Archive | September 2013

Golden Leaf Spotlight on Contemporary Series: 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 each day 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 held October 18-19, 2013.

Spotlight on Contemporary Series: “From Neighbors…to Newlyweds?” by Brenda Harlen (Harlequin)

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When they made their way down the stairs and into the empty living room, he frowned.

“Where did the babysitter go?”

“I sent her home.” She hoped she sounded more confident than she felt, because now that they were really alone, her stomach was in such a mess of knots she didn’t think they’d ever untangle.

“I thought we were going back to the park to see the fireworks.”

“I changed my mind.”

“Don’t I get a vote?”

She shook her head. “No, but you have a choice.”

“What choice is that?” Matt asked her.

She lifted her arms to link them around his neck. “You can go back to the park for the fireworks—” her fingers cupped the back of his head, drew it down towards hers “—or we can make some of our own right here.”

And then she kissed him.

Good luck to Brenda and all our Golden Leaf finalists!

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Golden Leaf Spotlight on Historical: Miranda Neville

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 each day 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 held October 18-19, 2013.

Spotlight on Historical: “The Importance of Being Wicked,” by Miranda Neville (Avon)

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This evening had revealed an inconvenient truth. She, Caro Townsend, a virtuous if not reputable widow, desperately wanted to go to bed with the Duke of Castleton.

She wanted to feel desire. She welcomed the heat in her veins, the flutter in her chest, the streaks of excitement passing through her body, making her feel young and hopeful and so alive. A liaison for pleasure and amusement was just what she needed. But with the right kind of man, a man of the world. Not a stuffy, overly formal nobleman who wanted to marry her cousin.

For Castleton was the kind of man one married. And even if he didn’t wed Anne, Caro was the last woman he’d consider. He was devoted to family tradition, and the Dukes of Castleton always married money.

Good luck to Miranda and all our Golden Leaf finalists!

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Golden Leaf Spotlight on Historical: Sally MacKenzie

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 each day 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 held October 18-19, 2013.

Spotlight on Historical: “Surprising Lord Jack,” by Sally MacKenzie (Kensington)

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She forced her eyes open.

Mistake. He was still virtually naked, and now he was facing her. She’d never seen an almost naked man. Muscles shaped his arms; brown hair sprinkled over his chest, narrowing to a line down his flat stomach to—

She snapped her gaze up to his face. Oh God, if she’d thought Mr. Littleton handsome, she’d much mistaken the matter. Littleton had been merely pretty in a weak, overcosseted way, like a pampered housecat. This was a tiger.

Hazel eyes, fringed with ridiculously long lashes, studied her.

She dropped her gaze to the coverlet. His beautiful eyes were far too direct and uncomfortably probing. If she wasn’t very, very careful, he’d discover her secret.

“I really won’t hurt you.”

Ha! That was likely what the tiger said to the . . . what did tigers eat?

Anything they wanted to.

Good luck to Sally and all our Golden Leaf finalists!

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Golden Leaf Spotlight on Historical: Diane Gaston

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 each day 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 held October 18-19, 2013.

Spotlight on Historical: “A Reputation for Notoriety,” by Diane Gaston (Harlequin)

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She gazed at him, so tall, so taut he was like a coiled spring. A flutter of nerves–or excitement–made her press her hand against her stomach. His shirtsleeves accentuated his broad shoulders and narrow waist. He robbed her of breath.

She blinked. “Are you going to make me say it?”

One corner of his mouth turned up. “Indeed.”

Courage was failing her. “What you asked of me–I might say yes.”

He tilted his head. “Might say yes?”

She gathered her resolve and stood. “Will say yes.”

He raised her hand to his lips, which were warm and firm and sent a thrill deep within her. “You are certain?”

No. She was not certain at all. But she could not make herself refuse.

She did not want to refuse.

“Come.” He took her by the hand. “I will show you my bed chamber.”

Good luck to Diane and all our Golden Leaf finalists!

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Golden Leaf Spotlight on Historical: D.L. Carter

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 each day 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 held October 18-19, 2013.

Spotlight on Historical: “Ridiculous!” by D.L. Carter (Corvallis Press)

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“It means, I decided long ago to live as if I were a cat. After all, as the old saying goes, a cat may look at a king.”

“Fool,” said Mrs. Fleming.

Lady Beth sat up and for the first time met Millicent’s eyes.

“I do not understand,” said Lady Beth. “What does that mean?”

“It means,” said Millicent, “that of all God’s creatures a cat is at all times himself. When in the presence of a king, mere mortal man must bow and lady, curtsy. A dog, well trained, will grovel and beg. Horses wait patiently in the rain upon his pleasure. But a cat cares but for himself. He will walk into any room and stare you in the eye, be you king or clown and he will hold his own opinion of you. He will turn his back on you if you displease him, stand, sit, or walk away as is his will. And a king will tolerate this from a cat, but from no one else, since to protest would be the veriest waste of time.”

“How very odd,” said Lady Beth with a giggle. “I have never thought of that.”

“And so I model myself on a cat, disdaining fashion to dress comfortably and pleasing myself with my manners.”

Good luck to D.L. and all our Golden Leaf finalists!

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Golden Leaf Spotlight on Romantic Suspense: Melinda Leigh

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 each day 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 held October 18-19, 2013.

Spotlight on Romantic Suspense: “She Can Tell,” by Melinda Leigh  (Montlake Romance)

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He didn’t react to her quip. His gaze reflected the pain of her confession. “It won’t happen to you.”

How did he do that? How did he know what was going on in her head?

“Here’s hoping.” She washed the pill down with the rest of her milk. “Let’s go in the den.”

“If you’re hitting on me,” Mike resisted, “drugged women in pain aren’t on my list of turn-ons.”

“Get your mind out of the gutter, He-Man.  You’re hot and everything, but sex is the last thing on my mind tonight.” She stopped in front of his chair. The thought of being alone again was a ball of unbearable emptiness behind her breastbone.

“You think I’m hot.” He grinned up at her.

Her face heated. “Don’t let it go to your head.”

“Too late.”

Good luck to Melinda and all our Golden Leaf finalists!

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Golden Leaf Spotlight on Romantic Suspense: Dee Davis

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 each day 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 held October 18-19, 2013.

Spotlight on Romantic Suspense: “Double Danger,” by Dee Davis  (Grand Central)

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“You’ve always had my back.”  Simon leaned closer, framing her face with his hands.  Jillian tried to ignore the feel of his skin against hers, but memory surfaced, and she caught her breath, waiting.

“I just reacted in the moment,” she whispered.  “I couldn’t bear the thought of losing you.”

The minute the words were out, she regretted them.  But he took them as an invitation, his lips closing on hers.  And for just a moment, she allowed herself the pleasure, the horrors of the last few days receding against the power of their attraction.

In the circle of his arms she felt safe.

And trapped.

She’d been here before.  And she knew the cost was too high.  She’d only just found herself again.  And she’d sworn that she wouldn’t let anyone take that away.  Not even Simon.

Especially not Simon.

Good luck to Dee and all our Golden Leaf finalists!

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