Bahama Christmas

Laurie Ryan:

Need a heart and cold-weather warming quick read? Check out this story by Lavada Dee!

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After being pretty quiet on the news front, Bahama Christmas is giving me something to blog about. Jillian Chantal is featuring Bahama Christmas over on her blog today. It’s an interview and I love Jillian’s questions. They make me want to pull out my luggage and book a cruise.   So for a bit of cruise ambiance pop over it’s at

And, Bahama Christmas is also featured on Snowglobes Festive & Fun mini contest. This contest runs from today through Nov. 26th. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment with the Title and Name of the author of the cover your voting for and your email address. Snowglobe is at wishing you all luck.

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Favorite Books Feel More Like Old Friends

I was cleaning out an old desk today, preparing to give the desk away and put a nice cushy reading chair and ottoman in its place. When I opened one drawer though, all work ceased as I pulled out beloved copies of my favorite books. Most of them were Kathleen Woodiwiss stories, but there were a few others, too. I wanted to curl up in the new chair (that hasn’t yet arrived) and open one of them now. Alas, the chair won’t be here for four weeks yet.

However, it got me thinking. These are old, beat up copies of my favs. I have nice, shiny new ones in my collection, but I still pull these out when I want to re-read the story. I’m not sure why, and Ashes in the Wind, in particular, is pretty beat up. But they are still my go-to copies.

Do you have dog-eared copies of favorites books you like to read? I’d love to hear what your favorite stories are. The two pictured above have the 1st and 2nd spot on my fav list. What story’s at the top of your list?

I can hardly wait to get my new chair. I plan to get back to some dedicated reading time and I already know what story I’ll be settling in to read first. After all, I named my daughter Alaina after the heroine in Ashes in the Wind. :)

Happy reading, everyone!

Here There Be Witches

It’s been a while since I’ve posted, but there’s a couple projects in my pipeline I’ll be talking about soon. In the meantime, I wanted to give a shout out to my friend, S. F. Chancellor, who has a new Young Adult story out. I haven’t read many witch stories, but this one, and the sassy heroine, Cali French, grabbed and held my attention. I was chuckling most of the way through as Cali struggles to come to terms with her powers while in the midst of crises. Add in one guardian angel trying to figure out how to handle his first assignment…Cali…and it’s a winner in my book!


What it’s about:

One chaotic week in October, former friends, a guardian angel, and a secret prophecy cause turmoil in the life of a teen-age witch-in-training.

Cali French, a high school senior, is cut out of her inner circle when she refuses to participate in a spell her friends want to cast. Cali fears the dark magic and the unknown consequences of the shortcut they want to take by casting the spell.

Unbeknownst to her, Cali is the subject of an important prophecy. Her former pals have discovered this and have an even more sinister motive in forcing her to cooperate in their work than Cali can imagine.

Her very life in peril, the young witch-in-training faces unknown dangers relying only on her unpolished skills and some assistance from a guardian angel and a gentle giant.

And where you can find it:

Amazon ebook:

Amazon print:

Where you can find Sherry:



Squeeing about a new series by Kate Davies

Hi, everyone! I hope your Winter was survivable and your Spring is shaping up to be sunny and fun. I thought I’d kick the season off by giving you a fun, sexy, new series to check out from my friend, Kate Davies. Imagine returning to your high school after ten years. What will your classmates be like now? Successful or not? What are you like? And what would you do if you had one more chance at happiness?

DaviesI’m excited for this series to be kicking off with Kate Davies’ newest story, Most Likely To Succeed, which releases TODAY!

Here’s the specs:

The blurb:

Book one in the Girls Most Likely to…

Ten years after being voted Most Likely to Succeed, Kelsey Moore is still living in her hometown, still working in her family’s flower shop, and too embarrassed to attend her high school reunion. Only the chance to reconnect with her study buddy–and secret crush–Nathan Barrow tempts her to go.

Nathan isn’t sure why he came back for the reunion after spending the past decade working abroad. But when he runs into his former lab partner, Kelsey, he’s sure glad he did. The chemistry between them is as potent as ever, and when she offers him a weekend of wild, no-strings-attached sex, Nathan knows he’d be a fool to say no.

Nathan can’t be tied to one place for long. But the more time they spend together–in and out of bed–the more Kelsey wonders if their reunion could become something more permanent. That is, if Nathan is still interested when he finds out she’s been less than honest with him about her life since graduation…

21,000 words

Available at Carina Press,
Barnes and Noble and Amazon

And coming in April:


The Feel-Good of Christmas and Some Stories to Keep the Feeling Going

Christmas. I love the feel of it. The decorations, the time spent with family and friends. The ambiance of the season brings a peace and contentment that I try to carry with me beyond the season.

One of my favorite things to do is watching Hallmark holiday movies. There’s nothing better than a feel-good movie to relax with after a day of working or shopping or both. I also enjoy reading and thought I’d take a moment to showcase stories written by my RWA chaptermates about or around the holidays. I’m lucky to be part of an amazing, supportive group of women who write stories I’ve enjoyed reading very much.

Silver Bella by Lucy Monroe (due out December 4th)

Cover model for Lexi Creations, Bella Jackson may look steamy on the cat walk, but under the covers, she’s a total novice. What she needs is someone who can make her feel the way she looks, especially after the tell-all her smarmy ex sold to the tabloids. When sexy Texas oilman Jake Barton starts attending her trunk shows, she reacts like a cat in heat and that has never happened before. Hence the very disgruntled ex. Jake wants Bella and he means to have her, but once he realizes it’s more than a roll in the hay he’s craving, can he convince her to take a chance on Texas…and him?

The Treasure by Theresa Scott

Celebrate the magic of birth… and the joy of Christmas….”The Treasure”: Washington Territory, 1825 An Indian couple longing for a baby receives the greatest gift of all.

Gentle Fawn longs to give her husband a baby, but when yet another child is stillborn, she begs the Great Spirit to give the love in her husband’s heart to a woman who can give him many sons.

Grieving along with his wife, Hawk Catcher overhears Gentle Fawn’s desperate plea and vows to ease the pain in his beloved’s heart.

Through the magic of the season, their prayers are answered by two bumbling trappers… and a goat.

A Divorce For Christmas by Lavada Dee

All Lori Harper can think of is having a baby. But it isn’t proving to be easy so she has ramped up her efforts. With How-To-Books in hand she has become a woman with a mission. With ‘things’ down to the clinical, Brad is feeling anything but amorous. In fact he has had enough of the command performances.

Unable to live this way any longer Brad asks for a divorce. Lori is so caught up in her body and getting pregnant that she is blindsided. To make matters worse things come to a head right after a very unsatisfactory frustrating act that Brad has barely been able to complete.

Lori is at first in denial but when Brad rents an apartment she asks for time. Christmas in less than a month away and their families are intertwined to an extent that it will affect everyone’s holiday. Besides she is still convinced Brad will change his mind.

A Cascade Christmas, with a story by Debby Lee

Head to the majestic Northwest where logging history comes to life in four Christmas romances. Insecurity brings a logger and a young woman together, but will a “perfect” sister tear them apart? Will the dangers of the woods derail a young couple’s hopes and their chance at love? Amid town gossip, can a work-focused sawmiller win the heart of a prim-and-proper heiress? Will second thoughts have a sentimental girl and a hardhearted carpenter losing love? Find the answers in this heartwarming holiday collection.

The Winds of Glenhoolie by Gail Harkins

The past versus the future. Professor and sometimes journalist Claire Agnew expects that debate in towns where wind farms come to call. On a winter assignment in Scotland, however, the contrast becomes starkly real. Standing on the battlements of the ancient Castle Glenhoolie, at the end of a fjord that has seen Viking raids and English garrisons, her commitment to progress is shaken as she imagines the historic landscape lined with the wind turbines she usually finds so sleek and sexy. Turbines aren’t the only attraction of Castle Glenhoolie and the neighboring village, however. Broad-shouldered, long-legged Alec Kincaid is equally intriguing as he shares his local knowledge and insights into local wind farm politics. To Alec, Claire is refreshingly open, delighted in the village of Dunlorrie and the ancient buildings he disdains… until he realizes why she is asking so many questions. Feeling betrayed, he examines his feelings and his knowledge of Claire against his personal history. She, in turn, must come to grips with the demands the past make upon the present, as she considers the future of Castle Glenhoolie and her own future amidst The Winds of Glenhoolie.

Love At First Snow by Jami Davenport

Christmas is a time for family–if you have a family.

Four years ago on Christmas Eve, NHL hockey player Blake Daniels lost his entire family in a float plane crash. Every Christmas Eve he mourns his losses by returning to the family vacation home in Friday Harbor, Washington, his family’s destination that fateful night. Only this year he’s also mourning the loss of his hockey career and wondering what’s left to live for. When he finds a kitten starving and half frozen in a foot of snow, he rushes the tiny thing to the local animal hospital.

Still reeling from the unexpected loss of her father on Christmas Eve two years ago, Dr. Sarah Whitney opens the door to her clinic and finds a rough and tough professional athlete holding a minuscule kitten in his big hands. Only a miracle can save the frozen creature and only a miracle can heal the devastating losses suffered by both Sarah and Blake.

But Christmas is the time for healing and miracles if you only believe and give love a chance.

Home For Christmas by Kate Davies

She left everything familiar behind—but love found her anyway.

A story from The Perfect Gift.

Sophia is determined to spend Christmas on her own terms this year. Her daughter will be spending the holidays with her boyfriend’s family, and Sophia has no intention of staying home alone with her memories.

She knows Ethan would be more than happy to keep her company. But he’s her business partner—and her late husband’s best friend. It’s past time to stop leaning on him and learn to stand on her own two feet. A cruise to the Caribbean might be just the ticket to discovering who she is now, and what she really wants.

Ethan is stunned to discover that Sophia has decided to go on a cruise for Christmas—alone. He’d thought something more was finally developing between the two of them. If she’s ready to move on after the loss of her husband, he’ll be damned if he lets her move on without him!

On the spur of the moment, Ethan books a stateroom, determined to prove to Sophia that what they have goes far beyond friendship. The romantic atmosphere of the cruise sparks a passion the two had only dreamed of before—but can their fledgling relationship survive beyond the vacation of a lifetime?

And, for fun, here’s a brand new New Year’s Eve story:

Happy New year’s, Eve! by Allie K. Adams

Whoever said girls never make the first move…
Eve Stanton channels the undisputed sexiest woman ever to catch the eye of her gorgeous neighbor, Clay NewMiller. Dressing as Marilyn Monroe for a New Year’s costume party, Eve is ready to take on anyone, even the biggest player of them all–the boy next door, dressed as a delectable Joe DiMaggio.

…has obviously never met Eve.
Clay is absolutely captivated by the platinum blonde before him. Not knowing what else to do, he uses every line he has, and fails miserably. It’s going to take more than a player like Joe DiMaggio to win over someone like Marilyn Monroe. Will they find their happily ever after this time? Or will Eve and Clay, much like Joe and Marilyn, go down in heartbreaking flames?

Happy Reading, everyone! And happy SEASON!

And the Winner is…

Lavada Dee and I would like to thank everyone who stopped by and commented on the blog. It was fun to chat about decorations and which ones tug at our heart strings the most. Using, we’ve selected the winner of a digital copy of our two story, emotion-wrapped holiday anthology.

And the winner is…

Connie Fischer

Congratulations, Connie! I’ll be emailing you off loop to find out which digital format you prefer.

And again, thanks to everyone for stopping by!

Laurie Ryan and Lavada Dee

Holidays and a Give-away

I’d like to give a big shout-out and WELCOME to the new blog followers from my recent book giveaway at The Romance Studio. The winner of a digital copy of Holiday Magic – The Gift of Love, was Beth Elder, who’s already received her copy. Congratulations, Beth!

It’s been a tough storm month for the eastern seaboard of the United States. I live on the west coast, but my heart goes out to all the people trying to rebuild after superstorm Sandy. I have a sister in the Philadelphia area who, thankfully, had only minimal damage and 22 hours without power. If you, your friends, or family are affected by the devastation of this storm, just know that there are a lot of us out here praying for you.

Now, with Thanksgiving only 2 weeks away, I wonder who is starting holiday preparations? Are the ghosts and pumpkins put away for another year and the turkeys and gourds set out with fall colors surrounding them? Are the Christmas decorations waiting in the wings, anxious to be brought out like long-lost friends and displayed?  What is your most treasured decoration? Mine is a foot-tall Father Christmas that my sister gave to me. He’s about 2 feet tall and stands on the floor in our hallway. Every time I walk through there, it feels like he’s winking at me and reminding me to remember the magic.

Holiday Magic – the Gift of Love is now out in print at major online outlets of Amazon and Barnes & Noble . To celebrate that, and since the book-a-day giveaway was so successful, fellow author Lavada Dee and I thought it would be fun to give another digital copy of this two-story anthology.

It’s easy to win. Just leave a comment with your email address  and tell us what your favorite holiday decoration is. Post between now and the end of Friday (PST) 11/16/12. We’ll randomly select a winner after that.

Best of luck! And have a wonderful start to your holiday season!