Monday, December 5, 2016

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Saturday, November 26, 2016

#ColorOfLove Blog Hop

Welcome to the Colo of Love blog hop! I'm excited to be participating again this year and eager to get 1-clicking these amazing interracial/multicultural romance novels. If you're looking for another book to add to your TBR pile, be sure to check out my historical romance, AMAZING GRACE, which you can find in the anthology The Brightest Day.

In my contributing story, a black mail-order bride is being aided in her journey west by a former Confederate soldier. But Gracie is torn between following through with her mission or succumbing to her feelings for the rugged ex-soldier. The anthology features a total of 4 IR/MC romances of love, light, and hope and all for just $0.99. You don't want to miss out on this limited time deal!

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Monday, October 24, 2016

Daughters of a Nation: "In the Morning Sun"

There's only one more week left before the official release of Daughters of a Nation! My anthology sisters and I are excited to be sharing this anthology with the world and I'm especially thrilled to be sharing a bit about my story in the collection...

IN THE MORNING SUN
With the election of 1868 underway, Madeline Asher’s mission is clear: educate and enlist the freedmen of Nebraska to vote. After losing the man she loves to war—and a small piece of herself along the way—Madeline is determined to reclaim her life by making a difference in others. But when Union veteran James Blakemore III comes back into her life, Madeline must choose between a future she’s always wanted and the chance to shape a greater nation.

(Photographs by William C Withers and Mathew Brady)

For those of you who are familiar with my story AMAZING GRACE in our last anthology, The Brightest Day, you'll remember Madeline Asher as the mail-order bride being sent to Montana and who was also the travel companion for my heroine, Gracie Shaw. In that story, Madeline doesn't quite make it to Montana and you'll soon learn why.

I can't tell you how much I enjoyed writing this story about a head-strong woman looking to make a difference in her country and the Union soldier she loved and lost. This story took me through a roller coaster of emotions and not just from writing Madeline and James story but from the research that I went through to pull this book together. I learned so much about people I had never heard of—people who came before and fought hard and valiantly to keep this country united and to fulfill its promise of liberty and freedom for all. Women like Frances Ellen Watkins Harper—who is well known as one of the first African American suffragette and perhaps not so well known for being the "Rosa Parks" of her time when she refused to give up her seat in a segregated trolley in Philadelphia. She was a huge inspiration and influence in my story and to my heroine, Madeline.

But when writing historicals, it's hard not to get lost in the research. The story is set during the first presidential election since the end of the Civil War and since the emancipation proclamation freed all slaves and gave African American men the right to vote. During that time, the climate of the country was not at it's best. IN THE MORNING SUN addresses a lot of those tough issues, which are sadly still applicable today—issues such as unlawful voter restrictions, neglect of our veterans, women rights and the lack thereof, racism and inequality.

However, I am and will always be a romance writer first, so despite these sensitive topics, there is still a central love story and of course a happily-ever-after.

Daughters of a Nation is an anthology filled with stories that are meant to bring about a sense of spirit, hope, and love. It spans several time periods of struggles for not just women rights but human rights. That is what makes are nation great—the people that came before that fought and struggle for the rights we enjoy now. And what continues to make our country great is those who continue that fight so that for liberty, equality, and justice for all.

Now for a special sneak peek into IN THE MORNING SUN...

In this flashback scene, Madeline recalls the moment James tells her of his plans to enlist in the Union army.

“I don’t want you to go, Jimmy.”

His expression softened. “I have to join, Maddie. The victory at Gettysburg was only the beginning. If we want an end to come to this rebellion, the Union needs more men to fight.”

"But what of those who have been selected for conscription. The government will have number of men they need to enlist.”

“You’ve read of what’s happening in New York. Those riots are a big setback to our cause and drafting men to fight can’t be the only solution. I for one will not just sit and wait to be called to fight.”

Madeline grabbed his hand and held it tight. “But you can do so much more for the cause here than in any battlefield. You don’t need to risk your life!”

“I have a chance to do more than write recruitment bills and articles. Let me help the Union secure victory against the southern rebels and then you’ll see. Soon, everything we’ve fought hard for will finally be realized.”

She swallowed hard, her next words barely a whisper. “And what if you die?”

He brought her hand to his lips then gifted her with his signature smile. “You worry for naught, love. This war is close to coming to an end and you forget. I’m too stubborn to die.” ♥


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Saturday, October 1, 2016

New Release Alert!

I have a surprise new release! If you're a fan of Carly Phillips’ Dare series, particularly DARE TO HOLD, you will enjoy my sexy contribution, HER SEDUCTIVE DARE—a contemporary romance about a fun-loving 1st grade teacher falling in love with a possessive former athlete.

Nadia Pierre has always had a competitive spirit. When a game of truth or dare shoves her in the direction of a sexy, brooding stranger at the bar, she realizes just how in over her head she is. Struck by an unwavering attraction to the beautiful but tipsy grade school teacher, Sean Colt isn’t prepared for the kiss that hurls them both toward a night filled with explosive passion. Yet when a sudden tragedy reveals a daunting family secret, Sean is left uncertain of everyone around him. Except Nadia...
(International Kindle readers, see below on how to access Kindle World titles.)

**EXCERPT**
“My name’s Nadia.”
He quickly ran his eyes along the length of her, and for a moment, she thought he was going to turn back to the game and ignore her completely. But he took her hand and held it in his large, rough hand.
“Sean.”
He held her hand a moment longer, the warmth of it sending small currents of electricity shooting up along her skin.
“Nice to meet you, Sean.”
Nadia tried to tug her hand out of his grip, but suddenly he tightened his hold. She stared at him, surprise making her forget why she was even standing there beside him, as if it was normal for her to start up conversations with strange men at bars.
“You seem nervous, Nadia.”
“I do?” Her voice was barely a whisper. “Maybe because I am.”
He lifted a thick, dark brow. “Why?”
She swallowed, then shrugged. She had never been good at lying…
“I don’t know. Maybe because you’re big and scary and something about you makes me nervous.”
She could tell from the shift in his expression that he wasn’t too thrilled to hear that. Damn it. She was ruining it.
“Well, there’s no need for you to be.” He pulled her close and said in her ear, “Unless you want me to take you home and fuck you until you can’t walk, I’m not interested. So you’re perfectly safe.”
Nadia sucked in a breath at his crassness. Sean released her hand and turned back to the television. Just as she believed he would, he ignored her. He took a healthy swallow of his beer, his attention focused on the game. The bartender returned with her drink, and she pulled the glass toward her and took several long sips from the thin straw.
Any other night, from any other man, she would have thrown her drink on him and made it back to her girls, but this wasn’t just any other night—and he was no ordinary man.
Tonight, she wouldn’t be the same boring Nadia.
“Sean?” She rested her hand lightly on his thick shoulders, and beneath her palm, his muscles tensed. He returned his gaze to her, and his penetrating stare was nerve-racking.
“Sean, what if I fucked you until you couldn’t walk?” 
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INTERNATIONAL READERS can buy Kindle Worlds titles from the Kindle Worlds US site only. Unfortunately, that means that readers using Amazon UK, CA, and AU are going to have to be a little creative and tenacious to get ahold of a copy. This is a method author one of my author friends came up with, tested, and confirmed:

–Log into your Amazon UK, CA, or AU account.

–Add a United States address to your list of one-click addresses. You could try a hotel address or other business address you find online. The program is only concerned with confirming it is a legit address, not your address.

–Go to Manage Your Content & Devices, and under Country settings, change your location to US. Amazon will ask you to select an address. Select the US address you added to your one-click addresses.

–Now you can click on the Amazon US link, buy the book, and it will download onto your designated device.

–Once the book is downloaded, go back through the process changing everything back to your home country.
(Source: http://catjohnson.net/catskindleworlds)

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Coming Soon! "Daughters of a Nation" Historical Romance Anthology

DAUGHTERS OF A NATION
(November 2016)
The fight for suffrage was long, hard, and carried out on many fronts. In this anthology, Kianna Alexander, Alyssa Cole, Lena Hart, and Piper Huguley (authors of THE BRIGHTEST DAY anthology) bring you four novellas full of spirit, hope, and, most importantly: LOVE.

IN THE MORNING SUN, by Lena Hart
With the election of 1868 underway, Madeline Asher’s mission is clear: educate and enlist the freedmen of Nebraska to vote. After losing the man she loved to war—and a small piece of herself along the way—Madeline leaves her life in Philadelphia behind, determined to reclaim her life’s purpose by making a difference in others.

With America’s Southern Rebellion at an end, so are the efforts of Union veteran James Blakemore. Tired of the injustices still plaguing the young country, he sets his sights toward his Canadian roots—until fate guides him back to the love he thought he’d lost.

Vowing never to leave her side again, James joins Madeline in her cause to help the freedmen of Dunesville, despite rising threats and violence. But with the enforcement of Nebraska’s anti-miscegenation laws, Madeline is forced to choose between a life with her new husband or the chance to shape a greater nation.

A RADIANT SOUL, by Kianna Alexander
In 1881, Sarah Webster is returning home to Fayetteville, NC to celebrate her mother's milestone birthday. Having spent the last two years working as a pastry chef in a Cheyenne hotel, she's a very different person than she was when she left. Her efforts towards women's suffrage, unknown to her family back home, are near and dear to her heart. 

Carpenter Owen Markham, charged with building the gazebo that will serve as Mrs. Webster's birthday gift, is intrigued by the middle daughter of the Webster household, whom he's never met before. Her father has decreed that he and Sarah are suited, but when he hears her unconventional stance on women's role in society, he's not so sure a love match can be made.

THE WASHERWOMAN'S WAR, by Piper Huguley
Atlanta, GA – Summer 1881. When Maime Harper arrives to substitute teach for the Atlanta Baptist Female Seminary, she bears witness to the injustice told by some of the older students who are washerwomen. Maime’s upbringing as the daughter of the most famous Black suffragette in America means that she cannot be silent and resolves to help her students find their voice and openly protest their mistreatment. 

When the Black Washerwomen go on strike, summer pastor Gabriel Harmon is brought in to mediate a solution but realizes the feisty leader of the opposition is the young teacher from Milford who previously rejected his attempts to pay court to her. When these two forces collide over explosive events during a hot Atlanta summer, only one will be able to win the battle. However, as they clash, Maime and Gabriel learn that there is another war, the war for the heart, that’s well worth the fight.

LET US DREAM, by Alyssa Cole
Harlem – 1917. After spending half her life pretending to be something she's not, performance is second nature for cabaret owner Bertha Hines. With the election drawing near and women's voting rights on the ballot, Bertha decides to use her persuasive skills to push the men of New York City in the right direction. 

Chef Amir Chowdhury jumped ship in New York to get a taste of the American Dream, only to discover he’s an unwanted ingredient. When ornery Amir reluctantly takes a job at The Cashmere, he thinks he's hit the bottom of the barrel; however, working at the club reignites his dream of being a force for change. His boss, Bertha, ignites something else in him. 

Bertha and Amir clash from the start, but her knowledge of politics and his knowledge of dance force them into a detente that blooms into desire. But Bertha has the vice squad on her tail, and news from home may end Amir’s dream before it comes to fruition. With their pasts and futures stacked against them, can Amir and Bertha hold on to their growing love?