Nov 122015

I Otter Decide…

One question that comes up whenever I talk about my new M/M paranormal romance, Otter Chaos, is “Why otters?

The novel had its genesis in a sort story for a themed anthology: the stories had to be set in Colorado and be particularly Colorado related. I set a lot of my stories in the high country, but I didn’t want to return to Wapiti Creek and Rendezvous Lake and a cast of characters who’ve been wandering through each others’ stories, no matter how much I enjoy playing with Jake, Kurt, Mark, and Allan.

And then I heard an otter had been spotted in downtown Boulder, playing in the creek. Eureka!

Otters were important fur animals in the Rockies, but were trapped nearly into extinction. The populations have been increasing, fortunately, and now these playful creatures are just on the edge of being removed from the Endangered Species List. Great news!

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Nov 112015


Welcome to the 2nd annual

Cowboys and Christmas

Blog Tour!

Raising funds and awareness for the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund

Ring in the Holidays with a Helping Hand

NoJCCF logovember 1 through Dec. 24, 10 percent of the net proceeds from all Shanna Hatfield book sales will be donated to the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund. The JCCF is a non-profit organization that assists rodeo athletes who’ve sustained catastrophic injuries and are unable to work for an extended period. Every book purchased during this promotional period adds to the donation total. Don’t forget to add books to your Christmas lists!

USA Today Bestselling Author Shanna Hatfield writes character-driven romances with relatable heroes and heroines. Her historical westerns have been described as “reminiscent of the era captured by Bonanza and The Virginian” while her contemporary works have been called “laugh-out-loud funny, and a little heart-pumping sexy without being explicit in any way.”

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Nov 092015

Modern Magic: A Quartet of Fractured Fairy Tales by Jennifer DeCuir, Stephanie Cage, Andrea R. Cooper, and Nancy C. Weeks  

Modern Magic is a collection of short stories that bend the traditional fairy tales we’re familiar with to provide an exciting alternative.

What if Cinderella ditched the prince’s ball and sent her fairy godmother to find love in her place?

Suppose a streetwise hero hired to steal an all-powerful Genie (stuck in a flash drive rather than a brass lamp) for a tech company ended up running for his life with the CEO’s gorgeous, intelligent daughter?

Or what if the bed that a certain golden-tressed girl accidentally napped in belonged to the hot and famous middle brother of a notorious boy band?

Can you envision the sparks that might fly if a bitter and downright beastly wheelchair-bound woman propositioned a handsome bookseller to stay with her in exchange for her rare book collection?

Here is the story behind how each of these talented authors approached the challenge:


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Oct 302015

The Houses of Parliament, Westminster, London


A descendant of an ancient Lowland clan, Amy adores Scotland. Though she now resides in southwest Utah, she received her MBA from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. Winning multiple writing awards, she found her niche in the genre of Scottish historical romance, writing steamy edge-of-your-seat action adventures with rugged men and fascinating women who weave their paths through the brutal eras of centuries past. Amy loves hearing from her readers.

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Oct 232015

Finding the One: The Top Three Signs You’ve Found Your Soulmate

One of the basic tenets of romance is the concept of finding your perfect soulmate. Romance fiction is the perfect way to analyze relationships in order to determine the top three signs you’ve found yours.

They just “get” you. As Jerry Maguire so eloquently proclaimed “You complete me.” Soulmates fill in each other’s blanks. Have you ever felt a connection to someone who seems to understand you, even if you don’t understand yourself? In history, Aristophanes (by way of Plato’s Symposium) is credited with the concept of Split Aparts. He stated that men and women were originally a single being, with four arms, four legs and one head with two sides. Those super beings were ultra-powerful and threatened the existence of the gods who punished them by tearing them in half and sewing them up. Thus, he supposed, humanity was doomed to forever long for his/her other half, for the completion of his/her soul. When the two Split Aparts find each other, there is an unspoken and instant connection to one another.

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Oct 122015

My Author Space by Addison Fox

Thanks so much for having me today on the blog! It’s always fun to get a peek inside of others lives and I thought I’d share my writing space with you today.

While I will write anywhere I have a block of time – a coffee shop, an airplane, lunchtime at work – I prefer whenever possible to write in my home office. A converted bedroom, my office is a haven that is full of pieces of my career. My 20th book – THE PROFESSIONAL – comes out this month and I wrote it in this room along with almost every one that came before.

A few highlights:

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Oct 072015

Hope White’s Writer’s Space

I create fiction in my pale pink office, with a golden retriever at my feet and a gray cat squeezed between my laptop and the arm of my chair.   It can be a little crowded, but it’s warm for sure.

My writing chair and pets

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Oct 072015

Dark PursuitToday we welcome the authors of the upcoming anthology Dark Pursuit.  Each author has told us a little about their inspiration for their story in this anthology.


Tempted to Death by Jessica Jarman

Months ago, Tara Wilcox ran away from Luca Castell and Oliver Gordon. She’d fallen hard for the pair of hunters and feared their growing feelings for her. But what truly terrified her was the possibility that they’d discover what she really is. That she’s the very thing they hunted.

Luca and Oliver are partners, in every sense of the word, and their lives are spent running toward danger. Falling for Tara was the biggest risk they’d ever taken, and her vanishing without a word gutted them.

But, she’s back, desperate for their help in hunting a vicious para creature. Despite the risks—to their lives and their hearts—reigniting the love they’d had is simple. But nothing is simple when, faced with an impossible choice, Tara reveals her true nature.

Now that Luca and Oliver know the truth, Tara has another choice to make—run again or trust that their love is strong enough to look beyond the monster she fears they’ll see.



I don’t know if you’d call it inspiration or not, but the idea of falling in love with a person who is something you’ve spent your life hunting has always been intriguing to me. Tara is a paranormal human, and Luca and Oliver have dedicated their lives to hunting paras. They’ve never had to question whether paras could be good or just not evil that needs to be eliminated.

So for them to fall for a woman who is both hunter and a para… Can they change, can they grow from the shoot-first-maybe-ask-questions-later mode they’ve always been in? That was the idea that sparked this whole story for me.


Bio: Jessica Jarman is an author, blogger and rather obsessive fangirl. Having grown up in Upper Michigan and currently living in Minnesota, she’s a Midwestern girl through and through. And wouldn’t have it any other way.

When Jessica’s not working to get words on the page, she passes the time with her amazing husband and four children, attempting to be crafty (and failing miserably), squeeing uncontrollably over my favorite shows or curling up with a good book.

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Oct 062015

Elle James's DeskMY OFFICE
By Elle James

My office is on the second floor of my house in an odd shaped bedroom that fits it perfectly. I love the long wall of bookshelves that are brimming with my books, writing and research books, and books of other authors I love or hope to read when I have spare time on my hands. Ha! I’m fortunate to have a walk-in closet to store the boxes of books I receive from Harlequin, mailing supplies, my promotional items and old uniforms from my time in the military.

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Oct 012015

Self-publishing VS. Traditional Publishing

It’s an indie author’s dream to get that “Yes!” from an actual publisher.  In some ways, it serves to validate your work as an author.  Not that I don’t feel validated with each sale of my self-published works, but it’s just…different.  It’s like when you think your hair looks good and then some random stranger comes up and says, “Your hair is absolutely lovely.”  Validation.  Not that we need it, but it simply feels so good.

Touchy-feely stuff aside, the two have a lot of differences, but also some similarities.  As for the differences, I now have deadlines.  Oh, my, the deadlines.  At least in my case, the deadlines have not been unreasonable.  I’ve had plenty of time to reach each one with ease.  However, life can and does get in the way, so budgeting time is a must.  None of my usual, “oh, I can put that off until tomorrow or next week” nonsense I used to pull in my self-pub days.  A difference I love is that I no longer have to make my own covers (or pay someone an arm and a leg to create them for me).  It’s a big load off my shoulders, and my covers are gorgeous:


JJ 1 & 2 covers


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