Saturday, November 28, 2015

EXQUISITE CHRISTMAS - Pre-order thru 11/29. TBR 11/30

Short romances and recipes for holiday sweets from twenty-one authors are included in this collection.

When romance writers give love stories to the world, we do more than entertain – we share our hope for something better. These imaginative moments of happy-ever-after warm the soul and ripple outward. The world needs more love, and every bit helps.

We hope you enjoy this collection of heartwarming seasonal tales and delicious recipes by twenty-one Bestselling, Award winning, and Multi-Published Authors from the international Exquisite Quills community: Victoria Adams, Rose Anderson, E. Ayers, Beverley Bateman, Lily Bishop, Barb Caffrey, Helena Fairfax, J.D. Faver, Jennifer Garcia, Romy Gemmell, Vonnie Hughs, Susan Jaymes, Gemma Juliana, Jean Lamb, Lyndi Lamont, Zanna Mackenzie, Janis Susan May, Dee Ann Palmer, Jane Leopold Quinn, Kaye Spencer, and M. S. Spencer.

Dee Ann says—

It's been a pleasure working with these gifted women to produce this collection. We hope it will warm your holidays.
Looking forward to a wonderful December...

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Sunday, November 22, 2015


Hi everyone,  

Today I welcome author Kelli A. Wilkins as my guest. Kelli has 19 published romance novels, more than 95 short stories, and 5 non-fiction books to her credit. Her romances span almost every genre— contemporary, historical, fantasy, gay, and paranormal—and range in heat level from mild to super-scorching hot. Her newest book, You Can Write—Really! A Beginner’s Guide to Writing Fiction was released in February 2015. This fun and informative non-fiction guide is based on her 15 years of experience as a writer, and is available exclusively on Amazon.

Today she shares a summary and excerpt from her historical romance Wilderness Bride. If you like a blend of tender romance and adventure set in the wilds of the Michigan Territory in the early 1800s, this is a book for you!  And if not, I suggest you give this well researched book a try!

A woman running from her past…straight into the arms of a wild stranger


In a moment of desperation, Kathleen Stanton flees her pampered life in Kingston, New York and ends up stranded in a small town in the Michigan Territory. Out of money and lacking a means of escape, she impersonates a handsome stranger’s mail-order bride. Kathleen calls herself Michelle and begins living a lie with her “husband,” Luther, in an isolated mountain cabin. She tells herself the arrangement is temporary until she can move on.

Luther can’t believe his luck when his beautiful blonde bride arrives, but something doesn’t feel right about his new wife. She has terrifying nightmares involving a man named Roger and is reluctant to talk about where she came from. But Luther is harboring a secret about his background and fears Michelle will abandon him if she learns the truth about him—and his family.

The couple tries to maintain their rocky relationship as they work to fight brutal townspeople and overcome harsh living conditions. When circumstances force Michelle to stay longer than she expected, she succumbs to her growing attraction and falls in love with Luther. But when they finally give in to their desires and agree to become a proper man and wife, a dark figure from Michelle’s past catches up with her, putting her and Luther in grave danger.


Now he knew why Michelle hadn’t seemed interested in him. She was waiting for him to make the first move. “You liked the kissing we did outside the cabin that day, didn’t you?”

“Yes, and last night, it was nice.”

He stroked her cheek. “Good, because I did, too. I know this is all new to you, and I don’t want to pressure you or scare you off, but I ache for you, darling. And anytime you want to kiss or touch me, or anything, all you gotta do is ask.”


“Yes.” He held his breath and prayed he’d gotten through to her.

“Well…” Michelle twirled her hair around her index finger. “If you want to kiss now…I wouldn’t mind. In fact, I’d like it.”

He cupped her chin in his hand. “No, darling, it’s not going to work that way. I want you to kiss me.”

Michelle pulled back. “I can’t go first… I’m not sure…”

“Yes, you can. You know how.” He closed his eyes. “I’ve got all day.”

He waited, hoping she’d break out of her shell and kiss him. A few seconds later, Michelle’s minty-tasting lips covered his. His heart pounded faster and he kissed her back, savoring their tender embrace.

After a minute, Michelle broke the kiss. “Was that good? I’ve never…kissed first before.”

“That was perfect.” He gathered her into his arms. “You want more? Don’t be bashful, you can tell me.”

“Yes, I would,” she admitted.

“Good, I’m glad to hear it,” he said, bending close for another kiss. The instant his lips touched hers, Michelle wrapped her arms around his neck and pulled him closer. Eyes closed, he let his long-denied urges take over.

He kissed her slow, delighting in the tingling sensations flooding his body. He wanted her, needed her. As he slid his tongue into Michelle’s mouth, she made a soft mewing noise and arched her back. Michelle’s tongue entwined with his, sending a rush of blood to his groin. He groaned as she kissed him down to his soul.

All too soon, Michelle pulled away. “I think that’s enough for now.”

He stopped even though his cock throbbed for release. “All right. Besides, we gotta get home.” He gave Michelle a quick kiss on the lips. “Otherwise, we’ll be in the woods all night fooling around under every tree...”

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