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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Happy Holidays to All

Happy Holidays to All!!!
I'll be out of town for the holidays with family and back with the new year.
May your holiday season be filled with love and laughter.


Friday, December 14, 2007

20% off SALE at Fictionwise!

All of my books listed at Fictionwise are 20% off until December 31st!!
Get them on sale while you can. :)
Lara Santiago books at Fictionwise

Also available:
Just A Kiss

Just One Embrace

The Miner's Wife

The Executive's Wife.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

2008 EPPIE Finalists!

Big Congratulations to the finalists!!
Best of luck in the final round!
And a special congrats shout out to my good friend Katherine Smith for her book Departed Acts. Woo Hoo, Katherine! :):)

2008 EPPIE Finalists

Category A - Action/Adventure

Murder By Proxy
Robert L. Hecker
Hard Shell Word Factory

Until Death Do Us Part: Book 2 of the Incognito Series
Karen Wiesner
Whiskey Creek Press

Category B - Children/YA

Grizzelda Gorilla
K. D. Huxman
Dragonfly Publishing/Imprint – Kittycat Books

Attack of the Killer Prom Dresses
Donna McClaire
Calderwood Books/Imprint -Calderwood Kids

Category C - Contemporary Romance

Perfectly Good Nanny
Paty Jager
The Wild Rose Press

Thin Ice
Liana Laverentz
The Wild Rose Press

Cover Me
Sharona Nelson
Amber Quill Press

Bride Of The Emerald Isle
Trish Wylie
Harlequin Romance

Category D – Erotica

Coming Together: For the Cure
Alessia Brio (Editor)
Mundania Press/Imprint - Phaze Books

Woman of the Mountain
Angela Caperton
eXtasy Books

One To Grow On
Caitlyn Willows
Amber Quill Press

Category E - Erotic Romance Contemp/Suspense/Mystery

Play Hard
Barrie Abalard
Amber Quill Press

Denise A. Agnew
Ellora’s Cave

Fortune Cookies
Dee Dawning
eXtasy Books

Tea for Three
Anne Douglas
Loose Id

Rhiannon Neeley
Whispers Publishing

Love My Way
Bridget Midway
Loose Id

Too Good To Be True
Marie Nicole Ryan
Samhain Publishing

Mr. Fullservice
Ruby Storm
Ellora’s Cave

Craving Candy
N. J. Walters
Ellora’s Cave

Category F - Erotic Romance Historical Fiction

The Ice Princess
Cheryl A. Cornell
Cobblestone Press

The Sanctity of Marriage
Philippa Grey-Gerou
Liquid Silver Books

Scandalous Profession
Elaine Lowe
Ellora’s Cave

Let Me Love You
Mary Wine
Samhain Publishing

Category G - Erotic Romance Fantasy/Paranormal

Blue Moon Magic 4: Night of the Blue Moon
Lynn Crain
Loose Id

Love's Alcemy
Ciar Cullen
Loose Id

The Knight's Challenge
Summer Devon
Samhain Publishing

Love Me Wild
Renee Field
Ellora’s Cave

Rated X-mas: Spiritual Noelle
Jet Mykles
Loose Id

Cemetery Dancer
K. Z. Snow
Ellora’s Cave

New Year's Kiss
Tielle St. Clare
Ellora’s Cave

Supernatural Bonds: Sophie's Dragon
Jory Strong
Ellora’s Cave

The Witch Stone
Brenda Williamson
Whiskey Creek Press

Category H - Erotic Romance Science Fiction/Futuristic

The Ta'e'sha Chronicles I: Daughters of Terra
Theolyn Boese
Loose Id

Hara's Legacy
Bianca D'Arc
Samhain Publishing

Triple X
Amelia June
eXtasy Books

Hothouse Orchid
Vashti Valant
Ellora’s Cave

Category I – Fantasy

A Time To…

Carol Hightshoe, Lee Martindale, Michele Acker, Kayelle Allen, Bobbi Sinha-Morey, Elizabeth Barrette, J. Michael Matuszewicz,Tracie McBride, M.H. Bonham, Marve Dasef, Ashley Arnold, Ken Goldman
Wolfsinger Publications

Wolves on the West Side
Michelle L. Levigne
Mundania Press

North Star
Pier Giorgio Pacifici
Calderwood Books

Category J - Fantasy/Paranormal Romance

A Knight's Wish
Linda Andrews
Zumaya Publications

Lori Devoti
Silhouette Books

Renee Field
Ellora’s Cave/Imprint - Cerridwen Press

Michelle L. Levigne
Amber Quill Press

Category K – GLBT

Jenna Jones
Torquere Press Publishers

Olivia Lorenz
Torquere Press Publishers

A Hidden Passion
Lucia Logan
Dreamspinner Press

Finding Jason
Lyndi Lamont
Amber Quill Press

Persistence of Memory
J. M. Snyder
Amber Quill Press

Category L- Historical and Western

Black Crossing
C. K. Crigger
Amber Quill Press

The Hyghcock Chronicles
E. Michael Fisher
Whiskey Creek Press

Korinna: Daughters of Fire
Kristina O'Donnelly
Books for a Buck

J. E. Toombs
Treble Heart Books/Imprint – Sundowners

Category M - Historical Romance

His Majesty, The Prince of Toads
Delle Jacobs
Awe-Struck eBooks

Have Christmas Card…Will Travel
Susanne Marie Knight
Unical Press

By The Sword
Alison Stuart
Wings ePress

Highland Magic
Christine Young
Awe-Struck eBooks

Category N – Horror

Shadows in the Heart:
A Jewels of the Quill Halloween Anthology
Margaret L. Carter, Christine DeSmet, Carrie S. Masek,Jane Toombs, Karen Wiesner, C.J. Winters, Karen Woods
Whiskey Creek Press

L. B. Milano
Mundania Press

Weep Not for the Vampire
William A. Veselik
Mundania Press

Category O - Inspirational Fiction

Hope: An Inspirational Anthology
Barri Bryan, Mary Eason, Loretta Jackson, Giovanna Lagana, Linda L. Lattimer, Janet Mills, Kathleen O'Connor, Steven Douglas Womack
Whiskey Creek Press

Meagan's Chance
L. C. Monroe
Samhain Publishing

Adopting Alyssa
Denise Patrick
Grace Publishing

Category P – Mystery

Herbert Holeman

Liz Jasper
Ellora’s Cave/Imprint - Cerridwen Press

The Falling Down Man
James M. Lally
Calderwood Books

A Shadow In The Night
Kenneth L. Levinson
Unical Press

Judgment Fire
Marilyn Meredith
Mundania Press

Moon Over Chicago
J. D. Webb
Wings ePress


Category Q - Nonfiction: General

Category R - Nonfiction: Self Help

Complete Guide to Writing Science Fiction: Volume 1
Michele Acker, Jeanne Allen, Piers Anthony, Milena Benini, Orson Scott Card, Carol Hightshoe, Ian Irvine, Dave A. Law,Wil Mccarthy, Michael Mcrae, Tina Morgan, Bob Nailor, Darin Park, Kim Richards, Simon Rose, Bud Sparhawk
Dragon Moon Press

Self-Promotion for Authors
Larry Moniz
MA Publishing

A Place Called the Bla-Bla Café
Sandy Ross
SLR Productions

Category S – Poetry

The Swing
C. S. Fuqua
Unical Press

Phaze in Verse
Kally Jo Surbeck, Will Belegon, Aurora Black, Kara Fey, James Buchanan, N (Nelli Rees), Michelle Houston, Eden Bradley, Sapphire Phelan, Alessia Brio, Charlotte Boyett-Compo, Missy Lyons, Dahlia Rose, Jenna Allen, Victoria Blisse, Kathryn Lively, Brenna Lyons, Sarah Winn
Mundania Press/Imprint – Phaze Books

Category T - Romantic Suspense

Carol Ann Erhardt
The Wild Rose Press

Bed of Lies
Pam Champagne
Samhain Publishing

Liquid Hypnosis
Tina LaVon
The Wild Rose Press

Seeing Things
Jana Richards
Unical Press

Departed Acts
Katherine Smith
Tigress Press

A Killer's Agenda
Anita Whiting
Samhain Publishing

Your Saving Grace
J L Wilson
Ellora’s Cave/Imprint - Cerridwen Press

Category U - Science Fiction

Twisted Tales II: Time on Our Hands Volume 1
J. Richard Jacobs
Double Dragon Publishing

Twisted Tales II: Time on Our Hands Volume 2
J. Richard Jacobs
Double Dragon Publishing

Hoven Quest
Michelle L. Levigne
Writers Exchange e-Publishing

Category V - Science Fiction/Futuristic Romance

Devil's Due
Rhobin Courtright
Wings ePress

A Noble Sacrifice
Ciara Gold
Champagne Books

Imogen Howson
Drollerie Press

Category W - Single Title/Mainstream

Tales from the Treasure Trove, Volume III:
A Jewels of the Quill Anthology
Christine DeSmet, Liz Hunter, Nancy Pirri, Jane Toombs, Cassie Walder, Karen Wiesner, C.J. Winters
Whiskey Creek Press

Road Kill Art and Other Oddities
Niles Reddick
Whiskey Creek Press

And the Truth Will Set You Free
Linda Rettstatt
Wings ePress

Monday, December 10, 2007

Interview of Emma Wildes by Mandy Roth

Marketing with Mandy Author Spotlight Emma Wildes

Q: Tell us a little about your experience with Siren Publishing.

A: I love Siren and Diana Debalko has a very aggressive approach to marketing the books the company publishes. Ads in Romantic Times magazine for instance. I had a full page in August. Wow, what a perk. That, besides great covers and some of the best editing out there…well, I’m home

Q: What tips/tricks do you use for marketing or promoting your own titles?

A: This sounds too simple, but I write a lot. Under other names I am published also in mystery, horror, suspense, historical romance, and of course, erotic romance as Emma. I do believe it is important to have a lot of titles out there. I am an avid reader and what I want when I find an author I like—or love—is another book. I also keep my website up to date and try to participate in author days, etc. Sometimes it is hard to find the time, but I make sure I write 365 days a year. It’s no chore, because I love it!

Q: What is one thing you’d want to tell a newer author, just coming into the game?

A: Persevere. I wish this advice was unique, but the truth is, you have to hang in there and believe it will come. Look at it the way I did: I would write anyway, paid or not. So, I write and submit and hope for the best. At the least, you’ll please yourself (not a bad thing). At the most, you’ll find great success. In between isn’t bad either.

Q: What’s your favorite genre to write in and why?

A: I write historical erotic romance and most of it is Regency. I love how polite gentlemen and their ladies were in that time…but they weren’t all that polite in the bedroom (well, who can be?)! The contrast interests me and I am a history buff anyway. Rakish heroes and independent heroines…oh yes. One of my editors complained I rarely let the hero rescue the heroine. Well, of course not. His intentions are good, mind you, but she is capable of taking care of herself most of the time .

Q: Can you tell us a little about your current WIP’s?

A: I am working on a sequel to Savage Shores as part of a new series, The Sins of Their Fathers, based on prior books. In this collection children of prior characters showcase their own stories. It is so fun to be able to revisit some of my favorites and let them deal with being parents and their headstrong offspring. The work will be titled Can’t Say No (he really can’t refuse the heroine) and will be coupled with the wonderful Lara Santiago in a dual collection. She does daring, unforgettable futuristic, so this should be fun.

Q: How did you get into writing?

A: I love to read. I’m addicted. I write a lot and probably still read three or four books a week. It was an easy avenue to take. I think I wanted to be a writer from the time I was nine or so.

Q: What authors inspired you growing up?

A: Oh, so glad you asked this because I love to answer this question. Zane Grey, Mary Stewart, Barbara Michaels, John Dickson Carr, and more recently Dick Francis, Elizabeth George and John Sanford. But I read everything and everyone, except science fiction is not my thing. For romance writers I enjoy Julia Quinn, Kimberly Cates, Mary Balough, and Iris Johanson. In erotic, well, hmm…Mandy Roth, Michelle Pillow, Kimberly Zant, and Lara Santiago come to mind. It sometimes is a small world.


This is from Mandy Roth's blog listed below:

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Friday, December 07, 2007

Launching A Star Contest finalists!

SpacecoasT Authors of Romance (STAR) is proud to announce the
finalists in the 2007 Launching A Star Contest.

Historical Category Finalists
Final round judges: Keryen Gerlach of HQN Books and Elizabeth Pomada
of the Larsen-Pomada Literary Agency:

From This Irish Soil by Jeanne M. Dickson
The Angel's Assasin by Laurel O'Donnell
The Serpent's Tooth by Celia J. Chapman
Unbridled by Jacqueline Barbour
Virtue and Vice by Kimberly Bronheim

Paranormal Category Finalists (six due to a tie)
Final round judges: Heather Osborne of TOR Publications and Laurie
McLean of the Larsen-Pomada Literary Agency:

A Knight in Her Arms by Oberon Wonch
Lilith's Child by Lee Roland
Shadow Hunter by Melissa Haack
Telling Time with the Heart by Bill Haggart
The Guardian by Stephanie Peaden
The Ninth Curse by Kristin Gillenwater

Single Title Category Finalists
Final round judges: Erin Galloway of Dorchester Publishing Editor
Erin Galloway and Michelle Grajkowski of 3 Seas Literary Agency:

Conspiracy by Anna Perrin
Justice in the Barrel by Linley Maroney
Last Resort by Jacqueline DeMarcus
The Chameleon Effect by Tina Joyce Butts
The War Eagle Tip and Nuck Club by Jennifer G. Margeson

Series Contemporary Category Finalists
Final round judges: Susan Litman of Harlequin Historicals and Elaine
English of the Elaine English Literary Agency:

All in a Knight's Work by Yvonne Yirka
Leave Me Breathless by Kathy Coatney
Partners By Design by Pamela Stone
Pleasant Lake by Kelly Fitzpatrick
Sandstone Legacy by Carolyn O'Neill

Young Adult Category Finalists
Final round judges: Allison Brandau of Berkley/Jove and Elaine
Spencer of The Knight Agency:

Appetite for Beauty by Denise Jaden
Giving Up the Ghosts by Vanessa Barneveld
My Best Friend's A Real Dog by Kimberly Duffy
Southern Fried Wiccan by Susan Sipal
Sympathetic Magic by Tanya T. Holmes

Erotic Romance Category Finalists
Final round judges: Angela James of Samhaim Publishing and Roberta
Brown of the Brown Literary Agency:

Her Ladyship's Companion by Nicole Collins
My Heart is Within You by Meegan Lyles
Shadow of the Lion by Lisa Elkind-Gardiner
Within Reach by Mima
Virgin Harvest by Anitra Lynn McLeod

STAR wishes to thank the many volunteers who made this contest
possible. Watch for our announcement of the winners in each category
and the overall contest winner by the end of February.
Congratulations to all our finalists and best wishes in the final

Lee Rhuday Duncan
2007 Launching A Star
Contest Coordinator

Big congratulations to all of the finalists!

Monday, December 03, 2007

Coffeetime Review for The Forgetful Spy

The Forgetful Spy
[Erotic Romantic Suspense] Created and trained solely for the Protocol Agency as the perfect spy, Rachel is unprepared for love. Colin's career in covert ops is a testament to bachelorhood, until he meets the woman of his dreams. Twice.

And another fabulous review for The Forgetful Spy.
Woo Hoo! :)
Coffeetime review of The Forgetful Spy

ISBN# 1-933563-21-4
October 2007
Siren Publishing, Inc.
235 Pages
Romantic Suspense
Rating: 4 Cups

Colin Riley, a sexy FBI agent, loves two women. The sultry Rachel saves him from a Columbian drug lord but the tender Laurie, a librarian, makes him feel alive.

Laurie Peterson is experiencing too many blackouts. One minute she being a spy with a sexy agent then the next she is back at work in her home life of being a librarian.

Laurie has dreams that make no sense. In reality she cannot remember her counterpart, Rachel Miles, a certified Protocol spy with the agency for over a year. In Columbia, on a mission, Rachel has the opportunity of meeting the handsome Colin and saving his life. After they return home, he searches for the lovely lady and finds her working in a library. Laurie has no recollection of any mission or anything about Colin but he heats her desire in the worse way. Something is causing Laurie’s multiple personalities and Colin intends on finding out why the series of change.

The Forgetful Spy is one cool suspenseful read. Watching the interaction between Laurie then Rachel is remarkable as it all unravels. The plot with that certain twist at the end is just the right touch in making this story very creative. I enjoyed the scenes with Colin when he was with Rachel then Laurie. His reactions are so genuine, and I could almost see his expressions. Lara Santiago goes all out to craft a mind-blowing read with many secondary characters that keep the reader thoroughly entertained.

Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance
Reviewer for Karen Find Out About New Books


Sunday, December 02, 2007

Christmas Meme

1. Egg nog or hot chocolate? Hot Chocolate

2. Does Santa wrap presents or just put them under the tree? Depends on who you talk to in our house. I say wrap them. If he has time to travel around the world in a single night, then there is time for wrapping. :)

3. Colored or white lights on tree/house? I like all the pretty colors.

4. Do you hang mistletoe? Not usually. But it isn't out of the realm of possiblity.

5. When do you put your decorations up? This year, I don't have to, because we're traveling. Although we might haul out the little baby tree.

6. What is your holiday dish (excluding dessert)? A tie between Mashed potatoes and Green Bean Casserole.

7. Favorite holiday memory as a child: When my parents got me a stereo record player. I totally wasn't expecting it. Remember those 45's and Albums? :)

8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa? I don't remember when I learned. And apparently it wasn't a huge blow to me, but I remember when my son found out in first grade from some other little tattle tale. :):) No, I'm not bitter. :)

9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve? We open half on Christmas eve and half on Christmas day to honor the traditions of both our families. :) This year with the road will be Christmas every time we go someplace new.

10. How do you decorate your Christmas tree? With all the ornaments the kids made during their elementary school years. Colored lights and a raggedy tinsle rope that I don't have the heart to throw away.

11. Snow! Love it or dread it? Love it, don't mind visiting it, but don't want to live in it. :)

12. Can you ice skate? No. I have weak ankles. The first time I went at age 16, I got blisters on my fingers trying to get my skate laces tight enough. :)

13. Do you remember your favorite gift? Yes, but it was as an adult. My mom made me and my brother a photo album of old pictures from old slides. My brother opened his first and my mom said I gave him a look of such tragic longing. LOL
Luckily she made one for both of us.

14. What’s the most important thing about the holidays for you? Time with family.

15. What is your favorite holiday dessert? Pumpkin pie with whipped cream. And I hear it's good for breakfast too. :)

16. What is your favorite holiday tradition? Getting the tree out and putting it up with the kids. I used to make them wear moose antlers that jingled until they got taller than me.

17. What tops your tree? An angel.

18. Which do you prefer, giving or receiving? Without a doubt...Giving.

19. What is your favourite Christmas song? Walking in a Winter Wonderland.

20. Candy canes: A nice image, but unless they are another flavor besides peppermint, I'm not interested. :)

21. Favourite Christmas movie? The Grinch Who Stole Christmas.

22. What do you leave for Santa? We never left him anything. He does it out of the goodness of his heart, right? :)

I'm not tagging any one with this Meme. My gift to all. :)


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