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Golden Leaf Spotlight on Romantic Suspense: Melinda Leigh

The annual NJRW “Put Your Heart in a Book” Conference is 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 Romantic Suspense: “She Can Scream,” by Melinda Leigh (Montlake Romance)

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Stalking used to be harder.

He read the display on his phone: OFF 4 MY RUN!

Thank you, social media, for a generation of young women compelled to report their every movement to the world. Though it felt vaguely like cheating, a player who maintained a demanding career and hobby appreciated the amount of information willingly floated in cyberspace. There was only so much time in a day.

He set his phone on his thigh, picked up his binoculars, and adjusted the focus. A dead leaf drifted from the red maple branches above his car and landed on his windshield. At the other end of the street, Madison Thorpe excited her parents’ bi-level house. She stepped out onto the stoop in between a pair of carved pumpkins.

Right on schedule.

(Work is copyright of the author; may not be reused without permission.)

Good luck to Melinda 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!

 

 

 

 

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Golden Leaf Spotlight on Romantic Suspense: Laura Kaye

The annual NJRW “Put Your Heart in a Book” Conference is 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 Romantic Suspense: “Hard As You Can,” by Laura Kaye (Avon)

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“There’s one more thing I need to share,” Sara said. She stretched out on her stomach.

Showing Shane her scars. Letting him look his fill.

He knew battle-hardened warriors without that much courage and spirit.

The injuries were far worse than Shane had been able to feel. He hadn’t been wrong about the cause, though. Sara had been beaten. A boulder parked itself on his chest. “You okay?” he asked, brushing her hair away so he could see the whole canvas of her back.

She turned her face toward him. “I am now.”

“Will it bother you if I touch you there?”

“You really want to?” she asked.

Shane didn’t answer with words. Leaning over, he kissed the most gnarled scar just below her left shoulder blade. She gasped. “My beautiful Sara,” he said. As she trembled beneath him, he kissed each distinct mark he could make out. Twenty-two in all.

(Work is copyright of the author; may not be reused without permission.)

Good luck to Laura 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 Romantic Suspense: Gail Barrett

The annual NJRW “Put Your Heart in a Book” Conference is 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 Romantic Suspense: “A Kiss To Die For,” by Gail Barrett (Harlequin)

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His pulse slowing, Sully closed his eyes, feeling oddly at peace despite the danger hounding their heels.  Maybe it was because she’d suffered as much as he had.  Maybe because she understood how deep a loss like that could sear.  But he realized that he liked being around Haley.  He respected her.  Admired her.

He was falling for her.  Hard.

His stomach sank.  He had no right to pursue her.  He was the last person she needed, unsuitable in every way.  She needed someone who could protect her, defend her, not an unstable wreck like him.

But he couldn’t seem to resist her.  Everything about her impressed him — her loyalty, her determination to safeguard others, her refusal to run from the enemy dogging their steps.

And God help him, but he wanted to feel that again, that idealism, that drive to make a difference in the world, that need to battle the bad guys and keep the defenseless safe.

To be the man that he once was.

(Work is copyright of the author; may not be reused without permission.)

Good luck to Gail 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 Novella: Lynn Kellan

The annual NJRW “Put Your Heart in a Book” Conference is 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 Novella: “Anything You Ask,” by Lynn Kellan (The Wild Rose Press)

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“You may now kiss the bride.”

Determined to keep it brief, Danielle flattened a hand on Hale’s white oxford shirt. Beneath her palm, his heart thundered like he’d sprinted from Oklahoma to be at her side. The taciturn expression he’d worn for the past few days cracked, revealing a poignant longing in his clear blue eyes.

“Finally,” he murmured, tracing her jaw with his blunt fingertips.

The gentle caress made her feel like someone tilted the courthouse floor, and she grasped his red silk tie to keep her balance. The instant his lips touched hers, the anxiety pulsing through her body diminished into an inconsequential echo.

His calloused hand cupped the back of her neck and he kissed her again, longer than before. Her eyes fluttered shut, seduced by the sensual thrill of having Hale Cooper’s bottom lip slide along hers.

She wasn’t supposed to like this, was she?

(Work is copyright of the author; may not be reused without permission.)

Good luck to Lynn 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 Novella: Jessie Clever

The annual NJRW “Put Your Heart in a Book” Conference is less than five weeks 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 Novella: “Inevitably a Duchess,” by Jessie Clever (Someday Lady Publishing)

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Jane held up the bourdaloue.

“Then what is this doing in your dressing room?”

Richard did not hesitate as he replied, “Waiting for you to make use of it.”

Jane’s hand faltered slightly at his words, and the bourdaloue wobbled in her grip.

“You acquired this for me?”

Richard nodded, finishing with one tea cup before starting to fill another.

“I had heard that chamberpots could be awkward for ladies, and I didn’t want you to be inconvenienced.”  He finished filling the second cup and returned his gaze more directly to her.  “I thought you had dire need of such facilities.  Why are you standing there having this conversation with me?”

The hand holding the bourdaloue dropped completely, returning to its place at her side.

“That is the nicest thing that anyone has ever done for me,” Jane said and was surprised to find her voice came out as a whisper.

(Work is copyright of the author; may not be reused without permission.)

Good luck to Jessie 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 Novella: Opal Carew

The annual NJRW “Put Your Heart in a Book” Conference is less than five weeks 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.

We now move away from our Hall of Fame recipients,and onto our 2014 finalists! First up is Novella.

Spotlight on Novella: “Hot Ride,” by Opal Carew (self-published)

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His dark eyes glowed like a blazing fire, glittering with sparks.

In a sudden movement, she felt herself pushed back against the building.  Her breath caught as his big, solid body crushed her tight to the cold brick wall.

Oh, God, had she made a mistake?  He was so big and intimidating, and right now, he looked determined and… almost feral.  He pivoted his hips forward and she could feel a hard bulge against her stomach, proof that he was aroused by her.  Anxiety spiked through her, and a little fear, but right alongside those feelings was a wild surge of excitement.

He grabbed her wrists and pushed them over her head, then held them tight, his striking midnight eyes locked on hers.  She could feel the erratic pounding of her blood pumping through her veins.

She had never felt so alive.

(Work is copyright of the author; may not be reused without permission.)

Good luck to Opal 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!