Golden Leaf Spotlight on Contemporary: Elizabeth Shore

The annual NJRW “Put Your Heart in a Book” Conference is less than a month away!  To help share our excitement, we’ll shine the spotlight on one of our Golden Leaf finalists leading up until the conference.

The Golden Leaf is awarded annually for excellence in romance fiction by authors who are NJRW members or in Romance Writers of America (RWA) Region One.  Winners will be announced during the NJRW Put Your Heart in a Book Conference award ceremony on October 17, 2014.

Spotlight on Contemporary: “Hot Bayou Nights,” by Elizabeth Shore (The Wild Rose Press)

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He gave her a wry grin. “You can’t go to Paris with that horrendous French of yours. You need a translator.”

“I’d planned on learning French while I was there.”

His eyes sparkled with a wicked gleam. “But mon ange, that’s such a boring way to learn.”

“Is it?”
“Let me show you a better one.”
Jackson rose from the chair and held out his hand. She took it and stood. He brought her toward him, into his embrace, surrounding her with his warmth. She sank into him as he began caressing her back, long smooth strokes that had her purring like a contended cat.

Viens au lit,” he said, planting whisper soft kisses against the nape of her neck.

“What does that mean?”

He stepped back and brought his hand around to place a finger beneath her chin, tipping it up to look into her eyes. “Come to bed.”

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Good luck to Elizabeth and all our Golden Leaf finalists!

It’s not too late to register for the conference. Visit our website for more information. But hurry, registration closes October 4th!

Golden Leaf Spotlight on Contemporary: Hope Ramsay

The annual NJRW “Put Your Heart in a Book” Conference is less than a month away!  To help share our excitement, we’ll shine the spotlight on one of our Golden Leaf finalists leading up until the conference.

The Golden Leaf is awarded annually for excellence in romance fiction by authors who are NJRW members or in Romance Writers of America (RWA) Region One.  Winners will be announced during the NJRW Put Your Heart in a Book Conference award ceremony on October 17, 2014.

Spotlight on Contemporary: “Inn at Last Chance,” by Hope Ramsay (Forever Romance)

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Gabe finished tying off the ends of the bandage. And then he lowered his head and pressed a small kiss to Jenny’s palm.

She gasped. And desire swept through him like a coastal hurricane. He raised his head and looked into her face. “Did I hurt you?”

“No.” She breathed the word.

He cradled her hand in both of his. “You saved my life tonight.” Of this he was entirely certain.

“No, I didn’t.” Her words came out in a watery voice, and tears overflowed her eyes.

He brushed them from her cheek. “Whatever the reason, I am in your debt. It is one of the few debts that doesn’t burden me in the least.” He stopped, his voice becoming thick.

“You’re crazy, Mr. Raintree—”

He pressed his finger across her lips. “Perhaps I am crazy.  And the name is Gabe.”

“Gabe,” she whispered when he removed his finger. He caught his own name on her lips as he leaned in for one, short kiss.

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Good luck to Hope and all our Golden Leaf finalists!

It’s not too late to register for the conference. Visit our website for more information. But hurry, registration closes October 4th!

Golden Leaf Spotlight on Contemporary: Holly Jacobs

The annual NJRW “Put Your Heart in a Book” Conference is less than a month away!  To help share our excitement, we’ll shine the spotlight on one of our Golden Leaf finalists leading up until the conference.

The Golden Leaf is awarded annually for excellence in romance fiction by authors who are NJRW members or in Romance Writers of America (RWA) Region One.  Winners will be announced during the NJRW Put Your Heart in a Book Conference award ceremony on October 17, 2014.

Spotlight on Contemporary: “A Valley Ridge Christmas,” by Holly Jacobs (Harlequin)

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They were surrounded by other couples, dancing to the same song, but all he could focus on was Maeve Buchanan. As the song ended she took his hand as if to move off the dance floor. But Aaron didn’t want to go back. He didn’t want the moment to end.

As he had that thought, Maeve reached up and gave him a chaste kiss on his cheek. “Thank you.”

And suddenly, Aaron wanted more than a friendly peck on his cheek.

Without thinking about it, or weighing his action, he leaned down and kissed her on the lips. A kiss that told her without words that he thought she was anything but most women. A kiss he hoped told her how much he was growing to care about her. A kiss that said…

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Good luck to Holly and all our Golden Leaf finalists!

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Golden Leaf Spotlight on Short Contemporary: Cara Marsi

The annual NJRW “Put Your Heart in a Book” Conference is less than a month away!  To help share our excitement, we’ll shine the spotlight on one of our Golden Leaf finalists leading up until the conference.

The Golden Leaf is awarded annually for excellence in romance fiction by authors who are NJRW members or in Romance Writers of America (RWA) Region One.  Winners will be announced during the NJRW Put Your Heart in a Book Conference award ceremony on October 17, 2014.

Spotlight on Short Contemporary: “A Groom for Christmas,” by Cara Marsi (The Painted Lady Press)

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“I have a proposition for you.”

He quirked that eyebrow again. “Sounds interesting.”

“It’s not what you think.”

He laughed. “What I’m thinking is very good.”

Heat suffused her cheeks. “Clean out your mind. It’s a business proposition.”

“Too bad.” He signaled the waitress for two cups of coffee, then re-settled onto his stool, his attention on Graceann. “Go on. I’m listening.”

Covering her anxiety, she added cream to her coffee, stirred, then took too big a sip and choked as the liquid burned its way down her throat.

He patted her on her back until she waved him away. “I’m fine,” she managed. Pushing aside her cup to let the drink cool, she locked her gaze with his. She would not let him intimidate her.

“I need a fiancé.”

His lips tilted in amusement. “Are you asking me to marry you, Ms. Palmer?”

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Golden Leaf Spotlight on Short Contemporary: Brenda Harlen

The annual NJRW “Put Your Heart in a Book” Conference is less than a month away!  To help share our excitement, we’ll shine the spotlight on one of our Golden Leaf finalists leading up until the conference.

The Golden Leaf is awarded annually for excellence in romance fiction by authors who are NJRW members or in Romance Writers of America (RWA) Region One.  Winners will be announced during the NJRW Put Your Heart in a Book Conference award ceremony on October 17, 2014.

Spotlight on Short Contemporary: “The Single Dad’s Second Chance,” by Brenda Harlen (Harlequin)

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She picked up her purse off the console, double-checked that she had the tickets then grabbed her coat from the closet. “Okay,” she told him.

When he didn’t shift from his position in front of the door, she looked up at him.

He watched her eyes darken as puzzlement changed to awareness, and the pulse at the base of her throat quickened as awareness gave way to desire. It had been a long time since he’d had to read a woman’s signals, but he was confident that the attraction he felt was reciprocated.

She moistened her lips with the tip of her tongue. “Are you, uh, ready?”

“Yeah,” he agreed. “There’s just one thing I think we should get out of the way before we go.”

And then he kissed her.

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Golden Leaf Spotlight on Short Contemporary: Leigh Duncan

The annual NJRW “Put Your Heart in a Book” Conference is less than a month away!  To help share our excitement, we’ll shine the spotlight on one of our Golden Leaf finalists leading up until the conference.

The Golden Leaf is awarded annually for excellence in romance fiction by authors who are NJRW members or in Romance Writers of America (RWA) Region One.  Winners will be announced during the NJRW Put Your Heart in a Book Conference award ceremony on October 17, 2014.

Spotlight on Short Contemporary: “Second Chance Family,” by Leigh Duncan (Harlequin)

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Courtney gestured toward the trees, but swore no one noticed. Oh, one or two of the parents gave vacant nods. Melinda, the woman she’d met at tryouts, sent her a cheery look. Courtney returned the half-wave and turned to see what had captured everyone’s attention.

As she suspected, Travis was the culprit.

On the field, he moved with a lithe grace from player to player, positioning them for infield practice. When he squatted down to speak face-to-face with the catcher, Courtney swore she heard one of the mothers swoon. The fathers, well, if the starry-eyed hero worship in their eyes was any indication, they’d all become members of the Travis Oak Fan Club.

A club she was just as determined not to join.

The coach might be the adored answer to the other parents’ prayers, but she was not going to fall under his spell. First and foremost, he was a baseball player…and she was done with those.

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Good luck to Leigh and all our Golden Leaf finalists!

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Golden Leaf Spotlight on Historical: Caroline Linden

The annual NJRW “Put Your Heart in a Book” Conference is less than a month away!  To help share our excitement, we’ll shine the spotlight on one of our Golden Leaf finalists leading up until the conference.

The Golden Leaf is awarded annually for excellence in romance fiction by authors who are NJRW members or in Romance Writers of America (RWA) Region One.  Winners will be announced during the NJRW Put Your Heart in a Book Conference award ceremony on October 17, 2014.

Spotlight on Historical: “Love and Other Scandals,” by Caroline Linden (Avon Books)

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“So,” she said to quiet the instinctive tumult inside her body just at the memory of his kiss, “does that mean you plan to kiss me again?”

“No,” he said before she even finished the question.

“Good,” she said with all the cool poise she could muster. “I didn’t much care for it.”

For a moment he didn’t move. A muscle twitched in his jaw. Joan held her ground, sure she’d piqued him where it hurt. If he’d only kissed her to make her stop talking, and couldn’t even be gentlemanly enough to let her think he enjoyed it, she had no qualms in disdaining his skill.

“That sounds remarkably like a challenge,” he said, his voice low and silky. “Challenges, Miss Bennet, are mother’s milk to me. Take care how you issue them.”

“Still a boy with something to prove?” She gave him a patronizing look. “I suppose you’d do it again quickly enough if someone laid you a wager on it.”

Now his smile grew dangerous. “I’ll take that wager. A shilling says I can kiss you and you’ll enjoy it.”

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Good luck to Caroline and all our Golden Leaf finalists!

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