Updates and News Around Town

Happy Monday, everyone!

My humblest apologies for the radio silence thus far in 2017, as I’ve had my head down and been writing like mad trying to keep up with a surprisingly happy muse.

I’m super stoked about my current work in progress, which I’m thrilled to say book 1 of 3 is now fully written and undergoing edits. Definitely one of the most fun and creatively liberating books I’ve written. For fans of my dragon books, it’s in the same vein (fantasy/supernatural) but set in modern times and faster paced but still full of witty dialog. “Paranormal Chick Lit” is what a dear friend called it. Lol Hopefully, my heroine Shayla and her motley cast of mythical creature cohorts will find the perfect publication home soon.

Dragons? Hmm, I believe that brings me to my next item on the agenda…

(Drum roll, please……)

Yes, it’s true–DRAGONS AMONG THEM and DRAGONS AGAINST THEM have been contracted for re-release with Entangled Publishing (my Checkerberry Inn publisher). When Samhain Publishing closed its doors this February, my books temporarily came off the retail sites. I’m excited to have be given the opportunity to continue working with Entangled and am eager to venture into their Select Otherworld imprint.
And before you ask–no, book 3 is not a done deal yet. But I promise you this: I will be doing all I can to bring that book to life. The series deserves to come full circle, and for fans of Zayne and Addie, I hope you’ll continue to be patient as I work to give their HEA the grand finale it deserves. (And oh, is it gonna be a great one!!)


Also coming out this year is book three in my Checkerberry Inn series. Chef Maddie has certainly met her match, and is currently undergoing pre-publication edits. Look to see that book releasing (fingers crossed) this July.

Okay, enough about me. Since I’ve been quiet for so long, I thought I’d share a few other books that have either recently released or are getting ready to release by authors that I know and adore. And stay tuned for more updates. Until then, I’m heading back to my writing cave. 😉

Happy April!

THE COWBOY TAKES A BRIDE by Kristi Rose (released 2/27/17)
Would you be a modern-day mail order bride?

(A Mill Pond Romance)
by Juli Lynn (released 3/21/17)
Lush foliage, farm fresh food, friendly folks—it’s no wonder everyone loves a fall getaway to Mill Pond, Indiana. And this season, when a new chef arrives on the scene, nothing will ever be the same . . .

THE BLACK LILY (Tales of the Black Lily Book 1) by Juliette Cross (released 3/27/17)
(What if Cinderella was a vampire killer?…)

FOOLISH BRIDE (Forever Brides Book 2) by A.S. Fenichel (released 3/28/17)
Sadly ever after . . . unless some dreams really do come true?

WHERE THERE’S FAITH (Fairfield Corners Book 3) by L.A. Reminicky (releasing 4/4/17)
A past she can’t remember. A love he can’t forget.

WILD AND SWEET (The Haven Brotherhood Book 2)
by Rhenna Morgan (releasing 4/10/17)
(Um, it’s the Haven Brotherhood…need I say more?)

Cover Fun with Jen Colly

Good morning, everyone! Indiana Wonderer has been having a bit of book-sharing fun lately, and today is no exception. With release of book two in her Cities Below series only a month away, my Buckeye neighbor Jen Colly decided to do a double cover reveal. Or, a re-reveal and a new reveal. Or…well, just read on and you’ll get the gist of it. 😉

First…a new look for book 1 (the re-reveal):


Here’s the blurb, for all of you who are behind and will be running out to one-click this as soon as you’re done reading this post:

Demons have returned, a vengeful enemy waiting to strike. Soren and Faith must find a way to survive the evil and darkness.

Faith’s spur of the moment vacation, meant to free her and boost her spirits, has left her lost on the streets of Paris. And apparently, Paris is populated with something more than just humans. Vampires, suave, seductive and oh so sexy, and one such warrior vampire has set his sights on her.

When Soren hears Faith’s terrified screams, he rushes in and saves her life without considering the consequences. Two problems: one, she’s a human and clearly aware of his vampire qualities, and two, the men who attacked her were not men at all, but demons. Their target, his beloved underground city of Balinese. He can never let Faith go home again, but can she learn to love his people. . .love him?

Mmm, I so enjoyed this book. A nice, fresh take on vampires. If you’re interested in grabbing a copy, click here. And now…a first glance at BENEATH THE NIGHT, The Cities Below book 3, set to release next April:


Gorgeous isn’t it? Here’s the blurb:

Sometimes survival means surrendering everything . . .

Lord Navarre Casteel wakes from a long sleep to find the vampire city he rules forever changed and his future in the hands of a mysterious beauty who offers her life for his. Fiery-haired Cat survives his feeding, fueling Navarre’s body and mind—as well as his suspicion that she is one of the Forbidden—a lethal mix of vampire and human blood. Yet that doesn’t stop the throb of Navarre’s desire, the feeling that she is destined to be his mate, to hell with consequences. . . .

A solitary fighter sworn to protect the children in her charge, Cat never expects to feel so much for Navarre in the face of his savage feeding. Which is why his offer of protection is nearly her undoing. For how can she let down her guard when she has always walked alone? But Cat has never faced an enemy like the one she faces now, never felt such a powerful need to surrender to the force of love . . .

Awesome, huh? And don’t forget to keep watch for book 2, BOUND, set to release 1/31/2017!

So what do you think? Ready to get your vamp on? 😉

Anita’s New Release: Lost in Shadows

Happy Monday, everyone! I am crazy excited to share that my dear friend Anita DeVito has the second in her romantic suspense LOST series out today from Entangled–LOST IN SHADOWS. Congratulations, Anita!


This book is chock full of alpha hero meets smart but perhaps a bit socially awkward heroine moments. And oh, do their encounters get heated! Sharp wit and twisty-turvey plots are Anita’s specialty, so be sure and grab this book today!

Here’s the blurb:

Sometimes a man fights for love…sometimes love fights for him.

Private security entrepreneur Jeb McCormick is in over his head with his latest client. Not only is the painfully shy woman he’s meant to be protecting a total knock-out, she’s also his former Army buddy’s sister. Helping her find the reason why anyone would ransack her house is demanding enough, but keeping his hands off her is proving to be the real challenge.

Carolina Walker wants a quiet life, thank you very much. She left intrigue and deception behind in Washington D.C., never expecting it to follow her home to Bowling Green, Kentucky. When events happen that can’t be explained away, help arrives in the form of the very attractive and muscular Jebediah McCormick. But as the tension escalates between Jeb and Carolina, so does the danger facing them…

Sounds amazing, doesn’t it?  Mmm, Jeb. Here he gets his own story after playing one of the awesome supporting characters alongside Katie and Butch McCormick in book 1 of this series, LOST IN TENNESSEE. If you missed it, no worries – each book is written as a standalone novel. Though, as a huge fan of this series, I suggest you read them both…and stay tuned for book 3, coming in 2017!

Gemma’s Muse is Feeling Greedy

Happy Hump Day, everyone! It’s been a while since I’d blogged, and what better reason for putting one together than to announce a new book by one of my favorite chicks? So today I’m sharing about Gemma Brocato’s latest release GREED, the third book in her Goddesses of Delphi paranormal romance series.
Here’s the blurb:

One man, one Muse. One romance to save the world.

Financial reporter, Polly Thanos, Muse of Hymns, is certain the proposed merger between Delphi’s two largest firms spells doom for mankind. Eos Corporation’s long-time goal—to provide scientific and philanthropic solutions to the benefit of mortals— is lost in the quest for profits. Her challenge starts with an impossible task—inspire one mortal skeptic to believe in the magic of what if.

Scientist Ian Sommers is researching a healthier way of life for impoverished people. When his boss orders him to pursue a chemical, rather than organic solution, Ian suspects the pursuit of the almighty dollar will lead to delivering poison to the unsuspecting population.

In protest, Ian’s prepared to quit his job. But he’s shocked to discover the woman he’s falling for is an immortal tasked with stopping corporate avarice. As their attraction grows, so does the risk to them and to all humans. Without Ian’s help and his love, Polly’s faces a world not safe from the by-products of greed—death and disease.

Sounds like a fresh, fun twist on the norm, doesn’t it?  Gemma was gracious enough to share her Rafflecopter giveaway with us, as well as a great excerpt below. So be sure to enter for your chance to win a Kindle Fire (sorry, U.S. residents only) and then read on to enjoy a sneak peek at GREED.

Rafflecopter giveaway : Click to win a Kindle Fire. Open to US entrants only. Should an international winner be selected, an appropriate substitution will be made.


Jesus, Mary and Joseph!

What the hell prompted him to tell Polly Thanos he’d talk dirty to her? The offer just spewed out of his mouth without a wait-a-damn-minute thought. Not thinking with the right head is the only reason he could come up with. He’d blame the long stretch of skin bared by her short shorts as the culprit in his momentary loss of reason.

He’d probably just made her ridiculously uncomfortable. For months, he’d been attracted to her without acting on it. He hadn’t been into anyone that way for years. Since his wife dumped him for a golf professional. After she’d carried on a secret affair with the son of a bitch throughout most of their married life. Within a month of their honeymoon, Marcia had betrayed him.

Since then, he’d guarded his heart. Every single one of his relationships since the divorce were casual, shallow affairs. His attraction to Polly, the woman he’d always counted as a friend, had been slowly developing, evolving to something more.  Lately, every time they were together with a group of their friends, he’d wanted to ask her out and hadn’t. He’d lay that fault directly at his ex’s door. She’d ruined his ability to believe anyone would remain faithful to him.

But hand to heart, right this moment he wanted to whisper to Polly about how much she turned him on. He fought the overwhelming urge to stroke his tongue around the delicate shell of her ear, feast on her lobe. Why’d he pick this particular event, a freaking barbecue with kids running around, to come on to her?

Most likely it was because her legs were so long and her butt looked amazing in those tiny shorts she wore. Or the way the mahogany-red top resembled a hot flame and outlined her perfect breasts. He knew her skin would be like silk when he cupped one of the perky apple-shaped mounds. Whoa! When might be jumping the gun. Better to think in terms of if…if he got an opportunity to touch her boobs. Jesus, he was salivating like a teenage boy who’d discovered his dad’s stash of Maxim magazines.

She caught up to him with her long-legged stride, playfully bumped him with her shoulder. “Hurry up, slow poke.” She laughed and then raced ahead to the dock. Beautiful strawberry blond hair caught in a ponytail bounced playfully between her shoulder blades as she ran.

Running wasn’t exactly comfortable with his dick stiff as a board in his pants. But he sucked it up and breathed through the discomfort to chase after her. By the time they pounded across the wooden slats of the pier, his cock returned to only half aroused and they both laughed breathlessly.

“Hop in. I’ll untie the boat and push us off.” He held her hand as she scampered down to the seat.

She laughed again as the craft wobbled like a tipsy ballerina. The sound hit him right in the libido, sending new shards of lust through his system. Desperate to hide his physical reaction to the happy sound, he bent and concentrated on untying the mooring line. He tossed the rope to the floor of the rocking vessel and dropped in.

Polly steadied him with a hand on his waist as he stood and pushed them away from the dock. The heat of her palm seeped through the cotton of his T-shirt, branding his skin. His dick started its happy dance again. He recited the periodic table of elements alphabetically in his head, hoping to combat his intense physical reaction to her touch.

The boat rocked again as he plopped down next to her and put his feet on the pedals. He slouched low, rocking back on his tailbone—his hands folded discreetly over his lap, and started the boat in motion. Polly leaned back, kicked off her flip-flops and stretched her legs over the gunwale. She shifted and freed her ponytail, which had been trapped between the bench and her back. The delicate scent of almonds and apples wafted from her hair as she flicked it against his shoulder.

“Are you going to help me paddle?” he asked as she lounged against the padded bench.

She sent him a mischievous smirk. “You seem to have it under control.”

“We’d cover more water if we work together.”

“If I help we’ll make it around the lake too quickly.”

“So?” He broke a sweat as he labored over the pedals.

“Less time for us to talk shop. Or” —she bit her lower lip— “for you to talk dirty to me.”

gemmaAbout the Author:

Gemma’s favorite desk accessories for many years were a circular wooden token, better known as a ’round tuit,’ and a slip of paper from a fortune cookie proclaiming her a lover of words; some day she’d write a book. All it took was a transfer to the United Kingdom, the lovely English springtime, and a huge dose of homesickness to write her first novel. Once it was completed and sent off with a kiss, even the rejections addressed to ‘Dear Author’ were gratifying.

After returning to America, she spent a number of years as a copywriter, dedicating her skills to making insurance and the agents who sell them sound sexy. Eventually, her full-time job as a writer interfered with her desire to be a writer full-time and she left the world of financial products behind to pursue a vocation as a romance author.

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Also By Gemma Brocato:

Cooking Up Love

Hearts In Harmony

Exposed To Passion

A Winter Wedding

Bed of Roses

A Spirited Love

Playing With Fire

Mission: Mistletoe

Tyranny (Goddesses of Delphi book 1)

Mayhem (Goddesses of Delphi book 2)

Risking The Vine



As I sit here, prepping this post for November 7th, I’m struggling to comprehend the fact that I am about to release my sixth novel. And of those six, three have released in 2016 alone.

That’s just…wow. I can’t even put what I’m feeling into words. (Pretty sad, since I’m an author and all. 😉 lol )

What I can say is that I am truly humbled by all the love, encouragement, and support that I’ve received along the way. My readers, my friends, my family…you all make this endeavor worthwhile. And though some books are tougher to write than others, presenting them for the first time to the world will never get old.

With that, I’d like to introduce you to my sixth book baby, HER UNEXPECTED ENGAGEMENT.


For readers who enjoyed the comforts of home and the (entertaining) family environment in the Checkerberry Inn’s first book (HER UNEXPECTED DETOUR, Sept 2015) you’ll recognize plenty of faces and settings in this second book of the series. Only this time, Miles has met his match. Again.


So be sure to grab your copy today–it can give you something to do while you’re standing in the line at the polls this week. 😉 Thanks so much for your support, everyone, and I can’t wait to hear what you thought of Miles and Stephanie!


Sometimes you’ve got to fake it ‘til you make it…

Stephanie Fitzpatrick wanted out of the spotlight after her pro-golfer husband was caught on camera cheating. But when she returns to Michigan for a job interview and some much-needed R&R, a fib told by her well-meaning sister has her looking for a temporary fiancé, or she can kiss her new start good-bye.
Desperate to hide the truth, she goes to the one man who can help—her former best friend.

Miles Masterson is relieved to see the Checkerberry Inn beginning to thrive once more. Not only does it ease his mind about his grandmother’s financial future, but also about his decision to finally escape town. But then one all grown up and sexy as hell friend from the past shows up needing rescue. Now the temptation to change the “temporary” arrangement into something more is making it harder to think about leaving.



Miles hung up, then dropped back into his office chair and scanned the space around him. This office had been his second home since graduation. It was where he’d cut his teeth on finances, played accountant, payroll clerk, marketing coordinator—you name it, if it had to do with anything other than manual labor here at the inn, he’d done it. And now, at long last, that was finally all about to change.

It wasn’t that he disliked the inn, or hated working for his grandmother. But the profits had been slim to none too often in the past, and keeping the old beauty afloat during the post 9/11 economic slump had taken its toll on him. And on Ruby. Every day she got a little older, a little more frail. But Brent was the responsible grandson, and he was on her payroll now as well. That meant the responsibility of watching out for their beloved Ruby could now officially be handed off, and no one would be able to misinterpret Miles’s overprotective ways for her anymore.

He suddenly felt a great weight lifted from his shoulders. He stood, drew in a deep breath, and made an executive decision to cut out of work early. For years he’d put his time in and then some. To say he’d earned a little comp time would be an understatement.

Besides, what would Ruby do if he left early—fire him?

With a smile on his face and feeling lighter than he had in years, Miles headed for the hall. Halfway to the lobby, a ping sounded from his phone. An email was in his inbox, the subject Techworks Info. He opened it with a flick of his thumb, rounded the corner, and caught his foot on an unexpected object. Unable to stop his forward momentum, Miles tripped over a pile of gaudy pink luggage and landed painfully on his right side. His cell went skidding down the hall as a startled squeak rang out from the luggage’s owner.

“Oh my gosh, I’m so sorry! I stopped to adjust my grip and suddenly you were there and…and, well, there just wasn’t enough time to react.”

An outstretched hand came into his peripheral vision. With a grimace, Miles pushed himself into a sitting position. This was just one out of a hundred—no, a thousand—things he wouldn’t miss when he left the inn: awkward encounters with flighty guests. He took a deep breath and looked toward the responsible party, ready to lie that it was quite all right and he was just fine. But then his gaze locked onto a ball cap-wearing, heart-shaped face with auburn brows drawn together above dark, oversized sunglasses.

Recognition hit him like a freight train. No cap or sunglasses in the world could keep him from recognizing his childhood best friend. The one girl who’d unknowingly set the bar for all those who came after, and set it so high that Miles had given up trying to find someone able to reach it.


It’s blog tour time for HER UNEXPECTED ENGAGEMENT

Good morning, everyone! Hopefully this post finds you bright-eyed and sans any post-Halloween belly ache. *wink* And though I’m not offering candy today, I am sharing something sweet: news of the blog tour for my next sweet romance from Entangled BLISS, which releases next Monday!!!


HER UNEXPECTED ENGAGEMENT, book 2 in the Checkerberry Inn series, is nearly here. And to celebrate, I’ll be appearing with interviews, excerpts, and giveaways on a variety of blogs for the next two weeks. Follow along for your chance to win one of three signed copies of book 1 in the series, HER UNEXPECTED DETOUR. (Of course, if you have that one already, I’m sure we can find another suitable alternative…)

So follow along the tour, and be sure to pre-order your copy today–it’ll arrive just in time for you to have on your electronic devices for those long lines on election day. 😉



New Release: Eden’s Deliverance by Rhenna Morgan

Happy Tuesday to my favorite blog followers! Deviating from all the blah blah blah about me and my books today to wish the uber-amazing Rhenna Morgan a very happy release day for EDEN’S DELIVERANCE, the final book in her Eden series. I fell in love with this series from page one of the first book (UNEXPECTED EDEN) and was lucky enough to get my greedy little hands on early editions of the rest of this series. Not once did the EDEN books disappoint!

Be sure to run out and grab your copy of EDEN’S DELIVERANCE (and the rest of the series if you haven’t already) today!


About the book:

Captured as a child and forced into slavery by the Rebellion’s leader, Brenna Haven was raised in near isolation with the utmost cruelty. She knew nothing of kindness, or compassion, until Fate orchestrated her rescue. Finally free, she wants nothing more than to return to her home. To reconnect with her human family and live a simple, quiet life. But her newfound powers demand an entirely different future. One fraught with danger, and a terrifying role in an ancient Myren prophecy.

A battle-hardened warrior and sworn bodyguard to the king, Ludan Forte wields a powerful, memory stealing gift. But his skill comes with a price. A torturous burden he’s hidden since his awakening over a hundred years ago. He never dreamed he’d find relief, let alone be tempted to forgo his vows to the king. Yet in Brenna’s sweet, beguiling presence, the weight he bears is lifted. And when her role in the prophecy threatens her life, he’ll stop at nothing to keep her safe.

About the Author:

RMA native Oklahoman with two beautiful girls and a fantastic husband, Rhenna Morgan is a certified romance junkie and has a resume that reflects her passion for new experiences. Since graduating with a Bachelors in Radio, Television, and Film at Oklahoma State, she’s racked up positions ranging from on-air radio talent, skip tracer, and promotions director, to real estate agent, project manager, and business analyst.

Like most women, she’s got obligations stacked tight from dawn to dusk. To combat the crush of reality, she’s turned to romance as her primary source of escape ever since she cracked the spine on her first Christine Feehan book years ago. Whether it’s contemporary, paranormal, or fantasy you’re after, Rhenna’s stories pack new, exciting worlds, and strong, intuitive men who fight to keep the women they want.

For advance release news and exclusive content, sign up for her newsletter below. For social antics and an abundance of smoking hot man candy, follow her on Facebook, Twitter, or Rhenna’s Romantics.


Upcoming Blog Tour and ARCs

Happy Monday, everyone! We’re at T-minus 30 days for the release of HER UNEXPECTED ENGAGEMENT (November 7th), and early reviews have me smiling. If you’re a blogger or reviewer, don’t miss out on your chance to join the blog tour and/or grab an advanced copy (ARC) of the book!

For more information on the blog tour, click here: BLOG TOUR


And if you’re a NetGalley member and would like to offer a review for the tour, click here: NetGalley.


Also, if you haven’t signed up for my newsletter yet, be sure to do so! I’ll be giving away books as part of the pre-order fun! You can sign up here: Kyra’s Newsletter. (Don’t worry, you won’t get inundated with emails. Just updates on new releases and sales!)



Romance Is…Part 8

This is it, everyone–the final post in my picture blog series. I hope you’ve enjoyed it, was fun for me to try something a little different. (Also gave me tons of great ideas for future scenes in my BLISS books!) Be sure to watch for HER UNEXPECTED ENGAGEMENT on Monday, November 7th (for fans of book 1, be prepared to see Miles Masterson meet his match), and remember: romance can be as sweet as you like, as shown in example #8 :

Romance Is...8


Happy Wednesday, everyone! Oh, do I have a surprise for you today: the cover reveal for my next Checkerberry Inn novel, HER UNEXPECTED ENGAGEMENT.

Any guesses as to who that might be on the cover? 😉



Yep, for all those Miles fans out there, your wait is nearly over!

HER UNEXPECTED ENGAGEMENT releases November 7th. Until then, how about a blurb to introduce you to our main characters? And no worries, your favorites from book 1 (HER UNEXPECTED DETOUR) are back at the inn waiting for you.


Sometimes you’ve got to fake it ‘til you make it…

Stephanie Fitzpatrick wanted out of the spotlight after her pro-golfer husband was caught on camera cheating. But when she returns to Michigan for a job interview and some much-needed R&R, a fib told by her well-meaning sister has her looking for a temporary fiancé, or she can kiss her new start good-bye. Desperate to hide the truth, she goes to the one man who can help—her former best friend.

Miles Masterson is relieved to see the Checkerberry Inn beginning to thrive once more. Not only does it ease his mind about his grandmother’s financial future, but also about his decision to finally escape town. But then one all grown up and sexy as hell friend from the past shows up needing rescue. Now the temptation to change the “temporary” arrangement into something more is making it harder to think about leaving.


Hmm, somehow that just doesn’t feel like enough. Perhaps a short excerpt, to get to know them a bit better?…


Half an hour after the service ended, Miles sat among the locals in the far corner of the Checkerberry’s dining room, a cup of coffee in his hands and mind a million miles away. What could she possibly want to ask him? And why did it have to be down by the old pond, of all places, where hopes and dreams left unfulfilled still haunted him the most?

A gentle hand lit upon Miles’s shoulder, and the floral fragrance his grandmother reserved for church tickled his nose. He was surprised she’d taken this long to come and start a game of twenty questions.

“Stephanie isn’t joining us?” said Ruby.

“No. And before you ask, I did extend the offer.”

The Checkerberry always provided a free lunch for anyone who attended Tom Granville’s services. Ruby claimed it was her penance for taking time “off” to attend the service, but Miles was willing to bet his next paycheck it was because she was sweet on old Tom. Not that she’d ever admit it. No, Ruby was always too busy playing matchmaker with everyone else.

Himself included.

“Such a shame. I do so hate seeing you here, sitting by yourself.”

Miles cast a glance down the long table toward the rest of their motley crew and found most of the others to be evenly paired. Hell, even old Tom was at the moment, his stoic grandson at his side looking less than thrilled to be there. Though, seeing as those two were wedged in between two other unfamiliar couples, he couldn’t really blame the guy. Heck, Miles didn’t want to be here himself, and it was his family’s inn.

“I’m perfectly fine sitting here alone, Ruby. Just like every other Sunday.”

“Of course you are, dear.” She gave his shoulder a small pat. “Though, it’s not often I see you staring off into the woods, pining for anyone.”

His gaze narrowed. “Since when have I ever been a piner?”

The corners of her eyes crinkled as a knowing smile stretched across her sun-worn face. Ruby gave his shoulder another small squeeze, then made her way back to an open seat near old Tom.

Pining. Miles cast a scowl out the window. So yeah, maybe a small part of him wished Stephanie would have joined them for lunch, get her joking and laughing like old times and introduce her to Kayla. Both dangerous lines of thinking, especially when he was mentally preparing to leave this sad little college town. What he really should be doing was reviewing the updated cover letter Freddie had sent over this morning. But he’d promised to meet Steph down by the pond, and no matter how anxious the idea of being alone with her there made him, he would keep his word…


Want more? Be sure to sign up for my newsletter for some exclusive sneak peeks and a pre-release giveaway or two! And don’t forget, release day is November 7th.

Did you miss book one? No worries, you can learn more about HER UNEXPECTED DETOUR here.