Faery Special Romances by Jacquie Rogers finaled in the Fantasm Awards in two categories: Best Faerie Tale Romance and Best Overall Fantasy Romance. Voting is now open! In addition, "The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fairy," a paranormal western story in Faery Special Romances has finaled in the prestigious P.E.A.R.L. Awards for Best Short Story/Novella.
Jacquie is also hosting a Valentine's Day Contest! Contestants sent in their own Faery Special Romance stories, and now they'd love you to vote for them. Read the stories and pick your own favorite!
Michelle Styles' books are going international again. A Noble Captive has been translated into Czech as ŘÍMAN A KNĚŽKA (and so has Michelle--she's credited as Michelle Stylesová). Taken by the Viking also has a new, warmer cover for its upcoming US release.
Penny Ash has signed a contract with Mojocastle Press to coauthor an alternate history western she'll be co-writing with a friend. More details to come!
Anne Whitfield's The Gentle Wind's Caress has been released in large print in the UK with a beautiful new hardback cover, available through Amazon. In addition, her WWII-set romance Broken Hero will be released as an ebook through The Wild Rose Press on 29 February, then as a paperback on 25 April.
Audrey Pearson's life changed dramatically when WWII broke out and her large home, Twelve Pines on the East Yorkshire coast, became a convalescence home for wounded soldiers. Her life is no longer lavish with entertainment, beautiful clothes and surrounded by a loving family. Soldiers, physically and mentally wounded now fill her home. The smell of disinfectant replaces her mother’s perfume and gone are the friends and acquaintances--instead nurses roam the hallways.***
Captain Jake Harding, a doctor training in psychiatry arrives at Twelve Pines. Audrey immediately finds herself attracted to the Captain, but he is remote towards her. Puzzled by his cold behaviour, Audrey tries to learn more about the handsome Captain. He reveals that he's lost a wife and baby in childbirth and refuses to ever remarry. However, despite this, Audrey believes she can change his mind and make him aware he doesn’t have to spend his life alone. The ice around Jake's heart begins to melt. For years he has rejected the possibility of finding love again because of the pain it caused him before, but the beautiful Audrey shows him her love and she needs someone to love her in return.
Could he honestly walk away from her, from the love that could be his?
As a special Valentine gift for her readers, Sandra Schwab is currently posting the last few episodes of her free novella BETRAYAL on her podcast, Sandy's Podchatter. On a golden day in early summer two young boys meet by chance in the crowded streets of Florence--and change the lives of a man and a woman forevermore. For more information please visit Sandra's website.
Join us Sunday when our guest author will be Jennifer Mueller. She'll be discussing her release Havana Holiday, set in 1930s Cuba. We'll also draw the winner of a copy of Jeannine Van Eperen's book Daughter of Spain. Leave a comment for your chance to win.
Have a good weekend. If you have an announcement to make for next week, email Carrie! See you next week...