Monday, May 21, 2012

Celia Yeary's Charlotte and the Tenderfoot

Charlotte and the Tenderfoot--a 99 cent Dime Novel

What This Sweet Romance is About:
While driving home in her buggy, Charlotte Dewhurst discovers a man lying by the road. William Montgomery, an attorney, was passing through the area when accosted by two hoodlums. The resulting court case keeps Will in town. His attitudes confuse Charlotte as he seeks her company, yet proclaims he will soon be moving on. But Will may be the most confused one of all.
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About the Author:

Celia Yeary is an eighth-generation Texan, and her life revolves around family, friends, and writing. San Marcos has been her home for thirty-eight years. She has nine published romance/women's fiction novels, three short stories, two novellas, three anthologies, and published essays with the Texas Co-Op Power Magazine. The author is a former science teacher, mother of two, grandmother of three boys, and wife of a wonderful, supportive Texan. Celia and her husband enjoy traveling, and both are involved in their church, the community, and the university.
Celia Yeary-Romance...and a little bit 'o Texas

And Now Celia Tells Us About Dime Novels:
Charlotte and the Tenderfoot is a 22,000 word story called a "Dime Novel." In the 1800s, Dime Novels might be considered the paperback books of their day. They told tales of mountain men, explorers, soldiers, lawmen, or Indian fighters. Sometime a female character provided a bit of a love story.
Critics of dime novels often denounced them as immoral, perhaps because of violent content. But the books themselves actually tended to reinforce conventional values of the time, such as patriotism, bravery, self-reliance, and American nationalism.
Modern Western Historical novels and Western Historical Romance novels hold to the same standards: Truth, Justice, and The American Way; ie, treat women and children with respect, as well as your neighbor, protect the downtrodden, and carry out justice within the law...if at all possible.
Today, Western Historical Romance novels and true Westerns are published as Dime Novels at "Publishing by Rebecca J. Vickery" through the imprint Western Trail Blazers. The Dime Novels are shorter stories, perhaps novellas, priced at 99Cents.
The idea intrigued me. Since I had nine full-length novels published traditionally, along with two novellas and three anthologies, I found myself writing 22,000 word stories with catchy titles. As of this moment, I have three WTB Dime Novels:

Titles, in order of date of publication:
Angel and the Cowboy
Addie and the Gunslinger
Charlotte and the Tenderfoot.
Coming Soon:
Kat and the U.S. Marshal
These have been highly successful, landing on Amazon's best-seller lists: Top 100 Best Western Romances, Top 100 Genre Fiction/Westerns, and Top 100 Action/Adventure/Westerns.
If you try one of these, I hope you like it! I've had more fun writing and selling these than I have any other novel I have published. Also, the covers use photos of Jimmy Thomas.
Celia's Website
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Monday, May 14, 2012

Wendy Chen and Her Liar's Guide


About Wendy Chen:

Wendy Chen has worked at Random House, iVillage, and The Washington Post. Her first novel, Liar's Guide to True Love was written during her frequent (and sometimes severe) bouts of wedding nostalgia. Years after planning her own nuptials, she still gets unduly giddy about attending weddings.

Wendy was a lifelong New Yorker until she decided to try out
suburban life a few years ago. She now lives in Northern Virginia with her family. Connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

About Wendy's Sweet Romance, Liar's Guide to True Love -

Wedding planner Cassandra Hanley is in the business of making other people's dreams come true. But for some reason, whenever she meets a potential mate of her own, she finds herself telling little (and not so little) white lies. She's not trying to sabotage her relationships on purpose: as a people pleaser, she just naturally tells men what she thinks they want to hear.

When Cassandra meets Nick, she's determined to be herself this time—until she learns he abhors weddings. So she recasts herself as an advertising exec, and now she's scrambling to cover up the lie...with more lies.
Into the tangled web wanders Cassandra's college sweetheart, Kevin. Kevin, the one man who knows the real Cassandra, and loves her anyway. Could he have been The One all along?

Torn between the past and the present, Cassandra is about to learn that you can't plan the perfect life the way you can plan the perfect wedding.

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And Now, Wendy Has Some Confessing to Do:

Confessions of A Wedding Addict by Wendy Chen

“Sometimes I like to wear my tiara around the house. Is that weird?” My friend looked a little sheepish when she said it, but I got it. Years after I walked down the aisle, I still get nostalgic about my own nuptials. I wore the most beautiful dress I will ever own, and spent over a year planning (admittedly) frivolous details. And I missed it (the dress and the planning). When I was writing my first novel, Liar’s Guide to True Love, I would pick up copies of wedding magazines in the name of “research” – I had to get in the head of my wedding planning protagonist didn’t I? Now my outlet for wedding nostalgia is to devour any means of weddingtainment – flicks, lit, whatever. If I can’t live it, I will read/watch it. Some are better than others, but I have to admit, there are few wedding themed books or movies that I truly dislike. Here are some of my favorites, in no particular order:

·    Bride Wars – Beautiful dresses and Bridezillas. But at the end of the day, two best friends learn what’s most important -- true friendship and love.
·    The Bride Quartet series by Nora Roberts – Not just one or two, but FOUR books centered around a wedding planning company run by four best friends. By THE Nora Roberts, need I say more?
·    My Big Fat Greek Wedding – So smart, so funny, and the best parts aren’t about the wedding at all.
·    Made of Honor – Sometimes men are stupid when it comes to love, and don’t see what’s right in front of them.
·    Wedding announcements and the Vows column in The New York Times – the real deal, and you never know when you’ll recognize someone

Yes, weddings can be ridiculously over the top and expensive, and planning them can make us temporarily insane (Carrie Bradshaw: I wore a bird in my hair). But there’s nothing wrong with enjoying the beginning of someone’s Happily Every After. Admit it, you love a beautiful wedding dress on the cover of a book as much as I do. What’s your favorite weddingtainment?

Please leave a comment with your e-mail address and you might win an e-book from Wendy!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Working Behind the Scenes

Jillian Baker, the heroine in my sweet romantic comedy, Girl of My Dreams, is content to work behind the scenes as a temporary assistant to the producer at a TV studio. Only when a crisis occurs, does she ignore her reticence, step up to the plate and be a contestant in a reality show, where all eyes are upon her.

Since this is fiction, my heroine sheds her ordinary persona and gets noticed in a big way. I'm happy for her, but there are so many of us in the real world who never get noticed in our everyday life and jobs. I toiled for years as a secretary, and hardly ever got thank yous from clients or bosses for my efforts. I'm sure others of you can relate as well.

The entertainment world fares no better. I notice who stars in a show, might even remember one or two of the secondary characters, especially if they're cute, pretty or quirky. Still, how about the tons of men and women who toil behind the scenes, yet never get recognized? I know for a fact that I don't bother to look at the movie or TV credits to see who did the lighting, makeup, or any other necessary jobs behind the scenes.

Am I the only one who pays no attention to the hardworkers behind the scenes?

Speaking of Working Behind the Scenes, I'm actually the blog owner of Sweet Not Spicy. I enjoy showcasing the many talented authors of Sweet Romance and Fiction, but every once in a while I like to pop in to let readers know I'm a real person and also have a Sweet Romance available, as well as three other novels.

Girl of My Dreams is on Kindle for 99 cents at
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You can find all of my books, with excerpts and buy links to every electronic media I know of at

Please leave a comment to share your thoughts on Working Behind the Scenes.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Travel in Time With Clover Autrey's Sweet Romance

Why a Time Travel?
I love the idea of a contemporary woman traveling back to a time and place where she is totally out of her element and has none of her support group, friends or family to go to. Surviving depends solely on her own wit and courage—as well as having to trust the not-so-modern-thinking hero.
What’s not to love about that scenario? Throw the heroine back into the arms of a guy in a kilt and I am so there.
Of course I can’t leave a world alone without magic, so I made the bare-kneed hero a sorcerer, tossed in some witches, healers, vampires, dragons and shape-shifters, and I have a whole new universe to play in.
Highland Sorcerer is the first of my Highland Sorcery novels where the heroes and heroines are flung back and forth through time and into alternative universes where all sorts of magical beings reside and history gets mucked up time and time again.
It all begins with Charity Greves who has the gift of healing. So when a wounded bleeding Highlander materializes out of the air into her kitchen, she does what any rational free-thinking herbalist under the same circumstances would do--she heals him. She didn’t expect to be drawn back to the 13th Century where a dangerous whacked-out witch holds the jaded Highlander captive.
Charity Greves barely plunked her purse down on the counter when a mini-cyclone rippled through her kitchen, lifting her hair and zinging an electrical current down her spine—and a naked bleeding man materialized out of thin air.
And dropped to the linoleum.
Hey. She'd just mopped that floor.
She frowned. Sorcerer.
Had to be a sorcerer. They were the only magic wielders around who had the ability to travel a rift from one place to another.
A powerful one by the looks of him. There weren't many who could tune in and sense a healer across distances and fewer still who could open and travel through a rift while in the weakened condition he appeared to be in.
Her pulse kicked up a notch in fear. Backing up toward the door, she grabbed her cell phone to punch in 911, wondering just how dangerous the sorcerer could be, except…he didn’t look all that dangerous sprawled on her floor, bleeding all over it. Kicked puppy was more like it. And she was a healer who couldn’t exactly explain how a naked guy ended up in her apartment in that condition. Geez, get a grip and take care of the man.
He’d obviously come for help. Which was mildly flattering that someone within the magical community had actually heard of her for him to seek her out. Unless he had simply let his senses pick a healer out at random. All right, that wasn’t so flattering.
Charity pulled a stack of hand towels from a drawer and knelt down beside the guy. After all, it wasn't everyday she came home from the herb shop to have a wounded sorcerer travel across space especially for her world-renowned healing abilities.
Okay, so she wasn't world-renowned, and she’d only been sought out maybe three times before. At most. And one of those was a sorcerer seeking her mother, but technicalities. She'd been present when he came.
"All right, big guy, what's going on with you?" Yikes. These were not wounds of the stubbed-my-toe variety. He was covered in welts and gashes, blood and grime across his torso, hips and legs. Some of those cuts looked pretty deep. His eyes remained closed though the thick lashes fluttered with each pain-filled rise of his chest. His wrists were torn and chafed as though some kind of bindings had encircled them for a long time, some kind of thick band, not rope. Since nothing inorganic traveled through a space rift she couldn't be sure.
Whatever he'd endured, it had been horrible and her heart went out to him. What on earth had this sorcerer gotten himself into? And a more troubling thought: Would whatever he’d gotten himself into follow him here? She really didn’t want to get into any magical squabbles.
She lifted his head off the floor to get a few of the folded towels beneath him and then smoothed a lock of sweaty dark hair off his cheek.
He flinched at the touch, eyes snapping open, and before she knew what hit her, Charity was rolled onto her back with two hundred pounds of disoriented naked male on top of her, pinning her wrist against the floor.
His gaze tracked around her kitchen, dark brows scrunching together at the shiny red trash compactor before settling back on her.
"Are ye the Healer Enchantress?" he rasped and promptly passed out.

A little about Clover:
Clover’s books have been referred to as “Romance in the Safety Zone.” The pages are chock full of adventure, attraction, fantasy and love, safe enough to read with your daughter or your grandmother, yet not so sweet it will put you in a sugar coma. Clover calls Texas home and the world her backyard.

Highland Sorcerer on the Nook