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Coming Tuesday… A Calculated Risk


Caitlyn Miller’s limits are tested when an accident lands her father in critical care. As his protégé, she steps up to the plate to run his company but struggles to cover his soaring medical expenses. A solution arises in the form of a second job as bookkeeper at an exotic dance club. If she’s discovered frequenting such an establishment, her reputation in the corporate world could be ruined. But the extra paycheck’s worth the risk.
As interim president Caitlyn’s secretly thrilled to work closely with rogue salesman, Nick Sorenson. His disarming good looks make him nearly impossible to refuse. After he enlists Caitlyn’s help to land a lucrative account, he’s stunned when she vetoes it without explanation. He won’t take no for an answer, jeopardizing his career. But he’ll risk anything for a chance to work side by side with his sexy boss.
Will their gamble lead to true love?

She’s done it again! My dear friend and fellow writer, Joan Chandler, has written another romance novel entitled, A Calculated Risk. It is her best yet, and I am so excited for her! She has a new publisher this time around. Secret Cravings will release A Calculated Risk on Tuesday, September 16th, but it is available now to pre-order. You can also find it at Amazon. It is available in e-print only. Here is an excerpt from her steamy new novel…


Caitlyn’s hands were still a little shaky as she tried to unlock the door. Nick reached over to complete the task. He led her straight to a chair where he urged her to sit before he went to pour them a nightcap.
“Just point me to the liquor. I’ll handle the rest. What do you want?”
“Look in the cabinet over the sink. I don’t care. You can surprise me.”
He returned in a few minutes to stand by her side, offering her a pinkish beverage over ice.
“Vodka with grapefruit juice for the lady. Straight scotch for me.”
They each threw back their drinks. Caitlyn nearly drained the tumbler in the first swig.
“Another?” he asked as he took empty vessel from her hand.
He returned quickly. Nick crouched in front of her as she managed to take smaller sips of the second round. He took her free hand in both of his and massaged it. “I’m sorry I asked you to go tonight. I knew dealing with Haigler wouldn’t be the easiest thing to do, but I never imagined I’d be taking you to a place that held such personal memories for you as well. I wouldn’t have invited you if I’d known being there would remind you of better days before the accident. I know tonight was much harder on you than you let on.”
Once he said the words, she began to cry. Nick hated seeing her resolve crumble. He knew inside she must be an emotional wreck, so he tried to be sympathetic and gentle in his manner. Despite his efforts to comfort her, her sadness spilled out in the form of tears. Then, without warning, she threw her arms around his neck and clung to him as she sobbed.
At first he held her close, quietly waiting for the tears to subside. This marked a first for him, seeing the completely undone version of normally oh-so-in-control Caitlyn Miller. The effect was like a sucker punch to his gut as he mulled it all over in his head. Guilt overwhelmed him as he thought about how she’d told him Haigler was off limits. He’d disregarded her directive, pushing back hard until he got his way. Now he’d seen firsthand how unnerved she had become just by being in the same room with the guy. He remembered the look in the man’s eyes as he drank in the sight of Caitlyn, and it didn’t line up with that of a mere acquaintance or even a former lover. He had studied her with what Nick thought could only be described as obsessive hunger. Nick regretted ever going after the account now. He tightened his grip on her shoulders and stroked her hair as he let her indulge in a good cry. But after a few minutes, he picked her up and sat back down, settling her on his lap.
Caitlyn paused to catch her breath, then looked apologetically at him. “I’m sorry, Nick. I didn’t mean to fall apart on you. I wasn’t prepared to remember so much tonight.”
He swiped a thumb across her cheek to catch a tear. The tender motion must have sparked something inside her because, without warning she kissed him fully on the lips. He was surprised, but certainly didn’t object. She parted her lips, apparently hungry for more as she deepened the kiss. He’d spent too many hours of the last two years wondering what it would be like to watch her yield to him. Despite the fact he knew she wasn’t fully in control of her emotions, he didn’t want to let the opportunity to finally find out slip by him.
“I can help you forget,” he offered. There could be no mistaking what he meant. “But I don’t want you to regret anything tomorrow in the light of day.”
She stood and pulled at his hand. “Make me forget, Nick.”
They kissed their way down the hall toward a door he knew must lead to her bedroom. When they crossed the threshold, she kicked her shoes off and unfastened the side zipper of her dress. Nick looped his fingers under the solitary strap, then slid the material down her arm until the dress fell in a heap around her ankles. Without missing a beat, Caitlyn kicked the garment aside. She stood before him wearing a navy blue strapless bra and matching string bikini panties. He drank in the sight of her, letting his eyes roam over her body. Ripe breasts spilled over the top of her lingerie. Her ribcage narrowed to a tiny waist, and her hips flared provocatively before tapering to well-toned thighs. Her legs were surprisingly long in proportion to her torso. He became anxious to feel them wrapped around him.
He swiftly lifted her up into his arms and she instinctively enveloped him with those long limbs he’d been admiring, as if she had read his mind. He kissed her as he walked toward her bed until he felt it against his knees. He lowered her down onto the covers.

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For Love of Sarah…Interview with Hazel Statham


  Today, I am joining Goddess Fish Promotions to present to you, Hazel Statham, author of For Love of Sarah.  I am proud to be one of many hosting a stop on her Virtual Book Tour Ms. Statham is giving away a beautiful cream coin freshwater pearl necklace OR a digital copy of her book, DOMINIC to a randomly selected commenter during the tour.   Be sure to visit her at other stops during her tour, and leave a comment to increase your chance of winning.  You can find a list of other websites to visit in order to follow the tour at the end of this post. 

 If you enjoy reading romance, then I believe Ms. Statam’s books will be a welcomed addition to your personal library.   I recently had the opportunity to meet and talk with her, not only about her new book, but about her thoughts on writing as well.  Here is what she had to say…

  1. What was your inspiration for your new book, For the Love of Sarah ?

The vague idea for the story evolved over a period of time but I didn’t know where to start until, whilst watching a play, I heard the words “Why now?  Dear God, why now,” and I knew, taken in a different context, I had my beginning.   However, before finally committing to the storyline, I checked with a doctor that I had the facts of Alexander’s injury correct – I wanted to make sure it was plausible.  I like to listen to my characters and let them tell their own story and sometimes they take me off at a tangent but Alexander and Sarah were very consistent and were determined that we stay true to their story.

  1. What is your writing style like? Do you have  set hours for writing, or do you write only when you get an idea in your head?

I don’t write to a formula and write as and when the muse strikes (sometimes at the oddest of hours).  I write sweet historical romance where the bedroom door is discreetly closed on my hero and heroine.  This doesn’t mean that my books are not romantic; on the contrary, love is what drives my story forward and is the reason my protagonists have a story to tell.  My voice is of the period and, hopefully, helps preserve the mores of the day.

  1. Do you control your characters, or do you sometimes feel they take on a life of their own, and do some things you wouldn’t necessarily want them to do?

As soon as we begin, they have a life of their own and it’s like watching a play unfold.  There have been times when I hear the most unexpected words coming out of their mouths, but this just adds depth and interest to the story.  I am not averse to the occasional detour and follow through whenever I can.

  1. If you had to select the actor and actress to play Sarah and Alexander, whom would you choose?

Unhesitatingly it would have to be Richard Armitage for Alexander; he would fit the part exactly.  Sarah? She would be more difficult to cast and I think I would have to leave that one to the casting director as no suitable actress immediately springs to mind.

  1. What is your advice for writers on that quest to become “published” writers?

Write what you know and love and relish the whole writing process, it shows if you write out of your comfort zone.  Write as if you are writing for yourself alone and then it’s an added bonus if you‘re taken up by a publisher.  Ensure that the publisher you’re submitting to is actually seeking your genre, there’s nothing more disheartening than receiving a rejection purely because they don’t publish your type of work.  I made that mistake and it was several years before I had the courage to send my work out again.  Just enjoy! I do.



How many times can a heart be broken?  How many times can love be denied?  Sarah and Alexander were destined for each other but after just four short weeks of marriage, their lives were torn asunder.

Alexander, Earl of Thorne thought he had found his ideal mate but, when Sarah absconded shortly after their marriage, his world came crashing down.  Now, five years later, he discovers her in a remote Yorkshire village.

Sarah had thought she was safe, but when, severely injured in a freak accident, her husband is thrust once more into her life, she fears her dark secrets and the fact she has a son, will become known.

Despite her own desperate longings, she continually repudiates Alexander’s efforts of reconciliation. However, fate conspires against her, and when her home is made uninhabitable by floods, she and her young son are forced to accept his aid and return to her former home .

Discovery threatens and, despite her breaking heart, she plans to leave Alexander’s life.  What is this secret that makes it so imperative that she should abscond from him yet again?  Can two broken hearts cleave and emerge victorious or will life’s cruel forces tear them apart forever?




Yorkshire, June, 1815

Why now? Dear God, why now? After almost five years of schooling his body and mind from wanting her, the mere sight of her slight form across the crowded marketplace had brought back all the old emotions he’d worked so desperately to subdue, and he reeled with the impact.

He’d thought the stance of the young woman was familiar, as he had on numerous occasions, only to be disappointed, but when she moved into full view by the bakery stall, he immediately realized that it truly was his wife. Sarah, his senses cried, sweet, faithless Sarah. They had been wed but four weeks when she disappeared from his home and life. To find her now in a remote Yorkshire village defied all sense.

His impulse was to confront her immediately, but as he moved to tether his horse to the rail outside the smithy, the blacksmith came out to take the beast from him.

“Lost his shoe, has he, sir?” the man asked, casting an appreciative eye over the large chestnut. “Fine animal, if I might say so…”

Thrusting the reins into the smithy’s hands, Alexander Markham, Earl of Thorne, snapped, “Left side, fore,” effectively cutting short the blacksmith’s appraisal of his mount, and, turning on his heel, left the man to stare after him as he made his way into the throng of people in the marketplace.

Despite his advantage of height, he could see no sign of his wife. She had moved from the stall—but to where? Becoming frustrated with the press of people that milled around him, he strode toward the centre where the ground rose to provide a vantage point, but to no avail. Sarah was nowhere in view, and he began to doubt his own perception.



AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Hazel Statham began writing at the age of fifteen, finally committing to paper the stories she spun as a child. Writing has been her passion ever since, although marriage, motherhood, and career left time for little else. Once she retired, however, she was able to devote herself to writing full-time, publishing her first novel in 2007. A long time student of history, she writes mainly in the Regency and Georgian eras, though she has been known to dabble in the medieval as well. She lives in Staffordshire, England, with her husband, Terry, and their beloved yellow Labrador, Mollie.

Hazel loves to hear from her readers and promises to answer all mail.

Website address   www.hazel-statham.co.uk

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Thank you so much for stopping by to find out about this delightful author.  I enjoyed meeting her, and look forward to sitting down with a cup of hot tea and reading this intriguing story!   Check out the list below to follow Ms. Statham to other stops on her Virtual Book Tour for  her new book, For Love of Sarah.

January 14: Realmantic Moments
January 14: STOP 2 Books Amour
January 15: My Reading Obsession
January 15: REVIEW For The Love Of Film And Novels
January 16: Let Romance Light Your Way
January 17: Welcome to My World of Dreams
January 18: Cathie Dunn writes
January 21: Kate Patrick…unlock your fantasies
January 22: It’s Raining Books
January 24: Lisa Haselton’s Reviews and Interviews
January 25: A Pen and Fire
January 28: REVIEW My Devotional Thoughts
January 28: STOP 2 Nickie’s Views and Interviews
January 29: Rogue’s Angels
January 31: Dawn’s Reading Nook Blog
January 31: STOP 2 Rachel Brimble Romance
February 1: Happily Ever After
February 4: JM Stewart
February 5: Melissa Kendall Author
February 6: A Book Lover’s Library
February 7: MeganJohnsInvites
February 7: STOP 2 Books and Other Spells
February 8: Book ‘Em North Carolina
February 8: STOP 2 Novel Moments
February 11: House Millar
February 12: Samantha Holt
February 13: REVIEW Reviewing Shelf
February 13: STOP 2 You Gotta Read Reviews
February 14: Christy McKee Writes for Women in the Sweet Spot of Life
February 15: Tina Donahue Presents
February 15: STOP 2 Margay Leah Justice



New Year’s Party at TRS…Join Me!!


The Romance Studio (TRS) is hosting a New Year’s Party at http://trsparties.com  from January 2-6.   Many authors will be there to share news about their books and plans for the new year.   I will be there posting about my books, New Year’s resolutions, and some fresh ideas for 2013.  Make plans to drop by and discover some new authors, and maybe some of your favorites.  Lots of giveaways are part of this party just for commenting on some of the posts.  Winners are selected randomly, so you may be one of them!  Hope to hear from you there!  Happy New Year to all!!

Joan Chandler and NO REGRETS…



Welcome!  Today is a special day for me, because I have romance author, Joan Chandler, here with me to talk about her second novel, No Regrets.  It was released July 11th by Siren BookStrand Publishing as a mainstream romance story.  It has been in the top 5 bestsellers for the last week, including the #1 spot some days.  She has been on the Top 10 best-selling authors  list, as well.  Let’s get started with our chat.


Kate:  Hi, Joan.  It’s so good to have you back to talk about No Regrets.  How does it

feel to be at the top of the list with your new story?


Joan:  Like uncharted territory!  I made the top 100 with Perfectly Imperfect, but to see single digit numbers has been more thrilling than I can even say.  Hopefully, it is because the readers connect with the story.  Or maybe it’s because of that good-looking guy on the cover!  But I’ll take it either way. 


Kate:   I’ve read your new book and loved it.  It is very different from your first book,

Perfectly Imperfect.   I understand you have an unusual story about the way

this story evolved.  Will you share that with us?


Joan:   The most obvious difference is that the first book was an erotic romance, and No Regrets is a mainstream sensual romance.  What is interesting about this book is that – while it is the second work I’ve had published – it was actually the first book I ever wrote.  I started it twenty years ago when I was pregnant with my first child.  I couldn’t sleep, and one of my best friends subscribed to Harlequin Romance.  She had box after box of paperbacks at her house.  So she put together a grocery sack full for me and told me that if I couldn’t sleep at least I could be entertained.  After several months of “romance immersion”, I felt like I could attempt to write one myself.  I had already done a lot of creative writing by that point, and had been on the school newspaper staff in high school, so it seemed a natural progression.  Of course, I only made it about three-fourths through the manuscript before my son’s birth, and after his arrival I didn’t have time to write much.  It was several years before I dusted it off and finished it, at the urging of my sisters, son, and two nieces. 


Kate:  Did you find that you had to make many revisions after so many years?


Joan:   As MaDea would say, hell to the yeah!  Twenty years are like eons in terms of technological advances.  In the original version, they called each other, emailed and sent faxes.  It was much less common to have a cell phone then.  Now, everyone has one, and texting is the main way to communicate.  I took out most of the references to a traditional landline (except in hotels or offices), and had to add some text messaging.  I chose not to completely remove the other modes of communication from the story line, but I made them much less predominant.


Kate:  Tell us what No Regrets is about.  It is a bit of an “international” love story,

isn’t it?


Joan: Yes it is.  It’s centers around a professor named Maggie Blake who takes a short assignment abroad to Bremen, Germany to help an entrepreneur start up his international shipping office.  Once there, she meets his dashing son, Robert Douglas, who happens to serve as Corporate Counsel for his father’s business.  Inevitably, they fall for each other.  But it’s complicated by the fact they both know they only have a short amount of time to be together, and then she’ll go back to the States.  While he’s only too willing to mix business with pleasure, Maggie has reservations about entering into a relationship that has a short expiration date.  But as they spend more time together, their feelings become impossible to ignore. 


From start to finish, the story makes stops in Germany, West Virginia, Pittsburgh, Miami and Denver.       


Kate:  Did you have a particular person in mind as the hero and heroine

while you were writing No Regrets?


Joan:  No, they were purely fictional.  However, I took inspiration from my own sister-in-law who taught at university, but also worked short assignments outside of the classroom.  In her case, she went first to Hawaii, and then later to Thailand, which is where she met my brother.  I chose to set it in Germany because I worked for a German company at the time.  Nearly all of the people I reported to were German nationals, and I liked talking with them about their home country.    I didn’t have anyone specific in mind for the hero, either, but tried to figure out who would be a logical person for her to cross paths with frequently enough to spark an interest, without it crossing the line of the taboo office romance.  Since most of the companies I work for have their own attorney on retainer, I decided that was the perfect choice for my hero. 


After I’d pitched the book to Siren BookStrand and they accepted it, I realized I needed to come up with someone who physically matched the descriptions of Maggie and Robert.  To me, the best fits were Kate Beckinsale for Maggie, and James Scott for Robert.  Kate has been in several movies, including one of my favorite romantic movies, Serendipity, and all the Underworld films.  James Scott plays E. J. DiMera on the soap opera Days of Our Lives.  He’s gorgeous! 


Kate:  You know I love music as an inspiration for my writing.  What song comes to

mind when you think of No Regrets?


Joan:    I can’t pick just one!  I’ll have to give you a short list:


1.         Bruce Springsteen’s “Secret Garden” – it’s one of my all-time favorites.  To me, it’s about a love affair that isn’t perfect, but it’s become addictive.  Maggie and Robert have circumstances that seem to make a full-time romance an impossibility, but they find that no matter the distance between them, they are always trying to find a way to be together. 


2.       “Stutter”, by Maroon 5, about when you meet that certain someone and it just seems different from everything before.   And it seems too good to be true but you want to make it last forever.


3.      Puddle of Mudd’s “We Don’t Have to Look Back Now”, which pretty much plays to the concept of having no regrets, and the idea of looking forward to your future.


4.        “Your Arms Feel Like Home”, by 3 Doors Down, which is fitting since Robert travels all over the world.


5.      Finally, “Dance Inside” by All American Rejects.  There are several passages where Maggie and Robert dance together in the book and I couldn’t help but think of that song as I worked on the edits. 


Kate:  Thanks for being my guest todayWould you mind selecting a “slightly

juicy” passage from No Regrets to leave as a sample of what readers can

expect from this romantic, new novel?


Joan: Sure, I’d love to.  But first, before I leave you with an excerpt, I wanted to say how much I appreciate you inviting me to stop by.  I really enjoyed my time here.  And now, here’s a little hint of what you can expect in No Regrets.


“Care to dance, Dr. Blake?”

Maggie readily accepted his offer, and they walked hand-in-hand out to the floor where he pulled her close. As they began to dance, she rested her head on his shoulder, and he gently stroked her bare back, brushing his thumb back and forth in a fluid motion. Even though they were scarcely more than strangers, there was an instant rapport between them, and she felt completely comfortable as he held her. They didn’t speak as they danced, and Maggie enjoyed the feel of being wrapped up in his arms.

She contemplated how non-pressured it seemed. It was as if he had made known his desires, but that he respected that the decision was hers to make. As one song transitioned into another, they continued to dance in silence. Then she looked up at him, mentally dissecting the sudden realization that she found herself now very attracted to him. She had no way to know what he saw in her eyes, but somehow he must have read her mind. Without a word, he lowered his head until his mouth met her slightly parted lips. At first he kissed her softly and gently. When he detected no resistance, he deepened the kiss and swirled his tongue around hers.

“Damn, you taste sweet. Like nectar of the gods,” he murmured, and she felt him stir where their bodies met. She moved her hands up to his neck, entwining them in his thick hair, and kissed him back until she was nearly breathless.

“Let’s get out of here,” he whispered in her ear.

His warm breath feathered across her skin, and she nodded in agreement. They walked outside to find his car and make their getaway.



Kate:  That is a favorite scene of mine from the story.  Thank you for being with me

today.  Thank you readers for stopping by to check out my interview with Joan

Chandler.  No Regrets is a book you will have “no regrets” about adding to

your personal library.  Just click on the link below to go straight to Siren

BookStrand  and start reading today!  Have a great week!




My Lucky Friday the 13th!!

Are you one of many who may suffer from friggatriskaidekaphobia?  If you have a fear of Friday the 13th, then the answer is “YES”.  I don’t personally put a lot of thought into this particular date, and especially not today.  Want to know the reason why?  Well, I’m telling you anyway….

Siren BookStrand emailed me today to say they wanted to publish my second book, Memphis Heat!!!!!!!!!!!

I am really excited and will begin tomorrow working on the information they require to publish the book (cover ideas, blurbs for back cover, website, etc.).

Tonight, I am just going to enjoy the news and think about the ending I want to complete my third book, Right Around the Curve.  Hopefully, I’ll be able to wrap it up within the next two weeks.  In the meantime, I hope everyone has a great weekend!

It’s Here!!!

FINALLY!!!!  It has arrived and I love it!  They have clothes on, so my mother and father can see it.  I specifically requested this in my cover questionairre.  I told them my parents sure as hell couldn’t read what was between the covers, so please design it so they can at least see the cover.  Today was one of the crappier days I’ve had in a while, so finding this in my “INBOX” was a true gift.  I am so good with this….I AM A PUBLISHED AUTHOR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I can now officially check it off my Bucket List (Yes, I really have one in a binder that I refer to now and then.  Next…it’s off to Merry Ole England!).  I think Joan Chandler and I will head to London to see The Hobbit this December.  Guess I’ll have to sell a lot of these to check that one off the list this year!