Winner – Q & A with Helen Lacey

The two winners from the Q & A of Claiming His Brother’s Baby with Helen Lacey are –

Emily B.

Amanda Ward

Ladies, please contact me on mail (at) helenlacey (dot) com with your details.

Thanks to everyone who commented.

Helen Lacey :)

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Q & A with Helen Lacey on Claiming His Brother’s Baby

HELEN - Claiming His Brother's BabyWhere did you get the idea for Claiming His Brother’s Baby?

I knew when I was writing a previous book that the heroine and hero in this story would have a emotional journey on their way to love. I suppose this story morphed into itself over time.

Tell us about the hero of the book? Why will we fall in love with him?

I hope readers will fall in love with Tanner because he just oozes integrity and honor. He’s a hot and handsome horse rancher who now lives in South Dakota. He’s kind and caring and just a little bit arrogant (not too much, and only when he believes in something completely and emphatically) So, essentially, he’s…nice. And I fell in love with him probably a little more than usual because he was just so wonderful with the heroine’s baby.

Tell us about the heroine? Why is she the perfect woman for the hero?

Cassie Duncan is a kind hearted woman, but perhaps a little naïve. She put her faith in the wrong man and Tanner’s arrival sends her into a spin. He’s there to see his nephew, but she can’t help but be drawn to him.

Is there any particular significance in the setting?

The book is set in Crystal Point, a tiny Australian beachside town which sits at the southern most point of the Great Barrier Reef. It’s a town just like the one I live in and I love being able to write about the setting and share this picture perfect place with readers.

Do any beloved characters from your previous books show up in this one?

Yes…Mary-Jayne Preston is the heroine in my next book for Special Edition. It’s an April release called The CEO’s Baby Surprise. Since my first book was released, this is the character that I get most readers asking about. So she gets her very own happy ending soon (although it’s quite a bumpy road)

Why will readers enjoy this book?

I hope readers will fall in love with the hero and enjoy the heroine’s journey as she discovers true love for the first time in her life. And of course there’s a cute baby and a huge dog in the story too.

The book is set on the eastern Australian coast, so do you have a favourite locale you like to read? Ranches in the Midwest? Big city settings? Castles in Europe? Romantic island getaways?

I have two signed copies of Claiming His Brother’s baby to give away, so leave a comment to go into the draw.

Warm Wishes

Helen Lacey

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Winners for Q&A on Romancing the Rancher

by Stacy Connelly

The following are winner of a copy of my January release! Please email me at stacyconnelly@cox.net, and thank you for posting!

 

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Debbie Haupt (I realize you’ve already read this one, but let me know if you’d still like a signed copy!

Summer

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LindaS

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Everything Old is New Again

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by Lynne Marshall

In August 2013, Harlequin changed the Special Edition book covers along with several other lines. My thought was they wanted to increase their branding with an overarching style of cover for all the various lines. However, I personally think the change made the books more indistinguishable than branded. And that may have confused our readers.

This January the slightly altered “old” covers are back! Yay.

Fashions fade, style is eternal. Yves Saint Laurent

What’s important is not the cover, though it has been easily recognizable for SE readers for years and years, but what’s between the covers, and that didn’t change when the covers did. Special Edition style is relatable. Whether small town or big city, the characters are people with whom our readers want to know and engage.

The new “old” covers have the blue side banner back, and the couples seem a little closer up than the older covers. The big news is that beginning in April 2015 every Harlequin Special Edition will be part of a series whether a duo, a trilogy or more!

So though our appearance is more like it used to be, there is still change in the air.

Isn’t that a great way to begin 2015?

As a reader of SE, did the cover change in 2013 make a difference to you?  What do you think of the new “old” look?

 And speaking of new look, here’s my March 2015 cover: 9780373658763In case anyone is wondering what Gunnar looked like for me while writing this book, here’s what I imagined while writing every scene he appeared in.Thomas Hardy

Yup, I thought you might like that.  :)

 

 

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Cathy Shouse – You’re a Winner!

Loved your word “discipline” for 2015! Email me at chris@christynebutler,com and let me know if you prefer an Amazon.com or Barnes & Noble.com gift card and I’ll get it right out to you!

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Q&A with Stacy Connelly on Romancing the Rancher!

rancher* Tell us about the hero of the book? Why will we fall in love with him?

Jarrett Deeks has shown up in a few of my earlier Pirelli Brothers books, so I already knew he was a former rodeo cowboy who had moved to Clearville, California to open a horse ranch as well as run an equine rescue. I knew he was capable of healing animals, and I thought that made him the perfect hero for my injured heroine, Theresa Pirelli… But of course, as the story progressed, I had to ask myself who was healing whom? :)

* Tell us about the heroine? Why is she the perfect woman for the hero?

Theresa Pirelli is a nurse who is used to taking care of those around her, but a car accident has left her injured and questioning her future. She finds herself drawn to Jarrett who has some serious scars of his own and isn’t as healed as he likes to think he is!

* What life lessons do your H/H have to learn before they can find their happily-ever-after?

Both Theresa and Jarrett need to move forward and leave the past behind. Sometimes, the first steps is the hardest one to take.

* Is there any particular significance in the setting?

The book takes place in the fictional town of Clearville, California. All my Pirelli Brothers books have taken place there, but this book explores more of the town’s rugged surroundings where Jarrett’s ranch is located.

* What was your favorite scene to write?

I enjoyed the scene where Theresa’s protective older brother, Alex, arrived. He and Jarrett have a minor face-off that was fun to write.

* What was the most difficult scene for you to write?

Near the end of the book, Theresa tells Jarrett she loves him, and for reason I don’t want to give away (J), he can’t bring himself to say the words back to her. It ended up being an emotion scene as well as one that shows how Theresa has regained her strength.

* What do you feel are some of your strengths as a writer and how did those show up in this particular book?

This ended up being one of my more emotional books, and I think that really shines through in the main characters. Theresa has a vulnerability as well as a determination that I think makes her a great and relatable heroine. Jarrett has a quiet yet confident personality that makes him a strong, steady (and sexy!) hero.

* Do any beloved characters from your previous books show up in this one?

There is a scene where Theresa goes out for drinks with the heroines from several of my past books. It was a fun opportunity to ‘catch up’ with those ladies!

* Why will readers enjoy this book?

I hope readers will enjoy Romancing the Rancher for its themes of overcoming tragedy and taking the chance of falling in love and striving to a happier future!

By the way, computer issues and scheduling conflicts have kept me from blogging lately, so I have extra books to share! I’ll pick 5 winners from the comments for a copy of Romancing the Rancher!

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2015 – Word for the Year! Share Yours & Win!

by ChristyneWoman Doing Yoga Sunset Silhouette Butler

Stretch (verb): to draw out or extend (oneself, a body, limbs, wings, etc.) to the full length or extent.

My word for 2015.

With the new year only two days old, there are many who are still working on what a lot people tend to do this time of year…make resolutions. Lose weight, get more sleep, travel more, stop eating chocolate (who would promise that?!) or whatever they’ve decided is needed to make their lives better, different or more improved.

I used to be a resolution kind of gal, but like many, I often forgot or broke them long before January left the calendar. Then I tried for not making any, but just working toward the basics of what needs to be done…from eating better to keeping promises. Sometimes that worked and sometimes it didn’t. Okay, more often than not, it didn’t.

This year, I have decided to try something new. Something I’ve seen others do over the last few years…choose a word. Just one word that can be not just a goal, but a benchmark of all I want to accomplish, or at least strive for, in the next twelve months.

I plan to stretch in every way possible this year. Physically. Mentally, Emotionally. From my personal health to my personal space, I want to test myself, see what I can do…from yoga classes to my writing…it’s time to dig a little deeper, fly a bit higher, get stronger and see what’s out there.

How about you all? Anyone here make resolutions and manage to stick to them? Create a personal mantra to get you through the year? Or are you a bit more practical in your approach to setting goals? Share and I’ll choose one name at random to win a $10 Amazon or Barnes&Noble gift card!

P.S. I’m a big fan of author, Holly Jacobs, and I just found out her word for 2015 is STRETCH too! How neat!

 

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I Love Rainy Days! By Judy Duarte

I love rainy days!

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Raindrops pelting the window…rainytea

A fire in the hearth…

A pot of chicken soup simmering on the stove…

Butter horn rolls rising on the counter—and ready to pop into the oven.

I have to admit, I don’t especially like driving in the rain.  But since the weatherman’s prediction was right, I ran all my errands yesterday.  Now I can settle in and enjoy a good book—or maybe a Hallmark movie!

We live in Southern California, so we don’t see as much rain as some parts of the country.  And we’re in a drought right now, so the rain is especially welcome.   But I’ve always favored those wet, drizzly days, even as a child in school.  The teachers probably didn’t enjoy having us indoors for recess, but I found some of the quiet desk games fun for a change.

What about you?  Do you like rainy days?  If so, what do you like about them?

Do you have any special rainy day memories?

I’m giving away an Amazon gift card to a lucky commenter today.

 

 

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A Royal Christmas Proposal & Drawing!Congrats Pam Lowery!

What inspired me to write A Royal Christmas Proposal?

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I loved the idea of a princess who had battled dips in addictions during her teens and married a man who she thought was the love of her life. But he was not.

She tried to save the marriage and during the process, she got pregnant with a perfectly imperfect child.

Aren’t we all perfectly imperfect?

In this case, Princess Fredericka’s baby, Leo, is severely hearing-impaired. Nowadays, we start teaching a lot of children sign language early in infancy. Princess Fredericka (Ericka) Is working double-time to help her baby and is assigned a bodyguard against her will. Who could predict that tough guy Treat Walker would fall in love with both the princess and her son?

This video brought me to tears. I hope it will lift your heart. This is what inspired me to write this book!

What inspires you to stretch yourself as a person? Comment for a chance to win a $10 Amazon Gift card!

xo,
Leanne

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Congratulations, Kimberly V!

You’ve won an ARC of Nancy Robards Thompson’s new book A CELEBRATION CHRISTMAS. Please email Nancy through her website at NancyRobardsThompson.com.

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