Romantic Suspense Author Cheryl Wright

cheryl-wright-croppedAs someone who has been married to the same person for a little over 38 years, love is very important to me.

It’s the little things that bring people together, and the little things that help keep them that way.

A chocolate left on a pillow, a box of chocolates for no reason, (do you see a pattern forming here? LOL), flowers just for the heck of it, a love note left in a lunchbox.

Let your partner know how much they mean to you, but don’t only do that on Valentine’s Day.  Make your love show through on a daily basis, because after all, love definitely does make the world go around.


Here’s the ‘first kiss’ scene from my romantic suspense novel, Running Scared:

Emma filled the electric jug with water, turned it on and began to prepare the cups. She jumped, startled, as he came up behind her and wrapped his arms around her.

Noting her reaction, Gary realized it was not the first time he had startled her with very little effort.

“I’ve made a decision,” she told him.

Gary was at full attention. “And what’s that?”

“That you are very pushy.”

“I know what I want and go after it. And, I usually get what I want. Anyway,” he grinned at her, “you want it too.”

Emma’s jaw dropped open. “How can you say that?” she demanded. “I haven’t done anything to encourage you.”

“Liar! You wanted me to kiss you earlier. You know, at the park,” A smile creased his lips. “…before we were rudely interrupted.”

Emma’s cheeks flooded with color. He knew what she’d been thinking when they were standing alone, waiting for Sally’s ride to finish. He’d leaned into her, his mouth open in preparation. Just as she had parted her lips slightly, some damned kid with his damned ball interrupted them.

Gary spun her around in his arms. Their bodies were close, it felt right. Her hips gently touched his, her breasts softly pushed against his chest. She lifted her hands and put them against him, then gently pushed while arching her back away from him.

She was one hell of a woman, but boy, was she ever confused. When he looked into her eyes, she seemed to be pleading with him. Pleading for what? For him to kiss her? To hold her closer? For him to leave her alone?

He shook his head. Nah—she wanted him.

Gary leaned into her and claimed her mouth. His hands came up around her back, pulling her closer still.

Emma’s hands slid up from his chest and looped around his neck, her fingers sliding through his long hair, which tonight hung loose on his shoulders.

Gary began to massage Emma’s back with one hand, the other swimming in her silky brown locks. Emma’s eyes were closed, she was finally relaxing. He pulled her closer still.

The kettle began to emit a high-pitched whistle, and Emma suddenly pulled back, breathless. He looked down into her face. He was as breathless as she was, but his lips curled in amusement. “Still trying to deny what we both know?”

Emma touched her fingers to her lips. “I, er, have to make the coffee,” she said. “The jug’s boiled.”

He still held her in his arms, reluctant to let go as the whistling kettle continued to scream at them.

Gary felt like a teenager, totally infatuated. Only this was more than infatuation, there was electricity between them. More than electricity; more like lightning, he mused. He knew it, but Emma still hadn’t realized. Or maybe she had? He would just have to give her time to work it out.

Gary reached over, flicked off the power switch, and the whistle slowly died. He dove forward to claim his prize once more, but Emma quickly wriggled out of his arms before he could stop her. A slow smile crept to his lips. He liked a challenge.

To read a longer excerpt or to learn more, click here.


Romance Author Rita Karnopp

RitaKarnoppI truly love Valentine’s Day because it makes me stop in my busy world and think about those I love.  In my case it’s a spouse I’ll soon be married to for forty years. Might I add it’s important to tell your children and grandchildren you love them, too.  How about those great friends you couldn’t survive without?  Here’s the opportunity – don’t miss it!




PARTISAN HEART – Book 2 – Tango of Death Series

“I am a Jew fighting for his people and I’m fighting for your people, too. I don’t need you fighting me.” He opened his arms to her.

Vanya moved into his embrace. After a long silence she lifted her face up to him and took his hard kiss. She responded with urgency and passion. He fueled the fire within her and she didn’t want to stop.

He kissed her cheek, then moved to nibble on her ear lobe.

“I love how you kiss me,” she said somewhat breathless.

He answered with a trail of kisses down her neck . . . lower and lower.  She allowed him to pop open the first few buttons on her blouse. He pinned her back against a tree and buried his face into her cleavage. The sensation shook her to the core. She should tell him to stop, but she truly didn’t want him to.

How or when he slipped the remaining buttons free, she couldn’t say.


Find GYPSY SPIRIT Book 1 Tango of Death Series  or and watch for JEWISH SOU – Book three of the Tango of Death Series soon.



Romance Author Jamie Hill


Valentine’s Day has always held a sweet place in my heart, from the early exchange of children’s valentines to now, when I still make homemade cards for my loved ones. My husband always gives me chocolate, which is one of my passions. It doesn’t get much sweeter than that!



Family Secrets by Jamie Hill

Hill-FamilySecrets200x300Jack felt tears on Crystal’s cheeks as he ran his hands over her face and down to her shoulders. He pushed her back gently. “Crys, as much as I want this, we can’t. I have a job to do, and I can’t get personally—”

“Shhh.” She put a finger to his lips. “I know. I just need to pretend for one minute that there’s no one but you and me in the world. Kiss me and help me pretend for one minute.”

He hesitated. He knew the right thing to do, and kissing her was definitely not it. But the tears that continued to run down her cheeks pierced him like arrows through his heart and he was miserably torn.

“Please, Jack. Don’t make me beg.” She traced his lip with her finger.

“Don’t beg,” he answered gruffly.
Family Secrets is book one in the A Cop in the Family series by Jamie Hill, and is available here:
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Easy Valentine’s Day Card to Make

You may be aware that my hobby is cardmaking. It’s something I love to do, and find very relaxing.  I also make cards for a local gift shop, and also donate a lot of thank you cards to the oncology ward at our local hospital.  (If interested, you can read more about it here.)

Since we’re running a Valentine’s Day event, I thought this might be of interest to some.  It’s a very simple card, that just about anybody could make without too much effort.

2013-01-12-429reducedThe textured background you see here has been achieved using a Cuttlebug machine, which as a cardmaker, is a great asset.  But if you’re only making cards here and there, it’s definitely not worth the investment (from $59-$150 depending on what country you live in).

You can buy textured paper in craft shops, department stores, and places like Spotlight (in Australia), and I assume Michael’s in the US.


The music themed tape going across the page is called ‘washi tape’ and you can pick it up at any of the above mentioned stores for around $3.  It comes in all sorts of designs, and is very easy to use.

I’ve taped a piece across the card, and tucked it in underneath the textured card on each side. Then added the ‘topper’ sheet to the folded cardstock of the same colour.

Using a die (or punch), cut out some hearts in a variety of colours.  Again, these can be bought in a packet from the same stores. They’re using only a few dollars.

Next I stamped the dancing couple into one of the hearts.  This is only a portion of the stamp; it actually shows their entire bodies, but I thought it more effective like this.

The stamp is from Gina K Designs, where I buy most of my stamps, and is only $7-95 for this versatile duo set.

You can use any stamps you have on hand – this is one I use a lot.

The ‘love you’ greeting is also from Gina K Designs, and is from the True Love set. After stamping the greeting, I also added a rhinestone to the heart.

You can use any stamps for this card, I just happened to have a very large stash of stamps, so usually have something appropriate to use, no matter the occassion.

Here’s another Valentine’s Day card I made – this one was designed to be a fun and lighthearted card.  It was also very easy to make.


I hope you’ve enjoyed learning how I made the first card.  If you would like to learn more about cardmaking, visit my cardmaking blog:




Historical Romance Author Margaret Tanner

Margaret Tanner


Margaret says: Without romance the world would be a sad and lonely place.




ARoseInNoMansLand She stared into Mark’s eyes, drawn by their fierce blue, unchartered depths. “I…I love you,” she whispered, knowing full well the words were better left unsaid.

“My lovely Amy. I have nothing to offer. The first time we met, you were like a ray of sunshine brightening up my dull, jaded existence. The more I saw of you, the bigger the danger you posed to my peace of mind—that’s why I treated you harshly. I’ve fought my feelings for you,” he went on passionately. “Kept telling myself it was only lust I felt, but—my God! A man going to war shouldn’t tempt fate by lying to himself.”

He pulled her into his arms and held her close for a moment, then lowered his head, as if he couldn’t help himself. “Open your mouth, my lovely girl,” he whispered. “I want to sleep tonight with the taste of your lips on mine.”

Her arms slipped around his neck.

He feathered tiny kisses all over her face, until their lips finally clung together for one heart-stopping, sweet moment.

For a longer excerpt click here.

BooksWeLove Blurbathon – Author Sheila Claydon


RELUCTANT DATE by Sheila Claydon from Books We Love Publishing available at:

In a rut, and with her love life at an all time low, Claire Harris makes a New Year’s resolution to join an Internet dating agency. Her challenge is twelve dates or twelve months, whichever comes first, unless she is lucky enough to meet Mister Right along the way. On her final date, and convinced that only frogs are left in the dating pool, she is relieved that it’s nearly over…until she meets enigmatic American, Daniel Marchant. The only problem is, his brother has set him up, and Daniel makes it very clear that he’s not interested in dating anyone at all. He is looking for someone to work in his developing conservation research company though, and when he discovers that Claire has the photographic and cataloguing skills he needs, he offers her a dream job in Florida.
But Dolphin Key is not as idyllic as it seems. There are too many secrets and too much heartache. And Claire has her own secrets as well. Not that she is going to share them with anyone, least of all with Daniel, because he must never know he has stolen her heart.


Wonderful story! The story had me from the start to finish, this book was an emotionally good story that had a great romance with humor entwined. I believe anyone who reads this book will enjoy it (LadyAtlantis)

Perfect warming read for a grey,cold winter day  Another heart warming romance from Sheila Claydon. (Liz)

Learn more about Sheila’s characters and her books at: or

And do check back to learn all about Books We Love author Heather Haven’s books on February 4.

Books We Love Blurbathon Continues

mymozartIn Honor of Mozart’s Birthday, January 27th, the BWL Blurbathon brings you:

My Mozart by Juliet Waldron, from Books We Love Publishing.

Mozart was her teacher, her mentor, her rescuer–and, finally, fatally, her lover.


“This really knocked my socks off, and so you don’t have to know the opera or Mozart’s music to love this book.”
Kay Cochran

“The brilliance of the plot is that it is timeless … Teenage fan falls in love, has a brief love affair with her idol…The characters are as real as today, once again underscoring the fact that people, after all, never change in motives or behavior, only in time.” Patricia A. Martin

Buy My Mozart at:

Learn more Juliet’s characters and about their life and times at:

And do check back to learn all about my books (Cheryl Wright) on January 29th!