Here’s to March!


Picture taken at my local Target.

Picture taken at my local Target.

Here are the March Special Editions.  Enjoy the blurbs.  Check them out!

The Bachelor’s Baby Dilemma by Sheri WhiteFeather

Reunited…And Reluctant 

Commitment was always a dirty word for Tanner Quinn. He’d seen too much loss growing up. But now his troubled sister was expecting a baby, and he had to make a home for her child—leading him to his high school girlfriend’s doorstep, of all places! Candy McCall was still as sweet as her name, and her house was perfect for his purposes—even if she did remind him of a time he’d spent much of his adult life wanting to forget…

Barely making ends meet, Candy saw Tanner’s offer to buy her house as a godsend. But when he asked her to be the nanny to his niece, the arrangement quickly became too close for comfort. Would just one kiss remind them both of what they once were to each other…and might just be again?

Mendoza’s Secret Fortune by Marie Farrarella


The Fortunes are not the only hotties in Texas; their longtime friends the Mendozas are legendary for their good looks and ardent hearts. Tall and dark with soulful eyes, Matteo Mendoza is a pilot whose charms have too often been eclipsed by his more outgoing brother, Cisco. Now, Matteo has set his sights on cantina hostess Rachel Robinson. Brother, look out!

After several years on a self-imposed “romance diet,” Rachel finds Matteo to be a treat she just can’t resist. But she’s already been through her own family heartbreak—the last thing she wants is to come between the Mendozas! Can she learn that following her heart might lead to the greatest fortune of all?

From City Girl to Rancher’s Wife by Ami Weaver


Josie Callahan is used to cooking up a storm in the big city. But when her life in Los Angeles falls apart, she jumps at the chance to start over as a private chef in Montana. More used to stilettos and stainless steel appliances than cowboy boots and cozy kitchens, Josie is out of her element…especially with her sexy boss, who doesn’t think she’ll last.

Former country music star Luke Ryder has been a loner since personal tragedy brought him low. Josie is a palate cleanser for the reclusive rancher, who prefers horses to heartbreakers. But Luke can’t resist his new employee’s bright smile and bubbly ways, which soften his heart. A delicious happily-ever-after might be just what Luke ordered!

A Second Chance at Crimson Ranch by Michelle Major


Ever since her marriage went up in flames, Olivia Wilder hasn’t had the desire for love. But one magical dance with Logan Travers might change all that. The blue-eyed hometown hunk is a bit younger and a whole lot sexier than any man she’s ever dated before. This is one carpenter Olivia would like to get to know better, and not just because of his building skills…

From his first dance with Olivia, Logan knows there’s something special about the beautiful brunette. The more she’s determined to keep him at arm’s length, the more Logan wants her in his embrace. And the more Olivia says she’s just passing through, the more resolved Logan is to make her his, forever.

A Conard County Baby by Rachel Lee


On the run from her overbearing family and a fiancé with more menace than love in his eyes, Hope Conroy finally took refuge in Conard County, Wyoming. A place of safety, maybe even possibility. But what could a former—and pregnant!—socialite do to keep a roof over her head?

Divorced rancher Cash Cashford never expected to be raising an angry tween all by himself. Something about Hope told him immediately that she was what his daughter needed. And since the new nanny had secrets, he vowed to keep his distance—for all their sakes, especially his own! But Hope called to him in a way he never imagined, making him yearn to heal their fractured hearts…and form the family they all longed for.

Her Perfect Proposal by Lynne Marshall


Journalist Lilly Matsuda just writes headlines; she doesn’t make them. That is, until she runs afoul of Gunnar Norling while on assignment in the tiny town of Heartlandia. The handsome policeman intrigues more than Lilly’s investigative senses…but she isn’t going to let Gunnar’s megawatt smile or smoldering good looks melt her heart.

Gunnar isn’t a fan of people snooping around Heartlandia. He’s been sworn to secrecy about the town’s mysterious past, and he refuses to compromise that for anyone…even beautiful Lilly, who’s hot on the story’s trail. Besides, she’s not going to stick around forever, and Gunnar refuses to let his heart get trampled on—unless Lilly decides to put love first!

Thanks for stopping by!

Lynne Marshall

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Like ‘Em or Leave ‘Em?

by Lynne Marshall

Young woman reading a book lying in hammock

It’s great to be back blogging at Special Edition authors. Lots of fun stuff has been happening in my little writer’s world. One of the things that has me a little nervous is a workshop I’ll be doing for my home writer’s chapter of RWA. My title is called Redeeming Despicable Characters. The focus of the workshop is actually on how to write likeable characters, or how to turn a really flawed character into someone the reader will like.

I mention how authors (myself included) sometimes get blindsided by our characters and don’t realize how off-putting they are. I’ve quit reading books because I didn’t like the main protagonist. Whenever I begin reading a book I ask myself who are these characters and why should I like them.  How about you?

One of the fun things I discovered during my research was that traditional (Universally Accepted) qualities for friends and heroes haven’t really changed. Here’s a list of some of the classics:

Trustworthy, forgiving, loyal, straightforward, enthusiastic, dependable, respectful, selfless, supportive, and inspiring.

Of course most friends aren’t ALL of the above, but a friend possessing several of these qualities is a great friend! When we’re reading, don’t we kind of want the heroine to be someone we could be friends with?

In HER PERFECT PROPOSAL my March Special Edition, Lilly Matsuda is a journalist, raised by tiger parents, and9780373658763 so far in life she has yet to impress them. Now she’s out to make a name for herself by uncovering a big story, come hell or high water. We can’t exactly call her respectful or straightforward since it seems she’ll do almost anything to get her story, but I do manage to show her as enthusiastic and perhaps inspiring with her never-say-die attitude. Hopefully that is enough for the reader to stick with her until Chapter Two. After flaunting a few despicable tendencies, I make sure to show a softer side of her personality. I do this by exposing the extent to which her parents have gone to influence her into becoming what they wanted her to be – a doctor – not caring what she wanted for herself. Hopefully the reader will root for her when they see (by her opening up and proving she can be straightforward) how she’s thumbed her nose at her parents by becoming a journalist. Also, once my hero, Gunnar, hears her story about only wanting a doll for Christmas when she was a kid, a doll with real hair that she could brush, BUT instead getting a clear plastic covered Mr. Human Anatomy science doll, the reader might be more inclined to cut her some slack over being pushy and nosy while uncovering the secret of Heartlandia in the beginning of the book.


Of course, I was thrilled when Her Perfect Proposal got the March Top Pick for Special Edition from Romantic Times Book Reviews.  It was a first for me. Read full review here.

What’s the most important qualities for friends for you? or What makes you throw a book against the wall?


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Summer Dreaming – Share & Win!

It’s 8 degrees in my hometown this morning and with the wind chill it feels like -4. We’ve had over 35 inches of snow in the last ten days, Mother Nature is going to drop another 5-8 of the white stuff starting this weekend and the ten day forecast doesn’t call for one day over the freezing mark.

Yes, it’s time to dream of summer!

I am very much a warm weather kind of gal and here’s just some of what I’m looking forward this year to once my favorite season rolls around.

DSCN2057A visit to Fenway Park.

I am a diehard New England Patriots fan (Super Bowl Champs!) but it’s the Boston Red Sox who hold my heart. Taking in a game at the oldest ballpark in the country is so much fun!

Located in middle of the city, the park is small and intimate compared to most, which makes going to a game there even more wonderful. The crowds, the noise, the green grass, the Green Wall. Yawkey Way. Sweet Caroline during the eighth inning stretch.  Your favorite player so close you could almost touch them. Ah, pure bliss!

Switching to my summer office.31May-homeoffice

I love my front porch and it’s a perfect spot to get lots of writing done while enjoying the fresh air. It’s amazing how the fingers fly on a bright sunny day!

I’m not much of a gardener, but I love the spring time tulips we have out in front of the porch and the bright pink azalea bushes and pale yellow lady slippers (transplanted from my late father-in-law’s house on Cape Cod so they hold special meaning) that bloom in the side yard.

And last, but surely not least…

Annual Romance Writers Conference

I’ve only missed one Romance Writers of America© conference in the last twelve years and this July we will be back in New York City…one of my most favorite places to visit! Can’t wait to eat at Junior’s, stroll through Bryant Park and what’s a visit to Times Square without taking in a Broadway show?



How about you all? Are you dealing with an arctic chill or are you lucky enough to live where it’s nice and warm all year round? Do you have any special dream for the coming summer? Share and I’ll choose one name to win a $10 or Barnes& gift card!

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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, and thank you for posting!


Laney 4

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




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Everything Old is New Again


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 or Barnes & 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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