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Sunday, November 27, 2016

It's almost here!!


The best Cyber Monday deal is right here! And you're hearing about it before Monday even starts!



The USA Today bestselling bundle is back again! From hot Navy SEALS and secret babies to amnesia, small towns and bad guys in pursuit, you're sure to find all your romance novel favorites in this set of ten full-length novels.

Here is what you get for only 99 cents!



Ten books! Yes, ten!

SEALs OF HONOR: MASON, Dale Mayer—Kill or be Killed. Part of an elite SEAL team, Mason takes on the dangerous jobs no one else wants to do – or can do. When he’s on a mission, he’s focused and dedicated. When he’s not, he plays as hard as he fights. Until he meets a woman he can’t have but can’t forget.

FINDING HOPE, Lois Winston (writing as Emma Carlyle)—When Hope lands her dream job, she doesn’t expect to fall for her married boss and keeps her feelings to herself, even after his wife walks out on him and their triplets. Ben finds himself developing feelings for Hope he knows better than to act on, given past mistakes. But three very determined tykes are out to find everyone a happy ending.

NEVER LET ME GO, Donna Marie Rogers—Hannah Porter’s had a crush on Sheriff Chase Lowell since she was a kid, which seems to be the problem—he thinks of her more as a little sister than a romantic interest. But something changes following a robbery at the diner where she works. When Chase makes her safety his personal mission, Hannah makes it her mission to get him to see her in a different light.

STRANDED WITH THE SEAL, Amy Gamet— Former Navy SEAL Trevor “Hawk” Hawkins is on an unsanctioned mission to take down the man who killed his teammate. But when his car careens into another on a snowy mountain road, he finds himself stranded with a beautiful woman who has no memory of her life. The storm outside worsens and passion flares between them, but the woman's true identity has the power to destroy them both.

AUTUMN WISH, Stacey Joy Netzel—secret baby with a twist...Confirmed bachelor Sam Mallin hasn’t the first clue how to care for the baby girl dropped on his doorstep. When his beautiful neighbor Nikki offers to help, he finds himself falling for both females. Is it possible Nikki’s falling for him, too, or is he just the convenient, ready-made family she so desperately wishes for?
 
TRUTH ABOUT LOVE & MURDER (Love & Murder Book 1), Edie Ramer—The truth is that life is uncertain. Meg Quinn is co-guardian of her dying best friend’s son along with her friend’s brother, a former Marine. As the couple search for a missing veteran, they find out the truth about life and love … and murder.
 
SPLIT DECISION, Wendy Ely— Sports reporter Grace Avery is up for a promotion, but only if she gets an interview with the notoriously private, heavy weight champion, Rally Brewer. Grace discovers who Rally is beyond the boxing ring. Little does anyone know, as Grace gets Rally to open up, a two-year-old secret is in jeopardy. Is revealing his secret worth gaining Grace’s love?

LILY AND THE GAMBLER, Linda McLaughlin—Respectability is in the eye of the beholder, or so Lily hopes. After her lover’s death she pretends to be his widow and travels to California to marry a mine owner. Then she meets King Callaway, a charming gambler. King knows he’s found his Queen of Hearts. But can he convince her to take a chance on a foot-loose card sharp? Only Lady Luck knows for sure...
 
EDGE OF MIDNIGHT, Ava Bradley—A wounded cop, a frightened woman, a desperate race to save a child in danger….Two people adrift in their own personal tragedies join together to save an innocent child from a power-hungry geneticist intent on creating a superior race. A Golden Heart award winner.
 
DEATH ON THE OCEAN FLOOR, Georgina Lee—Tetra Martin finds her roommate dead in a cave accessible only at low tide…and learns she’s the main suspect. Her only hope is David Haines, her sexy supervisor who keeps her at a distance. But as the tide rises, so does Tetra’s desire for him. Along with the killer’s intent to make Tetra the next victim. USA Today Bestselling author.
 
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Thursday, November 24, 2016

It's almost here!! Better than ever!




The long-awaited Romance Super Bundle IV is almost here! Isn't it a gorgeous cover?
Excitement is building for Monday, when we launch this incredible bundle, the one I can say is better than ever! Can you imagine, TEN great stories for only $0.99 cents? Who sees a great deal like that anymore?

From small towns and secret babies to Navy SEALs and nasty villains, we have danger, love, excitement all rolled into one wonderful romance bundle just for you!



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Thursday, November 10, 2016

To my American friends




I am praying that from the deep division in the US, from a man with such terrible division in his rhetoric, there will come a desire for unity so strong, nothing can tear it down.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Great, awesome, invaluable NEWS!!




Good news!! Romance Super Bundle is back!! #4 is on its way and available for preorder here. (So far, only at Amazon) Release date is November 28th. Mark your calendars!


As usual, the wonderful authors are offering you incredible value for your hard-earned money. Imagine, $0.99 for TEN fabulous romances! TEN!

Georgina Lee, my sassy alter ego, has chosen Death on the Ocean Floor for this incredible collection and I thought you would like to read the Dear Reader letter, just to get a taste. 



Dear Readers,

I hope you enjoyed this story. Like in Cape of Secrets, my heroine, in this case, Tetra, is not a sweet, likeable woman. But she is true to herself and always learning. She sees her mistakes and is moving forward. This theme of 'live and learn' is prevalent in my books, and I hope it resonates with you. So often when I see perfect heroes and heroines, I am discouraged by my own failings. I never want you to feel that way. Tetra is a work in progress and she understands that. And with a hero like David, who is not perfect, either, she will grow in love and wisdom.
Please review this book at the site where you purchased it, and if you found the story wanting, tell me via my website, www.barbaraphinney.com as I am always looking to improve my storytelling. My website also has a list of all my books.

Thank you,

Barbara Phinney, writing as Georgina Lee

Stay tuned for more information in the coming days about this bundle. I'll have snippets and blurbs and other fun stuff!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

The Logic Behind a Good Suspense Title

When your titles mix feelings
 
Have you ever wondered where authors get their titles? With big publishing houses, titles are often chosen by the editorial staff, and are designed to reflect that publisher, author and genre.
Indie authors, that is those who publish independently, have a bit more freedom, but that doesn't always preclude an awesome title. 
But for suspense stories, titles have got to grab and speak the genre. One way to do that, is for the author to consider mixing two opposite elements. 
Think of Tess Gerritson's The Bone Garden. While bones offer up a taste of pain and death, gardens suggest pleasant retreats, beautiful flowers, rich produce. The two incompatible elements make for a mystery, a suggestion of things hidden. A suspense story.
My book, Deadly Trust, also suggests that. Deadly is self explanatory, and so is trust. Juxtaposing these two words creates a question, which suggests suspense. Even my latest Love Inspired Historical, also a suspense, has a title that asks a similar question. Undercover Sheriff (not yet released) asks the obvious question, why is the sheriff undercover? We all know the answer; because he is solving a crime. But the word undercover means a person is a mystery, hidden, while the sheriff is an outward authority figure, one is plain view. 
The title Hidden in Plain Sight reveals a number of fiction and non fiction books that not only suggest two opposites, but even my next point.

When words have different meanings

A number of books with the above title have Amish themes. The word plain means both obvious, and simple, unadorned. 
UnderCovers can also suggest both sensual themes and pretending to be someone you're not. This book has both, so the single worded title does double duty. 

What titles can you think of that suggest a mix of meanings or feelings? What title do you like best?

Monday, August 8, 2016

Where's the logic in owls?

We went camping this past weekend. It was a nice spot, on a lake, with hiking trails (although, whoever drew the campsite map needs a lesson in geography). We appreciated the beauty of a lovely summer weekend.

Then dusk fell.  

The ladies at the next campsite chatted and got all caught up with each others' lives, much to my husband's displeasure, especially when he realized only I had brought earplugs. He confiscated them immediately.
Now, the chatting didn't bother me. I knew they'd eventually fall asleep.

It was the owl. 
That night owl. 
That loud, devious Barred Owl. (I know this because I googled the hooting when I got home. See how devious he is?)

Image courtesy of Simon Pierre Barrette www.flickr.com/photos/vireo_solitarius  via https://crazybugladyblog.wordpress.com/tag/barred-owl/


It sat high in the trees between our campsite and the ladies' next door, dead set on keeping me up at night. 

So my question is this. If an owl hunts at night, where is the logic in sitting in a tree hooting from dusk to dawn? Owls are quiet, swift killers, so how and when is this character hunting? He did not one second of hunting all three nights we were camping. Wouldn't some kind of natural selection have weeded him out? 

You don't eat, you starve. (Well, except some women I know who only eat rabbit food and that is pretty sparse. But I digress.)

As I expected, my question wasn't answerable. Cell service was spotty in the unserviced campsites and I don't have a data plan, either. And my husband didn't know, as he heard only a few hoots. Remember, he confiscated my earplugs on that first night.

So, as dawn approached on the last day of our camping trip, I lay on our air mattress and thanked God that the owl finally stopped calling. Peace reigned and I knew I would finally get an hour or so sleep.

Then a crow woke up.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

4 Stars from Romantic Times!!


I'm pleased to share with you RT's review of The Nanny Solution. (found here at RT on line)







As you can see, I moved away from the medieval romances. This is set in 1882 Colorado. I've had some fun creating the town of Proud Bend, and the sometimes quirky and cute characters. I still cry when I read the scene on the train with Mitch's young daughter.

Feel free to check out my book!


The Nanny Solution    


You can also find it here at B&N and here at Kobo

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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Scars

I have scars. Not unexpected for a 50-something woman. I've had a Caesarean section to deliver my son, and before that, I had my daughter. And before that, I had abdominal surgery, cuts and burns. 
Scars are inevitable. I don't know of any person who hasn't acquired a few by the time they are my age.
One scar, though, epitomizes my point here. The scar is on my right thigh. It serves as a warning now. Don't go swimming around floating docks with exposed nails. 




Can you see that scar? It's old, over forty years, but still visible.
As a result of that accident, we kids weren't allowed to go swimming out there anymore. I had a number of friends mad at me for that. Oh, well. 
But scars don't just provide warnings, they also provide proof of healing. My body healed, but the scar remained. Curious thing, though. The scar has no nerve endings. It's numb. There is no feeling there.
As I consider the scars Jesus earned on the cross this Easter, I remember that my scars healed over. And thankfully, they no longer hurt. 
Our emotional and physical scars heal, but they remain. They once hurt, but now they don't. 
Allow your scars to remind you of past mistakes, to keep you focused on not swimming out to that dock with the exposed nail. But also remember that your body and soul can heal and do a remarkable thing, that is, not grow nerve endings within the scar tissue. To protect you from future pain. 
Scars aren't pretty but they are needed. The scars Jesus earned weren't pretty, but needed to offer eternal life. Your scars aren't pretty, either, but one day, they will warn you against a danger and when you touch them, they will not respond, but rather they will protect you.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Free books!!

I've been a no show lately as I finished up a story, The Nanny Solution, due out in July, and for that I apologize. 

But we have good news at HQN. Free Books!!

http://bookpages.harlequin.com/romance/

Watch this cute video to get all the info.

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