Friday, December 29, 2017

Thank you for a wonderful 2017

Hi, Everyone,

First of all I would like to thank each and every one of you for making 2017 such a wonderful and successful year for me. So many of you have read and given me some fantastic reviews, and sent emails to me, on my two current series, Dragon Hearts and Regency Sinners.

Now, the wonderful thing about romantic suspense novels is that they can be set in any era and any genre of fiction. The two series I mentioned above, a paranormal and Regency series, are also both romantic suspense series. I just love introducing the romantic suspense element to my stories! So feel free to jump in and read whichever genres appeals to you.

This month saw publication day of BRYN (Dragon Hearts 3). Bryn is a favourite character of mine, and those of you following the series will have already met him in DERYK (Dragon Hearts 2). Bryn is a dragon shifter and sixteen hundred years old, and when he’s asked to be bodyguard to a very modern 21st Century woman he quickly discovers she’s also his fated mate. But Tegan has a stalker, and Bryn isn’t about to let any other man near his mate.   

DYLAN (Dragon Hearts 4), is also now available for pre-order on all ebook retailers, and will be published on March 16th.     

The Regency Sinners series has an overarching romantic suspense story running through all of the books. Each story, and couple, have their own HEA, and plenty of romantic suspense in each story, but that overarching storyline isn’t answered until book seven of the series.
Wicked Captive (Regency Sinners 5), the 5th book in this Amazon #1 Bestselling series, is now available for pre-order.

The stories in my Dragon Hearts, Regency Sinners, Knight Security, Regency Unlaced, and ALPHA series, are more explicit in their language and sexual content than my other books. In other words, they’re hot, so you have been warned!

I wish all of you a Peaceful and Successful New Year.

Carole xx

Buy link for Dragon Hearts Series – download one or all of them!
Also available from B&N, ibooks, Kobo, and Smashwords

Buy link for Regency Sinners Series – again, download one or all of them!
Also available from B&N, ibooks, Kobo, Smashwords

About Carole:

Carole Mortimer has written over 215 books in the contemporary and Regency genres. Carole is Recipient of the 2015 Romance Writers of America Lifetime Achievement Award, a USA Today Bestselling Author, Entertainment Weekly Top 10 Romance Author, 2014 Romantic Times Pioneer of Romance, and in 2012 was recognized by Queen Elizabeth II for her ‘outstanding service to literature’.

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

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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Small Town Suspense

My latest release, SECRET BABY, SECOND CHANCE, is a romantic suspense story set in the small town of Stillwater, Wyoming. It’s the third book in the Sons of Stillwater series (although it can be read as a standalone), and I love sitting at my laptop every day and disappearing into this new world. But what is it that gives small towns their enduring appeal, and how easy, or difficult, is it to set a series of thrillers in a place where most people know each other well?

Firstly, small towns have their own personality. The people have big hearts and tons of character and, unlike in a big city, they aren’t hidden away in a crowd. Everything is on show and that makes quirks and habits stand out. The people are what brings the small town to life, whether it’s the busybody who spreads the local gossip, or the restaurant owner who remembers everyone’s favorite order.   

Everyone knows everyone else. A little too well at times. They have long memories and they hold grudges. It’s no good trying to pull off an act in a small town. Fake engagement? Marriage of convenience? Pretending to be someone you’re not to get that dream job? Forget it.

Then there’s the history and the legends. Local ghosts, villains and horror stories…the whole town knows them word for word. They can help or hinder the characters when it comes to finding romance. 

Isolation, weather, quirky landscape features, local businesses and people…they all add color and depth to the story. Small town doesn’t mean dull town. And with so many interesting personalities, the opportunities to build a series and give the secondary characters a chance to shine just keep growing.

In my stories, Stillwater is a quiet town that nestles in the embrace of beautiful mountain scenery. Trying to catch up with a changing world, it is shifting its focus from traditional industries and ranching to tourism. Its western history and small town feel is now its economy. Its past is its future. And it’s a town where nothing is quite how it seems… 
The fisrt three books in the Sons of Stillwater series tell the stories of the three Delaney brothers.

In the first book (Cameron’s story), Covert Kisses, the town is rocked by a serial killer. In book two, The Soldier’s Seduction, the residents are still reeling from the aftershocks of the murders when a mysterious woman appears in town and needs the help of Bryce Delaney.

At the start of SECRET BABY, SECOND CHANCE, Vincente Delaney believes that his girlfriend, Beth Wade, was one of the serial killer’s victims. He finds out that, not only is she alive, she has been concealing their daughter from him.

I’ve always thought that the secret baby theme in a romance story is one of the hardest to write well. It’s kind of a big deal, after all. Keeping something that huge from your partner? Is there really a way to mend the trust in a relationship after that?

But Beth really had no choice. Forced to flee her home because of threats to her life and her loved ones, she also has to leave Vincente, the man with whom she shared a unique and intense relationship. It’s only after she’d gone that she realized she was pregnant. 

Vincente has spent months agonized by her loss, only to find that Beth has been alive all along and that he has a child he never knew existed. Getting to know his daughter and finding the person who is threatening Beth are his new priorities.

Keeping them both safe from a hidden killer becomes fraught with difficulty in his hometown. It should be easy because he knows everyone, but that’s part of the problem. Staying one step ahead of danger is hard in a place that doesn’t feel dangerous. Vincente has to look on everyone with suspicion, even the people he has known all his life.

I love writing small town romantic suspense…torturing my characters until the final page both emotionally and by throwing them into dangerous situations! I hope you enjoy the twists and turns of both the mystery and the love story of SECRET BABY, SECOND CHANCE and the other stories that are coming soon in the Sons of Stillwater series.


A terrorized young mother and her secret child return home, where a killer awaits…

She’s alive! Vincente Delaney has finally found his girlfriend, Beth Wade, who disappeared a year and a half ago, alive. But he’s shocked to discover someone with her: their child, a little girl he never knew about! Once upon a time, lone wolf Vincente never expected forever with Beth, but now he must put everything on the line to protect her and their family.

Beth was forced to leave Vincente to protect everything she held dear. But now the threat to her loved ones’ lives has reared its ugly head again. As danger approaches, she and Vincente must delve into her past to cast out the darkness jeopardizing their future.

She hadn’t known that Lia had already been growing inside her, hadn’t noticed the missed periods and the changes in her body. Her whole focus had been on the nagging worry at the back of her mind. The worry that had ratcheted up to a whole new level a month later with the arrival of the letter and the first photograph. By the time the next one turned up in her mailbox a week before she left Stillwater, she had been half- crazy with worry. Any physical symptoms her body had been displaying had come second to the turmoil of her emotions.

Receiving anonymous threats had been bad enough. When those warnings were also directed at anyone close to her, she had panicked. Because there was only one person close to her. Whether he liked it or not, Vincente had been the person who meant the most to her. Even though it had broken her heart to leave, even though missing him had been a constant ache ever since, it had seemed like the only way she could protect him.

Now he was here, and she couldn't tell him the truth. I’ll come after the ones you love... The thought of those words made her shiver.

Vincente frowned. Clearly, he wasn’t buying her explanation. Beth didn’t blame him. She wouldn’t herself if she was the one listening to it. A lot on my mind. It was a classic fobbing- off phrase. His lips parted in preparation to ask more just as a cry from the baby monitor, for the second time that day, provided an interruption.

This cry was different. This wasn’t one of Lia’s usual noises. It was a high-pitched scream that brought Beth straight to her feet and had her running for the door. At the same time, out in the yard, Melon went into a frenzy of barking.

“What is it? What’s wrong?” Picking up on her panic, Vincente was right behind her as she dashed up the stairs.

“Someone is in Lia’s room.”

SECRET BABY, SECOND CHANCE is published on January 1st 2018 and is available now to pre-order.

JANE GODMAN worked in a variety of shops, bars, and offices before settling into a career as a teacher. She was born in Scotland and has lived in Germany, Wales, Malta, South Africa, and England. Home is now the Wirral, a beautiful English peninsula situated between Wales and Liverpool.      

Jane still gets the urge to travel, although these days she tends to head for a Spanish beach, or a European city that is steeped in history. Venice, Dubrovnik, and Vienna are among her favorites.

When Jane isn’t reading or writing romance, she enjoys cooking and spending time with her family. She is married to a lovely man, has two grown up children and has recently discovered the joy of becoming a grandparent.

Jane writes paranormal romance for Harlequin Nocturne and SMP Romance, thrillers for Harlequin Romantic Suspense, and self-publishes her steamy historical and gothic stories.

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Sunday, December 24, 2017

Merry Christmas


JRS is away for a few days. Wishing everyone Happy Holidays! 

I think back to some of my first Christmas memories. Grandma always making me wear a long skirt on Christmas day. Putting icicles on the tree. Decorating the dog with bows from unwrapped Christmas gifts. Cookies. Barbie's Friend Ship plane. Dad pointing out that I had Barbie and Ken standing in the bathroom together...

What are some of your first Christmas memories?

Friday, December 22, 2017

Cinders of Castlerea

Amidst the sweeping panorama of rolling hills, and forest green of Ireland, Cinders of Castlerea, is a romantic suspense with a twist.

Dangerously attractive businessman, Charles Kilbrooke is hunting the arsonist that killed his fiancée in Castlerea. Blaming himself for her death, he returns to the small Irish town with a ruthless plan. He refuses to succumb to the exotic beauty whose creating mayhem in his life.

Anika Bassein has changed everything about her past. She wants nothing to do with fire ever since her parents B&B was set ablaze. When she sees an ad with free lodging in an obscure holiday town, she accepts. She's aware of the charged atmosphere crackling with her handsome neighbor. But where there’s smoke, there’s fire…

If you want to get a sense of the real Castlerea in Ireland, see this board on Pinterest.
I loved the setting of Ireland and it’s mesmerizing landscape, so I decided to set my book there. It’s one of the few stories I wrote chronologically because the characters took me on a journey and I simply followed.

A physical copy of this book is currently available for free via a Goodreads Giveaway.
But for all of the ebook, romantic suspense lovers, this book will be free for five days on Amazon from the 26th of December, 2017 to 1st January 2018. Hope you get a copy and enjoy reading this book which focuses on pyrophobia, small-town romance and a heroine who has spunk. If you do end up enjoying this book, spread the word, and share it with others. It’s a cozy book for the holidays! Have a wonderful Christmas everyone. Feliz Navidad!



About Pamela Q. Fernandes:
Pamela Q. Fernandes is a doctor, author, and medical writer. Her love of reading and writing led to her first romance novella, Seoul-Mates in 2013. Since then she’s never looked back. She’s continued to write romantic suspense and speculative fiction peppering them with medical and scientific details.
In addition to this, Pamela hosts the Christian Circle Podcast where she has conversations with everyday Christians about their own solutions to life’s problems. She also writes Christian non -fiction for her Christian readers. You can find out more about her on or follow her on Twitter @PamelaQFerns.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017


With: Karen Lynn

Three troubled souls tangled in a web of obsessive love.

Logan is poison and Kristen knows it.

She has developed a hatred for his decadent increasingly risqué lifestyle. Yet every time she tells herself she’s done, she never is. His hypnotic power over her draws her back like an addiction.

Logan’s tenuous grip on reality is crumbling. He feels like he is reaching out for an elusive source of fulfillment. Sometimes he finds it in deviant sex, alcohol and drugs. Other times there is only darkness.  Rich, powerful, handsome, he could have anyone he desires. But he’s obsessed with Kristen and will not let her go.

Jake is a struggling artist with a powerful determination to follow his dream. But he is another beautiful mess. On a quest to find happiness and rebuild his life, he longs to escape the shadows of his past. But first he must defeat the unrelenting nightmares in his head.

When fate brings Kristen and Jake together, it rattles their worlds. Love is not in their plans that day in Central Park, but there is no going back.

Now, Kristen finds herself caught between two wildfires, Jake and Logan.

When jealousy and explosive passion erupt into dark obsession, vengeance is all that is left.


Jake wasn't diffusing fast enough. He was dying to know what Logan's real motive was, and then he wanted to rip him apart. Kristen, could feel it and tried to pull him away. He wouldn't budge. Logan sighed, then lowered his head dejectedly and started walking away.
            "Hey!" Jake called after him, heading towards him. Logan stopped. Turning slowly, his eyes arrogant, he waited, until they were face to face.
            "If I ever catch you near Kristen again, I'll fucking kill you!" Jake hissed, his eyes on fire with hate.
It was a kind of hate that Kristen had never seen in him before and it terrified her. She stood next to them, fidgeting nervously.
            Logan gave him an apathetic half grin. Raising his hands in a gesture of surrender, his eyes glazed.
            Jake's concentration turned to Kristen. "Did he hurt you?" he asked, wanting her to affirm it to give him a reason to tear into Logan.
            "No," she mumbled, close to tears. This is not how I pictured our last night out.
            Jonny was back beside them, waving them into his office. Jake shook his head with disdain, grabbing Kristen's hand as they followed him. His eyes fell on the bracelet he'd given her, and softened. By the time they sat down in front of Jonny he was chilled out significantly and Kristen laid her weary head against his arm.
            "I think you guys need a smoke.” Jonny’s tight lips stretched into a smile. He lit a joint and passed it to Jake. "So what's the deal here? You and that guy getting divorced or what?" He focused on Kristen. Jake stiffened, letting out an uncomfortable sigh. 

Karen Lynn, a native New Yorker has always loved writing poetry and short stories with intense characters struggling to find love and survive in a troubled world. After years of working in the legal field, Karen moved with her son to Oregon. Inspired by the rain and Portland’s creative culture, Karen has been able to follow her dream of writing novels.
A War of Hearts is her debut novel in this dark romantic suspense series of the same name.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Texas Ranger Style!

USA TODAY bestselling author Angi Morgan kicks off her new series with a spellbinding tale of crime and passion—Texas Ranger style!

Jack MacKinnon, Jr. didn’t expect to retrieve a fugitive in the middle of his vacation. Thinking he was doing a favor for his Company, he gave his word that he’d escort Megan Harper to Austin where another ranger could escort her to Dallas. Then his best friend claims she’s being framed and will be killed if placed in jail. He wants Jack to hide her on his ranch.
Jack can’t afford trouble during homecoming week while he fills in for his dad, a newly-elected state senator. With no desire to fill his father’s shoes as mayor, he’s anxious to get back to Company B. Keeping his dad appeased and a determined, capable woman secluded from the person trying to kill her might just be the hardest thing this ranger has ever done.
Accused of murder, Megan wants to find out who’s framing her. That’s what she does as an investigative analyst. Should she ignore the ranger who’s putting his life and career on the line? Or play it safe and hide with his family? Her question is soon answered when trouble arrives in the form of a hit man. Jack has to find a way to keep Megan alive before her self-sufficient attitude gets them both killed.

Can they ignore the desire ratcheting up the stakes, tempting them to take one last risk before a killer erases their future?

“I wouldn’t do that.” The deep voice slowed her steps.

A couple of steps away from her, a man lifted his finger in the air. He wasn’t the same as the man who’d accosted her at the gate. His serious scrutiny caught her off guard as he guided her out of the way of the revolving door.

“Are you following me?” She looked through the glass—the man trying to accost her and the carryon were gone.

“Nope. Someone wants to chat with you.” Serious guy extended a phone, and she heard an unfamiliar voice of a friend she hadn't seen in years.

“Megan. Megan, are you there?” The moment caught her off guard, and she paused. The stranger gently took her elbow, guiding her out of foot traffic, nodding as a couple of people passed and then handing her the phone.

She flipped the cell over and was on a video call. “Therese? I haven’t heard from you since I moved to Austin. What in the world is going on?”

“Thank God he found you. Listen, the man with you is Jack MacKinnon. He’s a friend and you need to leave with him. Now. I’ll explain later. Trust that your life is in danger.”

Megan looked straight into aviator shades and an expressionless pair of lips over a dimpled chin. His gesture to wrap up the call infuriated her a little bit more. But when she stumbled it was nice to have him there to steady her.

“I can explain everything in three or four days. Until then, MacKinnon can keep you safe.” Therese’s voice was shaky with fear. The man looked around without offering any explanation.

“I can take care of myself. But why do you think I need to? And why don’t I just go to the police?” She was certain she was capable.

Therese’s fear seemed to be seeping through the speaker, affecting her ability to reason. Either that or… Great, the room was spinning. “Why does it feel like I’m on that baggage carousel?”

“Wrap it up. They must have slipped you something.” The man gripped her elbow tighter and headed toward the exit.

“Someone’s trying to kill you, Megan. We don’t know who. At least not yet. And until we get a handle on this, you need to stay someplace safe. We think you’re being framed— What?” There was some noise on Therese’s end, and the screen went dark, like she’d covered the phone’s camera. Then nothing for a long couple of seconds. “I wish I had time to explain and I’m sorry I put you into this position. You can trust MacKinnon. He’s practically one of us. Maybe better since he’s a Texas—”

The phone went dark again. The connection was gone.

“Can you walk faster? I’m parked in a loading zone.” Therese’s friend wrapped his arm around her waist.

The mirrored aviator shades he wore blocked wherever he was looking, but it didn’t matter. She was quickly losing her footing and the grip on her laptop. “My bagsheze ish…”

Slurred speech and no muscle coordination. Her inability didn’t slow her escort down. He lifted her laptop bag onto one shoulder and stretched her arm around his other. She couldn’t even protest now. Her eyes were getting heavy, right along with every other part of her body.

“Stay with me, Megan,” he whispered close to her ear. “Yeah, we’re good. Pregnant. Just need to get her home.”

He’d told someone she was pregnant, and she couldn’t make her mouth object. Her brain seemed to be working, but nothing else. He lifted her onto the front seat of a giant truck and pulled the seat belt around her.

Eyes closed, her head fell to the window with a thud. They moved forward, and that was it. She’d been kidnapped, abducted. If anyone asked her to identify the man driving, she had a good image of a dimpled chin under shiny, reflective aviator shades.
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RANGER PROTECTOR kicks off the TEXAS BROTHERS OF COMPANY B series. Available in stores mid-December and online January 1st. Available for Pre-Order
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ANGI MORGAN writes Intrigues where honor and danger collide with love. Her work is a multiple contest finalist and Publisher’s Weekly best seller. She drags her dogs –and husband– around Texas for research road trips so she can write off her camera. They now have a map with highlighted roads they’ve traveled. Every detour somehow makes it into a book.
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Saturday, December 16, 2017

JRS HOLIDAY Giveaway '17

Congratulations to "Anita H.", "Lynn B." and "Harlie W.", the winners in this year's JRS Holiday giveaway. Thank you to all who participated, and for sharing such wonderful decorations!

December 16-17

From December 16-17 everyone has an opportunity to enjoy the holidays with the JUST ROMANTIC SUSPENSE HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY.

Thirty of your favorite Romantic Suspense authors have pitched in with their print or digital books to make your holiday season a special one. 

  • On December 18th, one grand prize winner will be able to select 10 titles of their choice from under the tree
  • Two lucky runner-ups will receive half each of what is left under the tree! (10 books each!)
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Friday, December 15, 2017

Omega Team Kindle World

Congratulations to "Colleen C.", the winner in Desiree's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

This week, Desiree Holt added several new books to her Omega Team Kindle World. This “world” is based on Desiree’s Omega Team series, which includes Raw Edge of Danger, Mission Control and Lethal Design.

Former Delta Force team leader Grey Holden came from a long line of military who believed the important thing was getting the job done, not your ego. They called themselves Omega Men. Athena Madero, left the police department angry at all the restrictions she faced as she tried to fight crime. They collided, literally, when both were working a covert investigation, the resolution of which resulted in the birth of The Omega Team. Others will join them as the agency expands its scope of activities, everything from hostage negotiation to hostage rescue to industrial espionage to fighting drug cartels to threats to national security. They will be led by Grey and Athena, whose passion for their work is only rivaled by their passion for each other. Welcome to a series that combines high danger with intense passion and heady romance. Are you ready to play?

Kindle World books are written by other authors who, through arrangement with Amazon Kindle Worlds, have permission to use Desiree’s characters and settings. Meet a few of these authors and find out where they got their inspiration for their new Omega Team Kindle World stories.

I thoroughly enjoy writing former military characters who have weathered a lot of storms. I like writing heroes and heroines who have been resisting their attraction for a long time. —Denise A. Agnew, Lethally Yours

Oddly enough, my inspiration starts by selecting the title first and then creating the cover. Unless I have a specific prompt, I start all my stories that way. For this one I wanted to stick with a soft-hearted man with a die-hard military belief to protect and serve.  Krista Ames, Ranger in Danger

My husband has been the inspiration for all the heroes in my stories. And when this amazing opportunity came along to share with all of you a tale of strife and redemption, I jumped on board, wanting to share the awesome journey of Silk and Jake with all of you. A journey that tugged at my own heart, for they had been through so much separately and I desperately wanted them to find their happy-ever-after. Together!  January Bain, Racing Peril

Former SEAL commander and now head of Black Eagle Ops Zane Quinlin, known as ZQ, has been a bit of a matchmaker for his men. Yet he dates only occasionally. Why is he distant with other women? When Desiree was looking for writers for this installment of Omega Team stories, I wondered if this might not be a cool way to tell about a woman he once loved and lost touch with during a mission to Afghanistan. When I emailed Desiree to see how she'd feel about my bringing my team in with Grey and Athena to help rescue Athena's best friend. Desiree was all for it, bless her generous heart. There are two reasons why ZQ is HELLBENT ON SAVING HER. —Vonnie Davis, Hellbent on Saving Her

I loved the idea of a safe house because it forces proximity and extreme danger. I added the child to the mix as kind of a take on the movie, The Client.  Casey Hagen, Safe House

When I sat down to plot Collateral Damage, I became inspired by the idea of a hero that gave up everything for his country. And I mean, literally everything. I don't want to give too much of the plot away, but my main character, RJ, is thought to be a deserter who abandoned his team and his country. This story will show that he is anything, but.  Nicole Morgan, Collateral Damage

I knew a Marine with the last name Holiday and I like when I can have a double entendres, so I did a Christmas story with a character named Holiday for this December release.  Cara North, Holiday’s Hostage

Reading Desiree's Omega Team book 1, Raw Edge of Danger, was a big inspiration in creating my main character, Joe Knight. I wanted Joe to be forced to partner with Ariana Day--the last woman on the planet he ever wanted to see again. But from there my mind spun out of control and I have no idea where the heck the story I ended up with came from!  Stephanie Queen, Knight & Day

The Last Flight is the third book in the SARICH BROTHERS series and is Ramey’s story. The idea came from listening to a friend tell stories of being a test pilot and I thought that would be fun to write about, especially if someone was trying to sabotage the flights or kill Ramey. Tequila, our heroine, is from the Omega Team and is a former test pilot herself. These two are cut from the same cloth: dare devils, a tad arrogant, and try very hard not to fall in love.  Jen Talty, The Last Flight

Omega Team Kindle World stories are available on Amazon and through Kindle Unlimited.

For a chance to win ebook copies of Desiree’s Omega Team series, comment with your favorite military or action-adventure romance trope.

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