Thursday, October 23, 2014

Anything He Wants – Castaway by Sara Fawkes

Anything He Wants – Castaway by Sara Fawkes

Publication Details…St. Martin's Griffin (October 21, 2014)

Blurp…A powerful billionaire who always gets what he wants.

An innocent protégée who will explore the darkest reaches of her own desire.

Experience their intoxicating tale—now available for the first time as a complete saga…

Anything He Wants 
Lucy Delacourt's temp position isn't quite her dream job but it pays the bills. The highlight of her day is riding the elevator in the mornings with a handsome stranger. But everything changes when the stranger seduces her. Completely out of character, she yields without a fight, but she has no idea her wanton acts with a man whose name she doesn't know will change her life forever. Because the sexy stranger is none other than Jeremiah Hamilton, billionaire CEO of Hamilton Industries, and one taste isn't nearly enough to satisfy his need. 

Castaway 
As the billionaire pulls Lucy deeper into his world of high stakes business deals and ruthless takeovers, he demands nothing less than her complete surrender. But Jeremiah has no place in his life for love, and as Lucy falls deeper for him, she risks having her heart shattered. Making matters worse, Jeremiah’s fiercest rival is determined to steal Lucy’s affection…and to do it, he’ll show her the sinister side of Jeremiah’s opulent world.  With nowhere to turn and no one to trust, there’s only one thing Lucy knows for sure: she’ll never be free from Jeremiah’s sweet possession.

Biography…Sara Fawkes rose to indie publishing fame with her serial series "Anything He Wants", which quickly hit bestseller lists and propelled her to become an international bestseller. A California native, writing has been her lifelong passion and is now her career. When she isn't typing away on her laptop or notepad, she's either in the garage tinkering with her motorcycles, or out on the open road.

You can find her online at her website sara-fawkes.com, Facebook at facebook.com/SaraFawkesAuthor, or on Twitter @SaraFawkes.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Guest Blogger Tracy Solheim and HOLIDAY AT MAGNOLIA BAY

Holiday at Magnolia Bay by Tracy Solheim

After a mission goes terribly wrong, ending in the death of a teammate, Navy Seal, Drew Lanham, is forced to take a leave from active-duty. Retreating to his godmother’s beach house in coastal Magnolia Bay, Drew plans to spend the three weeks R&R licking his wounds and catching some rays while the nightmares from his failed op fade. The last thing he wants to do is mingle with the locals. What he doesn’t count on is an early morning encounter with a goddess rising from the sea. His interest is piqued and his body put on alert when he finds out that same woman may or may not be after his godmother’s money.

Marine biologist, Jenna Huntley, has been searching her whole life for a place to call home and Magnolia Bay is that place. Unfortunately, she’s underutilizing her education giving tours at the town’s turtle rescue center. With the help of an octogenarian patroness, she maps out a proposal to develop a turtle hatchery on-site. Everything is going as planned until the older woman’s godson arrives. Suddenly, nothing is as it seems and Jenna’s future is hanging in the balance, with a sexy warrior pulling all the strings. Her natural tendency is to help the damaged hero, but she’s sworn off letting military men in her life ever again.

Will Drew and Jenna be able to put their pasts behind them and learn to trust their hearts long enough to enjoy their Holiday at Magnolia Bay?

About Tracy:  Tracy Solheim, a military brat who now makes her home near Atlanta, began her writing career as a teenager when she penned a column in her town's local newspaper. Then, it was on to journalism school and a brief stint with NBC sports. After spending nearly two decades writing reports and testimonies for Congress, she delved into fiction. She lives in the suburbs with her husband, two teenagers, an aging Labrador retriever and a pony named after a monkey. When she's not writing, she enjoys photography, cooking, and reading. A frustrated sports writer, the books she loves to read--and write--feature athletes and the women who capture their hearts. See what's she's up to at www.tracysolheim.com.

Buy it here: Holiday in Magnolia Bay - 
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Southern Born Christmas series 
Book 1: 
Holiday in Magnolia Bay by Tracy Solheim - October 20th
Book 2: 
Just in Time for Christmas by Kim Boykin - October 27th
Book 3: 
A Very Married Christmas by Erika Marks - November 3rd
Book 4: 
The Trouble with Christmas by Kaira Rouda - November 10th

GUEST BLOGGING with Kelsey Browning and Nancy Naigle on FIT TO BE TIED

FIT TO BE TIED Blurb
Honey, these are not your momma’s grannies…

Lillian Summer Fairview is settling right nice into the federal pen. She’s even making peace with Big Martha, the toughest broad on the cellblock.
After hearing Lil’s granny friends recently took down a swindler, Big Martha asks Lil for a favor. Her niece has fallen for a guy she met online, and Martha’s convinced Mr. Too-Good-To-Be-True is up to no good. All Lil’s friends have to do is a little look-see on the guy and report back. But when they poke around, they find the guy doesn’t really exist, and that triggers a wild ride through the world of online dating.
Meanwhile, a cantankerous septic system on Lil’s family estate in Summer Shoals, GA has the grannies fit to be tied. If Summer Haven isn’t in shipshape before the historic society’s inspection, they’ll be in deep you-know-what.

Big Martha sweetens the deal by promising to fix what ails Summer Haven if the grannies can find the elusive Romeo.
Will the grannies track him down before the inspection, or will they find themselves in trouble right up to their granny panties?

Bios
Kelsey Browning writes sass kickin’ love stories and co-authors Southern cozy mysteries. She’s also a co-founder of Romance University blog, one of Writer’s Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers. Originally from a Texas town smaller than the ones she writes about, Kelsey has also lived in the Middle East and Los Angeles, proving she’s either adventurous or downright nuts. These days, she hangs out in northeast Georgia with Tech Guy, Smarty Boy, Bad Dog and Pharaoh, a (fingers crossed) future therapy dog. For info on her upcoming single title releases, drop by www.KelseyBrowning.com.

Also by Kelsey Browning::
TEXAS NIGHTS Series
Book 1:: Personal Assets


Nancy Naigle writes love stories from the crossroad of small town and suspense. Born and raised in Virginia Beach, Nancy now calls North Carolina home. She’s currently at work on the next book in The Granny Series, and a new women’s fiction novel. Stay in touch with Nancy on Facebook, twitter or subscribe to her newsletter on her website ~ http://www.NancyNaigle.com
Also by Nancy Naigle:

The Adams Grove Series
Book 3:: Out of Focus

Young Adult Mystery
inkBLOT – co-written with Phyllis Johnson

Short Works
Wrapped Around Your Heart Three short stories of <3 o:p="">
Pretty Little Liars #1: The PAth To RelAxAtion
Pretty Little Liars #2: The LiArs LAir
Pretty Little Liars #3: Secret TAlents



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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Guest Blogger Juliette Cross explains Masterminding the Villain

SOULFIRE 'A Nightwing Novel' by Juliette Cross
Nightwing #1

Masterminding the Villain

Why is it so much fun to create villains? I sometimes feel like Megamind himself rubbing my hands together and laughing with a sinister “MWAHAHAA” when I start creating the villain in my stories. From the outright evil guys to the wolf in sheep’s clothing, they’re all fun to craft and even more fun to read. (Especially when the hero or heroine pounds him into dust.) The cool thing is that there are all kinds of villains. Because I like to analyze and categorize just about everything, I came up with some villain archetypes.

Innate Evil: Seems a bit obvious, but definitely true. There can always be a wicked motivation guiding our enemy’s wicked deeds, but they need to actually enjoy implementing their sinister plots to really jerk our chain. For example, Voldemort. He’s a power-hungry egomaniac. Yes. However, it is in those moments where we see genuine joy on his serpentine face when he has Harry in his claws that make us yearn for his demise.

Intelligence/Cunning: Stupid villains are booo-ring. Our hero/heroine needs an opponent equal to their own intellect. Otherwise, there is no real satisfaction in conquering them. It’s also better when our foe harbors secrets which could possibly destroy our hero, unless said hero has the inner strength to triumph. Look at Darth Vader. The ultimate secret he waylaid on Luke Skywalker: “Iam your father.” Noooooo! The dark side nearly won. Fortunately, Luke had the inner strength to bring his father to the side of good in the end.

Disfigurement: This goes without saying. The villain must have some sort of physical deformity. Now, that does not mean that the villain can’t be beautiful. But there must be some other attribute that sends chills up our spine—demonic voice, hissing laugh, glowing eyes, creepy gait. Consider Dracula. In books and fiction, he’s depicted beautiful and charming. But when he steps into the room, there is a tangible sinister presence hovering around him. His eerily soft voice and gentle movements make us cringe at the deadly force hidden behind this façade, which only manifest when he transforms into the fanged, bloodthirsty monster.

Charisma & Confidence: The most infamous leaders in history and literature are alluring, enabling them to gain a steady following of henchmen to do their dirty work. In history, I instantly think of Hitler. You can look at just about every villain mentioned above and see that they have a certain charm that appeals to like-minded miscreants. Part of the appeal is the leading antagonist’s unwavering confidence to squash the lesser-beings standing in their way. There is a word for this in the teachings of the Greek tragedy—Hubris. Arrogant pride will always be the fatal flaw to doom any bearer of this trait. This seems to be a truth in literature and in life.

So that’s the crux of masterminding the ultimate villain. I may have missed something, but I hope you enjoyed my little reverie.

Thank you, Mary Gramlich, for having me today. It’s been great fun!

Blurb: In a world divided by prejudice and hatred, only love can bridge the chasm.

Tensions are rising in the Gladium Province. The boundary between humans and Morgons has begun to blur. While the human aristocracy strives to maintain distance between their daughters and the dragon-hybrid race, fate has other plans.

As the daughter of the corporate king, Jessen Cade is duty-bound to honor her arranged marriage to a man she detests. Feeling trapped by family duty and a loveless future, she longs for more, straying to the Morgon side of the city.

Lucius Nightwing is the eldest son of the powerful Morgon clan, and the greatest enemy of Jessen’s father. When a bar-room brawl thrusts Jessen into his arms, his dragon roars to the surface, craving to sate his carnal hunger in the brown-eyed beauty. The beast in Lucius recognizes her as his own, even if the man refuses to admit the truth.

Author Bio: Juliette calls lush, moss-laden Louisiana home where the landscape curls into her imagination, creating mystical settings for her stories. She has a B.A. in creative writing from Louisiana State University, a M.Ed. in gifted education, and was privileged to study under the award-winning author Ernest J. Gaines in grad school. Her love of mythology, legends, and art serve as constant inspiration for her works. From the moment she read JANE EYRE as a teenager, she fell in love with the Gothic romance--brooding characters, mysterious settings, persevering heroines, and dark, sexy heroes. Even then, she not only longed to read more novels set in Gothic worlds, she wanted to create her own.
 
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Monday, October 20, 2014

SWEPT AWAY by Jennifer Haymore with Question 1 of 4 for the author

So Jennifer the great and powerful writer I have one question for volume 1...would you feel safe traveling from California to Hawaii on a boat?  I think sailing from California to Hawaii would be exciting but terrifying! In the middle of the Pacific, all those things we take for granted--like food and water and medical care--aren't accessible. If something bad happens, you're completely on your own. And, if you think about it, so much could go wrong--mechanical failure, storms, injuries, lack of wind (if you're sailing). At the same time, taking a risk is always exciting, and actually making it to Hawaii from California on a sailboat would be a huge accomplishment!

Let's all get 
SWEPT AWAY by J. Haymore - Volume I  (REVIEW)

We are off on an adventure but what will it bring?

Tara Jameson had has enough tragedy in her life, it is time to have some fun and take a new turn in the road and have some fun.  When she decides to go with her college friend, Kyle on a sail boat from California to Hawaii her wanting nothing to go along as planned is exactly what she gets.  There is the ocean, the magnificent views, and just for added pleasure a man she desires from the moment she sets her eyes upon him.

Before she can even get on the boat an old injury causes a fall on the dock with a rescue by a man she could only dream of ever meeting let alone speak to.  Ethan Williams is successful, charming, and used to being in charge so helping her up and getting her settled is second nature to this successful businessman.  Ethan is one of five cruising on the ocean but Tara is determined to get close to Ethan regardless of how aloof he comes off.  Tara and Kyle have always been the best of friends and he is the one that helped her recover from the losses she kept having to endure but he keeps telling her to back away from Ethan which only makes her want him more.


Jennifer HaymoreBut the high seas is not all smooth sailing as accidents occur, jealousy prevails, and relationships are strained in close quarters.  Tara wants to explore what she can of Ethan regardless of his determination to not get involved.  What if Tara takes the time they have and just enjoys the pleasure Ethan can provide.  Maybe they won’t have a future but they have the right now.


Biography...Jennifer holds a bachelor's degree in Computer Science from UC Berkeley and a master's degree in Education from UCLA. Before she became a full-time writer she held various jobs from bookselling to teaching inner-city children to playing bit roles in soap operas.

You can find Jennifer in Southern California trying to talk her husband into yet another trip to England, helping her three children with homework while brainstorming a new five-minute dinner menu, or crouched in a corner of the local bookstore writing her next novel.

You can learn more at: 
JenniferHaymore.com
Twitter @jenniferhaymore
Facebook.com/jenniferhaymore-author

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Sweeter Than Sin by Shiloh Walker

Sweeter Than Sin by Shiloh Walker

Publication Details: St. Martin's Paperbacks (September 30, 2014)

Blurp…

CAN’T FORGET THE PAIN

It took years for Adam to stop drowning his regrets in alcohol, and running the local bar doesn’t make it any easier—especially not when everyone he knows gathers there to discuss the shocking allegations that have shattered his hometown. When another murder rocks sleepy Madison to its core, it becomes chillingly clear that even more vicious wounds are waiting to be exposed.

WON’T RESIST THE PLEASURE

Nothing is sacred anymore, and no one is safe, least of all the mystery woman who shows up in town out of the blue, looking like every fantasy Adam’s ever had. She may have her own dangerous secrets, but she can’t ignore the urgent heat between them any more than he can. As a killer’s quest for vengeance explodes into violence, Adam is tempted to lose himself in the delicious promise of her body—until he realizes he’ll risk anything if she’ll give him her heart…in Sweeter than Sin by Shiloh Walker.

About the Author…Shiloh Walker is an award-winning writer...yes, really! She's also a mom, a wife, a reader and she pretends to be an amateur photographer. She published her first book in 2003. Her newest series, Secrets and Shadows, launched in April 2014.  Look

for these books: Deeper than Need, to be followed by Sweeter than Sin and Darker than Desire.

She writes romantic suspense, contemporary and paranormal romance, and urban fantasy under the name J.C. Daniels.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Getting Ready for....Rocky Mountain Romance by Vivian Arend

Rocky Mountain Romance by Vivian Arend
Release Date: October 21, 2014

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Excerpt...Melody went with Steve willingly, around the side of the barn to where his truck and a horse trailer waited. He helped her into the driver side and she slid into the middle seat, checking her watch to make sure she didn’t get too far behind schedule. No way did she want another repeat of her hellish Monday.

“I’ve got thirty minutes tops, otherwise I need to phone the clinic and let them know I’ll be late.”

“You won’t be late,” he promised.

They rattled down a short side road but instead of turning toward the highway, Steve took them along a back trail that led through the trees into a clearing at the side of wide-open ranch land. Nothing lay before them but miles of low rolling hills. To the west, the Rocky Mountains rose above to the sky, the craggy peaks decorated with a tiny dusting of white in the highest cracks and crannies. The tree line broke off to expose granite greys and flashes of white quartz.

It was an amazing view, and she was glad it was something she got to see every day of her life.

She was still staring in admiration when Steve parked the truck and jerked open the door.

Melody followed him out, but couldn’t see any signs of an animal that needed attention.

“Do you want me to be a veterinary to the squirrels?” she teased.

He whirled, catching her under the hips and pulling her against his body so he could kiss her fiercely. Her back pressed against the cold metal of the horse trailer as his overheated body met hers.

“You’re driving me crazy,” he confessed when he finally let her breathe. “I’ve been aching to touch you since the weekend. I need to be inside you.”

Melody didn’t have the words to protest, especially not when he put his lips to her neck and sucked. A flash of heat went from his mouth through her entire system, and she clutched his shoulders.

She was in motion again, this time her feet on the ground as his hands scrambled at her belt buckle. “I want you right now,” he demanded.

The clock was ticking, but his hands were doing incredible things even as Melody tried to make the right decision.

“Oh, God. Here? You’re not serious, Steve, right out in the open—?”

He shoved her jeans down to her ankles. He stripped off his shirt, dropping it on top of the wheel guard of the trailer while she stood, pants around her ankles, admiring the broad bands of muscles on his torso.

Then she was on top of his shirt, her knees spread wide as he pulled her forward to his eager mouth. Her ankles were trapped together by her pants, but Steve didn’t seem to care.

Melody shoved her hands into his hair to catch her balance, but there was no catching her breath as he ate greedily. His tongue danced over her clit until she was gasping, the sound loud in contrast to the wind in the trees behind them. Everything that had to be done that day vanished as her world closed on this time, this place.

Summary...Second chances are the sweetest—and the hottest.

It took a spectacularly embarrassing break-up to knock Steve Moonshine Coleman off his lazy butt. In the ten months since that night, he's changed his ways. Now that Melody's back in town, it's time for this sweet-talking cowboy to convince her to get back in the saddle with him.

A return to her veterinary position in Rocky Mountain House was always in the cards for Melody Langley. Getting back together with Steve? Never part of the plan. He had lots of potential but zero ambition, and there's no way she'll accept anything less than a man who can keep up with her, in and out of bed.

But the new-and-improved cowboy is impossible to resist, so Melody issues a challenge. Three months to prove he's reformed. Three months of Steve orchestrating one sexual indulgence after another--‪wicked distractions from the old boys' club Melody faces at work and Steve's growing responsibilities‬.

He's got one shot to prove with more than words what's in his heart and soul.

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Author Biography

Vivian Arend in one word: Adventurous. In a sentence: Willing to try just about anything once. That wide-eyed attitude has taken her around North America, through parts of Europe, and into Central and South America, often with no running water.

Her optimistic outlook meant when challenged to write a book, she gave it a shot, and discovered creating worlds to play in was nearly as addictive as traveling the real one. Now a New York Times and USA bestselling author of over 40 novels and short stories in both contemporary and paranormal genres, Vivian continues to explore, write and otherwise keep herself well entertained.

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth

Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth

Blurp…The amazing power and truth of the Rapunzel fairy tale comes alive for the first time in this breathtaking tale of desire, black magic and the redemptive power of love

French novelist Charlotte-Rose de la Force has been banished from the court of Versailles by the Sun King, Louis XIV, after a series of scandalous love affairs. At the convent, she is comforted by an old nun, Sœur Seraphina, who tells her the tale of a young girl who, a hundred years earlier, is sold by her parents for a handful of bitter greens...

After Margherita’s father steals parsley from the walled garden of the courtesan Selena Leonelli, he is threatened with having both hands cut off, unless he and his wife relinquish their precious little girl. Selena is the famous red-haired muse of the artist Tiziano, first painted by him in 1512 and still inspiring him at the time of his death. She is at the center of Renaissance life in Venice, a world of beauty and danger, seduction and betrayal, love and superstition.

Locked away in a tower, Margherita sings in the hope that someone will hear her. One day, a young man does.

Award-winning author Kate Forsyth braids together the stories of Margherita, Selena, and Charlotte-Rose, the woman who penned Rapunzel as we now know it, to create what is a sumptuous historical novel, an enchanting fairy tale retelling, and a loving tribute to the imagination of one remarkable woman

Bio…Kate Forsyth wrote her first novel when she was only 7, and is now the bestselling, award-winning author of more than 25 books, including The Wild Girl and Bitter Greens for adults, and The Puzzle Ring, The Gypsy Crown, The Starkin Crown, and Grumpy Grandpa for children. Her books have been translated into 13 languages. You can read more about Kate at www.kateforsyth.com.au

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Break Out by Nina Croft

Break Out by Nina Croft
Publication Details: St. Martin's Paperbacks; Reprint edition (September 30, 2014)

Blurp…The year is 3048, Earth is no longer habitable, and man has fled to the stars where they’ve discovered the secret of immortality—Meridian. Unfortunately, the radioactive mineral is exorbitantly expensive and only available to a select few. A new class comprised of the super rich and immortal soon evolves. The Collective, as they’re called, rule the universe.

Two-thousand-year-old Ricardo Sanchez, vampire and rogue pilot of the space cruiser, El Cazador, can’t resist two things: gorgeous women and impossible jobs. When beautiful Skylar Rossaria approaches him to break a prisoner out of the Collective’s maximum security prison on Trakis One, Rico jumps at the chance. Being hunted by the Collective has never been so dangerous–or so fun!

Biography…Nina Croft grew up in the north of England. After training as an accountant, she spent four years working as a volunteer in Zambia which left her with a love of the sun and a dislike of 9-5 work. She then spent a number of years mixing travel (whenever possible) with work (whenever necessary) but has now settled down to a life of writing and picking almonds on a remote farm in the mountains of southern Spain.

Nina's writing mixes romance with elements of the paranormal and science fiction.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

GUEST BLOGGER - Heather Heyford - Book One: A TASTE OF CHARDONNAY

Cheers! Raise your glass to THE NAPA WINE HEIRESSES Series, launching today, OCT. 13!

The young daughters of Napa Valley’s most notorious vintner appeared to have it all. But when Maman ran off and Papa divided the girls among eastern boarding schools, their lives were literally torn apart. Over the years, their buzz has been slowly fermenting until this spring, when an invitation to rub shoulders with the fully-matured St. Pierres at their family’s gala has become the social coup of the season. Watch out, Napa! It’s gonna be a long, hot summer!

Book One: A TASTE OF CHARDONNAY

On the outside, Chardonnay St. Pierre is the blond celebutant whose beauty inspires envy in women and admiration in men. But the real Char is a gifted athlete with a deep empathy for those in need.

Ryder McBride is competing against Char in a charity competition in memory of his dad, a fallen firefighter. His working-class Napa upbringing has left him skeptical of ‘wine princesses.’ But in the coming weeks, he and Char will be forced together as they compete for the grand prize: one million dollars for the winner’s favorite cause.

Following a team brawl at a pre-race pasta party, Ryder and Char make love in the moonlit vineyard.

All is bliss—until he finds out she hid the fact that her Papa owned the migrant camp his own dad died trying to save. Furious, Ryder shuns Char while he goes in search of the details of the long-ago fire.

Only after she loses him does Char realize that one, true love is more important than all of society's approval.

Links: Heather Heyford is author of the contemporary romance series, The Napa Wine Heiresses. Get “A Taste of Chardonnay” in print or for kindle on OCT. 13

Author Bio: Born in the Northeast, Heather Heyford learned to walk and talk in Texas, and then moved to England. (“Ya’ll want some scones?”) While in Europe, Heather was forced by her cruel parents to spend Saturdays in the leopard vinyl back seat of their Peugeot, motoring from one medieval pile to the next for the lame purpose of ‘learning something.’ What she soon learned was how to allay the boredom by stashing a Cosmo under the seat. Now a recovering teacher, Heather writes love stories, feeds hardboiled eggs to suburban foxes, and makes art in the Mid-Atlantic. The first book in her Napa Wine Heiresses series from Kensington Publishing, A Taste of Chardonnay, is available OCT. 13, 2014 in print and digital. See more at HeatherHeyford.com


GUEST BLOGGER...Stacy Finz...GOING HOME

Mary Gramlich: If you could live in any small town in America where would it be?

I grew up in a small town. But my parents liked to travel and would take us all over the United States, including towns even tinier than ours where the commercial district was marked by a gas station, a post office and little else. I used to peer out the window, imagining the kinds of people who lived there and wonder how I might fit in. Could I live here? I’d ask myself. Then I’d make up a story in my head about what my life would be like living in that particular town.

I now live in the Bay Area, but still dream about someday getting back to the land. Whenever I’m in rural Northern California I grab a real estate catalog and thumb through the glossy pages for fun, fantasizing about the weekend home I could buy. I especially love window shopping in the real estate offices of wine country, where a small cottage on an even smaller parcel of land can easily cost a cool million dollars. But a girl can dream, right? So I like to peruse the real estate advertisements, take virtual tours and collect fliers, pretending that sky’s the limit.

Sometimes my husband and I will be taking a Sunday drive in the countryside and I’ll see an open house and shout for him to pull over the car so we can have a look-see. This is usually met with a roll of the eyes, but he’s a good sport. We’ll tour the house, go back to the car and talk about the possibilities, like how we should start playing the lottery. But it’s a nice way to spend a day.

Right now, my fantasy is to have a big log home in the Sierra Nevada, overlooking a river or a lake. But it changes from day to day. A year or so ago, I wanted a sprawling farm house with rolling hills and a horse barn. I used to want to own a Victorian B&B on the coast, then I realized that I didn’t like making beds.

The one thing that stays constant is that I want minimal traffic and noise, lots of open space, beautiful scenery and a few nice shops that sell local goods. Not too much to ask for, right?

So what would be your ideal?  

Blurb: The small mountain town of Nugget, California, has a strange way of giving people unexpected reasons to start over—and find the most irresistible chances to fall in love…

Maddy Breyer needs to prove she can make her own life after betrayal blew up her previous happily-ever-after. Staying totally focused on renovating a decrepit mansion into a bed-and-breakfast might help her—and this recession-hit town—finally turn things around. But the mysterious new sheriff is the kind of lawbreaking temptation that’s an even bigger challenge to resist…

Detective Rhys Shepard is only back in Nugget long enough to care for his ailing father. He’s got a big-city promotion far away from this place that never accepted him. He does not need a sudden crime wave to solve. Or one leggy case of heartbreak stirring up all kinds of trouble and challenging his rules. Which might explain why he’s suddenly finding it hard to leave…

Author Bio: Stacy Finz is an award-winning former San Francisco Chronicle reporter. After more than twenty years covering notorious serial killers, naked-tractor-driving farmers, fanatical foodies, aging rock stars and weird Western towns, she figured she finally had enough material to launch a career writing fiction. In 2012 she won the Daphne du Maurier Award for unpublished single-title mystery/suspense. She lives in Berkeley, California with her husband.

Website link: www.stacyfinz.com