true. There’s just one problem turning his sweet delight into a sour one… the diner owner across the street. Worse still, he’s falling for the man’s beautiful cousin.

Will the feud between the “Battling Bakers” fizzle—or sizzle—before the town’s Cinco de Mayo celebration?   

Victoria will be out on May 4, Cinco de Mayo, but Mimi has brought us a sneak peek excerpt!

“It’s complicated,” Victoria explained.
“How can it be complicated?” Nacho argued. “Did you or did you not throw horchata all over a paying customer?”
Victoria sighed. Was she ever going to live down yesterday’s fiasco?
“That’s not exactly right,” she explained. “He wasn’t a paying customer.”
“Any chance that might have something to do with the fact that you attacked him?”
“I did no such thing! It wasn’t an attack. I was provoked.”
Nacho crossed his arms, an expression of disbelief etched deep into his face. Victoria looked over at Josefina for help, but the newest Villanueva only shrugged her shoulders, her hands raised as if to silently indicate she wanted no part of this argument. There was no way she was going to choose between her husband and new cousin.
“I have to go check on the customers.” She excused herself from the kitchen and headed back out to the dining room. 
Victoria wasn’t about to back down, though. She had already made her apologies to Alejandro and things seemed somewhat squared between them. She mimicked Nacho’s stance, arms crossed in front her chest. “What do you know of this anyway? What occurred yesterday was between Señor Vela and myself. It’s nobody else’s business.”
“Well, it’s certainly my business when patrons are requesting their food to go because they’re afraid the staff might take their frustrations out on them.”
“A patron said that? How would they even know about what happened?” 
Prima, you’ve got a lot to learn about Noelle. News travels fast around here. The whole town is talking about ‘The Battling Bakers.’”
The Battling Bakers?

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Meet the author

Mimi Milan is an award-winning, bestselling Latin American poet and author of both historical and contemporary fiction. The majority of her stories feature characters that resemble the melting pot of people she grew up with (from New Jersey to Mexico), as well as the languages she speaks (English, Spanish, and Italian). 

A candidate for the MFA in Creative Writing at Queens University, Mimi is thrilled to live the dream of playing with imaginary friends every day. She thanks readers for their support shown for her books and invites them to follow her on online.

E.E.: What is your biggest vice? 
Mimi: Probably food. That's why I keep writing about it! I have a peculiar to good scones. Oh, and I'm no stranger to chocolate. :D
E.E.: Is writing or storytelling easier for you?
Mimi: Definitely storytelling. In fact, I get so far ahead TELLING the story that I sometimes lose the momentum to right it once I've verbally put it out there in the world.
E.E.: If you couldn't be a writer anymore, what profession would you take up? 
Mimi: I'd go into film. That was my minor in undergrad and I still enjoy doing it now and then. I find it to simply be one more way to tell a story.
E.E.: Do you read reviews? If so, do you pay attention to them or let them influence your writing? 
Mimi: Yes, to both questions.
E.E.: How did you come up with the idea for your book?
Well, I knew I wanted to do something for Cinco de Mayo and I wanted to bring attention to the fact that to most Mexicans it isn't a "fun" holiday like it is here in the United States. Of course, I write romance. So, I wanted my heroine to struggle like people then would have. At the same time, I wanted her to live happily ever after. :)

Readers can still get in on the book box giveaway I have going on. All they have to do is follow me on Bookbub:

I'll be drawing from the entrants at the end of the week. The box contains several books (mine as well as others), swag and a few "treats" in a beautiful box from Michael's that reads "Love Deeply." Perfect for romance readers!