Horny Hump Day 07/23/14: Beleaguered ~ Be Sensible?





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Participating authors in Horny Hump Day post three sentences from their published works or WIP, hot like a firecracker! LOL

Welcome back to Horny Hump Day!

I’m continuing to spotlight Beleaguered, the final installment of my medieval serial novel, Time Enough to Love which released last weekend!


So this week of course, I’ll give you another little hot snippet from Beleaguered.  In this scene, Alyse has been tending to Thomas, whose hand has been hurt. One thing has led to another…and this is the aftermath.

17541736_m“You should try to sleep again, my love, for Geoffrey said you had not slept since he summoned you in Bordeaux.”

“And how on earth am I supposed to sleep with you here in my arms when I have not seen you for nigh on two days? Be sensible, madam–I can sleep later.”


If you’d like more, Beleaguered is available at Amazon, ARe and Smashwords!

Please continue to the Horny Hump Day blog site for additional sites on the hop and go check out the other hot authors.

Thanks so much for visiting the Journal once more for Horny Hump Day!


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Jenna Interviews Karen Lopp, Author of Splintered Lies

I’ve got good friend and fellow author Karen Lopp here today, sitting in the hot seat (well, probably the luke-warm seat–I’m not cut-throat in my interviews) at Jenna’s Journal.  So sit back, Karen, and let me into your soul. :)

1. Tell us a little bit about your new release. Splintered Lies is my debut romantic suspense. It involves a drug cartel bent on vengeance and two undercover officers who must work together to bring the cartel to justice. The Romance Review gave it a 4 stars.

2. I am a fanatic about my character names. Are the character names special in any way? Some names I just fall in love with and that is what happened with my hero’s name, Jerah. Usually I search for a name that fits the character.

3.   Do you have plans for a sequel to this book? While working on my next suspense novel part of the plot flowed great with Splintered Lies so I tied them together for a sequel. Jerah and Rissa will have a cameo appearance in the next book.

4. Who was the first romance author and book you read? Aw, geez, that was way too long ago to remember. It was probably Barbra Cartland or Georgette Heyer.

5. Who has been the greatest influence on your writing? My husband, he has been my sounding board, my fan, and a great role model for the hero’s in my stories.

6. What is the most exciting/daredevil thing you’ve ever done? Class V river rafting. My sister-in-law, who had our kids and my nephews at an observation point, watched us disappear in a huge hole and thought she was going to have to adopt six kids that day. It was a blast.

Now, Lightning Round:

7. What is your favorite amusement park ride? Roller coaster, the faster the better.

8. Chocolate or vanilla? Chocolate

9. Boxers, briefs or commando? Boxers.

10. Blond, brunette or redhead? (preferred men’s hair color) brunette

11. Would you rather skydive or scuba dive? Scuba dive. It is not over so fast and there are so many beautiful colors in the sea.

12. Would you rather vacation in Hawaii, Vegas or London? I’ve been to Hawaii and Vegas so I’d choose London. It would be exciting to explore places I’ve never been


Detective Rissa Marten sacrificed her only chance for a normal life to put a drug lord behind bars. Now, her life in the shadows has to be brought to life to save the man she has secretly loved for years. With a price on her head can she risk letting him know?

Detective Jerah Qassem has built his career as an undercover agent in the dangerous world of drug cartels. But, when a ghost from his past is resurrected, can he overcome his bitterness in time to save her life?

BUY LINK: http://tinyurl.com/SplinteredLies

FIND ME: http://karenlopp.com



Author Bio.

Stories have always been a part of my life, from books to tales passed down from my ancestors that brought history to life. Danger, struggles and the will power to overcome are all found in the rich legacy of my family tree. Inspiration from their lives inspired me to write what I love. Branching out to contemporary suspense has been another dream come true. I hope my stories bring you entertainment and inspiration.

I love history of all times and places. And my second but equal love of suspense fills my books.



Jerah Qassem had never been more grateful for his years of undercover training than at this moment. Fingers tight around the tumbler to stop the tremors, he watched the apparition glide up to the bar, and wondered if someone had laced his drink with a hallucinogen. Mary was dead. He had nightmares or wet dreams about her most nights for the last eight years.

It wasn’t only the woman’s face that had his insides swirling like a hurricane. It was the way she moved. Long, smooth strides, shoulders straight and eyes darting around like a caged cat. Mary had always been casting looks over her shoulder as if she expected someone to jump out and chase her. But those legs were just as toned and shapely as Mary’s had been. She had been athletic and grabbed every chance she could to romp around the beach. Even the hair was the exact same color of ripened wheat and bounced just below her shoulders. Just like Mary had worn it.

Chills erupted all over his body and cold fingers caressed the nape of his neck. Unable to blink, Jerah stared at the ghost of Mary. The girl he had sent to her death in a fit of anger. The girl he had fallen in love with, yet had been too proud and ambitious to acknowledge until she was gone. Forever.

Jerah closed his eyes against the jarring memory of two firemen holding him back from the charred remains of the building he had sent Mary into as three body bags were carried out. A shudder rattled down his spine. He had relived that day too often. When he glanced back at the bar, the woman had taken a seat and smiled at the bartender. Jerah knew that smile. The same smile that once had almost melted his resolve to not get involved. He had had a career to build. Mary had stirred up thoughts of forever and love, things he hadn’t been ready for. The temptation had been great. But somehow, he persevered and tossed away the best thing that had ever happened to him.

Air exploded from his chest and Jerah shook his head. He did not believe in ghosts. Prickles sprang up his legs as if his blood had decided to flow again. He tugged his leaden body from the chair and stalked to the bar. “Give me a shot of Wild Turkey.” Needing the fortification, he gulped down the amber liquid. Fire burned down his throat. Nope, he wasn’t dreaming. Hands braced on the edge of the bar, he turned to the woman at his side.



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10 Fun Facts About “Secret Love” by Christine Warner

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Ten Fun Facts about Secret Love, Book One in the Sweet Fifties Series by Christine Warner:

  1. I hadn’t planned on making this a novella series, but once I started writing Secret Love there were other characters that I felt the need to share their stories. So far I have 2 other novellas planned, but I might add on to that. The second novella should release in August or September…stay tuned.
  2. The title Secret Love is actually taken from a Doris Day song that released in 1954.
  3. Secret Love takes place in small town America, 1955.
  4. Wayne and Lizzie are the hero and heroine of the story and have known each other for about 10 years.
  5. I used several television shows and songs from the era when writing my story.
  6. I had a very cute little scene involving bread bags and winter boots that I had to delete from the story because bread bags weren’t even invented in 1955.
  7. Lizzie is one of my favorite heroines to date. I love her spirit and personality.
  8. I love the 1920’s, 1940’s, and 1950’s and have always wanted to write a story in one of those decades. I hope that Secret Love will be the first of several.
  9. My favorite scene in the book is actually the prologue which goes back 10 years in time to 1945 when 13 year old Lizzie confesses a secret to 17 year old Wayne.
  10. The tropes in Secret Love are older brother’s best friend, boss/employee, and wrong side of the tracks, and unrequited love. Some of my favorites. Of the ones I’ve listed, which one is yours?


Thanks to Jenna for letting me share her blog today :)

(You are so welcome, Christine!  Love having you anytime!)

SECRET LOVE: Book One in the Sweet Fifties Series


Saranac, Michigan 1955

Lizzie Tarleton has always done things her own way—including the time at the tender age of thirteen when she confessed to her brother’s best friend she loved him. But now she’s a new teacher at the local high school, and independent enough to know that you can’t force love. She’ll find love when the time is right—even though her parents are adamant the time is now. The only downfall to her idyllic life is the fact that her childhood crush—who broke her heart—is now her boss. If only she could stop daydreaming about him.

Wayne Whitmore grew up on the wrong side of the tracks and worked hard to get where he’s at in life. Even though he enjoys being principal at the small town high school, he dreams of coaching baseball. When his best friend asks him to watch over his little sister at her new job at Wayne’s school, he agrees. What he doesn’t count on is how she’s grown from the pig tailed kid who told him she loved him, to the woman who breaks his concentration with her beauty and smile. Unable to get over his fascination, and afraid he’ll ruin his friend’s trust, Wayne applies for his dream job—one that will take him far away. One night while decorating the school gymnasium for an upcoming sock hop, Lizzie and Wayne find themselves alone. They share a kiss and Lizzie realizes her childhood crush for Wayne has never died. Wayne decides he doesn’t want to let Lizzie get away. Can they come to terms with their secret love and then overcome the other secrets they are hiding in order to get what they each want? Or is their timing for love still off?


She blinked away the heat of tears forming at the back of her eyes. Their conversation had grown too serious. She needed to lighten things up a bit. “Remember when we used to play ‘What if?’”

He laughed. “What if Lizzie wore a dress?”

“Either she was going to church, or her mom was having a ladies’ social.” Lizzie giggled. “Ricky hated that game.”

“He’d get so mad when you’d start it.” He made the final cut on a small snowflake and added it to the pile before him.

“What if Wayne couldn’t throw his famous curve ball?”

“The school trophy case would be one trophy short. What if Lizzie wasn’t teaching here?”

She pouted. “She’d be sad. I have no idea what I’d be doing if I hadn’t found a job here. What does Lizzie have to do to show Wayne she thanks him?” She winked, enjoying their fun.

He cleared his throat. “What if Wayne said Lizzie owed him a kiss?”

Her belly trembled. What if?

“What if he stole one?” His voice lowered and he leaned in.

“Why don’t you find out?” she whispered.

Author-Pic2-300x200AUTHOR BIO:

Christine Warner is living her dream in Michigan along with her family, one laptop, and a much loved assortment of furry friends.

Besides laughing and a good dose of humor, she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, reading, writing, but no arithmetic.  A confessed people watcher, she finds inspiration for her stories in everyday activities.  She loves to read and write about strong heroes, and determined, sometimes sassy, heroines.

A girl gone wild, at least where social media is concerned, she enjoys meeting other avid readers and writers on facebook, twitter and her website at christine-warner.com.


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Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 7/20/14 Beleaguered ~ A Better Solution


Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors!

 Beleaguered, the novel-length final installment of my medieval serial novel, Time Enough to Love, released this past week!  Hooray! So of course this week I’m spotlighting it again. :)



I thought I’d find a happier snippet to tempt you with this week.  This is from the first chapter, where Alyse and Thomas are finally allowed to disembark from the Phillipa, where they’ve been waiting all day for their turn to go ashore. This snippet takes up where last week’s left off.  (I have been somewhat creative again to get this whole bit in eight sentences.) :)

Bealeaguered_ThomasWhen Thomas arrived beside her, she reached for his arm, lest she topple over.

“Why does the land move so?” she asked fearfully, trying to remain standing while her feet seemed to wander to and fro.

He laughed and held her steady. “We have been moving constantly for the past ten days. ’Tis the ground that stays still while your body thinks it continues to move. ’Twill pass in a few moments.” Then, to her surprise, he scooped her up in his arms and started for the last waiting carriage saying, “I believe this is a better solution to your predicament, madam.”

Laughing, she wrapped her arms around his neck, pleased with his public attentions to her.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this snippet from Beleaguered, which is now available from Smashwords, ARe and Amazon.  It will be available elsewhere as well shortly.

When death holds sway in the world, can even the greatest love survive?

Finally in France, Alyse and Thomas return to their roles as courtiers to Princess Joanna. Their passion for one another continues to smolder hot and deep—until one fateful encounter changes everything.

During a formal banquet, Alyse must share an intimate dance with Geoffrey, her first love. His searing touch proves her love and desire for him is as strong as when they first met. Tormented by this revelation, Alyse is bitterly torn between the love of her life and her love for her husband.

Into this agonizing situation, the disaster of the Black Death rears its head, decimating the princess’s retinue and threatening all their lives. Alyse, Thomas and Geoffrey must try to save the princess from the ravening disease but at a dire cost to themselves. With her world plunged into chaos, Alyse struggles with her feelings for both of the men she loves. But which love will survive?

In the mean time, check out the rest of the Warriors here.  There’s some fantastic snippets to be read.



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Cover Reveal for Tempted by His Touch ~ Historical Romance Boxed Set

Coming July 27, 2014: TEMPTED BY HIS TOUCH

A boxed set of ten scorching hot historical romances featuring dukes, rogues, and alpha heroes and the women who can’t resist them. Fall in love with tales of intrigue, suspense, wit, and passion.

For a limited time (July 27-Sept. 21), you can purchase TEMPTED BY HIS TOUCH for just 99 CENTS. That’s a savings of almost $35! That’s at least a week’s worth of coffee! Or a really nice bottle of wine!

We’re so excited to reveal the cover of TEMPTED BY HIS TOUCH here at Jenna’s Journal! Without further fuss . . . ta da!!


And now to tempt you with the books included in Tempted by His Touch . . .

Sonata for a Scoundrel

By Anthea Lawson, RITA-nominated author

Clara Becker is a supremely gifted composer—a talent of little to no use to a woman in 1830s Europe. Her compositions are only worth something when published under her brother’s name, yet this deception barely enables them to scrape out a living in the poorest quarter of London. When Darien Reynard, the most celebrated musician in Europe, comes across Becker’s compositions, he knows this music will secure his place in history. Darien invites the composer to tour with him, but must agree to a most unusual demand—that he bring along his sister . . .

Scoundrel Ever After

By Darcy Burke

When wallflower Audrey Cheswick runs away with England’s most wanted criminal, she learns adventure comes with a price—not just her reputation or her virtue, but her heart. If Ethan Jagger can escape the hangman’s noose and start anew, will she consent to love a scoundrel ever after?

Once Upon a Duke

By Eva Devon

Everything is going swimmingly for Kathryn Darrell. She’s got an annuity of a hundred thousand a year, her lecherous-heart breaking husband has had the good graces to pop off, and best of all, she has her freedom—something she has every intention of reveling in to the fullest. And who better to revel with than Ryder Blake, the infamous Duke of Darkwell?

Dark Surrender

By Erica Ridley

Violet Whitechapel committed an unspeakable crime to save a child. To escape the hangman’s noose, she takes refuge in a crumbling abbey with secrets darker than her own. But when those secrets begin to unravel, none of the abbey’s residents will be able to remain hidden . . .


By Lila DiPasqua

One sinfully seductive hero on a dangerous mission. One mysterious beauty intent on guarding her secrets. One steamy, emotionally charged historical romance from the acclaimed Fiery Tales Series…Inspired by Rapunzel…Rescuing this beauty from the ‘tower’ is only the beginning…

To Dare the Duke of Dangerfield

By Bronwen Evans, USA Today Bestselling Author

Harlow Telford, the Duke of Dangerfield, is amused by his hellion neighbor, Lady Caitlin Southall. When she bursts into one of his private gatherings, he mistakes her for the entertainment. Her slap across his face sets him straight and raises the absurd desire to seduce the unconventional beauty into his bed. When she issues her daft challenge to win back her father’s pile of rubble, the terms are set. And he’ll do anything to win–except fall in love…

The Problem with Seduction

By Emma Locke

Elizabeth Spencer needs a man, one who won’t be too picky about his reputation. Lord Constantine Alexander can’t afford another trip to debtors’ prison, which makes him the perfect candidate. She doesn’t expect him to have a heart of gold, nor does she expect to find him irresistible—because while she needs a man, she doesn’t particularly want one.

A Dangerous Invitation

By Erica Monroe

Struggling to survive in London’s dangerous rookeries, Kate Morgan is determined not to give into the temptation of past love Daniel O’Reilly when he returns to win back her heart and prove he’s innocent of murder.

Great & Unfortunate Desires – NEVER BEFORE RELEASED!

By Gina Danna

Tristan, the Marquis of Wrenworth and British spy, must marry but he’s haunted by guilt of war. Lady Evelyn Hurstine’s past makes her fear men but for Tristan, she’s willing to overcome her fear. Caught in a world of intrigue and mayhem, can they find love before the traitor destroys them both?

Lady of Pleasure

By Delilah Marvelle, RT Award-winning Author

Lady Caroline Arabella Starling has been in love with her older brother’s best friend, Caldwell, since she was thirteen. Unfortunately, too many things keep getting in the way of proving her love. Her four younger sisters, her mother, her brother, all of society and the man she loves himself. But where there is a will, there is a way, and Caroline is about to redefine not only respectability but true love.

Because TEMPTED BY HIS TOUCH features dukes, rogues, and alpha heroes, which do you prefer? Or is your ideal guy not on that list? Tell us in the comments!

Be sure to join us July 27-August 2 for a release extravaganza! Details will be posted on our Facebook page, where we’re hosting a party with fabulous teasers, giveaways, and most of all: FUN – Wednesday, July 30, 6-11 pm Eastern.





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O is for Order of Precedence

From Alexander Jacob's work "A Complete English Peerage"

From Alexander Jacob’s work “A Complete English Peerage”

Those Americans reading or writing historical romance have at some point run into the baffling system of English titles and orders of precedence. The system was created to allow every person to know exactly what their position in society was in relation to everyone else. Based on title and distinction, the ranking can be confusing, unless one grew up learning it. For those of us not of the nobility, here is a quick look at the basic order of precedence.

This ordering would be used on any occasion, from the order in which guests would go in to dinner, to who bows to whom.

Naturally, the king, queen, prince, and royal dukes, and their wives and children are first in line. I’ll list the rest in order of precedent. The wife has the same precedence as her husband. Daughters have the same precedence as sons.



Eldest Sons of dukes – No matter what the courtesy title is.


Eldest sons of marquises – No matter what the courtesy title is.

Younger sons of dukes.


Eldest sons of earls – No matter what the courtesy title is.

Younger sons of marquises


Eldest sons of viscounts – they have no courtesy title

Younger sons of earls


Eldest sons of barons – also no courtesy title

Younger sons of viscounts


Eldest sons of baronets – no courtesy title.

Younger sons of Barons

Landed gentry.

If you would like more information on the orders of precedence, the article “British Titles and Orders of Precedence” in Edwardian Promenade provides the exact order from the Sovereign down to Wives of Gentlemen entitled to bear arms.

Occasionally, the order of precedence can be changed. In 2012, just after the royal wedding of Prince William to Kate Middleton, Queen Elizabeth changed the order of precedence so that the Duchess of Cambridge, when not accompanied by her husband, must curtsy to the “blood princesses:” Princess Anne, Princess Alexandra, Princess Beatrice, and Princess Eugenie. For more on this update, see the article, “Queen Updates Order of Precedence and Who Bows to Whom.”

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The Writer’s Business Plan by Patricia Green


My great friend and fellow author, Patricia Green, had this wonderful and informative post on her blog the other day that I really want to share with you.  I think many of us could better learn how to approach writing as a business using her ideas about how to construct a business plan.

The Writer’s Business Plan by Patricia Green

One of the things I incorporated into my writing career the year before I decided I’d like to go full time, was a business plan. In my former life as a technical writer, I’d written many for other businesses, but never one for myself. I consulted with my husband, who is my best councillor, and wrote it up. I refer to it whenever I’m discouraged or confused about where to go next, and to remind me of my overarching goals with my writing business.  Read more…

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