Christine d’ Ado


What is your top 5 resolutions for the New year, 2014?

CHRISTINE: Oh, this is a hard one for me. In recent years I’ve stepped away from resolutions, as I’m really bad at telling myself what to do. However, I certainly have some goals that I’ve set for myself.

1.     Get my lazy butt to the gym. I find I’m a much more productive writer when my body is feeling good. So it’s back to the gym and going consistently.

2.     Read more! I used to be a voracious reader, but last year I barely got through ten novels. My goal is to read at least a chapter a night before I go to bed. Not only does it keep my mind fresh, but it’s a great way to relax.

3.     Learn to knit. This is something I’ve always wanted to do and I’m determined that this will be the year I finally make myself that scarf.

4.     To laugh more. I’m a pretty easy going person, but I always feel there’s room for more laugher. Life can be too serious, so it’s important to look on the bright side and enjoy it when you can.

5.     Drink less coffee. Actually, scratch that. What was I thinking?? I’m actually going to go back to my guitar lessons and get to the point where I won’t embarrass myself. I love playing. J

What is your top 5 “to read” books in 2014?

CHRISTINE: I’ve been taking a look at a number of my favorite authors to see what they have coming up this year. Here are a few I can’t wait for!

1.     I’m not normally a reader of New Adult, but I can’t wait for Robin York’s debut book, Deeper.

2.     I’m anxiously awaiting the release of Scarlet Devices, the second book in Delphine Dryden’s Seduction and Steam series.

3.     Cara McKenna’s Cosmo Red Hot Reads book, Her Best Laid Plans sounds amazing.

4.     I’ve been hooked on Kristen Callihan’s Darkest London series since book one. I hate that I’ll need to wait until August for Evernight to come out.

5.     Mary Balogh’s next book, The Escape is out in July. I have that one pre-ordered. J 


Who is your top 5 all time favorite authors?

CHRISTINE: This is a hard one! I think I have to go with my current auto buy author list. This is by no means complete. J

1.     Delphine Dryden

2.    Joe Hill

3.     Mary Balogh

4.     Meljean Brook

5.     Colleen Gleason

Who are your top 5 “bad boys”?


CHRISTINE: I love me some bad boys. But then again, who doesn’t. J It was hard to narrow this list to only five!


1.     Loki – because Tom Hilddleston is just…yeah

2.     Jane from Firefly. And Captain Mal…the entire male cast of Firefly.

3.     Right now I’m more than a little in love with Dyson from Lost Girl. Growl for me, baby!

4.     Literary bad boys, I’d have to go with the Iron Duke, Rhys from The Iron Duke

5.     And finally, one of my favorite male characters is Flynn from Willing Victim.

What was the appeal of Steampunk to readers?


CHRISTINE: Steampunk is a perfect blend of history, science fiction and creative license. It’s a place for tinkers, inventors, optimism and for good and evil to battle it out while decked in high fashion. As a reader, I love being surprised by the creations that live in a steampunk environment. It’s an opportunity to explore the normal romance tropes in a fresh way.


Congratulations, Christine on your latest release!!



Christine d’Abo

Gilded Hearts

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Piper Smith is an Archivist, one who extracts memories from the dead—and her first job is more difficult than she ever imagined. Not only is her subject the victim of murder, but the first man to arrive on the scene is the last man she ever expected to see again: handsome, tormented, and devilishly sexy Samuel Hawkins. Years ago, he fled the Archivists’ Guild unceremoniously, leaving behind both unanswered questions . . . and Piper’s aching heart.

Sergeant Samuel Hawkins of the King’s Sentry can hardly believe the strong, beautiful woman before him is the same shy girl he once knew. His instincts scream to hold her, to kiss her, and to make amends for disappearing from the Archives—and her life. Yet when Piper’s extraction of the victim’s memories reveals something unsettling, the line between ally and enemy suddenly begins to blur. And the question becomes whether their fragile love will blossom or fade like a distant memory.

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Genre: Steampunk
ISBN: # 9781455550500


ChristineA bit about the author…..

Christine d’Abo is hooked on romance and, as a novelist and short story writer with over thirty publications, her imagination is always flowing. She loves to exercise and stops writing just long enough to keep in shape. When she’s not pretending to be a ninja in her basement, she’s most likely spending time with her family and two dogs.



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GILDED HEARTS by Christine D’ Abo is an exciting Steampunk. #1 in “The Shadow Guild”. What an adventure. Set in a Steampunk world, you can not go wrong if you enjoy Steampunk, than “Gilded Hearts” is the story for you to pick up for your reading pleasure. Fast paced and full of adventure and action. Follow, Piper Smith, an Archivist and Sergeant Samuel Hawkins of the King’s Sentry and an ex- member of the Archivist Guild on a journey of danger, a murderer and passion. A new spin on an old tale of Jack the Ripper and what a spin. A sweet romance that is passionate and steamy, with lots of danger and excitement thrown into the mix. Piper and Samuel find themselves entangled not only in their passion for each other for in a race to find a killer and stop him before more lives are lost. Oh and their are secrets and unanswered questions from Samuel’s past Piper would like answered. Like why he left the Guild. “Gilded Hearts” will kept you guessing right up to the very end. Well written with engaging characters and an intriguing storyline. A great read for anyone who enjoy steampunk, romance, and Jack the Ripper tale. Received for an honest review from the publisher.



REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More


Susanna Kearsley & Friends Tour & Giveaway!

The Splendour Falls by Susanna Kearsley will be released on January 14th !!

Come one come all to Susanna’s & Friends tour…..


Susanna Kearsley & Friends Tour

Celebrating the release of The Splendour Falls!


Friday January 17th @ 7 pm

With Julie James & Mary Robinette Kowal

Anderson’s Bookshop

Naperville, IL

Friday January 17th is also Susanna Kearsley’s birthday! Her local Naperville publisher, Sourcebooks, will be providing champagne & cupcakes for the event!


Saturday January 18th @ 2 pm

With Deanna Raybourn & Joanna Bourne

Central Rappahannock Regional Library: Salem Church Branch

Fredericksburg, VA

With special guest and moderator, Lynn Spencer, one of the two publishers of the popular review site, All About Romance.


Monday January 20th @ 6:30 pm

With Karen White & Kimberly Brock

FoxTale Book Shoppe

Woodstock, GA

With special guest and moderator, Ariel Lawhon, co-founder of the popular online book club She Reads, and author of The Wife, the Maid, and the Mistress.”


Tuesday January 21st @ 7 pm

With Lauren Willig & Beatriz Williams

WORD Bookstore

Brooklyn, NY

With special guest and moderator, Sarah Wendell, co-founder and current mastermind of Smart Bitches, Trashy Books


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About THE ACCIDENTAL MARRIAGE: Nina Rushforth was born with a silver spoon caught in her throat. She and her father have mapped out a future that includes a brilliant legal career, a marriage to an equally stellar attorney or Wall Street whiz kid, and eventually the production of three perfect children. A semester at St. Andrew’s University in Scotland, was part of the plan, but falling in love with a handsome missionary was not.

Six months later, after Elliot returns from his mission and after a tumultuous courtship, Nina finds herself teaching at a junior high school, learning to keep house in a minuscule apartment, and living with a man who doesn’t know any more about being married than she does. Intimacy, cooking, laundry, lesson plans, and a tug-of-war with a possessive mother-in-law prove to be more overwhelming than Nina can successfully manage. The newlyweds awaken to realize the head on the adjacent pillow belongs to a stranger.

This novel captures the heartbreak of young love caught in the turbulent social crosscurrents of the 70’s, at a time when brave women struggled to find dignity and equality in the workplace, as well as peace at home.

Publication Date: December 10, 2013


Publisher: Cedar Fort Publishing

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“A thoughtful, heartbreaking, and often laugh-out-loud romp… Annette Haws explores the interesting question: What keeps a marriage together?”

–Terrell Dougan, a columnist for the Huffington Post and the author of That Went Well: Adventures in Caring for my Sister

“Haws delivers a story that makes you want to rush to the end to find out what happens and prose that makes you want to slow down and savor it.”

–Karey White, author of For What It’s Worth, Gifted, and My Own Mr. Darcy

“If you want a story with plot, character and real, deep meaning that will leave you thinking long after you’re done, this is the book for you.”

–Shannon Guymon, author of Do Over

About Annette: Annette Haws’s literary strengths are based upon her experiences in the classroom. She began her teaching career as a junior high teacher in Richmond, Utah and ended it teaching Sophomore English at Murray High School in Salt Lake City. However, her favorite assignment was a five year period at Logan High School teaching English, coaching debate and mock trial, and watching the antics of her own three children who were also students in the same school.

Her first novel, Waiting for the Light to Change, won Best of State in 2009, A Whitney Award for Best Fiction, and the Diamond Quill Award for Best Published Fiction in 2009 from the League of Utah Writers. In July of 2008, the Midwest Book Review selected it as a Top Pick for Community Library Fiction Collections.

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Sapphires are an Earl’s Best Friend Pre-Order Gift!

Send proof of your pre-order of Sapphires are an Earl’s Best Friend by Shana Galen (PUBLICATION DATE: March 4, 2014) and we’ll send you a Jewels of the Ton-themed package of tea and candy!


We’ll send this special tea to anyone who shows us their pre-order receipt until February 28, or supplies run out. Just email your receipt to


Additionally, everyone who sends us their proof of pre-order will receive an exclusive SECRET epilogue NOT FOUND IN THE BOOK! Once Sapphires are an Earl’s Best Friend hits stores on March 4, Shana Galen will send out an epilogue to the fans that pre-ordered the book.


That’s not all: everyone who sends us their proof of pre-order will also be entered in a random drawing for a Jewels of the Ton themed spa gift basket!


Be sure to follow Shana Galen on Facebook, Twitter, and her Website for more details leading up to the release of Sapphires are an Earl’s Best Friend, including more giveaways, more exclusives, and MUCH MORE of her fabulous regency romances!


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Fielder's Choice

*Answers from Mark Hart, author of “Fielder’s Choice”*

 Describe your book in 50 words or less.

The book is set in the south in 1969 during integration, Vietnam, and the counterculture.  The high school protagonist finds himself across a divisive generation gap with his father and baseball coach.    He wants to live his way, but has hard choices, and the choices do not come without costs.

 How did your book come about?

I became intrigued with the conflict between a high school senior’s dependence upon his coach to win a baseball scholarship to college to avoid working in Birmingham’s steel mills, yet who risked antagonizing his coach when he gets involved with the hippie culture, starts growing his hair, and protesting the Vietnam war.  A growing conflict develops between conforming to the coach’s (and his father’s) traditional expectations, and pursuing the new way.  In the end, will he suppress who he really is to get the scholarship, or will he live true to who he is?  I was also intrigued that often there is a high price to pay for being yourself, and it takes courage to pay that cost.

 Tell us about the story and a bit about the main characters.

Brad Williams is a high school senior and good baseball player.  The spring of his senior years finds him with a “senior” malaise over school and no girlfriend.  The shining part of his life is striving for a college baseball scholarship to avoid working in the steel mills upon graduation, which is expected of him.  He makes three critical friendships.  One is with the first black player on the team from federal integration orders, that becomes complicated, if not dangerous, when the NCAA launches an active effort to integrate Brad’s neighborhood.    Another is a hippie with long hair who moved to Birmingham from Connecticut and introduces Brad to the emerging hippie/anti-war culture in Birmingham that puts Brad in conflict with his “crew-cut” past.  Another is Susie, a girl he likes, but who disapproves of his increasing anti-war behavior and growing involvement with protests.  These relationships change Brad, and the changes threaten his original dream of the baseball scholarship and his old friendships, including Susie and his best friend, BJ.

 What has been your experience with the subject of your book?

I have lived in Birmingham since 1959, saw the civil rights movement start, the violence, and saw old neighborhoods dissolve as whites fled in the face of integration.  I had a draft card for the Vietnam war, and saw the counterculture scene descend upon Birmingham and conflicts between hippies and the “good ole boys.”  I also played high school baseball and saw some of the brutality by coaches of that era (in addition to playing for some verh fine coaches, one of whom is included in the Acknowlegements.

 How does it relate to what happens in your story?

The book is not autobiographical but I saw first-hand many of the events, problems, and challenges dramatized in the book.


 Where do you research information for your book?

The book is fiction, so essentially from my life experiences and imagination.


 What do you find to be most exciting about your topic?

Chronicling the exciting times of the sixties movement I lived through and grappling with the struggle to be yourself yet succeed in the mainstream world, which is struggle I’ve personally had in practicing law for 32 years.


 What are you currently working on?

I just finished the first draft of a book titled The Technicolor Rainbow:A story of Time, Nostalgia, and Love … And Visits by Aliens.”  The book probably best described as similar to Kurt Vonnegut’s books, and is something of a satirical hopefully funny look at early Twenty-first Century American life, its drive toward over-achievement and perfection that contrasts with our attachment with nostalgia, and where do the present moment and love fit in.


 What do you do in your spare time, when you aren’t writing?

Mostly practice law, take care of the kids, and squeeze in exercise and some TV.  I read every night at bed time, though.  I’m also an assistant scoutmaster with a boy scout troop, which is a remarkable program and a very satisfying way to develop young men.


How have the books you’ve read influenced the books you write?

To Kill a Mockingbird; Catcher in the Rye; the PendragaonSeries by McHale; Pat Conroy books, and Stephen Kings books. They helped record a intriguing story from past-time, and most importantly, find the eighteen year old narrator’s voice, which is the key to the success of the book.  Conroy helps with lyrical passages, and King with the pace of plot and action.


 What do you enjoy more, writing or discovering other people’s work?

Writing myself, but there is nothing more blissful that discovering a fresh, creative work by another writer. 




Fielder's ChoiceFIELDER’S CHOICE


  • Paperback: 472 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; Lrg edition (April 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1484034686
  • ISBN-13: 978-1484034682

 Fielder’s Choice takes back to Birmingham Alabama in 1968. We take a Southern Journey with Brad Williams a 18 year old boy that loves to play baseball. That would be too easy. He struggles with racism on his team and how he should handle it. The Vietnam draft is approaching and he desperately wants to get away from the steel mills of Birmingham. So many choices for a young ball player. We are introduced in a very descriptive manner to his family, his teammates and how the attitude of the times affects him. What shapes his character. Should he just take the easy route and put blinders on? Fortunately, Brad has a conscience and we follow this struggle within the teen.

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A bit about the author….

J Mark Hart has written a page turner taking us back in time to the 60’s in Birmingham Alabama. Brad Williams is a teenage boy that loves playing baseball. Brad has reached that fork in the road and needs to decide the right thing for him to do. The Vietnam Draft Lottery? Civil Rights and how it is affecting him personally? Or take the easy route and just play ball. The timing of Fielder’s Choice is very important, it coincides with The Movie release of 42, The Jackie Robinson story. Although the teen in the story is not a famous baseball player, he is exposed to similar racial prejudices and wants to do The Right Thing. Also in Birmingham they are celebrating 5o Years Forward. The beginning of The Civil Rights Movement. The Civil Rights Movement combined with baseball and teen boys dreams.. Nothing could be more All-American. A love of the South and of the written word has made this a compelling page turner. J Mark Hart describes “the sky having a pink glow at night” from the mines and Sloss Furnace. The contempt raised by the words “Conscientious Objector” or the baiting from teen boys named Bubba “I don’t allow no niggers riding in my car”. These take you back to the time and the place.. The Bible Belt..1969

J Mark Hart practices law in Birmingham Alabama today and is recognized in Best Lawyers in America as well as being a powerful music trivia resource.



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FIELDER’S CHOICE by J. Mark Hart is an interesing Coming of Age story told during the tumultuous year 1969. Brad Williams, loved baseball, but would he chose baseball over his country? Brad struggles with racism and his conscious. The controversy of the Vietnam War, racial discrimination, diversity and choices is but a few topics in this title. Vietnam, war, Baseball, and choices is just a little of what Brad struggles with, he also, has a conscious. The author interweaves Civil Rights, the Vietnam War and other issues of the 1960’s into an interesting story of Coming of Age at a time when loyalty was questioned and the country was in an uproar. Follow Brad and his conscious through Baseball, puppy love, sports, and Civil Rights.  If you enjoy stories with heart and soul than, “Fielder’s Choice” is the right choice for you to pick up. An enjoyable read!

Received for an honest review from the publisher and/or publicist.



REVIEWED BY: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More






Coming from Lyrical Press January 6, 2014

The Convict and the Cattleman

Genre: Historical Romance (Wales, 1800’s)


  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1493737430
  • ISBN-13: 978-1493737437

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His love is the key to her release. Sentenced to seven years of servitude in the penal colony of New South Wales, Bridgit Madden is thrust into a world unlike anything she’s known, dangers she never imagined and enemies with their own interests at heart. Certain the conviction has ruined her chances of ever having a real family, she is fearful of her future. Despite his reluctance to take in a convict, grazier and pioneer cattleman Jonah Andrus needs a servant to care for his orphaned niece. When presented with Bridgit, who is far too beautiful and distracting, he initially tries to refuse. However, with a busy cattle station to oversee, he needs help right away. Upon her first meeting with Jonah’s niece, Bridgit immediately falls in love with the baby and hopes to unravel the mystery surrounding her birth. As she gets to know her employer better, Bridgit makes it her mission to remind him that family is priceless. When it seems as though she might have found the place she truly belongs, their love is threatened by lies and deceit, and both of them might lose everything they hold dear for a second time. A Lyrical Press Historical Romance

Series: A Lyrical Press Historical Romance

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A bit about the author….

A life-long love of reading turned Allison Merritt into an author who writes historical, paranormal and fantasy romances, often combining the sub-genres. She lives in a small town in the Ozark Mountains with her husband and dogs. When she’s not writing or reading, she hikes in national parks and conservation areas.

Allison graduated from College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Missouri with a B.A. in mass communications that’s gathering dust after it was determined that she’s better at writing fluff than hard news.







THE CONVICT AND THE CATTLEMAN by Allison Merritt is an interesting Historical Romance set in New South Wales in the 1800’s. A Lyrical Press Historical Romance. Bridgit Madden is sentenced to seven years of servitude in a penal colony in the New South Wales.  She fears her life is ruined but then enters……cattleman Jonah Andrus, who needs a servant to help with his young niece.

For a story with a HEA,a bit of romance, of course, you have deceit, lies, secrets and a bit of danger, you will find you will enjoy “The Convict and the Cattleman”. Bridgit and Jonah have a rough start, then, when it sames things are going to work out, they have a bit of danger. But love can survive trials and troubles. A sweet romance with a HEA!

The characters are engaging, and the storyline was intriguing. A female convict sentenced to servitude and a cattleman looking for a servant. Oh and an orphaned baby! Love is on the way! An enjoyable read! Received for an honest review from the publisher and/or author.



REVIEWED BY: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More



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