Sunday, April 6, 2014

Lyn Horner drops by to discuss the anthology she's involved in.

Hi, Mel. Thank you for having me back on your wonderful blog. I’d like to tell your fans about Rawhide ’n Roses (A Western Romance Anthology.) This recent release brings together 15 authors, each with a different take on the “Wild West.” Composed of short stories great for reading on a lunch break or at bedtime, most are historical, with a few contemporary romances and one time travel for good measure.

Being a contributor to this collection of short stories has been a real learning experience for me. I thought it would be fun and wouldn’t take much time. Right. The problem is I don’t often write short stories. How was I going to tell a complete story, a romance no less, in two or three thousand words? Most chapters in my novels are longer than that. What had I gotten myself into?

I quickly learned the key is to cut out all the “fluff”. I ended up cutting at least a third of my first draft, a painful process as you know. We authors don’t enjoy dumping sentences, paragraphs, even whole scenes for the sake of brevity, even if it does improve the story. For more of what I learned from this project, check out this recent article:

Now I’d like to share a snippet from my short story.

The Lawman’s Lady
by Lyn Horner


Marshal Trace Balfour doesn’t care for schoolmarm Matilda Schoenbrun’s straight-laced attitude. However, a few moments alone with the spinster lady makes him realize she isn’t quite what he expected. It also makes him curious. Why doesn’t she like to be called Mattie? Most of all, what would she look like without her specs and with her hair down? 


“Move aside,” Marshal Trace Balfour ordered, pushing through the noisy throng gathered in the street outside the Golden Slipper Saloon. Their shouts and laughter had drawn him from his office up the block. Among the crowd, he saw the local Methodist preacher, the undertaker and the owner of the mercantile across the dusty street. Several ranch hands, in town on their day off, made most of the racket. 

Trace also noticed the schoolmarm, Matilda Schoenbrun. With her brown hair wound in a tight bun at her nape and wearing a drab calico gown of the same color, she brought to mind a brown jay such as he’d seen as a boy in south Texas. When she spotted him, she threw her shoulders back and narrowed her lips, looking down her bespectacled little nose, setting his teeth on edge.

“Marshal, please put a stop to this!” she demanded in a haughty voice. 

“Ma’am, that’s what I aim to do.” Touching his hat to her, he shouldered aside a pair of cowboys whose laughter and catcalls almost drowned out the shrieks coming from a pair of females rolling in the dirt. Trace recognized them as saloon girls form the Golden Slipper. With red and purple skirts bunched around their knees, they fought viciously, scratching, biting and pulling each other’s hair.

He’d rather face a gang of bank robbers than deal with these snarling wildcats, he thought grimly. Almost tripping over their tangled petticoats, he managed to grab hold of one’s flailing arm and the back of the other’s tightly laced black bodice.

“That’s enough!” he growled, hauling them to their feet. One, a red-haired gal named Nellie, screeched and raked his restraining hand with her sharp nails while the other, a blonde whose name he forgot, slapped his face. Cursing under his breath, he gave both snarling females a hard shake. “I said that’s enough, ladies. Either settle down or spend the night in jail.”

Meet all the Rawhide ‘n Roses authors here: 

Available on these sites: Amazon          Amazon UK          Barnes & Noble

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Dearest Irish, book three in Lyn Horner’s Texas Devlins trilogy, was nominated for a 2014 Reader’s Choice Award by Books and Pals, selected as the Best Review Site by Indies Unlimited. This book is also a Rone Award nominee.

Available in ebook and print: Amazon          Amazon UK          Barnes & Noble

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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Grab a Bargain Boxed Set Romance

Want to grab a few boxed sets of romances which are currently on special offer from as low as $0.99 - $3.99?

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Monday, February 18, 2013

Specially reduced price. Boxed set for only $0.99.

I've just reduced my boxed set of romances. Buy them now for only $0.99 instead of $3.99 at the following stores.

A Time For Romance

Reece - The Single Daddy Club.

I loved the whole Single Daddy Club series. Here's my review for Reece's story.

The Single Daddy Club: Reece, Book 3

What a wonderful romance. I thoroughly enjoyed all the books in The Single Daddy Series - hopefully Ms. Fasano will take the hint and get her finger out and write some more. :-)

Reece has been sworn off women for a while. His reluctance to trust has had a damning influence on his young son. But, when PI Maggie Dunlap calls in to Reece's Insurance office to complain that her insurance claim has been rejected, feelings he never thought he'd feel again suddenly resurface.

An excellent romance that I would highly recommend over and over again.

Amazon US

Amazon UK

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Jason by Donna Fasano

The Single Daddy Club: Jason, Book 2

I've just had the pleasure of reading one of Donna Fasano's latest novels.

Here's my review of Jason - The Single Daddy Club.

Jason is the second book in this exciting new series by Donna Fasano. I have to say I loved this one even more than book one, but only just.

In this book Donna tells us of Jason's sad story. Of the love he lost when his wife and the mother of his child died and the trepidation he feels about getting involved again. Being a police officer he has to juggle his work with looking after Gina the toddler. He can't do this alone though and has to employ baby-sitters/nannys but they keep quitting on him. 

Then Katie comes into his life, she comes from a wealthy family and has led a very pampered life until now. She finds herself disguising her past and giving him a false identity just to escape her other life. As Jason's reliance on Katie becomes stronger and their true feelings are revealed, someone close to Jason tries to do all they can to break them up.

What will happen when Katie/Katherine's true identity is revealed? I guess you'll have to read the book to find out. :-)
You can purchase the book from Amazon. Amazon US     Amazon UK

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Donna Fasano's latest bestseller.

I've just reviewed Donna Fasano's latest bestseller.

Derrick, part one of The Single Daddy Club.

I love Donna Fasano's romances, I'm a big fan, have been since I discovered her as an Harlequin author.

This was a wonderful romance about conquering deep set fears and apprehension.

Derrick is the guardian of his godson, Timmy, who, after his father's death, struggles from aggresive behaviour at school. Enter Timmy's teacher Anna who does all she can to help Derrick acclimatize to his new role as 'daddy'.

An entertaining read full of emotion.

Off to read, Jason, the second book in the series.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Review for a great romance.

Over the weekend I read Donna Fasano's latest release, Take Me, I'm Yours. Here's my review.

 Take Me, I'm Yours
A wonderfully woven story of love conquering all.

Lainey befriends a stranger on a beach after his grandchild is almost abducted.

When the stranger dies he bequeaths her generously for her heroism. Her new found wealth leads her to open a daycare centre allowing a lifelong dream to come true. But her wealth comes with stipulations. Enter the stranger's son, Derek, to whom Lainey is instantly attracted.

Throw into the mix Abbie, Derek's adorable young daughter and you think the story is heading for the happy ever after we all dream about. Not so, as things change dramatically when T.C., Derek's former lover and Abbie's mother, arrives on the scene.

Great characters involved in a roller-coaster ride filled with every conceivable emotion you can think of.

Loved it. 

You can purchase Take Me, I'm Yours from Amazon US 

and Amazon UK