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Welcome to Romance at Heart,
where the pen is mightier than the sword!

Animated StarRomance at Heart is a place for readers and writers to come together and interact. We offer author resources, free reading, links to a host of authors' sites, as well as book reviews and interviews with some of your favorite authors. You can host chats where anyone is welcome to stop by at any time. For those who aren't up to chatting, a message board is available with multiple forums for your enjoyment. We provide articles by some very interesting and talented people, as well as a few interviews with cover models and artists. We are solely funded by contribution and by advertisement, and any and all contributions are welcome.

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From All of us at Romance At Heart Publications,
and Romance at Heart Magazine:

May Spring and Summer show you many ways
To enjoy the sun, baseball, and maybe the waves.
May you have the warmest of Fall and Winter days,
With friends, and companions all around and safe.
May your dreams be Steamy, Sexy, and reflect a full life,
May you have all the richly fulfilling gifts life can offer.
In other words...
We wish you all the Happiness your heart can hold, and then more!

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What is in the Air???
We are gonna have lots of Great Reading!


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Announcements... Doing some housecleaning...

Animated Star  It is not the best time of my life, and I have been sorely taxed the past two years. My cancer is back, and my life has been going downhill. I am back again, however, and going to do some badly needed housecleaning on the site. There are ads that will be coming down, and hopefully new ones will be coming in to replace them. Please bear with me while I work this out.

Animated Star  OH!!! I am so excited! It is coming fast into Winter and the football play-off season is starting! It is my favourite time of year because I LOVE FOOTBALL! My alma mater is Penn State University, and yes, Joe Pa is greatly missed there. I get tired of the nay-saysers who constantly criticize him. If they could do it, would they do any batter? Oh they brag and say they would, but he had been there since Rip Engle was head coach, and no one can understand his level of dedication to the school and the football program. Since we lost him, we can't seem to find a coach as dedicated as Joe Pa was to the team or to the school! I don't know how long this new one will be here at Penn State, but if he is still here in a few years, maybe I will remember his name. Until then, it is no use if he is going to move on in a year or two.

Animated Star  Things are kinda grinding to a halt again at Romance At Heart Publications in the book category. This is due in part to the economy, not being able to find editors willing to work for pennies (which I can readily understand), and my sudden health issues. The past 2 years have been more than shaky for me. The past 6 months were even worse, but I wasn't certain why. Now, however, I know. I was diagnosed in August as most likely having cancer again. The diagnosis was confirmed via needle biopsy (which I will NEVER go through again), and I started chemotherapy (in pill form) in September. This has, once again, put a definite crimp in my style, but I am struggling on. I shall continue to do the best I can with the reviews and interviews. It may be slow going, but I will do my best to get them done. As always, I am looking for readers who are willing and able to write a review containing more than just an opinion. If interested, you can find the review protocols listed on site.

I know they seem demanding, but I maintain my view that anyone can say they like or dislike somthing in 250 words or less. It takes a true lover of books, writing, and creativity to understand the character's depths, then give other readers their insights as to why the liked what they read without giving away the plot. It is a lot of work, I know, but for readers, a great review is worth the time. If you feel you fit the bill, and have the desire to provide quality work for the authors, contact me, Please!

Animated Star  Felt any shakes lately? I know they has the shakes in Wichita a few weeks back. I know because Carrie called me. I love to watch the maps on the USGS Earthquake Hazards Program, and track the activity around the world. Here in Pennsylvania we don't have "fault zones" like they do in California or other locations, but we do, on occasion, have subsidence quakes when the rock strata decides to settle. That is the explanation we get for the small quakes that are sometimes manifest in the area. If any of you have felt any earthquakes, I would post your stories about them if you wish.

Animated Star  The USGS in conjunction with the Smithsonian Institution, has a wonderful site for those of you who might like to "volcano watch" online. The Global Vulcanism Program allows you to get weekly updates on all volcanic activity around the world, and has glossaries and other information to help you understand what they are talking about. All these natural occurrences fascinate me, and I remain ever so curious about them.

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Animated Star  Headline... We want Hot Romances Year 'Round!!!!

Animated Star  To all Authors:
We are heading into the Winter reading season when so many of us wish to curl up with a good book. What is better than to push your Winter/Spring releases with New Advertising. Romance at Heart Publications is running a special "Head into Winter" advertising campaign for authors with some specials on banner and cover ads at Romance at Heart Magazine. Mention "Winter/Spring Specials" in your email and get an extra 10% off your advertising.

Animated Star  From now until January 15th:

We will offer an introductory offer to have your banner... for web site or book...placed between the sections on the index pages for the Reviews and Interviews for a charge of $10 UD per month. The going rate for such ads after the 15th will be $18 per month per banner. Ads paid ahead per quarter or half year are subject to further discounts.
For additional savings offers, head over to Ad Specials page and place your orders today.

Animated Star  If you wish to contribute to the up keep and maintainence of Romance at Heart, you can do so via PayPal. Contributions can be sent to rose@romanceatheart.com with your PayPal account. If you wish to contribute another way, please contact Rose for further information.

Animated Star  You might be interested to know that J. M. Snyder now has her very own publilshing house for erotic romance. You can find her bookstore at J. M. Snyder Books. She has put together quite an array of writers, plus her own books as well. Now you are able to find them all under one publishing house, so stop by and check it out! I know she is a formidable talent and a prolific writer, and it is really something to see all her books in one place!

Animated Star  If you haven't already, check out the Special Interviews Page that is just waiting for you. I think you will get some understanding about some of the people I hope to feature there. First on the "to get" list is reknowned editor and author Carolyn Howard-Johnson. The interview was conducted by another very talented author and publisher, one Margie Gosa Shivers. The second begins our series of links, and this one is an interview with advice columnist and author Thabet Hassan. This Egyptian/Canadian columnist has fielded questions on many topics dealing with human relations and love from around the world, and dispenses advice with some common sense and gentle humor.

Animated Star  Once again I have recently received several emails from the site using the Free Reads and the Request a Link email links. If you don't see your free reads pages or your site listed, that is because you didn't send me the names and links of the reads or links to the sites. I am sorry I am not a mind reader, but the email links only provide you with the links to get your information to me. I need the URL(s) of the free reads page, story, and/or site in order to link it up. This goes for any of the email links. I need the information in URLs, questions, suggestions, links, or whatever you are trying to get to me.

author ad Felicity Heaton

Animated Star  As always, the On Better Writing page has lots of great information, and some new things from Carolyn added. You can stop by the Author Interviews and read some new Author Interviews, too. The Contests Page has some new offerings and the In The News page is ready for any details and stories you may want to send about what is happening in your neck of the woods....

Animated Star  For those of you interested, Romance at Heart has a new network site called Romance at Heart and Friends on the Ning Network. We have some groups to join, and we hope that you will add to the conversation and get a lively discussion going. Once you are on the Network, there are a lot of other interesting sites to visit. The Writers and Readers of Distinctive Fiction has some new offerings, great reviews, and bang up contests so stop on by there and see what is going on!

Animated Star  Also of interest to some of you is the new contest from Dorchester and Text Novel. You can find the particulars on their websites, and that information can be found on the Contests Page. Cell Us Your Novel is a unique approach to writing, so if you want to take a gander, be sure to stop by www.dorchesterpub.com or www.textnovel.com and check it out...

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Animated Star  Thankfully the Flu Epidemic has not seemed to materialize yet, and for that we are all grateful. That doesn't mean we are out of the woods, however, so remember your common courtesies for better health:
Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze, use tissue or hankerchief when possible
If a tissue is not available, cough or sneeze into your elbow...
Wash hands frequently while working or cooking
Keep your hand sanitizer handy while out and about
Stay home, or keep your kids home if you are feeling ill
Remember, just a few common sense things can keep all of us a lot healthier, and prevent many of us from becoming ill in the first place...

Animated Star  Please check out the In The News page There is some important news there from the world of Romance, and sometimes news of conventions, classes offered, and other items of interest. Also, you can find out more about some new publishing houses and other new sites and authors. We also have a "Post-it-Yourself" links page at RAH Links that is for free ads in seven categories. There is also a great Data Base updating called The Essence of Romance. The Essence of Romance is an information database of romance novels going back for close to the past century. They list authors, psuedos, author websites, titles, series, anthologies, trilogies, sequels, publishers, pub dates (original and reprints, even with multiple publishers), genres, formats, blurbs, cover images, etc.. Authors, if you wish to be listed, contact Melanie Grant with your listings. There is more information on the In the News page about their services.

Animated Star  I am always looking for real down to earth articles for Romance at Heart. I think that as a magazine, we should also include articles written by authors and others, for authors and others who may have interest in learning about what makes a good book, what writing is all about, and anything else that authors, editors, publishers may want to let us know about, or give is to think about. To that end, I have set up an area for articles and essays, a special page linked from the In The News page called Romance at Heart's Articles. The first contribution is an article by P. F. Kozak on Writing Erotic Romance. The second an interesting one by our own Jennifer Mueller, and a third from Carolyn Howard-Johnson! I am looking for more additions, so ladies and gentlemen, if you wish to contribute, send your articles to Rose@romanceatheart.com, please.

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Animated Star  As always, DON'T FORGET to thank those special people, even the strangers. I know this has been around before, but it is always good to remember to be grateful.

She is pregnant, he had just saved her from a fire in her house, rescuing her by carrying her out of the house into her front yard, while he continued to fight the fire.
When he finally got done putting the fire out, he sat down to catch his breath and rest.
A photographer from the Charlotte, North Carolina newspaper, noticed her in the distance looking at the fireman.
He saw her walking straight toward the fireman and wondered what she was going to do.
As he raised his camera, she came up to the tired man who had saved her life and the lives of her babies and kissed him just as the photographer snapped this photograph:

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Remember to be thankful, and grateful, and remember that we all have to pull together. Even animals can show their gratitude, and I have to ask are we humans so hurried we don't have the time or forget common courtesy? Remember the "Magic Words" our parents taught us and take a moment to say "Please" and "Thank You," then pass it on. WHo knows, you might start something good. There are links to the RED CROSS and other help agencies on the In the News page so you can donate and help those in need. There are still places hit by flooding and other weather phenomena that need our help, so donate generously if you can.

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Animated Star FYI - My Words Misused Gripes...Animated Star
An Excerpt from the On Better Writing page here at RAH:

This is starting to bug me, SO...For those of you Aspiring Writers, Published Writers, Wanna be Editors, Editors, AND ESPECIALLY Self-Publishers...Listen up! This list will probably grow but here are the first submissions.

Definitions:

BARE: adj. (1) Without clothing or covering; naked (2) Open to view; exposed (3) without the usual furnishings or equipment; empty (4) Unadorned; plain; bald; just sufficient; mere; threadbare.

BEAR: v. From the Olde English beran (1) To support; to hold up (2) To carry; convey; to hold visibly (3) To conduct or guide, to be pointed or aimed. (4) To spread; disseminate; to hold in the mind, maintain (5) To render or give as in to "bear witness", or to hold or withstand as in "bear the pressure" (6)To endure patiently, to suffer, to give fruit or have young, to carry burdens (7) To stand in comparison or relation, to be relevant or have relevance as in "What relation does his story bear to yours?"

LATHE: n. A machine that holds pieces of wood, metal and plastic etc., so they are cut and shaped when an operator holds cutting tools against them.

DO NOT do this to any part of my body...NO NO NO!!!

LAVE: v. From the Olde English, Poetic (1) To wash, to bathe (2) To flow against (3) To pour or throw out. From the Old English lafian which is derived from the Latin lavare

**Nowhere I looked did I find a definition for LATHE that would make me want it to be done to me...

LIGHTEN(ING): v.i. or v.t. (1) To make light, as in it thundered and lightning lightened the sky. (2) To grow brighter, as in her face lightened. (3) As used in Middle English, to enlighten, to illuminate spiritually. Or v.t. (1) to reduce a load. (2) to make less of a burden, as in lighten taxes. (3) As used in Middle English, spirits lightened. Synonyms are alleviate, mitigate.

LIGHTNING: n. (1) a discharge of flash of electricity from the sky. (2) a flash of light (3) As used in the Olde English, Poetic the great brand made lightnings in the splendour of the moon (Tennyson)

TAUT: adj. (1) Pulled tight, tense as in a taut rope. (2) in a neat condition, as in a taut ship. (3) As used in Middle English, a strict person.

TAUNT: v.t. Latin derivative tantus From the Olde English, Poetic (1) To jeer, mock, reproach, or ridicule. (2) A cutting or insulting remark or sarcasm. (3) To provoke with or drive by taunts. From the Obsolete French tant por tant *tit for tat* which is derived from the Latin tauntas pro tantus *so much for that* and autant from the Middle French meaning as much and altant *so much as*

THAN: conj. (1) When, as, or if compared with; after an adjective or adverb to express comparison between what came before and what follows. (2) Except or but when used after else or other as in no other than you.

THEN: adv. (1) Denote time, at that time as in then he decided. (2) Soon or immediately after; next in place or time. (3) Having to do with sequence and sequential action i.e. wash thoroughly, dry, then bandage.

Nowhere in the Oxford or Webster's Unabridged Dictionaries, or in any other source did I find any definitions that would allow these words to be interchangeable...If you are not sure of a word, look it up.

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The Importance of Proofreading...

Animated Star  Use a dictionary, Spell Checker, Thesaurus, Holt Handbook, whatever tools you need to be certain what you write is the best you can make it BEFORE you send it off. You may argue that is the purpose of editing, however, you have to get the manuscript PAST the slush pile before an editor will even see it. Bad spelling, poor word usage, and dodgy grammar will NOT get your manuscript moved anywhere but the circular file, shredder, or recycle bin. If your work appears to have been written by an illiterate, then expect it to be stashed in the circular file. If you don't care enough to make it readable, why should anyone take the time to read your MS?

When I see those books come across my desk for review, they are usually from self-published authors. I want to cry. Yes, it does cost some money, but if you are serious about having your book published, then read and reviewed, get an editor. Spend the bit of money and do it right. I have disposed of more than one book because it was full of all the annoyingly bad elements. I hate that bad grammar, poor sentence structure, and misused words spoil what might have been a good book, one I might have greatly enjoyed otherwise. Bad grammar and misused words DO NOT make reading enjoyable, and more often than not, those books end up in MY circular file.

What you write, and how you write it, reflects on you, so make a good first impression. The old adage about the first impression being the lasting one is trite, but it has been proven true in study after study. If you are going to write, do it right and make it readable so it is enjoyable for your potential readers. It all boils down to this again, if you don't care, why should anyone else? Think about it.

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Animated Star  It has come to my attention that not everyone understands the policies for reviews and requests. I don't mind sending out the information, but for those who have time to look and explore, the desired information can be found on the site. A recent page added to the RaH site, The General Author Information Page, gives the bare bones basics of what we want for an author interview as well as what we request from the author, or promotions persons wanting a book or books reviewed, a contest posted, or an chat scheduled.

Animated Star  I have made a new friend, and he has a cool and fun site going for readers and writers. The site, called, www.storycasting.com, gives new meaning to getting into and involved with the story! If you (or someone you know) would like to have some of your own work on the site to cast, let Jeff Reid know - they're open to screenplays, short stories, ebooks and podcasts, 'published' or not. If you, or any of our RaH friends and authors, have read it or written it and would like to cast it, they'll put it on the site...

Animated Star  Romance At Heart Publications is NOT closing, just slowing down for a while due to my health issues. You can still find the following releases in the bookstore: Liberation by Linda Ambrosia, Looking Forward, Looking Back by Heather Hiestand, and Seasons and Colours of Love, the third book of poetry be Emma Keatley. They are in the RAHP store now!

Animated Star  Also in our store are the favourite books from Kate Hofman, the first called Navajo Dreams is the story of an abused woman who finds love and hope with an artist. Set in Arizona, you will enjoy this award-winning tale I am sure. The second, Greek Fire by Kate Hofman, is a delightful contemporary romance set in New York, with stops in Las Vegas and Greece, so look for it in the Romance At Heart Publications Bookstore.

Animated Star  Romance At Heart Publications Electronic Bookstore...
Most Popular Releases:
Greek Fire by Kate Hofman
Navajo Dreams by Kate Hofman
Rough Edges by Nancy Piri
A Sensual Seduction by Kate Hofman with poetry by Emma Keatley
Click, Click, Delete by Heide Katros
Bewitching Angel by Heide Katros

Animated Star  Also... if you are an author, and you have a contest or contests to promote, please let me know the details so the readers can check out the Contests Listings Page for new and updated listings. While you are doing the contest thing, check out the The Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest. This is probably one of the greatest, and could be the silliest contest of the literary world. The website is a joy and provides one with some really good laughs. The contest bills itself as the contest "Where www means Wretched Writers Welcome." I guarantee you some chuckles if you go there...*lol*

Animated Star  Don't forget to check out Berkley-Jove for some of the best in romance, as well as those favourites from Warner Romance!

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Life is to be enjoyed, Death leads on to another existence.
May you all be so blessed to continue on the Journey...

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Animated StarWords of Wisdom...Animated Star
Take some time for yourself and remember to give some time to others.

Some wisdom from the Creator of Charlie Brown and Snoopy:
The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials,
the most money, or the most awards. They are the ones that care...
Don't worry about the world coming to an end today.
It's already tomorrow in Australia." ...Charles Schultz...



Check out the new Poetry & From The Heart Page... where you will find Rod Casteel's moving Poem As The Flag Passed By.

 

a SPOT of Humor...
THE OIL SHORTAGE
A lot of folks can't understand how we came to have an oil shortage here in America.
~~~ Well, there's a very simple answer.
~~~ Nobody bothered to check the oil.
~~~ We just didn't know we were getting low.
~~~ The reason for that is purely geographical.

Our OIL is located in:
~~~ Alaska
~~~ California
~~~ Oklahoma and TEXAS
Our DIPSTICKS... are located in Washington DC!

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Ah! Weather...kinda wierd here this year *sigh* *Seasons changing and comin' on fast...*



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Chilly?! Winter is definitely here. BRRRRRR...

Animated Star  *clink* *clink* Attention in the room. Please, quiet down, I have yet another announcement...Economic Chaos is here and right around the corner at your local Mall, the Christmas sales reign. It is insanely consistent, and every time it is the same, but this year the circumstances are greatly altered from the years before because of the economic downturn and slow recovery.

Animated Star  We have some new reviews on books from J. M. Snyder, Renee Johnson, and Kelli A. Wilkins, and new interviews as well with more to come. Stop by and read old favourites and check out the new additions in the Reviews, the Quick Reads, and the Erotic Reviews, too.

Animated Star  I can't help but stress the importance of proofreading your books, stories, etc. before submiting them to publishers and for online consumption. Just recently I recieved this "Pet Peeve" from a reader, which emphasizes my point:
"I was reading your pet peeve section, I would like to add another pet peeve. one that I have is the lack of proof reading for typo's. I'm not sure if it's just because the books are in the Free read section, which may be why proper attention hasn't been paid to flow and typo's and importantly usage. But it's been driving me crazy. We shouldn't have to substitute the correct pronouns. It's distracting, the paragraphs lose flow. I'm not a writer, and felt self-conscious at first. But figured that I can't be the only one who has noticed this."

Animated Star  Our News Page, In The News, is running Information on causes you may want to support, writing calls you may want to check out, and contests you may want to enter. As always, the help lines are there, charity news, and other information. Check the page for some links to the Red Cross, where you can get information on donations of time and money to the Hurricane victims as well as other disasters needing ongoing relief. We are looking for writers and publishers who have information to impart via our Articles page, offerings of good poetry for our Poetry & Thoughts From The Heart page, and a brand NEW On Better Writing page TOO!! We want to provide great articles and poetry for you to read through when you visit, as well as offer some help, and if possible, answer some of your questions about diction, grammar, syntax, and other problems you may have in writing.

Animated Star  We hope that you will all help us to keep In The News updated with the latest news on the various events. If you have something for us (public charity, new opening, or contest etc), please include all the information as well as any contact information. We love to help organizations and writing sites promote, but all submissions will be checked to the best of our ability for truth and veracity. We are not perfect, and as this is a public service, we caution all our members to check them out for themselves. You might catch something we missed, and we would appreciate it if you would let us know if you find a discrepancy.

Animated Star  Romance will always be the first priority for Romance at Heart Magazine, But we want to branch out. We hope to continue to offer you the best of reviews, author interviews, and chats on the romance front, as well as some downright good Humor, Horror, and Suspense if they can be found. We will be looking for you on the forum board. At Romance at Heart we want to wish you all the happiest of reading, writing, and chatting. Blessings to all of you and your families, and peace be with you.

Blessings,
Rose!

Administrator, Head Reviewer, and Lousy Techy for Romance at Heart Magazine

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Features: We LOVE our Romances...

So Into You by Sandra Hill

Sandra Hill
So Into You

So Into is Sandra Hill's newest book, and soon to be released by Grand Central Publishing under their Forever Imprint. It is the story of friends, too close for one, Grace O'Brien's comfort, and close enough for the other, Angel Sabato. When friendship is broken, Angel leaves with everything hehoped for lying in pieces, including his heart. But time, Tante Lulu, and St. Jude have other plans for them, and when the pair meet again, Grace decides to take Angel up on his offer of a bet...one night of love if he wins at Texas hold'em for charity....

In her interview, in answer to the question How much of your personality and life experiences are in your writing? Sandra says, "Not much. My husband and sons don’t think I’m funny at all. And when friends and relatives ask if I’ve done all the sexy stuff in my books, my usual response is, “I wish!” Actually, I think the heroines in my books are women I would like to be. Tall and thin, of course. Adventuresome. Brave. Willing to take risks. And I’ve noticed the oddest thing lately. My next three books have heroines with red hair (which I do not). Maybe subconsciously I see myself as a redhead. " ...
“ Some of my favpourite comments from ny readers include: The woman who told me that her sister died of cancer and asked that one of my books be placed in her casket, prominently, so people would smile at her funeral. The sex therapist who uses my books. The woman who told me the tag line on my books should read, “Better than a vibrator!” The guy from Norway who told me he heard I wrote a book about him; his name was Magnus Ericsson. The many readers who tell me that my books help them through hard times. The many readers who ask me how their husband/lovers can find their Viking S-Spot. The many readers who say their husbands and boyfriends now call them “heartling” or “sweetling,” after reading my books.”...Sandra Hill

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And enjoy learning more about the author... Sandra's interview is in our Interview Corner...[Sandra's Interview...]

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Rowena Cherry
Insufficient Mating Material

Insufficient Mating Material is the sequel to the critically acclaimed Forced Mate and the award winning Mating Net. It is published by Dorchester Publishing's LoveSpell line, and released January 31st 2007....

".. Dear Reader....

A funny thing happened during the writing of Insufficient Mating Material. My editor, Alicia Condon, really liked my Prologue --where the hero is at a decided disadvantage and very worried that he is about to be neutered--, but Alicia asked for two more prologues. More information about my alien Djinn world was necessary for readers who have not read Forced Mate, or Mating Net.

She also wanted something more sexy than a hero with an erection about to undergo surgery.

Obligingly, I wrote them. Then I had three prologues. That was a bit unusual! My editor loved them all, and Chapter One remained the royal wedding and the heroine's big entry scene.

However, who has three prologues? So, somewhere between when I signed off, and when the galleys arrived, Prologue One became Part One, Chapter One... a very short First Chapter." ...Rowena Cherry...

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And enjoy learning more about the author... Rowena's interview is in our Interview Corner...
Rowena Cherry's Interview

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Nancy Pirri
Rough Edges

Rough Edges Is her newest book published by Romance At Heart Publications. A Texas cowboy looking to polish his image runs into an independent stylist who is determined to rebuff any advances he might make. The catch is, Fate has decided they are exactly right for each other, and throws them together constantly with great glee...

".. How I develop my characters:
Basing my characters on people I know personally helps in their development. Each of my 'people' have certain traits, mannerisms, and temperament I've seen in others; from my own mother to my three daughters and my husband and son. This thinking process and mental imagery helps me envision my characters, as though they are true people and not cardboard cutouts.

I actually sit down and chart out traits of each of my primary characters. This helps me then when I move on to writing dialogue and scenes. Also, the more time I spend on a novel, i.e. the actual development of scenes, interaction between my h/h and how they react to the world around them helps me 'get to know' them, which also helps in their development." ...Nancy Pirri...

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And enjoy learning more about the author... Nancy's interview is in our Interview Corner...
Nancy Pirri's Interview

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heart of the foresaken, a romantic book by angela verdenius

Angela Verdenius
Heart of the Forsaken

Heart of the Forsaken Is another great futuristic that explores the tolerance and the patience of those who can truly love. Here Red, another Daamen Trader, is faced with a fiesty little pirate who is truly alone, and who has been taught never to trust any expression of love.

".. I like to have some side plots going, too, hence The Overlord was born, and I loved the fact that he is totally alien in looks. My pirates came to the fore, but these were different pirates - the ebony pirate, Veknor, and Fredrico, who works for the Overlord and has a - er - now, I can't go any further without giving too much away. LOL! The worst pirate to date has to be Darcus - the one who took Sabra one savage night, and changed her course of life forever. I can say that my best ideas come to me while I am driving and listening to music."...Angela Verdenius...

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Diana Laurence
Soulful Sex: Erotic Tales of Fantasy and Romance

Soulful Sex: Erotic Tales of Fantasy and Romance is a collection of six short stories by Diana Laurence that, according to the introduction by the author, focuses on the sexual expression of love. Also available, Soulful Sex II: Erotic Tales of Fantasy and Romance so look for it now.

"Not to me! I strive to make my erotic fiction beautiful, tasteful, and innocent while still being graphic and arousing. I do so because I write with a specific goal in mind: to show how sex moves us spiritually as well as physically and emotionally.to prove that sex has soul."...Diana Laurence...

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Catherine Spangler
The Sentinels: Touched by Darkness

The Sentinels once walked Atlantis as enlightened beings entrusted with the Law of One. Now they are back on Earth, taking on human form to track down Belians, other Atlantians who chose to turn away from the light and follow the dark and bloody path of Belial. Although in human bodies, the Sentinels and Belians both possess superhuman powers, and are well matched in the battle of good versus evil. But the Sentinels have an edge--the ability to join both psychically and mentally with a human conductor. A matched conductor is always the opposite sex of the Sentinel.

Kara Cantrell, a very powerful conductor, faces the necessity of melding minds and souls with Sentinel Damien Morgan in an attempt to track a Belian. She knows that during the conduction, the sparks fly as Sentinel and conductor come together in a blaze of psychic power and sizzling desire, to track unimaginable evil, and it is something she has sworn never to do again. Yet she has no choice, as this particular evil has her son Alex in its sights. But will Kara be able to overcome the pain of the past, and meld with Damien to protect her son?

Your Earth is once again touched by darkness.
But those who worship Belial will not win.
There is no escape from destiny.
We are the Sentinels. We will prevail
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This exciting series, staarting with Touched by Darkness is in stores now, and also available in ebook formats through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and others. For more information on the Sentinels and her other great reads, check out Catherine's Website.


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Francis Ray
Dreaming of You

Every little girl has a hero, and as she was growing up, it was a position designated to her brothers and their best friend, Brandon Grayson. As she grew up, Faith McBride was a beautiful girl, voluptuous, shy, competent, yet and very much the stereotypical wallflower. With her brothers grown and often gone, Brandon stepped in, taking her to the school dances, proms, and many other activities. He thinks of Faith as his friend, but that's status she wishes desperately to change...
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Working Man by J. M. Snyder

J. M. Snyder
Working Man Series

There was something about an alpha male in a male dominated workplace, and there is always room for escape. Meet the virile men of J. M. Snyder's workplaces as they laugh, love, and work together. From cruising on the Carribbean, to the down home farm, to the corporate world, join them as they all discover what life has in store for them. J.M. Snyder has a different outlook on romance, and her homoerotic lovers are just as sensual and just as loving as any hero and heroine could be. From the men in her head, she gets a wonderful insight on love, and to those men she gives the respect they need and even more deserve....
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Marjorie Liu
Tiger Eye

This was not reality, not to Dela at any rate. She was used to the odd occurrences, was being the operative word. This particular occurrence was beyond the pall of what she considered normal in her otherwise unusual life. Seven-foot tall men didn't just appear in her life-space, and especially not such devastatingly handsome ones. The day started with an odd feel to it, and the trip to the Dirt Market, one of Beijing's most famous tourist traps was on the list...
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Kinky Girls Do by Michelle Houston

Michelle Houston
Kinky Girls Do

Kinky Girls Do is billed as a collection of four stories about women who like their sex with a little spice. It is true that one likes to be watched, one craves domination, and two want to be bound to varying degrees, but it is a statement which only scratches the surface. Beneath lie the raging passions that only one man can truly bring out of them. For each, he is the only man who knows exactly what is right because he loves her enough to know just what she needs. There is one thing that is definitely right:
    Bad girls dream . . . kinky girls do....

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Mauren Fisher
The Jaguar Legacy

Charley Underhill will learn a few things about her past, her ANCIENT past as she struggles to reconcile the strange things that are happening around her. The enigmatic Alistair Kincaid is just one of the puzzles she will have to face along with some very sobering truths about herself. Alistair on the other hand is haunted by Leila's betrayal, and his distrust has spilled over on to all those of the female persuasion. Both must decide if personal success is worth destroying the life another, and they must find that only together can they face down the danger that awaits them, and Alistair is the only one who can help and support her as Charlie claims The Jaguar Legacy...
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