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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Let's Just Be Friends...NOT What You Want to Hear From Someone You Love!

"Let's just be friends."

Good Lord. Those four words can send you into a tailspin, crushing your world and causing you to crash land while your heart breaks. It signifies the other person doesn't feel the same "need, want, desire" for you as you do for him or her.

Relationships are so stressing, especially if one person is more committed to it than the other. If one seeks "more" than the other is willing to give, the "just friends" words will end whatever hope for a future the dreamer has.

Sometimes romance books have the hero and heroine begin as friends...and sometimes they're not exactly enemies but end up on opposite sides of arguments. The ones that are friends, seem to fight the attraction pulling them closer together, as if they need to avoid that giant step to a more committed relationship.

Friends can lead to a more promising relationship...romance and love...if the chemistry is mutually attractive. Authors strive for this HEA, and romance readers love these stories!

Entice Me - Luscious Love Stories Anthology, is now available!  Buy LINK
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Blurb: BELTANE LION by Cindy Spencer Pape
Rhodri of Llyan has returned from the Crusades a cursed man.  On the way home to Wales, a young friend is sorely injured. Rhodri seeks the aid of village healer, Selene, whose gift for healing is as uncanny as her beauty. Selene’s magic can cure wounds, but she isn’t sure she can break the curse or heal the wounds on Rhodri’s heart?
Originally published in a shorter form by The Wild Rose Press as Beltaine Bargain ©July 2007
Genre: Historical Romance

photos: Flickr: Tiago Riberio and bobafred's photostreams.

Monday, October 12, 2015


Riviera Rendezvous  #RB4U  #AuthorRT

We are in the mystical month of October, when the veil between the worlds gets thin and ghosts and otherworldly beings run wild between now and the 31st

How well-honed is your intuition, and when it strikes, do you listen?

If you could put yourself in the shoes of Amalie Pallas, the heroine in Riviera Rendezvous, what would you do in her opening dilemma?
Imagine a young woman caught between the devil himself and a charismatic stranger.  She is an ocean away from home, has almost no money, and must get off the cruise ship before it sails in a few hours. 

Her logical mind says she should go to her embassy or consulate if she has no friends in the area, but intuition nudges her heart and tells her that this may be her only chance to spend a few days with the man she’s been magnetically drawn to from a distance for the past few months. 

What harm could it cause if she takes off with him in his sports car to the west, skirting along the French Riviera to a romantic family wedding?

He offers her money—proposes a business deal. He needs her as much as she needs the money. Will that allow him to think he can treat her as his employee, or that he has bought his way into her bed?

Staying on the cruise ship is not an option. Her intuition says go for the adventure, so she plunges into living-in-the-moment, in trust that destiny has presented her with this opportunity.

Riviera Rendezvous was so much fun to write! I hope you enjoy reading it—and the other entertaining stories in the Entice Me: Luscious Love Stories anthology—as much as I enjoyed writing it.

What would you do if you were Amalie? Play it safe or take an intuitive leap of faith if all the vibes felt right, and hop into that sleek sports car with Xandros?

GEMMA JULIANA is a multi-published author who writes love stories of all kinds, from contemporary to paranormal. She has a penchant for romantic international settings, whether real and fictional. Gemma lives in a cozy cottage in Texas with her very own hero, teen son, and a dog who rules them all. Chocolate and coffee nourish her muse and fuel her creativity. She enjoys traveling for research and spending time with family and friends. Gemma loves hearing from readers and making new friends.


Sunday, October 11, 2015

Guest Blog: Kimberly Dean talks about her latest series, The Dream Weavers #RB4U #PNR

Absolutely… Greek to me!

The idea for my latest series, the Dream Weavers, was sparked by an old episode of Charmed.  I was in the mood to write something paranormal, but I was tired of vampires and werewolves.  Watching that episode, though, I was inspired to write something new.  I started doing research into sleep and dreaming and discovered a Greek legend about the Oneiroi, Greek daemons (spirit gods) of dreams.  I suddenly had my heroes.
The Oneiroi were the sons of Nyx (night) who lived on the beach near the mouth of Hades.  They were black-winged daemons who could take the form of men.  Each night, they would travel up to the world of sleeping humans and bestow dreams.  If they flew through a gate of horn, the dreams would true, but if they came through the gate of ivory, the dreams would be false.
I took some liberties with the legend.  My Oneiroi have assimilated into the waking world as men by day, yet they care for sleepers at night.  The premise opened up so many storylines involving sleep disorders and dreaming! 
My first book, Dream Man, explores the importance of dreaming for people – both physically and psychologically – as Cael Oneiros falls in love with a beautiful sleeper he’s been tasked with protecting.  Book 2, Dream Walker, is about Derek Oneiros battling a Somnambulist who’s making his lover sleepwalk.  Dream Walker releases tomorrow, and I’m excited to hear what people think about it.
In writing, we’re told that there are no new ideas.  It turns out that mine dated all the way back to the ancient Greeks!  So are you a fan of Greek mythology?  What is your favorite legend or god?

Dream Walker Blurb
Research scientist Shea Caldwell has always had a thing for security consultant, Derek Oneiros.  He’s smart, handsome, and built like a Greek god.  As attracted as she is to him, though, she’s afraid to let him into her bed – because she’s dangerous when she sleeps.
Derek is known among his brothers as “The Machine,” yet his carefully cultivated control is put to the test whenever he’s around Shea.  The woman is as beautiful as she is intelligent, but they’ve always kept things professional – until Derek learns why.  Shea is sleepwalking again, but what she doesn’t know is that he may be the only one who can help her.  For he is a Greek daemon, and he’s charged with protecting her dreams.
With Shea threatened, Derek makes things personal, and their nights together turn steamy and intimate.  He’s ready to battle against the Somnambulist that’s been controlling his lover in her sleep, yet is the night creature really causing all the harm? When Shea’s groundbreaking research notes are stolen, it’s clear that other evil forces may be at work.

Dream Walker excerpt
He’d let her fall asleep.
It was the first clear thought that ran through Shea’s mind when she opened her eyes. That and the fact that Derek was still with her. His heat pressed against her back, and his arm draped heavily across her waist. They were lying side by side on her bed, her body tucked up close against his.
Yet even as she responded in pleasure, she tensed.
Darkness was falling. They’d spent the day making love, and now the sun was setting. Night was creeping in. She stared at the oil painting that hung on the wall until her nerves began to crawl. Even the littlest thing could set her Somnambulist off—and today had been anything but normal—yet she’d let herself be lulled into sleep.
What had she been thinking?
“There you are,” a deep voice rumbled. The hand against her stomach flexed, and she was pulled more tightly against the big male form behind her.
A muscled thigh slipped between her legs, and Shea arched as a soft kiss was placed on the side of her neck. The intimate embrace had her groaning. Obviously, she hadn’t been thinking. Her brain had been shorted out, disconnected, and thrown right into the bathwater.
How could she have let her guard down like that? The freedom had been fantastic, arousing and intoxicating as fine wine, but how could she have forgotten what had been happening to her? What had happened just this morning?
Had she… Oh, God. Had she done anything in her sleep? With Derek here?
“How long have I been out?” she asked in a rush.
“Not long.”
That rumbling voice was too disconcerting, too sexy. She had to look into his eyes. Tucking the sheet up high under her arms, she rolled over to face him. When she did, her breath caught in her chest. His short hair was mussed, and dark shadows lined his jaw. The bad boy look didn’t fit his character, but it was so incredibly hot she had to press her legs together.
Unable to help herself, she let her gaze drop. She took in the well-drawn lines of his body, his muscled chest and rippling abs, but the sheet sitting low on his hips wasn’t what made her look up again. It was the relaxed look on his face. She’d never seen him so calm, so relaxed, so at ease in the moment. It made her belly warm.
Relaxed had to be good, right? If she’d gotten up and danced zombie pirouettes around the bedroom, he wouldn’t be relaxed.
Or so obviously ready to make love to her again.

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Saturday, October 10, 2015


Posted by R. Ann Siracusa
“Eventually you will come to understand that love heals everything, and love is all there is.” -- Gary Zukav (American spiritual teacher)

Our October theme, The Healing Power of Love, touches every romance writer and reader at the very core. We all carry the baggage of our prior existence, heavy or light, and have the need for some level of healing, either physical, emotional, or spiritual. The journey of overcoming obstacles and dealing with that baggage to find true love is what romance is all about,
Nonetheless, writing about it proved a difficult task for me. After several lame attempts, I decided instead to blog about Opals, the birthstone for October. And in the process, I discovered an unexpected correlation between the two topics. I put it forth as food for thought.
When Leonardo da Vince wrote in his Codices "Water is the power that moves everything in life" I believe he was referring to everything physical, including human bodies which consist of about 60 percent water. In fact, if one studies geology, history, and physiology it's obvious that our Renaissance Man knew what he was talking about.
After considering the quote, it occurred to me that on a spiritual and non-physical level, the parallel is "Love is the power that moves everything in life." More importantly, love is the force that brings together the physical and non-physical in a way that molds our spiritual, emotional, and physical being. Isn't that what romance is all about.
Another of Leonardo's quotes is "In rivers, the water that you touch is the last of what has passed and the first of that which comes, so with present time." Water and love are the two irrepressible forces that forge a path over, around, and cutting into obstacles and difficulties, never relenting, to achieve the ultimate goal. In other words, the journey of overcoming obstacles to find true love is what romance is all about,
So what does this have to do with opals?
Opal is the birthstone for October. It is also the anniversary stone for the 14th and 18th years of marriage. Historically it has been considered a stone imbued with powers of love and of healing.
Technically, opal is a hydrated amorphous form of silicon dioxide with a water content from 3 to 21 percent by weight. The amount of water accounts for the appearance of the stone. It is considered and called a water stone. The internal structure makes it diffract light.
Because it lacks a crystalline internal structure and has no specific chemical formula, it is actually classified as a mineraloid, not a mineral.
The vast variety of colors, types (78) and names (17) for opal boggles the mind. The stone is named and classified in various ways including: 1) Basic type; 2) Opal/Host rock relationship; 3)Base color; 4) Fire patterns; and 5) Geography or where it is found.
Basic Types
              Precious Opal 
            Common Opal                    Fire Opal                                    

Opal is found throughout the world and is generally deposited in fissures of most kinds of rock on the edges of underground water aquifers or hot springs. The location of opal is so closely related to water that scientists connect the black opal found on Mars in 2008 by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter with proof that water has existed on that planet.
While on earth the stone is found worldwide, Australia is blessed with most of the world's opals (discovered to date). According to, "Black opal is the rarest and most valuable, with Australia having 99.9% of the World's supply of the famous gem…"  Black opal is created from running water picking up silica which it leaves behind in cracks and voids.
Healing Properties
Since ancient times most civilizations and cultures used stones, crystals, and minerals for numerous purposes, including healing and protection. Opals, throughout history, have been imbued with healing properties and the ability to increase mental capacities and creative imagination. "Also associated with the assimilation of protein, Pineal Flans function, Insulin regulation, the testicles, Parkinson's disease and memory, opal is a stand-alone gemstone amongst gems."
"Opal has a larger proportion of water in it than most stones and is considered a water stone. This can help ease the effort of handling change in life. Like water rolls over and past rocks and roots in its way, the energy of opal can help continue on your path regardless of obstacles. During times of transformation, this  is an invaluable energy to work with and hold close to your heart."
"Traditionally in crystal healing opal has been considered good for headaches, eyesight, Parkinson's disease, blood, insulin regulation, PMS, and the immune system."
Opal is also used to bring happy dreams and avoid nightmares. It is a soothing stone which can calm turbulent emotions and bring a deep sense of hope and inner peace.
Opal is said to be a stone for love. It was believed to bring renewal to a stagnant heart, and also brings fidelity to love.
Emotionally, opal brings its water energy to enhance self-esteem and sense of self-worth, and is aligned with the inspiring love energies can help you release damaging inhibitions and access your true spiritual nature.
Beliefs About Opal
The history of opal goes back to the dawn of time. The name comes from the Sanskrit word for stone or precious stone upala and/or the Latin name opalus. There are numerous references to the name source, but whatever the truth, opal has at least seventeen different names and seventy-eight varieties, so take your pick.
The ancient Romans believed opal to be the mysterious mother of all gemstones, and to them it symbolized purity and power.
One of the more interesting stories is that a Roman senator named Marcus Nonius presented a growing threat to Marc Anthony’s power in Rome. The senator owned an opal "the size of a hazel nut" [also by some sources call it the Ring of Prophesy] worth 20,000  Sesterces. Marc Anthony wanted the ring to give to Cleopatra and offered Nonius an outrageous price. Nonius turned down the offer. One source claims that Anthony accused Nonius of being too rich and ordered the senator to sell him the gem. Either way, Pliny in his writings, says that Anthony told him he had to sell the gem or go into exile, and Nonius chose exile over parting with the opal.

In Greek mythology, opals were believed to be the tears of joy shed by Zeus after the victory over the Titans, and the Greeks imbued the stone with prophetic powers.

In India, opals were believed to be the beautiful Goddess of Rainbows who turned into the gems to escape the unwanted advances of other gods.To the Arabs, opals were sent from heaven to earth in lightning that had captured the divine light in the stone.

Even in the western hemisphere, the Aztecs thought of opals as the earthly manifestation of the waters of paradise. Orientals called it "the anchor stone of hope".

During the Middle Ages, if was believed that if an opal changed in color intensity it was indicating a change in health, good to ill or the reverse. Wearing opals supposedly maintained a strong heart, prevented fainting, and protected against infection.

It's interesting how many of these legends and beliefs associate opal with water, which is a significant feature of the stone. It is no surprise opal is believed to be aligned with the water element.

Do you believe there is a love-water-healing triangle?

Friday, October 9, 2015

Can Love Heal? I Believe.... #RB4U @melissa_keir

Can Love Heal?

I have always believed in love and romance. It's a part of the reason I read romance novels. They always feature a happily ever after, no matter what the challenges that the couple faces, whether it's another woman or their own stubbornness. I love to write about my thoughts and feelings. Here's a piece I wrote about love...
Words are inadequate to explain love. If people like Shakespeare struggle with it, who would think that I could? Trust me, I’ve tried and I am not often at a loss for words. The ones that I choose seem to lack the full experience. It is like looking at photograph of cheesecake when you are dieting and starving. It lacks the full experience. I can tell you how he makes me feel. I feel like a whole person. I can be myself and know that even no matter how yucky, he will love and accept me. No matter how tight he holds me, I feel only safe not trapped.  I feel beautiful at 3 am in the morning without my makeup on and my hair sticking up. Rather than dismiss my ideas, he listens, asks questions and is open to what I am saying. When I help him with something, I am a superhero! And yet, with these words, I only scratch the surface. Just by putting the words to paper, I find that it isn’t complete. It is still like trying to catch smoke in your hands…always slipping through your fingers.  

Maybe water is a better way to describe love... No matter how much you have, you can always have more. Everyone deserves and needs it. While it is everywhere, it is hard to hold on to, you have to be adaptable to even grasp a drop. It is powerful enough to light a city or move a mountain and gentle enough to cradle you as you float in it. It cleanses and fills you up. It never really dies but changes forms, passion to comfort. It soothes and comforts you. It nourishes your soul.

Someone recently asked why I write romance... this is why... Love is everlasting and does heal the soul. It's healed mine and I hope through my own stories, it's helped others, whether providing an escape, a second chance or a dream of what might be. If I've brought someone pleasure, friendship or love... it's worth it!

If you enjoy these musings (and recipes and poetry), you can find more in my book- Musings of a Mad-Cap Mind available in ebook and print. 

One woman’s musings become another woman’s courage… 

What do you see when you look in the mirror? Do you worry about the person you’ve become? Sitting down at the computer, Melissa spent many hours reflecting on her life, family, and relationships. These musings, recipes, and poems tell the tale of one woman's changing thoughts and feelings about life. 
Come along with her as she explores her reflections, using her words which mirror her changes. 

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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Guest Blog: GE Taylor turning passion into craft #RB4U #Writing

The Serious Writer: Turning Passion into Craft
“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.” 
Stephen King
I couldn’t agree more with this quote by Stephen King. I like to read, have always enjoyed reading. Even when I was growing up I read everything in the “Hardy Boys” series, “Nancy Drew” and any Mills and Boon romance book I could find.  Naturally, I’ve read other books, but those mentioned, I’d enjoyed and had read sometimes twice.
In my moments of reflection though, I do regret not pursuing my writing as ardently back then as I’m doing now. Yes, I did some writing but nothing worthy to meet publishing standards and I think I was pretty scared too. Still, that feeling was not strong enough to deter me from continuing to write and strive for the goal of completing and publishing that work. I attacked my first novel like I was writing and preparing for one of my most critical professors. The rewrites were many and at times downright discouraging but since I was upholding a standard there was no way I could back down. So, casting aside any feeling of discouragement I continued to work and focus on the goal of producing a novel I was satisfied with and readers could enjoy. With my second novel I used almost the same demanding work discipline to achieve my goal. But somehow I found I was more relaxed, maybe because I’d faced the fire before and was now aware of the pitfalls and avoided them.
Someone said, you should toot your horn or no one will do it for you. So, I’m pleased with myself and happy to announce that I am the proud owner of two published contemporary romance books and I am working on the third one. My first book ─The Lady Mentor was published September, 2014 and Desperate Decision on July, 2015.
“The pages are still blank, but there is a miraculous feeling of the words being there, written in invisible ink and clamoring to become visible.” Vladimir Nabokov.
I am excited that once again I get to use my imagination to bring the invisible to life. Surrender My Heart is my next project and it is also a contemporary romance. This is the genre I’m most comfortable writing. Once this novel is complete, then my goal is to continue creating and writing stories, that hopefully readers will want to read.
For now, I’m pleased that I was able to meet the challenge of writing three novels as I am a member of RWA and want to be seen as a serious writer.
About G.E. Taylor
G.E. Taylor is an author of authentic, passionate contemporary romance and lives in New Jersey with her family.

Desperate Decision
Allison North’s flight to freedom is dangerous and desperate. As she scrambles into the stranger’s car crying “drive,” she prays to God this is not her last day on earth. Usually not a gambler, this move is high-stake gambling. Bruised, battered, and with no money, she needs a place to hide and heal until she finds work as a pastry chef. When the stranger offers her shelter, she takes it even as fear rushes up her throat and threatens to choke her. Would she live to regret her decision?
Mason Franklin cannot believe his eyes but, with her urgent cry ringing in his ears, he presses the gas and the car leaps forward. What had possessed her to do such a dangerous act? He intends to find out. But no amount of probing loosened her tongue. Just when he decides to let her go, he accidently sees her bruised body. Angry that someone did that to her made him want to meet the coward. He offers her shelter. Under his roof, he discovers she is the pastry chef who could not only lift his business to the top, but who built up a need in him that only she can satisfy. The wild passion they share can only lead to one conclusion.
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