Hearts In Danger – Now a USA Today Bestseller!

First, let me say OH MY GOD! *snoopy dance* Just moments ago I was informed that Hearts In Danger hit #60 on the USA Today Bestseller list!  *faints*

Okay – where was I? Oh, right.

Several of us here at Love, Lust and Laptops have been affected by heart disease–directly and indirectly. Odds are, you have too. According to a recent American Heart Association journal, an estimated 85.6 million American adults (>1 in 3) have ≥1 types of cardiovascular disease. Of these, 43.7 million are estimated to be ≥60 years of age. (AHA Journal)

Those are some scary numbers, my friends. I implore you. Know the warning signs: Cold sweat, pain (can be anywhere, not just the chest), shortness of breath, nausea. Rosie O’Donnell created the acronym HEPPP to help women remember the signs–which can be different from those men experience. Hot. Exhausted. Pain. Pale. Puke. Say it with me – Hot, exhausted, pain, pale, puke. One more time … hot, exhausted, pain, pale, puke. Got it?

It’s never too late to start paying attention to your cardiovascular health. Please. Don’t delay.

I am humbled and awed by the response to Hearts In Danger. If you haven’t picked up this fabulous set – there’s still time! It’s only $0.99! (proceeds benefit the American Heart Association). And here’s what you’ll get:


FOURTEEN stories of thrilling romance to benefit the American Heart Association. These full length, Romantic Suspense stories come from NEW YORK TIMES, USA TODAY, AND NATIONAL BESTSELLING AUTHORS!

Accidental SEAL by Sharon Hamilton: Newbie Realtor Christy Nelson holds her first Open House but is given the wrong address, and finds a hot naked SEAL in the master bedroom.

Pick Your Poison by Roxanne St. Claire: Meet Benjamin Youngblood – he’s sexy, smart, spectacular and … about to lose his job for the best security firm in the world. He’s got one chance to prove himself and nothing will stop him. Not even a flower farmer.

Protective Custody by Paige Tyler: Someone is stalking reporter Paisley McCoy, and police detective Gray Beckham is the only man who can protect her. And while she might be sexy as hell, there’s no way he’s going anywhere near the captain’s daughter.

Hot Pursuit by Lynn Raye Harris: When someone starts shooting at Evie Baker, there’s only one man dangerous enough to help her–the man who broke her heart ten years ago. Hostile Operations Team soldier Matt Girard uses all his considerable black ops skill to protect Evie.

SEAL’s Honor by Elle James: Two Navy SEALs jeopardize their lives and hearts in a battle-torn land when they vie for the love of one sexy Night Stalker helicopter pilot.

Against The Dark by Carolyn Crane: Angel is an ex-safecracker forced into one last heist. Cole is an undercover agent with big plans for his gorgeous thief—he’ll make her pose as his girlfriend to help with a dangerous mission.

Hidden Prey by Cheyenne McCray: Tori is in the wrong place at the wrong time and witnesses the execution of a Federal agent by the son of the head of the Jimenez Cartel. Special Agent Landon Walker rescues Tori and sets out to protect her, but soon protecting her isn’t enough.

Dangerous Curves by Nina Bruhns: A spec ops transporter for STORM Corps takes on drones, bad guys, and car chases on the coast of Italy—and falls for a beautiful scientist whose curves are far more dangerous than the road!

Deadly Pursuit by Misty Evans: When Londano escapes a maximum security prison and begins picking off Celina’s friends and coworkers, everyone she knows becomes a target. Including DEA agent Cooper Harris, the man who once broke her heart and is now assigned to be her bodyguard.

Protecting Caroline by Susan Stoker: Caroline helps foil a terrorist plot when she finds herself on a plane that’s hijacked (with the help of three members of a SEAL team), but after she gets home she finds herself still in the sights of the terrorists. She can only hope Wolf and his team will be able to save her in time.

One Night Stand by Parker Kincade: Amanda Martin decides to have a one-night stand. No relationship, no promises just hot, indulgent sex. What she doesn’t anticipate is meeting a handsome-as-sin stranger who gives her pleasure unlike she’s ever known. A stranger with a deadly secret.

Brody by Mandy Harbin: Brody thinks the skittish Xan is sexy as hell, but it’s not her hot body that has him rocked to his core. He knows her from somewhere, and in his line of work, that’s a dangerous thing. Following orders have never been this hard, but when he finds out she’s his next assignment, he will protect her at all costs.

Enemy Mine by Megan Mitcham: Born in the blood of Sierra Leone’s Civil War, enslaved, then sold to the US as an orphan, Base Branch operative Sloan Harris is emotionally dead and driven by vengeance. With no soul to give, her body becomes the bargaining chip to infiltrate a warlord’s inner circle.

Caught in the Crosshair by Barb Han: On a tropical island with a hurricane brewing and dangerous men closing in, private security firm owner Jaden Dean will need to work side-by-side with Lauren James to survive and find her brother. He will have to use all his specialized training and risk everything, including his heart, to outwit the deadly group and keep Lauren safe.

This set is only available until the end of June so, order your copy today!

Amazon US: http://bit.ly/HeartsInDangerAMUS

Amazon CA: http://bit.ly/HeartsInDangerAMCA

Amazon UK: http://bit.ly/HeartsInDangerAMUK

Amazon AU: http://bit.ly/HeartsInDangerAMAU

Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/HeartsInDangerBN

iTunes: http://bit.ly/HeartsInDangerIT

Google Play: http://bit.ly/HeartsInDangerGP

Kobo:  http://bit.ly/HeartsInDangerKO

Shadow Maverick Ranch Series Boxed Set

Hi, my lovelies!

In honor of Valentine’s Day Month, I’m offering my Shadow Maverick Ranch Series Boxed Set for $0.99! This is for a limited time, so get it while you can! (Offer ends March 31, 2015. Regular price for this set is $6.99.) Here’s what you’ll get…

Hard workin’, hard lovin’ cowboys. Welcome to Shadow Maverick Ranch.

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Gavin Mathis is ready to settle down. He’s quit his job and come home to Shadow Maverick Ranch to do just that. Too bad his decision caused his beautiful former colleague to lose her job.

Lauren Delgado is a no-nonsense businesswoman. She’s had a crush on Gavin for years, but has a strict “hands-off” policy with the men she works with. When her life takes an unexpected turn, there’s nothing to stop her from accepting his invitation to Galveston Island, where the policy is definitely hands-on.

Borrowed Cowboy

Paxton Mathis is committed to bachelorhood. One failed marriage was more than enough to remind him of the dangers of getting too close. He has his work on the ranch; he has his family. He has everything he needs.

Event planner Reese Jameson accepted the job at Shadow Maverick Ranch for one reason: to face her biggest regret. Paxton Mathis was her first love, her first everything. And ten years ago, after a night of unbridled passion, it all came crashing down.

The moment they see each other again, it’s clear the years haven’t doused the heat between them. On the contrary, their flames burn hotter than ever. Despite Paxton’s attempts to keep things casual, old feelings emerge alongside a fierce hunger to keep Reese in his life forever. Reese willingly accepts Paxton’s need to keep things casual, but she’s worried her heart won’t get the message.

When Paxton is forced to face his fears, will history repeat itself, or will he take a chance on a whole new future?

Cowboy Redeemed

Unlike his brothers, Clayton Mathis isn’t looking for the woman of his dreams. He works hard, plays harder, and enjoys every minute of it. And with his family preparing to expand Shadow Maverick Ranch, settling down is the last thing on his mind—until a sexy blonde makes him an offer he can’t refuse.

Of all the men in the bar, Ainsley Russell has to go and proposition the one man who will cause her nothing but trouble. The Mathis family has been persistent in their bid to buy her property. Inheriting her uncle’s ranch has given her the first home she’s ever known … along with a mountain of debt that threatens to take it all away.

After learning Clay’s identity, Ainsley can’t run fast enough. Or far enough … since the gorgeous cowboy shows up on her doorstep the next morning, looking to pick up where they left off the night before…

Buy Links

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Get your copy today! And spread the word! 🙂

As always, thank you for reading.

Until next time,


A Matter of View

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It snowed last night, just a little, but will probably be gone within hours. No, this is not a black and white picture although it seems to contain little more than shades of gray

This morning, as I considered the dusting of snow we had last a night—a rarity, by the way, for my Eastern Tennessee home—I searched for my morning mountain fix. The fog, or perhaps snow falling in the distance, prevented me from seeing the Great Smoky Mountains I’ve grown to need every morning along with my coffee.

For me, the snow was nothing, but for those who have never lived anywhere else, it was a reason for near panic. The local news showed pictures of empty bread shelves and milk coolers. My Internet news-feed featured similar scenes in New York City where residents prepared for several feet of the white stuff, not inches.

Growing up south of Buffalo, New York, I know snow. I lived with it every winter until after I graduated from college. Learned to drive in it. Winter often started in October and an April snowstorm was to be expected. It just happened, every year, and you dealt with it.

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My usual morning view this time of year as the sun breaks over the Smokies. It will eventually burn off the fog rising from the river that runs from the mountains you see in the distance.

It’s a matter of perspective, and experience.

The same could be said for writing.

Each of us brings our own, unique experiences and viewpoints to everything we write and read. Just the other day I wrote a scene that came so easily to me. It was about one of my women assassins, from my upcoming Black Swan series, who was finishing a mission in a Middle Eastern country. She couldn’t wait to shed the abaya she’d been forced to wear in the Muslim nation. Grace, my character, had to follow a male operative around her plane for flight pre-check, because even driving a car was a punishable offense, flying a plane would get her killed.

As a feminist, I felt her oppression, her need to be free once again.

Again, is the key word here. Grace knew what it was to have freedom of choice. She’d grown up in America where we women can do, and be, whatever we want. We learn from a young age about making choices, because we have them.

And it’s not just women. Last year I almost got my friend killed. Yes. Murdered. Executed. He’d asked me for a copy of my first book when it was released. I sent it to him. In Afghanistan. He had to hide it the whole time he was there. Because my book, Explosive Combination, has explicit sex scenes and a strong female heroine, it is banned in many countries.

So, like my character, Grace, who knew she would discard the abaya, and fly her jet and team of women home, I know the snow will melt, and I’ll see my mountains again in a day or two.

But there are women in this world who will never have the perspective those of you reading this do. They will never know the choices we take for granted. They can’t make the choice to read:

  • KaLyn Cooper’s hot, sexy book Christmas in Cancun
  • Lynn Lorenz’s Bayou Des Enfants, a male/male 4+ flames
  • Vanessa North’s Double Upinvolving two men who fall in love with each other
  • Aliens having more sex than you in Monette Michaels’ Prime Claiming, a Prime Chronicles short story,  erotic scifi romance
  • About Jianne Carlo’s Prymal Passion, a SEAL paranormal suspense that’s 4 flames HOT
  • Perhaps Rosanna Leo’s The Stand-In where the male and female have sex before marriage ~slaps face OMG!~ (just kidding, more like ooo-yeah!)
  • You could choose Becca Jameson’s Bound to be Tested,Emergence series Book 3, a BDSM menage m/f/f and 4 flames smokin’ hot
  • Seducing Kate by Emilia Mancini, a cougar/cub erotica and comes in with a 4 on the heat level (who caught the pun?)
  • Who can resist a Cowboy Redeemed by Parker Kincade, a contemporary western romance, M/F, 3.5 flames. 🙂 that’s hot and explicit
  • Robin Danner’s paranormal, slightly hot, shifter romance

We can choose to buy these books and read these books. We bring to these stories our emotional and life experiences, whether it’s as a reader or a writer.

I thank God every day, that I was born in the United States of America, free to make my own choices….and to write hot, sexy romance novels.

~~stepping down off my Rant box now~~

By the way, in the time it’s taken me to write this blog, all the snow has melted and the clouds are lifting. I can see the first ridge of foothills. 🙂

Happy Thanksgiving

Celebrate Thanksgiving

It’s Thanksgiving day here in the United States.

While I know many of you live in other countries, today’s post isn’t about promotion. Today is about appreciation. Gratitude. Being thankful.

And really, isn’t that what every day should be about?

Thank you for being here. Thank you for reading. Thank you for taking this journey with me. I wouldn’t be where I am without you.

“I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

I wish you all a safe and happy holiday season.


One Night Stand Gets a Makeover!

While I’ve been creating stories since I was a child, my professional career as a writer started just a few short years ago. Two, in fact. And it all started with a trip to Colorado … a month of peaceful writing time in the mountains … where I wrote a good portion of One Night Stand.

Now, two years later, I thought it was time for a fresh look. The ridiculously talented Pickyme has branded The Martin Family in a way I could never have imagined. When I first opened the file she sent me for this new cover, I gasped, clapped my hands together and said (out loud), “Hell yeah! Now that’s the Joe I envisioned when I wrote this.”

What do you think? Is this the Joe you envisioned?

OneNightStand_Final_600x900Shiny new cover, great new price!

Get your copy today – only $2.99!

Amazon: http://bit.ly/OneNightStandAM

Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/OneNightStandBN

Kobo: http://bit.ly/OneNightStandKO

iTunes: http://bit.ly/OneNightStandIT

Until next time…

You’re Invited!

It’s almost wedding time at the ranch, and you are all invited! White Collar Wedding is now available for preorder for only $0.99!

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Exclusively for Kindle and Kindle Unlimited, White Collar Wedding is a 7,700 word bonus short story from the Shadow Maverick Ranch series. You asked for it – here it is! 🙂




You’ve been cordially invited to the wedding of Gavin Mathis and Lauren Delgado.

What’s a cowboy to do when his bride-to-be cancels the honeymoon?

He takes matters into his own hands…



“A delightfully sexy addition to the Shadow Maverick Ranch series. Can’t wait to see what’s up next for Parker Kincade’s hunky cowboys.” — Monette Michaels, author of the Security Specialists International and Prime Chronicles series

RSVP (preorder) NOW, exclusively at AMAZON. ONLY $0.99!

Spread the word … and I’ll see you at the wedding!

Fall Madness and a Wedding

Happy Thursday my darlings! I love the fall. You know what I love best?

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That’s right, I’m one of those people. I buy pumpkin in bulk during the winter months, just to have it on hand in case I get a craving for something orange-ly delicious in the summer. (Yes, I’m aware orange-ly isn’t a legitimate word. But it works, right?).


Pumpkin pie, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin custard (are you seeing a pattern here?), pumpkin bread, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin latte … I’m starting to sound like that dude from Forrest Gump.

I shouldn’t discriminate against the other varieties of winter squash. The truth is, I love them all. My current favorite is the sweet dumpling squash. I like to carve out the top and clean out the insides (as you would a Halloween pumpkin – which is NOT a cooking/eating pumpkin). Then, I fill it 3/4 full with chicken broth. Replace the top and pop it in a 375 degree oven for an hour or so (until tender). Here’s the best part. Once I pull it out of the oven, I remove the top and spoon in 3 tablespoons of couscous. Replace the top and wait 5 minutes and voila! Dinner!

I wish I could take credit for this delicious way of preparing the sweet dumpling squash, but the credit goes to a male friend of mine who loves to cook. You know who you are. 🙂

This fall also brings the wedding of Gavin Mathis and Lauren Delgado to Shadow Maverick Ranch! And you are all invited! Mark your calendars – for $0.99, this is one event you won’t want to miss!











White Collar Wedding is an Amazon exclusive, bonus short story from the Shadow Maverick Ranch Novella series. Thank you to all the readers who requested this story. I’m thrilled to share Gavin and Lauren’s day (and night) with you. Available November 18th for the low price of $0.99!




Do you have any favorite pumpkin recipes? What are your favorite things about the fall?

Until next time,