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DECEMBER 1, 2009 VOLUME 11
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A Note From The Publisher’s Desk
Yes, I admit it, I am the biggest kid at Christmas. For me, the
Christmas season starts the middle of November and lasts right
through until the New Year begins. And because we’ve passed
December 1, I am officially allowed to think, speak, breathe, and
decorate for… Christmas. I won’t tell my family that I had
started shopping in August.
Today we put up the tree. A white one this year. A little
different, but dang is it pretty! And yep, the living room is filled
with the remnants of packing stuff. I haven’t finished all the
decorating yet, but soon all the garlands will be hung, stockings
carefully placed to await St. Nick and then friends will be
gathering around to have a little Christmas cheer.
This is a wonderful time of year though, isn’t it? Snow makes
the ground seem cleaner, the cool air is crisper and Christmas
lights seem to bring out the smiles in everyone. It’s the one
time of year when everyone wants to and perhaps needs to be a
little nicer to their fellow man.
Yes, I love Christmas. Not for the gifts or the food, but for
family and friends that tend to congregate at this time of year
more than any other. Snow falling gently to the ground, coating
everything in its powdery glory, a house filled with laughter from
loved ones and maybe even a carol or two around a roaring fire
is why I love this time of year. This is the time to make peace
with that sister who you’re mad at for a reason you can’t
remember, or to bite your lip when your mother-in-law criticizes
you for the hundredth time. She’s done it so many times, she
probably doesn’t realize she’s doing it anyway. Fight
tomorrow…. This day is Christmas.
And a final note, in the immortal words of Tiny Tim in Charles
Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, “God bless us, everyone.”
‘Til next time,
Coming Soon New Releases
Hell hath no fury like a Best Friends or True Love?
savior spurned. Only Santa Knows.
A man on a quest for Some are haunted by their
justice and a woman first lost love, the lucky ones
determined to change get to find it again.
her life battle the perils
of a long journey to
realize their dreams at
the end of the Outlaw
Watch For These Great Reads Coming Soon
Action Thriller Science Fiction/Fantasy Romance
Bolt Action by Victoria Roder Snake Dance by Angelica Hart and Zi
Contemporary Romance Contemporary Western Romance
Pesto Pakin’ Mama by Nan Arnold Lucky in Love by Stacey Coverstone
Fantasy Shapeshifter Mainstream Comedy
Kindred by Rebecca Goings
Mystery/Suspense Paranormal Thriller
Death Takes A Number by Harvey Tate Superstition by Samantha Wright
Killer Commute by Mike Gordon
Closure by Rie McGaha
Paranormal Romance Historical Western Romance
The Entranced by Carolina Montague Third Times a Charm by Stacey
Take a Chance by Evelyn Pendlebury Coverstone
Romantic Comedy Romantic Fiction
Blunder Woman by Tanya Eby Tangled Web by Julie Eberhart Painter
Romantic Suspense Romantic Thriller
Out of the Darkness by Anne Patrick Stone House Farm by Robin Courtright
Shadow Games by Mary Eason
The Other by Jennifer Cloud
Science Fiction Sci-Fi Romance
Friends in Deed by Todd Hunter Under the Meratoba Sun by Sandra
Science Fiction/Thriller Romance Time Travel
The Lancaster Rule by T. K. Toppin Dustin Time by June Kramin
Women’s Fiction Historical Romance
Next Time, I’m Gonna Dance by Linda Angels and The Unforgiven by Melissa
Hitting the High Notes by Nan Arnold
Shooting into the Sun by Linda
Flaherty’s Crossing by Kaylin McFarren
Now In Print
FROM THE DESK OF
DONA PENZA TATTLE, ESQ.
ASSOCIATE WRYE BALDERDASH
"T'was the night before the Christmas break, when on top of a ladder, Wrye could be
found stirring, wobbling, and tottering, making Tattle sadder. The extra large
stockings were not to be hung off the desk, she declared, but by the chimney, where
ole Saint Nick would find them securely there. Wrye having visions of characters all
snug in a wonderful book, conceded and pointed to the sugar plum stories perched
in a nearby nook. With Tattle in her candy cane striped 'kerchief, and Wrye in his
fur lined cap, they had just settled their brains for a Love of Literature Leap with a
As Tattle recites her version of a famous poem, hands primly cupped within each
other, a halo upon her head and angel wings fluttering from behind, Wrye looks at
her over the rim of half glasses that resemble those worn by Santa. "You're right,
let's leap. You're an angel?"
"A kind angel with an angelic heart." She <wink-winked> not to Wrye but to the
world in general. "The wings are better to leap with m'Claus."
"Aye, call me Pseudo-Clause. The Christmas Critiquer," he said, doing the moon-
walk he leaps backwards, calling, "Oh... Oh... Oh!"
Tattle lands on a pair of knitting needles, pointed upward and yelps, Wrye winces
and says, "That’s gotta hurt. Christmas tree!" Wrye notices her confusion and
clarifies, "Christmas trees are like bad knitters, they both drop their needles."
"What a pain in the.... oops! Jolly ole Saint Obvious," she returns, first removing
the knitting appliance, and then taking in the milieu of the Kingsley Nursing Home,
within the pages of JULIE EBERHART PAINTER'S MORTAL COIL, a romantic
comedy. "Poor dears," she says, checking out the worried expressions on the aged.
"There's been two murders and Detective Bill Watts has been called in to investigate
what has been dubbed the Ponytail Perp." She rose, flitted her wings, lifted one leg
creating a figure four, and spins as if on a music box.
"I hear,” said Nipper to the Gramophone, obscure RCA reference intended, he finds
himself also investigating and intrrrigueeeed by Ellen Lange, most would, the lovely
lady who runs the home. One thing led to the next, which led to the next, which,
welll, ends up with him falling in love, yup, tries to date her, commmplllicaations,
happy to even have her ten-year-old daughter, Patti, along."
Tattle accompanies Wrye's long oratory with background music provided by her
Ozark Jaw Harp. Why? Angels need a harp.
The sound reminds him of On Top of Ole Smokey and in Pseudo-Clause persona, he
reacts, "Ho... Ho... Ho... down?"
Ignoring the query, she continues, "Ah, but Ellen becomes overprotective and
decides there is no place in her wee family for the once divorced Bill. Was that fair?
Meanwhile, Patti goes missing, ouch, which forces Ellen to turn to Bill. Was it fate?
Was it destiny? Was it Memorex?"
Wrye fingers his faux beard, loosening part of it and the mustache droops as if a
faulty fake eyelash, flopping as he speaks. "Look there, read... Ah ha! The lost
child incident turns out to be nada, alright!" The two high five, she misses and
smacks the top of his head. Undaunted he adds, "But our boy Bill has the hero
glow, as do I most days, and precious Patti ends up liking him, sweeeetnesss, starts
seeing him as a father-figure. I feel tears on the horizon..."
Tattle checks out her cherry tart red lipstick in a shiny Christmas ball. "And Ellen's
wintery attitude melts, she starts to like Bill, too. Only..."
"I knnnoooow. The murderer is still out there. Eeeeh!"
"And Ellen is abducted." Tattle using her mouth harp tries to da da da daaaaa to
make it sound dangerous.
"More... more... more..."
"Nope... leap time, m' PC Père Noel."
"Watch out for the..." Tattle observes Wrye as he skids directly into a Scotch Pine
tree blazing with Christmas lights. "Oh, I see you found it."
"Don't go there."
"Balls!" He dusts pine needles off his red and white fur trimmed jacket, twitches his
nose as if magic is about to happen and declares, "It's beginning to feel a lot like
Christmas, and here we are right in the middle of ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS
by CINDY K. GREEN, a romantic contemporary Christmas story."
"Yes, yes, and there is Kathryn Graham, a writer at Redburn Weekly who has been
assigned, along with the exuberant and jovial Nick Pringle, to work a story about the
toy drive for the local orphanage. Do you see that Mister Woof Woof?"
"Dog?" His face slapped with righteous indignation.
"Yes, Santa Paws."
"And Shaggy Dog humor lives in you." He bows and wows. "I remember now, Nick's
enthusiasm for Christmas annoys Kathryn, ho ho ho ho, while Kathryn's hatred for
the beloved holiday baffles Nick."
"I see connnflicccct,' she says as she begins to juggle three Christmas balls.
"You emasculated my tree."
She giggles, "And where do snowmen go to dance?" She waits, then answers,
"Speaking of which, I see snow!" Wrye announces and scoops up enough of the
white fluff to form a snowball. Throws it to her and now she is juggling four. "And
Nick begins a campaign to win Kathryn over. Will he? Should he? Ho ho ho. I'm
not talking just about her attitude toward the noel event. And in the Christmas
alphabet there is no L."
Tattle's brow lifts in that you-wouldn't-dare gesture as Wrye begins to wind up like a
major league pitcher with a second snowball. "Nick has been falling in love with the
woman since they first met. Is this knotty or nice? Nick decides to become
Kathryn's Secret Santa, how sweet, having gifts delivered daily, and lo and behold,
Kathryn's attitude begins to slowly change. Success?" She puts her juggling to
rest. "Onnnly, she seems to be falling for the Secret Santa, Cyrano de Bergerac
moment, and distancing herself from Nick, irony slaps, leaving Nick jealous of
"Ut oh, said the gardener, trouble is a Hoe-Hoe-Hoe-ing about."
Tattles evades the pun. "Even a shared kiss between her and Nick, lovey dovey,
doesn't seem to turn her away from the ever so perfect Secret Santa. Dag! I'm
rootin' for Nick. Now, he believes he'll never be anything more than a friend,
incoming... duck... sadness invasion, and even at that, a distant friend. Tissue alert!
Meanwhile, da da da daaaaa, Nina not Pina or Santa Maria Phillips seems ever so
interested in Nick. Cat fight? And Nick considers that it might be time to accept
reality. Heartbreak! Yet can he? Will Kathryn's heart ever open to Christmas? And
will she find out the truth about her own feelings toward Nick too late?"
Smacks Wrye's hand as he attempts to read ahead. "Tsk... tsk... we'll read later,
The duo land softly in the midst of NOELLA'S GIFT by DONICA COVEY and the
mystical wonder of a romantic contemporary Christmas story. "It is so cozy here,"
announces Tattle as she takes in the homey warmth of Holly Harper's home."
Wrye musing, as if burning his candle at both ends, elucidates, "Which burns longer,
a red candle or a green?"
"Neither! Candles always burn shorter." Tattle does the finale tap dance that one
might see in a Vaudeville act. "But where are Holly Harper's Christmas
"Hates Christmas," informs Wrye yet ever the optimist rummages about for sugar
cookies. "However, once she finds a raggedly dressed Noella on her doorstep, a
little lost six-year-old girl, her feelings slowly begin to change. Readers will be on a
collision course for planet Warm Your Cockles."
"Oh, who is that yummy man?" Tattle does that hip waddle that suggests more
naughty than nice, tilting her now tarnished halo.
"A police detective, Jaxon Cole. Look out, Tattle, mood grenade. He found out that
Noella's parents had died, but neither he nor Holly seem to get anything more out of
the child, only a growing sense of sadness. Yes, I'm crying, and yes, I am PC."
"Holly decides to keep the girl at least through the holidays, good for her, while they
try to figure things out. In the meantime, a freak snowstorm traps the three of
them in Holly's home, of course it does, why not? And that's when, ironically, the
thawing begins. He he ho ho ha ha. The bitter detective and the woeful Holly see
things through the child's eyes, yet as Jaxon grows close to Holly, she suddenly
turns as frosty as the weather."
"An old snowman is... what? Waaattter. Will this hot hunk and frigid female co-
exist without getting wet? Will they ever find the Christmas spirit? Hope so. I like
them! Will they ever know the love Noella seems so determined to spark within
each of them for the other? YIT (Yenta in training). And will Noella ever receive the
gift of her heart?" Tattle dabbles at her eyes. This is sooo... sooo..."
Wrye pats her shoulder. "There... there... Hot chocolate time, I feel your angelica
Back in their office, the two merrily exchange their Christmas gifts. Can you guess
what? Well, Champagne Books, of course.
Hope you enjoyed! Next month we'll be warming up to the characters from T. M.
HUNTER'S HEROES DIE YOUNG, JANE TOOMB'S NIGHTINGALE MAN and LOVE
THY NEIGHBOR by PATRICIA BATES.
Merry Christmas to all and to all a good holiday,
Dona Penza Rutabaga Tattle, Esq.
and Associate Wrye Balderdash
of Blather City, Wannachat
Created and written by
Angelica Hart and Zi
KILLER DOLLS ~ September 2009
SNAKE DANCE ~ February 2010
CHASING GRAVITAS (working title) ~ July 2010
Tattle and Wrye can also be found at www.myspace.com/champagnebooks
News, Nominations and Awards
AUDIO BOOKS HEROES DIE YOUNG audio book is now available up on Audible.com, with a free
sample available on their site. You can access it at:
BOOK Join Julie Eberhart Painter on December 17th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Peter's Wine
SIGNINGS Shop and tasting room in Port Orange, FL for a book signing.
Stacey Coverstone will be speaking to the Blue Ridge High School Creative
Writing class in Farmer City, Illinois on December 3. Stacey will be signing and
selling her books on December 4 from 11-2 & on December 5 from 9-noon at
The Farmer City State Bank in Farmer City, Illinois.
Check out the newly revamped website of Melissa Blue at
Check out the website of Judy Gill and vote in her poll. Visit her fairy-art of the day,
and see some of the good things happening in her world. Click on
http://www.judyggbooks.com/ and leave a comment to say hi. There'll be a
drawing of all the names of people who've left comments between now and
December 15, with a prize for the winner. Good luck. Hope to see you there!
Congratulations go out to Jane Toombs and Linda Rettstatt for being finalists for
EPIC AWARDS the 2010 EPIC awards.
The Week Before Christmas Extravaganza!!!
Join Mary Eason along with many other authors for Mary’s first annual, The
Week Before Christmas Extravaganza on her blog
www.maryeason.blogspot.com on Tuesday, December 15th, 2009, all day
long for a celebration. You never know what you could win!!
SPOTLIGHT Kim Leady
Kim Leady, award-winning author, not only writes novels, but she is also a
correspondent, columnist and playwright. As a wife, mother and now a
grandmother there is never enough hours in a day, but when Kim does find time to
slip away from her desk she spends her time reading, camping, geocaching and
traveling. She often jokes that her best material comes from raising two sons and
living in a house full of men. Kim has used this ‘knowledge’ wisely creating male
characters that jump from the pages and into her reader’s hearts. Her gift for telling
a story will stay with you long after you’ve turned the last page. She lives outside of
Nashville, Tennessee with her husband and two very spoiled dogs that help run her
Visit Kim’s website: www.kimleady.com
MONTHLY An Interview with
INTERVIEW Angelica Hart and Zi
Congratulations on your book Killer Dolls that was released by Champagne
Books in September 2009 and your upcoming books Snake Dance in
February 2010 and Chasing Gravitas in July 2010 here at Champagne
Books. Our readers are interested in learning a bit more about you.
We would like to thank Champagne Books and Kat Hall for giving us this opportunity
to share a part of us as writers.
How long have you been writing individually and as partners?
We noted once before and feel this is an important response. I was at an Evelyn
Woods Speed Reading Class and the instructor said, "We are the sum of all our
experiences." There it was a truth that stood above simple truths. As I began to
write I recognized that I had very limited experiences upon which to pull. My early
work was unquestionably shallow. So I began a quest to discover, in the name of
wanting to be a better writer? No! I realized I was shallow.
Initially every submission sent to publishers was returned or ignored. I recall a
critique suggesting I needed more depth in both the way I dealt with the subject and
the technical writing style. As time ate at my life I waited as I worked. Wrote daily.
How much life is lost to wait? That is an apt question, but my wait was filled with
discovery. I became a student of people. Discovery. Examined other styles and
broke them down mechanically and technically. Discovery. Tried to create more
complexity. Discovery. Expanded my vocabulary. Discovery. Read... read... read.
Discovery. Wrote... re-wrote... re-re-wrote.
That wait was not shallow but an aggressive tutorial for my growth. I continued to
submit work. And slowly pieces were accepted.
So the question is who am I? Angelica or Zi? Ironically, we took the same path and
had the same challenges and failures. We met as more mature adults prepared to
be writers and for a significant amount of time, we have written daily as writing
partners. We found a synergy in our styles and complexity in what we wanted to
create. Are we good? We don't know. Have we found that depth needed to portray
characters as real people? Hope we have. Have we found enough intrigue in our
plot and our words to keep readers interested? You tell us. As Jacob Bronowski, a
mathematician, well-spoken and a celebrity of the BBC show The Ascent of Man and
was the inspiration of Carl Sagan to make the Cosmos wrote, "The world is full of
people who never quite get into the first team and who just miss the prizes at the
flower show." If runners up is what we are, we're proud, for our journey has been
Zi believes, "Be the best you can be by growing every day."
Having said that, goodness, that was something (our hard work) we doubt we'd
forget. And you'll notice propriety has kept us from attaching dates, though, long is
long and it has been a long time. You can smell the posies on our lapels, none are
planned to be lilies soon.
When, where and how did you meet and what made you decide to become
Z: In the eighties sitting just west of Jackson Hole, Wyoming in the grassy foothills
at the base of the Grand Tetons, looking across the Snake River at a bull moose I
began to read a piece I had just written in my journal out loud for the moose to
hear. Yup, did it! I learned the moose was not my audience as he meandered
deeper into the high grass but I was not discouraged and continued at the top of my
speaking voice. About seven feet from me sat a molting coyote engrossed in my
presentation. Its eyes held me as if a pup or its suckling mother and I felt one with
that energy. Stunned that it did not run, amazed at its calmness in the face of my
presence I continued. When I was done, the canine rose, walked next to me,
rubbed its matted fur on my arm, passed, and it was lost to the high grass. It left
upon me its musk, telling me I was one of its pack. In the capture of that moment
in time, I felt validated as a writer. Years later, sitting over coffee, talking about
writing, I felt that same validation again, and that person was Angelica Hart. I
A: Everyone has felt that thing that has been called the click, and the ease at which
Zi and I purported from first instant was astonishing. There was an immediate
synergy that told me that one and one equaled three. I read his work, was moved.
We lamestormed which is our practice of presenting ideas and deeming them lame
or not. Of twenty ideas, ten from each, not one idea had merit. Our potential
partnership stalled before it started. Then in an email, Zi sent me a touching
fantasy love story, where a Mage stole a young man's heart so the woman he loved
could soar. He giving it willingly. I cried. I understood destiny.
What, or who, inspired each of you to write?
Z: Ladies first.
A: As a child, I adored being read to, but I also enjoyed watching the expressions
on my family's faces as they read to me. They were as entertained as I reading the
adventures of Princesses, of mice, of frogs, of siblings, of witches, and more. These
fairy tales inspired me so much that I decided I wanted to entertain my family with
my own stories, written, at first, in the cave man style of pictures, and then as I
learned to write, by self-publishing my own little books. And, I haven't stopped,
going from crayons and paper to a typewriter with a sticky L key to finally
computers. I started to write to entertain, and I confess, it is now an addiction that
I never wish to cure.
Z: The pretentious answer would be the power and influence I saw in the words of
Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln. And that would be true. But it is more
complicated. I wrote the lyrics to a song in high school that captured the social
moment and I felt my peers were moved, I was pleased. In college, my Creative
English professor confessed she cried after reading my piece, but none-the-less
failed my paper. Thus the tears gave me validation that I was good. I wrote to
draw them. Who cares if I didn't understand a dangling participle. My second
Language professor failed a paper which I later submitted to a magazine without
editorial change, which was published. Again, the validation was in the reason. I
wanted to make the man angry. I did, and was failed not out of anything but his
bias. But, I must share that possibly the most profound motivation was that of my
wooing a woman. Protecting her identity, her pet name to me was Princess Vi. To
make a long story a little longer, we were held at a distance because of careers but I
know, because she told me so, I captured her heart through my hand-penned
letters. We would have been intended but life is never fair.
Where do you get your ideas for your books? Do either of you have creative
differences over the ideas for your books or in the direction the book is
Z: Second question first, every frick-frackin' day we have creative differences. We
write a weekly column for J. Kaye's Book Blog titled WRITER'S WRITE, WRITING
PARTNERS FEUD where we explore some of the clashes and how we, via our sense
of humor, avoid being charged with first degree homicide. Angelica is didactic.
A: Moi? Am not. Since when did I ever give any evidence of being preachy?
I'll answer the first question. Didactic! Sorry, I digressed. As we previously noted
we lamestorm. We set aside an entire day where we bring together ideas and like a
game of war, we place them in the center of the table to see if one is more powerful
than the other. In a single elimination tournament we eventually ascertain that idea
which has the least amount of lameness attached to it. Then we research. And if it
seems entertaining, we will outline. If not, it will go into our huge circular idea file.
What genres do you write and which is your favorite genre to write?
A: Contemporary romantic thrillers and romantic fantasy. Furthermore, we believe
we do have a propensity for humor and have works that are specific to that.
Z: I speak for Angelica, I believe her favorite genre, the one she is the best at, is
the check book.
A: Whereas with Zi it is not a genre per se, but a concept. He has said from day
one, minute one, everything he writes is about having something to say, and finding
someone to listen. For him, words without meaning are fragile shells, the chick lost
to the flock. He the incubator, i.e., the mother hen.
Can you tell us about your favorite hero and/or heroine in one of your
A: Elizabeth from CHASING GRAVITAS (working title) to be released July 2010.
She is every woman who has ever felt the pull of life coming from a place she could
not identify, it being more haunting yet magnificently compelling. Her chase for love
is one that can be identifiable and real.
Z: Every heroine.
A: Zi's profound belief in strong women becomes evident in every heroine we
create. He adores women, believes in their capabilities, encourages them to chase
down their dreams, and accomplish their goals. Within Zi exists a refusal to ever
have a female lead's flaws be more than what they are capable of rising above. He
becomes their guardian, their lover, their mentor, and when we finish the story, I do
believe he presents them to the world with pride. Yet, look at our characters, they
are every woman. He sees greatness where others fail to consider.
Z: I believe John Wooden said, "Happiness begins when selfishness ends." I find
myself the happiest when I give our heroines everything they would dream possible.
When you write about a hero/heroine, are there parts of your characters
that you take from your own lives?
Z: I needed to understand pain to write pain. Experience horror to convey it. I've
known treachery, envy, awe, and benevolence. And, yes, I have felt the inspiration
of romance. These are but a few sensations that color the texture of our work and
hopefully bring it clarity.
A: My thoughts on this are far more complex... Every heroine must love chocolate.
Do you have favorite props that you use to bolster a story? Why do you use
A: Well, many of our stories open with impending risk, placing characters in peril,
introduce our main characters, foreshadow, foredoom, foreplay (tee hee) and
resolve with a bang (tee hee). As for Zi, one prop is his writing hat which happens
to be a porkpie hat, another is strange neckwear that he uses to alter his moods,
and the third, which I find intriguing, is he wears two different shoes, one dress, one
Z: I think everyone now sees that you are didactic.
A: Ha... Ha...
When you are writing a book, do the characters become a part of your
everyday lives? How do you deal with it if they take over your every day
A: As we stated we love to read, we love to be entertained, and we love
storytelling. So, from 8:30 to 3:30 five days a week, we laugh and joke, become
awed by possibilities, cry at sorrow, and spin in the magic of each others' words and
our own. That makes our work very much a part of our lives. Every engineer,
police officer, teacher, and sales clerk has felt their job similarly. We are profoundly
lucky in that we spin magic.
Do your families encourage you to write?
A and Z: Yes!
You each have a busy life. How do you find time to write? Do you have a
Z: Here's the schedule... 8:30 to 3:30 M-F in the office feeding alligators or growing
prose. Evening hours, feeding alligators or dreaming of prose. Four to eight hours
every Saturday feeding alligators or individual creative accomplishments. Sunday
spirituality first, football second, feeding alligators third.
If for some reason you could not write anymore, how would you creatively
Z: Write about it.
A: What he said.
Thank you for some fabulous reading and your time today.
REVIEWS LATEST REVIEWS
Noella’s Gift by Donica Covey
Rating: 4 Books Holly's solution is avoidance, and Jax's is work, and Noella's... is a
Christmas gift beyond price.To read all of the review, go to:
Rating: You Gotta Read I hope you will read this and find the magic and joy
yourself! I will look for longer stories from this author based upon the fine
characters and plot presented in this short story. To read all of the review, go to:
The Masquerade by Kristi Ahlers
Rating: 5 Hearts This book was emotionally charged. I was riveted by this
storyline. To read all of the review, go to:
Betraying Chase by Donica Covey
Rating: 5 Angels Donica Covey really knows how to pen a motivating story that
grabs and makes the reader care for the players. Love, trust, and holding tightly to
the one that means more than anything to you, shines clearly in this story. To read
all of the review, go to: http://fallenangelreviews.com/2009/October/lindal-
Nerd in a Wolf Suit by Laine Morgan
Rating: 3 Cups The love scenes between Drew and Phoebe are sensual and
romantic. This quirky paranormal romance is an enjoyable and quick read. To read
all of the review, go to:
The Heart Never Lies by Cindy K. Greene
Rating: 4/5 Cindy K. Green definitely knows how to write sweet romances
especially when it has a cowboy like Beau Tucker. To read all of the review, go to:
Combustion by Rebecca Savage
Rating: 4 Shoes This is a remarkably well written story of courage, never giving up
on life, and holding onto hope for a real life with real love. A definite recommended
read. To read all of the review, go to: http://finalcutediting.viviti.com/
Consequences by Rebecca Savage
Rating: 3.5 Books It had some very tense, edge-of-your seat moments. I also
very much enjoyed the characters of Nick and Jeni. To read all of the review, go to:
Love Comes Blindly by Phyllis Campbell
Rating: 5 Angels The plot is well-developed, and the tone of the story moves at a
great pace, showing the true meaning of love and forgiveness, while holding onto
what is valuable. To read all of the review, go to:
Use By Date by Helen Ravell
Rating: 4 Books This fun read is a must, especially if you've just endured a bad
day and are in need of relaxation and a laugh. To read all of the review, go to:
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decides to intervene the sexual appetite of
and takes his place. another man soon
King Louis’s XV court makes her realize that
is stunned when the hot, lustful life
instead of a lad, the she’d shared with Dex
legendary spy, known was little more than
to his underworld child’s play.
associates only as The
SPOTLIGHT Patricia Bates
Patricia Bates writes under her own name for both her romance and erotic fiction
books. She’s been writing for well over 20 years, dabbling in many different arenas
of writing from poetry to non-fiction but finally found her true passion with historical
romances and historical erotica.
The Viscount’s Prize is her first erotic novel and was written after a lengthy
conversation with a friend about sex in history. After weeks of tossing around ideas,
brainstorming, hours and hours of research, and finally coming to the place where
she was comfortable with the storyline, The Viscount’s Prize was born. Like most
of her books or any of her writing, a small seed sprouted to develop into an idea
with a life of its own. Determined to keep herself challenged, Patricia is exploring
other genres and lengths of work as well.
A Kamloops, British Columbia native, Patricia is a wife and mother who spends as
much time with her family as she can. Working outside of the house full time leaves
little room in her life for her writing yet she makes time for it. The Viscount’s Prize
is by no means her first novel. Her debut novel, May 2009’s Bestseller Master’s
Mistress from Champagne Books, was followed by Love Thy Neighbor that was
recently released from Champagne Books.
Patricia is currently working on two more projects including a prequel to Master’s
Mistress and another erotic novel featuring a spirited ghost and the sexy cowboy
she falls in love with.
To learn more about Patricia and her writing, you can check out her website:
www.patriciabates.webs.com and her blog
News, Nominations and Awards
Cat Lovington is in the finals in the Southwest Writer annual national contest. She
and her husband are appearing in the movie "Paper Heart." They went to the
Hollywood premiere last month and walked the red carpet.
REVIEWS LATEST REVIEWS
Truth or Dare by Syrell Starr
Rating: 4 Lipsticks With realistic characters and beyond steamy scenes, Ms. Starr
worked some seriously hot magic in this story. Make sure you have a fan and ice
water when you sit down to read this extremely hot story. What is your ultimate
fantasy? To read all of the review, go to:
Far From Innocent by Arlene Knowell
Rating: 4 cherries The flirting between the two when the first meet was very hot
indeed and the scene in the storeroom was sizzling.To read all of the review, go to:
Rating: You Gotta Read During a couple of the conversations between Rachel and
Dex, I felt myself needing a tissue. The conversation just grabbed me and pulled at
my heart strings. I would love to read more of this authors work and hope to see
longer stories in the future. To read all of the review, go to:
Between Brothers by Lauren Gallagher
Rating: 4 Cherries This is a scorching hot story that flows at a brisk pace while
steaming up the pages. To read all of the review, go to:
Rating: You Gotta Read Lauren Gallagher writes a great flowing book with
wonderful characters. I will be on the look out for more stories from this author. If
they are anything like this book I know I won’t be disappointed. To read all of the
review, go to: http://yougottareadreviews.blogspot.com/2009/09/review-between-
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