Alina K. Field will read from her novel Bella’s Band.
Bullets, blades, and incendiary bombs—Major Steven Beauverde, the latest Earl of Hackwell, belongs in that world, and is determined to get back to it. His brother’s murder has forced Steven out of the army and into the title, but he has no interest in being the Earl, and worse, no idea how to salvage the depleted estate. A rumor that his brother had a son by a woman who may be a) the murderer, and b) his brother’s wife, sets Steven on a mission to find her, the boy, and—Steven ardently hopes—proof of a secret marriage that will set Steven free.
Annabelle Harris is a country heiress and a confirmed spinster resettled in London to find her sister, the mistress to the Earl of Hackwell. While she searches, she fills her home with orphans and street urchins. When the Earl is murdered, Annabelle’s sister thrusts the Earl’s illegitimate child into Annabelle’s care and disappears. Now, with suspicion pointing at her sister, Annabelle has begun a new quest—to find her sibling and clear her name.
Award-winning author Alina K. Field earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and German literature, but she found her true passion in reading and writing romance. Though her roots are in the Midwest, after six very, very, very cold years in Chicago, she moved to Southern California and hasn’t looked back. She shares a midcentury home with her husband and a blue-eyed cat who conned his way in for dinner one day and decided the food was too good to leave. www.alinakfield.com
Sylvie Fox will read from her novel Don’t Judge Me.
So far, Raphael Augustine’s ten year career as a comedian consists of a lot of ones: one night gigs, one night stands, and one night in jail. But he’s committed to inking a successful TV deal, nonetheless. He’s not looking for a relationship and certainly doesn’t expect to have his briefs tied in a knot by a prim and proper woman from Connecticut.
There’s not much to laugh about in Daisy Fletcher’s life. She never thought an Ivy League degree would land her work as an adult webmaster. Years later, fake chat room dates are her only companions, and a failing business her reward. Her father always told her men only want one thing. By selling that one thing to virtual customers, she’s lost faith in the opposite sex.
After Daisy catches Raphael’s shirt during a striptease at a gay bar, she’s tempted. Can a rakish comic change Daisy’s ideas about love and fortune?
Sylvie Fox’s characters have much more interesting lives she does. They are far more daring, never have bad weather, and drive nicer cars. But, if you’re interested in the formative years of this author, here goes.
She was born in Brooklyn, New York during the 1970s. Her parents were divorced soon thereafter – and she spent many of her childhood years riding in cars or cabs across Brooklyn and Queens. After high school, she went to Smith College where she earned a degree in English Language & Literature. Which means that her parents paid a pretty penny for her to read all day in her pajamas. Then she went to law school at Cornell. To this day, she’s not sure why she did that. The good news is that she met her husband there.
She doesn’t know which she quit more times, writing or the law. After law school, she wrote for various newspapers in and around Cleveland, Ohio. She also took and passed the bar. She quit writing to practice law. For about five years, she represented abused children, divorcing spouses, and criminal defendants. After all that stress, writing seemed like a breeze. She quit practicing law and moved out to sunny Los Angeles. She wrote one book, got an agent and couldn’t sell it, then took and passed another bar. For another five years she practiced corporate and real estate law. Nearly bored to death, she quit the law again, wrote two more books, which sold. www.sylviefox.com
Debra Holland will read from her novel Glorious Montana Sky.
After spending nine years as a missionary in Africa and losing his wife to illness, Joshua Norton is exhausted, emotionally and physically. He returns home to the frontier Montana town of Sweetwater Springs with his estranged nine-year-old son in tow, hoping to rebuild his relationship with the boy.
Meanwhile, New Orleans resident Delia Fortier plots to escape the terrible fate her mother has planned for her: becoming the mistress of a cruel, powerful politician. The mixed-race secret daughter of a wealthy Creole businessman, Delia boldly seeks help from her father’s family. Although the rest of the family spurns her, her father is delighted to learn of Delia’s existence and offers her an opportunity: travel west with him, pretending to be his legitimate daughter.
When Joshua and Delia meet, their intense attraction is undeniable. But will Delia’s secret stand in the way of their love? Or will prejudice destroy their future…and their lives?
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Debra Holland is a three-time Romance Writers of America Golden Heart finalist and one time winner. She is the author of the Montana Sky Series, sweet, historical Western romances, which are a combination of published by Montlake Romance and self-published. In 2013, Amazon selected Starry Montana Sky as one of the Top 50 Greatest Love Stories.
Debra is also the author of The Gods’ Dream Trilogy (fantasy romance.) and the nonfiction book, The Essential Guide to Grief and Grieving. She’s a contributing author to The Naked Truth About Self-Publishing. Sign up for her newsletter and receive a free ebooklet on her website, http://drdebraholland.com: 58 Tips for Getting What You Want From a Difficult Conversation.
Debra lives in Southern California with her two dogs and two cats. www.drdebraholland.com
Linda McLaughlin will read from her novel Rogue’s Hostage.
In 1758 the Pennsylvania frontier is wild, primitive and dangerous, where safety often lies at the end of a gun. Mara Dupré’s life crumbles when a French and Indian war party attacks her cabin, kills her husband, and takes her captive. Marching through the wilderness strengthens her resolve to flee, but she doesn’t count on her captor teaching her the meaning of courage and the tempting call of desire.
French lieutenant Jacques Corbeau’s desire for his captive threatens what little honor he has left. But when Mara desperately offers herself to him in exchange for her freedom, he finds the strength to refuse and reclaims his lost self-respect. As the shadows of his past catch up to him, Jacques realizes that Mara, despite the odds, is the one true key to reclaiming his soul and banishing his past misdeeds forever.
Linda McLaughlin spent most of her childhood with her head in the proverbial clouds while dreaming of worlds long past or never created. An only child, she played in the attic with her imaginary friend Ricardo and his horse. (She’s still not quite sure how Ricardo got the horse into the attic.) Needless to say, most of her childhood is a haze, and she has very few memories of actual events. She still does not know why her second grade teacher didn’t like her, unless it was for asking too many precocious questions.
Her fifth grade teacher said, “Linda has a mind of her own.” That pronoucement caused momentary panic in the maternal bosom, but all turned out well. Despite her inattention in class–often because she was focused on the novel hidden in her lap instead of her textbook–Linda managed to graduate from high school, college and earn a Master’s Degree in Library Science. She enjoys library work as it fits her compulsively helpful nature.
A late bloomer, Linda beat the odds and married at the age of forty. She and her husband live in Orange County, California.
A book junkie and history buff from an early age, she enjoyed listening to her grandmother’s stories of life in the past, including how her ancestors lived in a log cabin and fought in the Civil War. So it’s only natural she prefers writing historical romance. She loves transporting her readers into the past where her characters learn that, in the journey of life, love is the sweetest reward. www.lindalyndi.com