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Featured today is Harlequin Heartwarming and Harlequin Blaze author KAREN ROCK!  Thanks for joining me and sharing some of your favorites Karen!


Award-winning author Karen Rock is both sweet and spicy—at least when it comes to her writing! The author of both YA and adult contemporary books writes red-hot novels for Harlequin Blaze and small-town romances for Harlequin Heartwarming. A strong believer in Happily-Ever-After, Karen loves creating unforgettable stories that leave her readers with a smile. When she’s not writing, Karen is an avid reader who’s typically immersed in three different books at a time, all in different genres. She also loves cooking her grandmother’s Italian recipes, baking, Christmas (no need to specify—she loves every bit of it), and having the Adirondack Park wilderness as her backyard, where she lives with her husband, daughter, dog and cat who keep her life interesting and complete.


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My favorite color is … Pink

My favorite place to read is … On my couch with my cat curled up next to me.

My favorite snack is … Tortilla chips and salsa or if I want something sweet, ice cream. I’m so addicted though, that I rarely keep it in the house.  Stewarts Stargazer ice cream is definitely my Kryptonite!

My favorite type of music is … I love all kinds of music but probably lean more towards rock music. (What choice did I have with my name- lol)

My favorite hot beverage is … Chicken soup. Technically, you’re not supposed to drink it, but when I’m cold (I live in northern New York State) I inhale a cup a day.

My favorite type of flower is … Light pink peonies. They are beyond gorgeous and I have three large patches of them in my front yard garden.

My favorite time of day is … morning. Everyone in my family sleeps in so the a.m. is the best time for me to focus and work. Also, I love walking my dog early and catching the sunrise.

My favorite candy is … Reeses Peanut Butter cups.

My favorite hobby is … Cooking. I learned recipes from my Italian grandmother and I love making homemade sauce and cooking things I grow in my garden.

My favorite place to vacation is … Disney World! It is the most magical place on earth and, best of all, RWA National Conference will be held there this July! I’ll be signing at the Literacy event and I hope any romance readers that are attending will stop by and say hi 🙂



Look for Karen’s latest release, a western suspense novel with Harlequin Heartwarming , A COWBOY TO KEEP, out next week on 2/1/17  ..


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Can’t stop running from the past 

Dani Crawford has a secret…and if bounty hunter Jackson Cade finds out, he could ruin everything. The scarred yet handsome cowboy has tracked a dangerous criminal to the dude ranch Dani manages, and to get rid of Jack she’ll have to help him catch his man. But the closer they get to cornering their quarry the more Dani wants Jack to stay. Spending time with him is making her long for things she can never have thanks to a past mistake. And if the truth comes out she may be spending her future behind bars rather than safe in her cowboy’s arms…


**  As a fan of Karen’s books, you might recognize Dani as being the sister of Claire from Karen’s March 2016 release HIS KIND OF COWGIRL!  This book is also a prequel to her new ROCKY MOUNTAIN COWBOYS series that will kick off later this year!  **

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Uniformly Hot!

Subject: Lt. Commander Mark Sampson 

Mission: Keep his eyes on the skies…despite one sexy distraction! 

There are things a man can never undo. For Coast Guard search and rescue pilot Mark Sampson, it was the agonizing decision that cost him a teammate—and his faith in himself. But an unbelievably sexy blonde on a secluded beach may help him forget…if only for a night.

Cassie Rowe needed a distraction—and, boy, did she get one! How was she to know the brooding stranger who rocked her world was the pilot who’d left her brother to die? And now they’re on the same mission. She should hate him. But she can’t fight the storm of desire threatening to pull them under…





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Semper Paratus. Always ready. 

Years ago, Coast Guard rescue swimmer Dylan Holt left Kodiak, Alaska, with his heart in pieces. He thought Nolee Arnauyq and her mouthwatering curves were behind him—until he’s sent to rescue the crew of a capsizing boat…including Nolee. And Dylan is definitely not ready for the too-familiar way his body aches at seeing her again.

Nolee’s always gone after what she wanted, and to hell with the risks. Now she’s a rookie ship captain taking on the deadly waters of the Bering Sea. But out on these treacherous waters, there’s no way to avoid the sizzling sexual tension between them—or the dangerous pull of emotions that could leave both their hearts lost at sea…



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** FRIDAY FAVORITES with Janie Crouch – with a GIVEAWAY! **

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Featured today is Harlequin Intrigue author JANIE CROUCH!  Thanks for joining me and sharing some of your favorites Janie!

Janie recently relocated with her husband and four children to Germany (due to her husband’s job as support for the U.S. Military), after living in Virginia for nearly 20 years.  When she’s not listening to the voices in her head (and even when she is), she enjoys traveling, long-distance running, movie-watching, knitting and adventure (obstacle) racing. Janie completed an Ironman Triathlon in 2014 and is prepping for another one in 2017.

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My favorite color is … teal. But a dark one! Not turquoise or aqua.

My favorite place to read is … in a large bath tub with a blow up pillow for my head.

My favorite snack is … definitely salty, not sweet. I love cheese, chips, and popcorn of all kinds.

My favorite type of music is … very difficult to answer! I like all sorts of music depending on what I’m doing. But I have to admit I love musical theatre show tunes quite a bit!

My favorite hot beverage is … coffee. Always. Lots of cream, lots of sugar.

My favorite type of flower is … stargazer lilies. I had them at my wedding.

My favorite time of day is … early morning after a good night’s sleep. I’ve got the whole day ahead of me!

My favorite candy is … butterscotch.

My favorite hobby is … running. I love to run.

My favorite place to vacation is … anywhere new that I haven’t been. I love traveling to new cities and countries.




Omega Sector: Critical Response Book 6
Publication Date:   January 1, 2017



Someone’s always watching her…

Everywhere she goes, Rosalyn Mellinger has eyes on her. The Watcher follows her everywhere. It seemed hopeless, inescapable…especially when she met Steve Drackett on his vacation. Another person to be hurt by her stalker. But Rosalyn didn’t know Steve was part of Omega Sector—there was literally no one better to protect her, if she’d just open up to him. He had years of experience, and while the Watcher preyed upon Rosalyn, Steve would beat him at his own game.

But Rosalyn had a secret even Steve couldn’t see coming: a baby from his vacation romance…

Read an excerpt HERE!


Previous books in the OMEGA SECTOR: CRITICAL RESPONSE series:



Published:  January 1, 2016

He has to shut down the terrorists or lose it all. Including the woman he can’t admit means everything to him. 

Omega Sector: Critical Response agent Derek Waterman is hunting the architects of a lethal terrorist bombing. After weeks of chasing cold leads, he has finally found the evidence that could expose the perpetrators. But in order to take them down, he needs help from Dr. Molly Humphries, Omega’s lead forensic scientist. 

Shy Molly works to retrieve the data–and overcome her debilitating crush on the sexy agent. Derek carefully suppresses his mutual smoldering attraction, sure that his dark past will drive Molly away if she knows. But when Molly’s kidnapped, he will stop at nothing to save her. Even if a lethal enemy will do everything to keep him from doing so.

Read an excerpt HERE!



Published:  February 1, 2016

The Texas heat did nothing to stop an elusive criminal.

Omega Sector: Critical Response agent Jon Hatton is running out of options. If he doesn’t get a decent lead soon, a serial rapist will strike again. His best chances lie with the intuitive skills of forensic artist Sherry Mitchell, a beautiful woman struggling with PTSD. 

In exchange for her help, Jon teaches Sherry to manage her symptoms, and soon they are unable to resist their Texas-hot attraction. With Jon as her lifeline, Sherry uncovers clues that prompt a frightening message from the attacker. Jon knows Sherry’s determined to help catch this criminal, but keeping her safe is his top priority. Followed by making her his bride.

Read an excerpt HERE!



Published:  June 1, 2016

One secret can change everything

It’s been eight years since Liam Goetz has seen his ex-fiancé. Vanessa Epperson had everything: beauty, brains…and a family fortune. He chose her, while she chose a life of luxury and never imagined their paths would cross again. An unexpected phone call from Vanessa—desperate for his help in a human trafficking case—ressurects old longings. As they work together to save hostages and catch a predator, Liam begins to learn some shocking truths—about himself and the woman he thought he once knew so well…

Read an excerpt HERE!



Published:  July 1, 2016

He was a man of action—especially when it came to protecting his new undercover partner… 

 At ninenteen, Andrea Gordon’s life was forever changed. After proving herself instrumental in a bank hostage crisis, she became one of Omega Sector’s top agents. Four years later, her skill at reading people is unrivaled—until she meets fellow profiler Brandon Han. Paired together to track a serial killer who has been targeting exotic dancers, the two become entangled beyond the case. Their mutual attraction deepens as they get closer to the truth. But when Andrea’s own sordid past surfaces, they will both be forced to question everything about the assignment…and each other.

Read an excerpt HERE!



Published:  December 1, 2016

He lost her once. He won’t lose her again. 

Despite an illustrious career as a top hostage negotiator, Joe Matarazzo is haunted by the past. It was a year ago that three innocent lives were lost under his watch. But Joe isn’t the only one who remembers that day. When Joe’s exes begin to fall victim to a violent stalker, Joe seeks the help of Laura Birchwood—a lawyer and the woman he once loved. Despite old wounds, Laura agrees to help Joe find out who’s framing him. And while they expect to be met with danger, they’re unprepared for passion that still burns strong, and their determination to give what was between them a second chance.

Read an excerpt HERE!


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** Review and Giveaway! ** A COWBOY TO KEEP by Karen Rock

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** Review and Giveaway! **  A COWBOY TO KEEP by Karen RockA Cowboy to Keep by Karen Rock
Published by Harlequin Heartwarming on February 1, 2017
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Can't stop running from the past

Dani Crawford has a secret…and if bounty hunter Jackson Cade finds out, he could ruin everything. The scarred yet handsome cowboy has tracked a dangerous criminal to the dude ranch Dani manages, and to get rid of Jack she'll have to help him catch his man. But the closer they get to cornering their quarry the more Dani wants Jack to stay. Spending time with him is making her long for things she can never have thanks to a past mistake. And if the truth comes out she may be spending her future behind bars rather than safe in her cowboy's arms…

With her upcoming Harlequin Heartwarming novel, Karen Rock is taking a delve into suspense … and you are going to love it!  Not only do we get to enjoy the typical sexy hero she always delivers who makes a sweet love connection with the gal he sets his sights on, but we also get to try to solve the mystery right alongside them as they throw themselves into catching a fugitive before he gets away!  I really enjoyed the characters, and as this book sets up an upcoming series about Jack’s family, I look forward to seeing future mentions of them in the books to come!

Dani Crawford felt like she found her home away from home when she found her job at the Mountain Sky Ranch just when she needed it most.  She’s enjoyed her time there and is stepping up to even more responsibility when a possible problem arises that could expose the secret she’s been hiding and jeopardize her future!

Bounty hunter Jackson Cade has tracked a wanted man to the dude ranch and needs access to try to catch him.  Dani wants him gone as soon as possible, so she sets out to help him find his guy before her past catches up with her and it’s her that he takes in!  When they both start to long for a future they know they can’t allow themselves, will matters of the heart have them rethinking their plans?


Enter below for a chance to win a signed paperback copy (US only) or an eBook copy (INT) from Karen!

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS with Jill Shalvis…in October!


We are so excited to get to help share about this fantastic giveaway from Jill Shalvis! Don’t miss this opportunity to enter to win a signed copy of her Heartbreaker Bay titles, SWEET LITTLE LIES and THE TROUBLE WITH MISTLETOE, along with a Jill Shalvis tote, mug, holiday ornament and pen!

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If you haven’t gotten your copy of Jill’s standalone novel, THE TROUBLE WITH MISTLETOE, grab your copy today at http://jillshalvis.com/books/the-trouble-with-mistletoe/! It’s a captivating story of love, second chances, and new beginnings!

And that’s not all! Jill’s upcoming standalone novella in her Heartbreaker Bay Series, ONE SNOWY NIGHT, is releasing on November 8th and is just $.99! Get your copy of ONE SNOWY NIGHT at http://jillshalvis.com/books/one-snowy-night/!

They’re the perfect stories to get you in the holiday mood! So what are you waiting for? Deck Your Shelves!

** Giveaway! ** SIGNED Paperback of HIS TO PROTECT by Karen Rock


The lovely Karen Rock has been kind enough to send me a signed copy of her latest Harlequin Blaze for me to offer up to my followers!  Enter via the Rafflecopter below!

** NOTE**  US mailing address only for the PB win.  If you are the chosen winnner and are international, I will gift you a Kindle copy and choose another winner for the PB

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