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Welcome to Rose's Corner "In The News", where you can see what projects are being currently supported, events are soon to happen, and even the sad news when necessary. We will try and do our best to keep these updated, but we can use all reader's and author's help. If you have a charity event you are participating in and would like to promote it, here is what you need to do...write: Rose! here at Romance at Heart Magazine, and we will look it over and get it posted ASAP.

For all our authors, editors, and publishers too, we have a new page offering space to post your articles of interest on writing skills, what you look for, what you want in a book, and even your ideas and opinions on technique, experiences, and anything elst to do with writing. Go to the Articles Page!, check out the first articles by P. F. Kozak, and Jennifer Mueller, and go to The Desk Of Carolyn Howard-Johnson and see what she and her friends are up to now.

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Fresh off the Press...

From Brigit Zahara...
Bar None

What do you do when you're in love with your two best friends who, oh yeah, just happen to be vampires? That's exactly what Sera has to figure out.

After a very upsetting day, she heads to Bar None and the solace of the joint's owners, Nate and Fab. Beautiful, built and possessing the kind of breathtaking animal magnetism that renders any hot-blooded woman wanting and willing, the foxy, fanged duo could, and would, take their pick of bed & bite companions if it wasn't for one thing...sex with a mortal raises a vampire's bloodlust to the point of frenzy. And that never ends well. Long story short? A hot and happy ending doesn't appear to be in the cards for the three friends. But when Sera realizes that both Nate and Fab love her as much as she loves them, she teams up with willpower wizard Fab to show Nate their own version of safe sex.

And all this time, you thought "happy hour" had to do with the drinks!

For information on this and other great titles by Brigit Zahara, visit www.brigitzahara.weebly.com. Review requests can be made to LauraG@ellorascave.com. Interview requests can be made to morganpromotions@gmail.com.

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New from Michele Sinclair...
DESIRING THE HIGHLANDER

Hey Folks,
Look at what Carrie found! This is the newest offering from Michele Sinclair and she says in her mind it gets a 5 Star rating!
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Therefore, by any standard, it is a must buy! She even dropped by my email box to deliver this delightful review for it.

Desiring the Highlander
By: Michele Sinclair
Publisher: Zebra Books
ISBN 13: 978-1420-1085-4-5
Release Date: December 2009
Genre: Regency Romance

Cole hates the English. So when he is asked to pick up a special package from his Sister-in-law, he couldn’t say no. He never expected the package to be more than even he can handle. He is not so sure who is crazier, Him for agreeing to this errand, or his bedraggled package.

Ellenor learned the hard way that men can’t be trusted. Yet what is a woman to do in Regency England? At the mercy of her Uncle and Brother-in-law, she is just as determined not to be married off as they are to pass her onto a husband. She has plans to escape, and all she needs is the opportunity to put them into action. Unfortunately Cole McTiernay does not count into those plans. He sees past her facade, and quickly ascertains the reasons behind it.

These two intelligent and quick witted characters are just what the other needs to heal from their scarred past. Michele Sinclair’s characters are witty and heart grabbing. The younger Cole grabs your heart and keeps it throughout the story. Ellenor’s quick wit and quips keeps Cole and the reader on their toes. It is refreshing to have a resourceful and intelligent heroine in a historical novel. Check out her website, www.michelesinclair.com, and see what else Michele has been up to for her entertainment and yours!

Enjoy the read,
Carrie L.

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Author Offers FREE Greeting Cards...
AND Chance to Help Injured Pets!

Injured dogs and cats that have been abandoned, are strays, or who belong to the homeless or to lower-income women and children in transition will benefit every time someone downloads a FREE alternative greeting card on www.SharonAshwood.com.

Each card offers unique and fun sentiments related to paranormal romance author Sharon Ashwood’s most recent book, SCORCHED. For example: “Chestnuts SCORCHED on an open fire. Hell hounds nibbling at your nose… Here’s hoping your Christmas is fiendishly merry!”

For every card downloaded, Ashwood, a native of Victoria, Canada, will donate 54 cents, Canadian, to the Greater Victoria Animal Crusaders (GVAC). All donations will help defray veterinary costs for one of GVAC’s injured pets. Once that animal’s expenses have been covered, all donations from Ashwood’s program will then go toward the health care costs of another dog or cat. The author says she settled on 54 cents as the donation amount because that’s the current cost for a Canadian first-class postage stamp.

Since GVAC is run completely by volunteers and has no shelter or facilities to maintain (the strays and abandoned pets either live in “foster homes” while waiting to be adopted or are boarded at a veterinary hospital while healing), 100% of all donations to GVAC are used for direct costs related to the animals’ care. Read more about this terrific organization at: www.animalcrusaders.ca.

Ashwood selected GVAC as beneficiary for the donations because she’s a long time animal lover. In fact her own beloved pet, The Demon Lord of Kitty Badness, was a rescue animal.

Author of The Dark Forgotten series, which began with RAVENOUS (February 2009, Signet Eclipse) and continues with SCORCHED (Dec. 1, 2009, Signet Eclipse), Ashwood is offering three alternative greeting cards on her site: one each for Christmas, warm winter wishes and Valentine’s Day.

At least one of these cards will be available for download from Nov. 16, 2009, through Feb. 28, 2010: Christmas and warm winter wishes Nov. 16 – Dec. 25; warm winter wishes and Valentine’s Day Dec. 26 – Feb. 14; warm winter wishes only Feb 14-28.

Photos of GVAC pets and artwork for the greeting cards can be found at:
www.sharonashwood.com/

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From the Desk Of...
Carolyn Howard-Johnson

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To Offer Fiction Reading Opportunity!

Lillian Cauldwell and Carolyn Howard-Johnson invite authors to participate in a frugal and fabulous reading and cross-promotion adventure.

Starting March, 2010.

Passionate Internet Voices Talk Radio will feature authors of published books of fiction to join in the first-ever serial weekly literary festival where authors read brief excerpts from their books over PIVTR’s radio network.

(Nonfiction and Poetry Weeks will come later in 2010.)

Authors may book a reading on what may be a first-of-its-kind event:

Animated Star  It is only $10 for 10 minutes. Authors may contact lillian.cauldwell@gmail.com before January 15, 2010.
Animated Star  The special will air March 21 thru March 28, 10 to 11 p.m. (New York time) except Wednesday evening when the show starts 10:30 and ends at 11:30 p.m..

Text Lillian at 734-277-2733 Or E-mail LSaraCauldwell@gmail.com for details!

The planned program also includes:

Animated Star  § Authors book reviews will be posted on Carolyn's The New Book Review blog: thenewbookreview.blogspot.com. That blog was recently named to Online Universities 101 Best Blogs for Readers list.

Animated Star  § A special authors' page will be created on Passionate Internet Voices Talk Radio Web page.

Animated Star  § Lillian will make MP3 streams (html codes) of participating authors' presentations available for $3 each plus shipping. Proceeds from the MP3 streams will go to Mission Socorro and Capuchin Soup Kitchen to help the homeless, migrant workers and recently released prisoners get back on their feet.

Passionate Voices Radio is based on three principles: to market and promote published mid-list and unknown authors to the media; to provide a conduit for voices not otherwise heard in this noisy world; and to provide quality educational and informative content to listeners so they can use it immediately in their spiritual, personal and business lives.

Lillian Cauldwell is an author of one award-winning nonfiction book, "Teenagers! A Bewildered Parent's Guide." She writes multi-cultural paranormal mysteries for mid teens (9 to 14 years) and mentors junior and senior high school students to write their first books. lilliancauldwell.com and internetvoicesradio.com.

Carolyn Howard-Johnson is an award-winning novelist and poet. She is also the author of the multi award-winning HowToDoItFrugally series of books for writers.www.HowToDoItFrugally.com.

Animated Star  The pair plans future reading festivals for poets and writers of nonfiction.

Carolyn Howard-Johnson Website: www.HowToDoItFrugally.com
E-mail: HoJoNews@aol.com"

Lillian Cauldwell Website: lilliancauldwell.com
E-mail: lillian.cauldwell@gmail.com"



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romance at heart rosebuds Poets Suggest...
The Real Thing Should Compete with Greeting Cards!

Award-winning poets Carolyn Howard-Johnson and Magdalena Ball have developed a new concept for inexpensive holiday gifts--an idea for poetic greetings apart from greeting cards.

They suggest a real chapbook of poetry and have released the first two in a series in time for the holidays. So far the series includes Cherished Pulse (for anyone you love) with artwork from California artist Vicki Thomas and She Wore Emerald Then (for mothers on your gift list) with photographs by May Lattanzio. New booklets are coming for Father's Day and for Christmas 2010.

The small books, a tradition in the poetry world since Elizabethan times, are priced to compete with greeting cards. The poets' idea is that, in general, cards from the rack seldom say what we'd like and that a small book of poetry would be more thoughtful.

Animated Star  Cherished Pulse may be ordered from Amazon at www.budurl.com/CherishedPulse and She Wore Emerald Then at www.budurl.com/MotherChapbook.
Animated Star  This us the second edition of Cherished Pulse. The first may well have been the first e-chapbook of poetry. This edition comes in paperback with a newly-designed cover; Ball and Howard-Johnson felt issuing a paperback essential considering the popularity of the e-book version. That e-book was offered by online gift-giving giant of 35 years, Celebration Express to its clients in 2007.

Magdalena Ball runs the highly respected compulsivereader.com review site. She is the author of the poetry chapbook Quark Soup, which won a 2006 "Noble" Prize from MyShelf's Back to Literature site, and a poetry book Repulsion Thrust, due out in December 2009. Her novel Sleep Before Evening, published in 2007, was a Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist.

Carolyn Howard-Johnson's poetry appears frequently in review journals. She is listed in Poets & Writers and her chapbook of poetry, Tracings, was given the Award of Excellence by the Military Writers Society of America. She is also an award-winning novelist and short story writer and instructor for UCLA Extension Writers' Program.

Animated Star  § For more information on any of the chapbooks in this poetry series, contact maggieball@compulsivereader.com.

Animated Star  § Celebration Express can be found at: CelebrationExpress.com.au/.

Animated Star  § Learn more about Howard-Johnson in the media room at www.HowToDoItFrugally.com. And more about Ball at www.magdalenaball.com.



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romance at heart rosebuds Manzanita Features Author's Poetry

Animated Star  § Los Angeles, CA--Editors of the literary journal Manzanita, Poetry and Prose of the Mother Lode and Sierra announce that it will include the poetry of UCLA Extension Writers’ Program instructor Carolyn Howard-Johnson in its sixth issue to be released in April.

The journal is an affiliate of Calavaras Arts Council. It is a printed literary collection of poetry, prose, art and photography of the Mother Lode and Sierra regions of California and features work that appeals to the sensibilities of readers in that area from writers and artists across the U.S. It is edited by Monika Rose and poetry editor is Julia Holzer.

The poem selected is "Sacred Lessons from the Sierra Madre" and features impressions from the poet’s travels in the Sierras in Mexico. Howard-Johnson’s poetry has appeared in literary journals like the Mochila Review, Banyan Review, Pear Noir and Poetic Voices. One of her poems won a reader award at The Pedestal Magazine.

Animated Star  § Howard-Johnson has studied at UCLA with Suzanne Lummis, editor of HowToDoItFrugally.com.

Learn more about the Manzanita and how to order a copy at: www.manzanitacalifornia.org. The new volume will be released the end of April. She also appears in Pear Noir. Learn more about the Pear Noir and how to order a copy at: www.pearnoir.com/current.htm.

Learn more about Carolyn Howard-Johnson at carolynhoward-johnson.com .


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romance at heart rosebuds UCLA Writers’ Program Instructors Plan Roman Retreat

Animated Star  § World Wide Web— Two UCLA Writers’ Program instructors, Carolyn Howard-Johnson and Eve LaSalle Caram are planning an intimate writers’ retreat in Rome for October, 2010.

Caram was Howard-Johnson’s first instructor in novel writing more than a decade ago. Later the student joined her teacher as a fellow instructor for UCLA’s renowned Writers’ Program and she has now been teaching for nearly there nearly a decade.

The excitement grows. The two have rented a town home near the Trevi fountain in Rome and are inviting writers to join them for a casual week of writing and promotion seminars and tons of Eternal City inspiration. Rome resident Jo Linsdell, a writer and founder of PROMODay, the free online conference for writers, will join them to present on the ever-important marketing aspects of the publishing industry.

Animated Star  § Caram is the author of three novels and was honored by UCLA for her outstanding teaching. Howard-Johnson is an award-winning poet, novelist, former journalist, and author of the multi award-winning HowToDoItFrugally series of books for writers (HowToDoItFrugally.com). The pair will tailor seminars to the needs of those who participate.

If participants are interested, Howard-Johnson will lead a tour of nearby Etruscan sites.

Learn more about the retreat at www.budurl.com/RomanRetreat complete with pictures of the town home including its rooftop garden.

Early registration is recommended. Accommodations are very limited. Reach Howard-Johnson for payment details at HoJoNews@aol.com.

Animated Star  § For More Information on any of the above - Contact ~Carolyn Howard-Johnson

Animated Star  § Email Carolyn:
HoJoNews@aol.com
Award-winning author of the HowToDoItFrugally Series of Books for writers, including USA Book News' award winners.
Buy The Frugal Editor At Amazon.com
Buy The Frugal Book Promoter At Amazon.com
Visit Carolyn's Website

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A good book for a good cause!

Author and movie star, Richard Kiel, best known for his role as the James Bond villain "Jaws", has co-authored "The True Story of Cassius Clay: Kentucky Lion" with Pamela Wallace, winner of an Academy Award for co-writing the film Witness.

Cassius Marcellus Clay was a mass of contradictions. On one hand he was a brawling, idealist, on the other he was a poet and a towering intellectual, steadfastly unwavering and courageous in his ideals. Clay used his intellect, his wealth, and his influence to sell a nation on the concept that slavery was not only economic suicide, but against God's commandments and morally wrong. To his rich neighbors and detractors he was indeed a "lunatic," traitor," and a "madman," and they sought every opportunity to silence his fiery mind. and he changed the course of history!

If you would like to own a copy of this wonderful book, you can order it online. Half of Richard Kiel’s profits or royalties will go to establish a scholarship fund for qualified yet financially handicapped students so they can go to Berea College, a school that Cassius Clay helped found by giving land and money to a Reverend John Fee to establish an interracial co-educational school for poor whites and blacks.

To find out more, you can go to www.richardkiel.com or claybook.com.

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Animated Star  Please Forgive Me...

I do hope all of you can bear with me during this particularly rough time, and forgive me my tardiness. As most of you know, I was diagnosed with Inflamatory Breast Cancer on 25 May, 2009, and went directly into treatment. I am now facing surgery, a double mastectomy, and it will be performed this coming Friday, 13 November.

To add insult to injury, my husband, Steve was diagnosed with inoperable throat and neck cancer on 28 September, and he is due to start treatment shortly. He is also going blind, and the doctors are not certain if it is a product of the cancer or something else entirely. I have not had his help for some things here, and so I am behind as I am also trying to do more for him on the Air Travel Center.

Please bear with me, and have patience if you can.
My Sincere Thanks,
Rose!~

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Good Things Here,
And More To Come...

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romance at heart rosebuds Author Diana Laurence Releases Two New Reads:
"Soulful Sex: The Darker Side" and "Sign of the Bloodletters"!

Diana Laurence has released her latest collection of erotic romance stories, "Soulful Sex: The Darker Side." This anthology explores the shadowy regions of the libido: forbidden love, infidelity, obsession, humiliation, secret lovers, deceit and seduction. You'll come away from each story thinking about your own erotic self...and the dangers it sometimes poses.

Via the characters in these tales you will come face to face with an ideal fantasy lover, be a guinea pig in an aphrodisiac experiment, give in to a scoundrel who only wants to use you, hire a stalker, fall in love with a slave, crush on a charismatic professor, and have many more adventures on the Darker Side.

The book is available in pdf, lit, Mobipocket and Kindle ebook versions as well as paperback, from your favorite online retailers and Living Beyond Reality Press. For complete information visit www.dianalaurence.com/soulfulsex-tds.html.

Meanwhile, Diana has also written a comic book, illustrated by CC Rogers, entitled "Sign of the Bloodletters." The comic is a spinoff of Diana's popular 2007 vampire romance novel "Bloodchained." The full color, 12-page comic book can be read free on Diana's website, or purchased in full color paperback from Living Beyond Reality Press and online retailers. To read it or learn more, visit www.dianalaurence.com/sotb.html

And, if you should have any interest about the unique story of my comic book and its creation, I would be happy to provide more information. You may also read more about it in the official press release here: www.dianalaurence.com/laurence-vampire_romance_comic.html.

Thanks as always for your consideration!

Diana

Diana Laurence Romance Fiction
www.dianalaurence.com  |   www.livingbeyondreality.com
www.bloodchained.com  |   www.eroticawithsoul.blogspot.com

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Some Publisher Updates,
Announcements, and Other Good Stuff...
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The eHarlequin.com Newsletter...

More books, New Sites,
Celebrating 60 Years in Publishing!

Harlequin has been busy designing new websites for its many imprints.

Stop by the online store and browse and find your favourites in both print and ebook formats, then order up some great fall reading. Don't forget to sign up for the Newsletter as well so you can keep up with all your favourite Harlequin Authors.

"Our eBook Heroes Get Caught in the Act!
Check out our Caught in the Act eBooks today! These men may be suave, they may be debonair and they're definitely handsome...but they're not quite as smooth as they think! Find out what goes wrong in their world of romance today. Shop our Caught in the Act titles!"


To celebrate their 60th anniversary, Harlequin is offering a FREE BOOK download to every woman in America, and I thought you’d want to know about it.

There are 16 full books to choose from and download, including tender romances, suspenseful adventures, heartwarming stories, tales of passion, and many more – you’re sure to find something you like!

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Swimming Kangaroo!
Check out our newest releases: Olive the Woolly Bugger and Olive and the Big Stream!

Hi Readers, We’re not really new, we just celebrated our second birthday. We haven’t published many romances, but there is always hope!

Swimming Kangaroo Books was founded in 2006 by Dindy Robinson of Arlington, Texas, as an independent publisher for quality fiction. Since its founding, Swimming Kangaroo has specialized in working with new authors to bring their works to publication. Robinson feels that this is part of the mission of the company, to introduce the brightest writers of tomorrow.

Thanks!
Dindy

Dive into a good book at Swimming Kangaroo Books.

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Welcome to Eternal Press!

We want to extend a welcome to Eternal Press, a new publisher who will be launching their 3rd lot of books on the 7th Nov. central time. They want you to be sure and pay them a visit, and want you to know, "that we have lots of specials on our site. And we also have an Eternal Press readers group where our authors are always posting EP excerpts, the authors are always chatting and we have regular prizes and givaways."

Stop by Eternal Press and have a look-see for yourself. Do a walkabout their store, I am sure you will find something to read you will enjoy immensely.

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From the R Casteel Scrapbook...

Boy did we have fun at the Romantic Times Convention!

Round The Clock Winner

An RT treat for you:

Pictured here with R Casteel are Alexis Fleming, Rebecca York, and Susan Kearney, and Army Sgt. Jesse Wiseman the winner of the Romance Around the Clock basket from R. Casteel.

And in a separate photo shoot with the Sgt. and his wife, Casteel was presented the Sgt's dog tag. Casteel held out a chain, and said, "Sarg, 20 years in the military and I never wore a dog tag. but if you will do me the honor, I won't take it off til you come home."

R stepped back and saluted the young Sergeant, who quickly snapped his own salute in return.

Believe me ladies and gentlemen when I say there wasn't a dry eye in the house.

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Congratulations and/or Good Luck Go To...

those lucky enough to have been chosen in the Preditors and Editors Poll, and Congrats to the winners!

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On the e-Bookline...

Amira Press is currently accepting submissions. We accept simultaneous submissions; however, please inform us if you have submitted your MS elsewhere.

Amira Press specializes in romance, including erotica. We also accept all genres and nonfiction. At this time, we are especially looking for westerns, historical (as late as 1800s), fairie, shapeshifter and vampire/werewolf stories.

We publish in ebook form and in print format. We do not accept previously published MSs for print publishing.

We respond to queries within two weeks, to manuscripts within ninety days. Please see our website at www.amirapress.com/submissions for full details.

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Welcome to Essence of Romance!

From Melanie Grant, operator of Essence of Romance Database:

The Essence of Romance is an information database of romance novels going back for close to the past century. We 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. We also have a Booklist feature which allows users to create and manage as many lists as they want (TBR, etc) which they can print and/or save.

All authors are welcome to contact me with their information on their books, web sites, newsletters, and groups. I can be reached through my email at Central Book Source (melanie@centralbooksource.com). We are glad to hear from and list all romance authors, so please let us hear from you.

We will list your books by Author Name, Book Title, and provide any web sites, newsletters, and groups for the users when searching your name or title. Please include all the information so our database is complete.
Sincerely,
Melanie Grant
Central Booksource
Central Booksource at MySpace
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Angelica Hart & Zi ~Writing Team~

Hart and Zi are announcing the release of
STAG NATION: A VEXED HEART By Angelica Hart and Zi

A New Science-Fiction Fantasy Romantic Thriller
Published by New Concepts Publishing

War spills over the moons of Ynthia, a base world, simple and pure where good is good, evil is evil and heroes ride the mighty stag... proudly. The possibility of peace emerges in the hope of an alliance through marriage between Amal and Adras, the two strongest realms. Many oppose the marriage especially Mash, k'Dom of Thebe and his seer, Proph iCue. They instruct a squad of Panthera, cat-like assassins, to slay Tiesa, the rix of Adras, before the cooing between Tiesa and Arcen, k'Dom of Amal, can end in a proposal.

Nearly a son to Arcen, First Puissant A'kin would die for his k'Dom Arcen. Heart already wooed by Tiesa, though, he commands A'kin to protect Tiesa by seeking safety on the furthest, most isolated moons. A'kin would rather face a battalion of Panthera alone than resist the sensuous appeal of the temptestuous and spirited Tiesa, for she has also unwittingly claimed his heart.

EXCERPT:

"I fear war. I long for peace." She became lost in his comforting arms and he lost in the magic of her. She reveled in the sense of protection. He struggled with wanton draws.

Though his heart bled for her haunts, his demeanor grew cold. He needed to be cold, otherwise, he'd do something foolish like kiss her until she succumbed to his kisses, seduce her until her need matched his. He must find more cold.

"Hold me. Tonight I need your strength."

FOR MORE: Check out their website at Angelica Hart and Zi

Cynthia DiSciullo & William Zigmont
Our Bio...
"To paraphrase Frost, "I am... an awakener."

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Some Author Updates,
Their Announcements and Stuff...
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From The Isle of Phoenix...

Hello to all from the authors of Phoenix Rising!
We would like to welcome you all to The Isle of Phoenix, and come and meet the wonderful erotic authors, Jude Mason, Derek Musgrave, Michelle Houston, and Jamie Hill who make up the Authors of Phoenix Rising on our wonderful isle. They are talented writers, and now they have gotten together with a few more of their friends to bring you a special anthology of a special house. The events are chronicled in a majicked diary, and whe you read it, it will carry you away to romance that is hot, heavy, and delightfully erotic. Along with Cheri Valmont, Emma Wildes, and Skyler Grey, they have chronicled the events that happen around one special house at 413 Remembrance Lane in New Orleans. Now here's your chance to join in the fun!

Get your copy today at Phaze.com and see the whos, hows, and whys behind the reputation of the house at that haunted and haunting New Orleans address. Follow along with the lovers of the generations who started, then added to the house's memories, and the oftimes hard trials they went through for true love.

For more information on 413 Remembrance Lane, visit the girls and guys of Phoenix Rising online at www.isleofphoenix.com or via email to phoenixrising@isleofphoenix.com.

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From Author Kai Anderson...

A Review of her Free Read:
The Awakening: Short Sensual Delights
By Pamela Jenewein
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Cringing at the sound of her mother calling her “Little Red”, Red considers ignoring her until she gets her name right; especially since she turned eighteen a month ago. But her mother wants Red to deliver a basket of goodies to grandmother. Taking the road away from the village square that leads her to the short cut through the woods to grandma’s. Even with the sun high overhead the woods can be creepy although reminding Red of the villagers’ stories about bears and lions; animals she has never encountered in all the time she has walked the forest. Suddenly out of no where a loud growl emits from the trees, scaring Red and causing her to run without looking where she was headed.

Letting out a shrilling scream Red runs smack against a hard surface; knocking her to the ground, screaming all the more louder. Large hands grab her shoulders, shaking and telling her to shut up. Doing as she was told Red looks up into the softest blue eyes. Angry that he scared her so, Red reprimands the guy while pummeling him with her fists. Red quickly realizes that a “real” man stands before her; and what a splendid though rakish specimen he was, too. Wetting her lips seductively, Red informs the man that he will make her into a woman. The guy accuses her of playing with fire, provoking her to kiss him that has them falling to the forest floor. Red believes that a kiss make her a woman. Amused, the hunky man informs Red that it requires more then a kiss to make her a woman. Hmmm…what could he possibly mean?

Head on over to Ms. Andersen’s web site to read the rest of the story – the entertainment is steamy.

A delightful but stimulating short story, The Awakening, is a captivating twist to the “Little Red Riding Hood” children’s tale. The characters are cute but erotic as this ten page story moves quickly; without loosing sight of its sensual plot that gives over sizing sex. After checking out her other free short story, and you’re as infatuated with her short stories as I am, then take a glance at her published books too. Heart of the Woolf catches my eye…love those paranormal Alpha males. MMMM…delicious.

A dedicated reader,
Pamela Jenewein, Reviewer for Romance at Heart Magazine

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Awards...

Won Something? Let us Know...

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For a Good Cause...

Post your charity events here!

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New Books, and New Deals...
Samantha Graves...A New Voice in Romantic Suspense...

Raven Callahan, sexy international art thief, and David Maddox, a good ex-cop with a murder to avengejoin together to stop a calculating killer who has launched a most deadly game. Together they must travel from the heat of Havana to the streets of NYC, to find the killer of two people, the partners they both loved. Now the race for justice is on as Raven and Dax head into the shadowy world of thievery and murder. The truths must be faced, for one has nothing to lose, the other everything...

Available from Warner Romances, you can learn more about this book at Samantha Graves

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Elizabeth Hoyt...Gives us more Great Reading...

When all the world thinks you are a monster, when women faint at the mere sight of you, and when men curl their lips and hustle their ladies away, you want to hide. So it is with Sir Alistair Monroe. Horribly disfigured in a massacre in the new world, he has hidden himself away in his family's castle, doing only what is necessary to survive, seeing only to his minimum needs and caring only for his old dog. All that changes, however, after a visit from his friend Lord Vale and his new Lady. For all that he tries to ignore their happiness, it brings the want out in Alistair. He is truly shocked when faced with the beautiful woman who announces she has been engaged by Lady Vale as his housekeeper, and by the two children who accompany her. Oh yes, Life is surely going to change when Beauty tames this Beast...

Learn more about her Warner Romances at Elizabeth's Site and also look for the fourth book in the series at your favourite bookstore. See what happens when a young Beatrice Corning is faced with an older, more cynical, and very changed "man of her dreams" in To Desire A Devil. Follow the excitement as love is put through its paces in the exciting conclusion to her Four Horsemen Series.

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In Deepest Sympathy...

We would like extend our deepest sympathy to the the family and friends of our soldiers killed in action, and our hopes and prayers to those wounded in the line of duty. Blessed Be.

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In Sincerest Hope...

We would like extend our deepest hopes and prayers to Kathryn Struck, for the safe return of her son. He is still facing the dangerous situation in IRAQ. You are in our thoughts Kathryn. Blessed Be.

 

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Links for Helping in Continuing Emergency...
New Orleans still needs help, as do many others here at home.

    Here as promised are a few links you can use:

  • The American Red Cross

  • The Mennonite Disaster Service

  • The Mennonite Central Committee

  • The Salvation Army USA

  • To Donate Housing
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    Darts and Laurels...

    Kudos to Our President, Barak Obama. You did a good job in the campaign, now go forth and fight the good fight.

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    Darts to the idiots at Fox News who can't seem to get the news right. They apparently don't understand what news is, do they?

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    Kudos to the military doctors and blessings on them and their staffs of nurses and technicians for doing what they can under the most dangerous and apalling conditions on the war fronts.

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    Darts to Republicans who are still using the fear-mongering tactics to get their way. When will you people grow up? Whay can't you act like adults instead of spoiled freakish children?

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    Darts also to the Pope who seems to think he IS GOD not just a representative OF GOD. Of course, he is also one who wishes to look the other way while people maim, torture, and kill others, but then what can you expect of one who believes so firmly in the Inquisition?

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    Kudos to the middle class who are becoming poorer while politicians and big businesses fill their pockets at our expense. At least you are trying to make the changes happen. We have help now, so don't give up!

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    Darts to the Politicians in Congress, ALL of you. DON'T EVEN THINK to tell us women should stay at home and not work. Our husbands can no longer make enough to support us as a couple thanks you, and if there are children involved, it is absolute necessity for both parents to work to allow them to have a decent chance some kind of life.

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    Darts to Vice President Dick Cheyney who is still spouting the lies his former lapdogs in the Justice Department propagated. We are NOT stupid, and you are delusional. When is Lady Justice going to catch up with you?

     

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    Romance At Heart Publications Is looking for a qualified editor or two to join their ranks. If you would be interested, please e-mail Rose! and include your name, e-mail address, and experience. Blessed Be.

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