Wednesday, September 19, 2018

So…what do we call it?

Congratulations to "Patricia B.", the winner in Jacki's giveaway.
Please contact JUST ROMANTIC SUSPENSE to claim your prize!

For the last several months I’ve been working on a new story. In a new series. With new characters. Eventually I finished the manuscript but then faced a troublesome quandary: What to call it. I needed more than a title. I needed a name for this new series, along with branding elements such as a tag line and distinctive covers.

I huddled with my team (translation: cover designer and assistant) and we came up with a great concept that I’m thrilled to reveal. Readers of romantic suspense may know me from my Code Breakers series (Regency romantic suspense) or my Grayce Walters series (contemporary romantic suspense set in Seattle). My new series is military romantic suspense—the heroes are SEALs, soldiers and secret agents. Strong, honorable warriors who stand tall and proud until brought to their knees by the women they love.

The first book in my brand new Impossible Mission romantic suspense series is Mission: Impossible to Resist. Here’s the cover and the plot.

Life could have been one continuous party for Seattle socialite Jordan Dean, the eldest daughter of a tech billionaire. Instead, she’s built a career as a physician and genetic researcher while looking out for her younger sister after the death of their mother.

Aiden Foster, Delta Force operative, is doing a favor for a SEAL buddy by temporarily bodyguarding Jordan. Despite coming from a privileged background himself, Aiden has zero interest in superficial debutantes, until meeting the gorgeous but tightly controlled researcher.

The simple, one-week assignment turns into a deadly game when Jordan’s sister is kidnapped by the Chinese Triad. The immediate assumption is that she will be ransomed for her father’s billions. Instead, the kidnappers demand Jordan turn over her cutting-edge research that could be sold on the dark web.

Aiden must protect Jordan from the violent gang willing to obtain her research at all costs. As the danger escalates, Jordan discovers she has been betrayed by individuals close to her. The only person she can trust is the man who’s been tasked with protecting her…but who poses a huge risk to her well-guarded heart.

Aiden manages to keep Jordan safe—until he’s ambushed and she’s taken. Now he’s working from the outside—and she’s using her brains to figure a way to keep her and her sister safe as well as her research. In an explosive finale, Jordan and Aiden take down the villain. Aiden’s one-week assignment is now far too short, so the couple begin negotiating something a little longer...

For a chance to win a digital copy of Mission: Impossible to Resist, tell me what hooks your attention most—the military hero, the book blurb or the cover?

Mission: Impossible to Resist releases October 18th. Preorder your copy so you don’t miss this brand new military romantic suspense series!

About Jacki Delecki
Jacki Delecki is a bestselling romantic suspense writer. Delecki’s Grayce Walters Series, which chronicles the adventures of a Seattle animal acupuncturist, was an editor’s selection by USA Today. Delecki’s Romantic Regency The Code Breaker Series hit number one on Amazon. For more information, visit

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Monday, September 17, 2018

Mountain Survival (in more ways than one!)

Congratulations to "Carissa", the winner in Julie's giveaway. 
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Was the man with ghostly gray eyes supposed to make her feel safe?

A reclusive ex-military man with post-traumatic stress takes on a harrowing rescue mission in the rugged mountains of Wyoming. But will saving a kidnapped heiress bring redemption? Or heartbreak…

A brief excerpt from RESCUEDBY THE MARINE:
Why take out the pilot and trap them on the mountain?
Jason’s nostrils flared at the pungent odor he’d noticed earlier, and an idea began to take shape. He knelt to swipe his fingers through the snow and soggy grass underneath. Fuel. He visually followed the trail of discolored snow back to the chopper, and tracked the oily residue up to the tank near the engine. The pilot. The radio. And now the fuel tank—all with nice big bullet holes in them.
A man wouldn’t need to shoot them if he could make all their deaths look like an accident. Jason glanced down the incline to see where the fuel had pooled in a snowy depression. This was bad. “Sam?” He pushed to his feet, backing toward the chopper. “Sam?” When he heard rustling in the trees, and spotted at least three upright shadows moving, he ran. This was very bad. He slapped the passenger window. “Sam!”
            She popped up, holding a Swiss Army knife in one hand, and a backpack in the other as Jason waved her toward the exit. She was stuffing the tool she’d scrounged into the emergency gear bag and hooking it over her shoulder as he slid the door open. “Your friend had a backpack. Warm clothes. A couple of protein bars. Water. Do you think he’d mind if I—”
“We need to go. Now.”
She flinched at the crack of a gunshot, tilted her head to the sky as a flare arced like a comet above the clearing. “Is that…?”
Very, very bad. “Run!”
            Jason grabbed her around the waist, set her on the ground, snatched her gloved hand and ran back the way they came. The flare hit the fuel, igniting a fire that ran up the slope like a charging bear. He forced Sam into the race of her life as he lengthened his stride and sprinted toward the trees. They’d barely reached the three scrawny pines at the edge of the forest when the helicopter exploded.

Stranded in the mountains with mercenaries tracking them, Jason and Samantha would love a warm, easy meal like this one instead of protein bars and dried fruit. Do you have a favorite go-to meal for a cold day?

Easy Potato Soup
(I often fix a big pot of this for Christmas Eve when the family gathers, but it’s easy enough for a weeknight meal.)

1 package of frozen hashed browns (I like cubed Southern style for this recipe)
1 carton chicken stock or broth
1 pint whole milk
¼ grated fresh onion or 1 tsp. dried minced onions
3 TBS. butter
Salt and pepper to taste

Utensils: 1 pot on top of the stove, a wooden spoon to stir, ladle to serve

Thaw hashed browns (you can start with frozen, but it takes longer to cook); Melt 3 TBS. butter in a large pot. Add ¼ grated onion (hubby doesn’t like to bite into onions, so I grate or use dried) and pinch of salt and pepper. Cook until translucent. Add the thawed hashed browns and stir to coat. Barely cover potatoes with chicken stock (may not need entire carton). Cover pot and bring to simmer, stirring occasionally, until potatoes are soft. Pour in ½ quart whole milk. Bring back to simmer. Adjust seasoning if needed. It’s ready to serve. Store it in your fridge. Reheat in microwave.

I usually fix a potato toppings bar to go with the soup, then my family can doctor the soup as they like. Diced ham or bacon. Shredded cheddar or Colby-jack cheese. Chopped green onions. Sliced sautéed mushrooms. Steamed broccoli florets. Chopped herbs. And so on. I almost always have shredded cheese on hand, then the rest is whatever falls out of my fridge. It’s a great use for leftovers.

With the toppings bar, this is a one-pot meal. I’ll serve it with toasty bread or crackers. For a heartier meal, add a grilled cheese or BLT sandwich.

It’s easy to halve this recipe, too, which makes enough for hubby and me to get dinner and lunch the next day.

What are your favorite meals to warm you up when the weather turns cold?

I’ll give away a copy of RESCUED BY THE MARINE to one lucky poster (print or digital) who leaves a question or comment.

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Friday, September 14, 2018

Regency Lovers

Hi, Everyone,

Fall has arrived with a vengeance in the UK. We even lit a log fire last night! I always enjoy my writing more in the Fall and Winter, maybe because I just want to cosy down rather than go out or read a book in the garden. I’m sure that most authors have a ‘process’ for their writing. I always write Monday-Friday, during the hours of 9-1 every morning, come rain or shine. After I’ve had several cups of coffee, of course, and done a crossword or two! Woe betide anyone who tries to interrupt me during those 4 hours. My son, Peter, says that it usually takes 2 minutes – he’s timed me – for anything he says to process through my brain and for me to actually answer him. My answer is always “well, at least I do eventually answer you!”.

The 2nd book in the Amazon #1 #Bestselling Regency Lovers romantic suspense series, OBSESSION (Regency Lovers 2), is published today! It features Lord Alexander Stirling, the younger brother of the hero of INDECENT, and Amanda, the ward Alex conveniently forgot he had! Not so conveniently Amanda is no longer willing to be ignored and decides to pay him an unexpected visit in London.

I’m excited to announce that INDECENT (Regency Lovers 1) has now been released as a single title. This novella was previously publishing in A Regency Duo by Carole Mortimer & Angelique Armae, which has now been unpublished. There have been no changes or additions to the novella, so if you already bought the Duo you won’t need to buy this single title copy. It has a great price of $1.99/£1.35!

Bk 3 in the series, CRAVING (Regency Lovers 3), is now available for pre-order, with a publishing date of December 7th. It features the independent Miss Marchment from OBSESSION. I had to come up with an equally determined hero for this strong willed lady, and I believe Magnus Spencer, the Duke of Weston, fits that role perfectly. I hope you do too!      

Happy Reading!

Carole xx

Buy link for INDECENT (Regency Lovers 1)
Also Available Barnes&Noble, Kobo, iBooks, Smashwords

Buy link for OBSESSION (Regency Lovers 2)

Carole Mortimer has written 240 books, in paranormal, Regency and contemporary romance, and is the Recipient of the 2017 Romantic Times Career Achievement Award, and the 2015 Romance Writers of America’s Lifetime Achievement Award. She is an Entertainment Weekly Top 10 Romance Author—ever. 2014 Romantic Times Pioneer of Romance. She was recognized by Queen Elizabeth II in 2012, for her “outstanding service to literature.”

She is very happily married to Peter. They have 6 sons and live on the Isle of Man.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018


With: Michele PW

Congratulations to "Janet K.", the winner in Michele's giveaway. Please contact JUST ROMANTIC SUSPENSE to claim your prize!

I've always been fascinated with haunted houses and stories that are creepy and suspenseful rather than gory. In fact, one of my "fiction bucket list" items was to write a story about a hunted house.

BUT, I wanted to do it my way, which meant a haunted house that may or may not be haunted.

Because things are never as they seem in my books.

Plus, as I love me a good romance, I always need a romantic angle to spice things up. (Think a romantic psychological thriller with a dash of paranormal and you've got the gist of "It Began With a Lie.")

Title: It Began With A Lie
Author: Michele Pariza Wacek
Release Date: September 10, 2018
Publisher: Love-Based Publishing
Series: Secrets of Redemption #1
Genre: Psychological thriller, romantic suspense, paranormal
Page Count: 282

A fresh start. That was what Becca hoped the move from New York to Redemption, Wisconsin, would be for her troubled family—a way to get her crumbling marriage back on track, and to bond with her difficult 16-year-old stepdaughter.

But instead of a new beginning, Becca is thrust into a mysterious past she barely remembers … a past that includes complications from interacting with her teenage crush, Daniel, as well as living in her aunt's old house (aka "The Witch House," according to locals).

But is the house really haunted? Or is there something far more sinister out to destroy them?

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Michele will be giving away a $10 Amazon Gift Card to one lucky person leaving a comment or email entry. Please be sure to check back at the top of the post to see the winner.

About Michele PW:
Michele Pariza Wacek (also known as Michele PW) taught herself to read at three years old because she so badly wanted to write fiction. As an adult, she became a professional copywriter (copywriters write promotional materials for businesses, nothing to do with protecting intellectual property or putting a copyright on something) and eventually founded a copywriting and marketing company. She grew up in Madison, Wisconsin and currently lives with her husband and dogs in the mountains of Arizona. You can reach her at She’s published two novels, “The Stolen Twin” and “Mirror Image,” both psychological thrillers/mystery/suspense books.

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Ranger's Justice

Congratulations to "Carissa", the winner in Lara's giveaway. Please contact JUST ROMANTIC SUSPENSE to claim your prize.

Thanks so much for featuring me on the blog today!  I’m excited to introduce Ranger’s Justice, the first book in my NEW Rangers of Big Bend series!

As a native Texan, I know Big Bend National Park is one of the jewels of my state.  But I was surprised to learn it’s one of the least visited parks in the continental United States.  That’s a shame, because while the landscape is rugged, the scenery can’t be beat!  From hiking to birdwatching to stargazing, the park has something for everyone.  And since Big Bend is in a pretty remote area, it seemed like the perfect setting for a few stories of love and suspense!

Here’s the back cover blurb for Ranger’s Justice:

Can they stay one step ahead of a serial killer?

FBI profiler Rebecca Wade is used to tough, gruesome cases. But a serial killer targeting women in Big Bend National Park gets under her skin in a way she never anticipated. Alongside her unexpected partner—enigmatic park ranger Quinn Gallagher—Rebecca must race against the clock to prevent more innocent lives from being lost and achieve justice at last.


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To celebrate this release, I’m going to give away 3 epub copies of Ranger’s Justice!  To enter, simply comment below with an answer to this question:

What’s your favorite national park, and why?

That’s it!  I hope you enjoy Ranger’s Justice, and I hope I’ll see you around the web sometime!

About the Author:
Lara Lacombe is a recovering research scientist turned college professor who now spends her days writing and wrangling a toddler. She lives in Texas with her family and two entitled cats, and loves chocolate and her Crock Pot. She uses Facebook to procrastinate--stop by Lara Lacombe Books if you'd like to chat!

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