Where did the summer go? I swear July and August fly by faster than the other months of the year. Well, now it’s time to start thinking of cooler weather…the best part of which is getting out the boots again. Who doesn’t love high black leather boots? No matter how much the temperature outside is cooling, thankfully Blaze books are hotter than ever. Here is September’s lineup.

 

Sept. 859 TawnyLove a sexy SEAL story? So do I! New York Times bestselling author Tawny Weber is back with another fantastically sensual book, A SEAL’S TEMPTATION from our Uniformly Hot! miniseries. The chemistry between Lark Sommers and Shane O’Brian is off the charts. Lark blames her instant attraction on a serious dry spell…but that’s not the only reason for the spark between them. Military man Shane has experienced a lot of tension in his family for his career choice…but it turns out Lark is the one woman who truly understands his calling. And she’s also the one who will guide him back to his family, and to love. Tawny always writes an emotional story and I know you’ll love this one! I, of course, always end up reading her very, very hot love scenes when I’m on the subway where lots of people are looking over my shoulder. Ah, well. Get your own copy!

 

Sept. 860 JoWhat’s better than one sexy night? Three Wicked Nights! That’s the name of Jo Leigh’s new sizzling miniseries and her first title is available now – ONE BREATHLESS NIGHT. Jo never fails to add a cool and interesting twist to her stories, and in this one it’s the setting. Jenna Delaney and Rick Sinclair meet in a “smart” apartment – a high tech apartment that features a lot of tricks and treats! That’s what you get with three books connected by three MIT graduate heroes. Anyway, Jenna and Rick get to know each other under terrible circumstances—both of their dates (Jenna’s fiancé, no less) run off with each other on New Year’s Eve, leaving Jenna and Rick to wallow…but not for long. Pick this one up for a playful, sexy romp!

 

Sept. 861 DebbiYeehaw, a month without a cowboy hero is a month without sunshine! Debbi Rawlins is back with another Made in Montana book, THIS KISS. I had so much fun reading this! The hero, Ethan Styles, is a champion bull rider who is resting up for the National Finals Rodeo but can’t resist riding in a little charity rodeo in Blackfoot Falls. Where, of course, our irresistible hero meets a hot buckle bunny…or that’s who he thinks she is! Sophie Michaels is actually a bounty hunter, and she’s in Montana to bring Ethan in. Until the rodeo is over, Sophie can’t let Ethan out of her sight. Which turns out to be a more pleasurable job than expected. I hope you love this sexy cowboy book as much as I do.

 

Sept. 862 LeslieI’m so happy that New York Times bestselling author Leslie Kelly wrote this fantastic, sizzling story – INSATIABLE is part of our Unrated! miniseries, which means you are guaranteed hotness! If you read Oh, Naughty Night! (November 2014), you’ll recognize Viv Callahan. Viv has her own story here, paired up with Damien Black, who Leslie introduced in her Blaze novella “Triple Play.” (You don’t have to have read those stories to love this one, but why wouldn’t you go read them?) Wealthy Damien is used to women hanging off him, and one of the reasons he’s so drawn to Viv is she seems to like him not for his money and power, but just for him. But there’s a twist of betrayal in the story…and you’ll have to read it to find out how these two reach their HEA!

 

Bonus! Bonus! Bonus! All the print books this month include the novella “Hard Knocks” by New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster. Enjoy the cooler temps and these very hot books. I’d like for one of you to receive a set of this month’s titles. Tell me what’s your favorite cover this month and we’ll enter you in a draw to win. Have a great month!

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Getting ready to watch the Leafs!

As of next week I have been living in Toronto, Canada for a whole year and I honestly have no idea how twelve months passed so quickly. There are plenty of things I miss about home (oh, how I miss Australian coffee!!) but there are plenty of things I’ve come to love about my new home.

1. Sport! I’ll be honest, I wasn’t hugely into the sports we have back home. I’m not really a fan of cricket or rugby and, while I like AFL enough that I wrote a football-playing hero for my first book, I never really watched it unless I was at a game.

However, the sports they have here in Canada are so much fun! I’ve become a huge BlueJays fan and I love the basketball and hockey too.

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3. Travel Opportunities. One of the main reasons my husband and I decided to leave home was so we could see more of the world. Australia really is a wonderful place, but it’s in the middle of nowhere and travel is extremely expensive.

Since coming to Toronto we’ve started exploring Canada (we’ve been to Montreal & Quebec City), the USA (so far we’ve done Buffalo, New York, Washington DC with Boston happening later this year) a10606012_1537124149834381_7923262162180001682_nnd we’ve got a overseas/Europe trip booked for Christmas (Iceland, England & Germany).

All these trips would not have been possible if we were living in Australia…at least not in such a short space of time.

4. The Shopping. There are so many great stores here that we don’t have at home (like Anthropologie, Victoria’s Secret, Indigo, Bath & Body Works etc)  and the pricing of many things (especially cosmetics and clothing) is  way more reasonable here than it is back home.

While I don’t think we’ll stay here forever, I’m having a great time in Toronto at the moment. I’ve joined the local RWA chapter and have met some wonderful people.  It’s been a fantastic experience and after a year has passed I can honestly say we made the right decision to come here.

 

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In New York City. What? What did you think I was talking about?
At 53, I’d never been to New York before. And I’ve always wanted to go. So, it was a huge deal when I was finally on that plane headed for La Guardia last month. RWA (Romance Writers of America) held its 35th annual national conference in July and I was lucky enough to be able to go.
And what an AMAZING time I had!
Scott, Brian and MeI used to babysit the most precious little guy ever who now lives in Greenwich Village and he very generously allowed me to stay in his apartment while he was out of town. And staying in the Village, taking the subway everywhere, I got to spend the weekend experiencing life in Manhattan more as a resident than a tourist.Scott's apartment building In addition to seeing several of the expected sites like the Empire State Building, the 911 Memorial, and the Statue of Liberty,Selfie at Empire State building I also explored the Village neighborhood, walking to the grocer’s across the street, the local bookstore, the restaurant and parks just around the corner. I walked past the famous Stonewall Inn, View from Scott's streetOne World Trade from ESBwent to a Broadway show (It Shoulda Been You with Tyne Daly), had some New York pizza, and got to have dinner with my spectacularly wonderful editor, Kathryn Lye.Kathryn Lye, my editor
I walked all the way up 5th avenue from the Empire State Building, through Central Park to the Guggenheim, saw St. Patrick’s cathedral, 30 Rock and Times Square.

Me and Yvonne Lindsey at Harlequin Party Waldorf

Me and Yvonne Lindsey at Harlequin Party Waldorf

The fabulous Addison Fox at Harlequin Party

The fabulous Addison Fox at Harlequin Party


But the most fabulous thing was attending Harlequin’s party at the Waldorf-Astoria on the Rooftop. Wow! Delicious desserts, open bar, and music and dancing till midnight!Me at the Waldorf harl party
It was an amazing time I’ll never forget. My First Time.

Anywhere you always dreamed of going and then finally got to visit?

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Well, it’s back to school time at Casa Kyle for both the Drama Queen, who’s a high school senior this year, and the Professor, who’s getting a brand spanking new building.

So what does that mean for me?

Potter partyNot exactly.

This year, it means squeezing writing (and meeting deadlines) in between not only the dreaded day job, but a whopping NINE college visits. Drama Queen and I will be traveling not only in our home state but to New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and  – gasp – Oklahoma on our multi-state quest. And that’s not even visiting all the schools she’s applying to. We won’t be able to get to Chicago and Cincinatti unless she’s admitted to school there and is seriously considering going.

She’s our only child, so this is our first – and, thank God, last – time through this process. And since she’s a performing arts kid pursuing musical theater (I told her she’s getting a bartending certificate, too, so she can actually support herself), she has to not only apply but audition.

Young Cosette at 10

Young Cosette in Les Miserables at 10

Grown-up Cosette at 17

Grown-up Cosette at 17

Any advice from you parents who’ve been through this stressful year before on how to get through it intact and sane? I’m open to suggestions.

Hopefully by my next visit I’ll have a nice, new cover to reveal for my December release, Triple Dare. I’m so excited to share Ivy and Cade’s story with you. Until then, don’t forget to hit me up with your best pre-college words of wisdom!

 

 

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These lucky readers win a set of August Blaze books! Thanks for entering and look for another chance to win next month!

  • Lysette
  • Lois
  • Mary 

The beginning of September marks my seventh anniversary living in Toronto! I moved here to take courses and get into publishing, but I wasn’t sure about Toronto when I first got here.

Now, I consider myself a cosmopolitan Torontonian with prairie girl roots. Sure, I rag on the city for its transit system and I don’t always agree with its politics, but I love this place, where I can find Tibetan food or take a dance class at ten at night, meet world famous authors or see Shakespeare in a park where cherry blossoms also bloom.

Where else can you see Major League ball and Han Solo frozen in carbonite on the same weekend?

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Where else can you go from getting Kate Mulgrew to sign your book to learning to make a book yourself?

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Or have a choice between drinking tea in a traditional Korean ceremony or eating dumplings with dinosaurs?

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You can even be a cowgirl here, at least for a little while!

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Have you lived in different places? Do you love where you live, or do you yearn for far-off settings?

 

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(Note: I’m starting a new blog thread, One-Dish Wonders, where I’ll post a recipe that is quick and easy, 20 minutes from fridge to table. Recipes will appear randomly.)

I have a confession. I wrote this whole blog post and WordPress crashed. (snarls) So I’m going to try it again and see what I can manage. Here we go…

I have a confession. I’m an addict. Not your typical addict, but a Mexican food addict. I think about Mexican food all the time. It’s disturbing, really, how much I love this type of food. It’s all good, from beginning to end, and I have created some of my own recipes along the way in an attempt to simply the time it takes to get from fridge to table. Here’s one of my favorites for you:

Kelli Ireland’s Enchilada Casserole

1 – 1 1/2 lb ground beef
1 small onion (chopped)
2 cloves garlic (chopped)
1 small can green chile (roasted and chopped; Hatch green chile is the best!)
1 C picante sauce or salsa (I use Pace Picante Sauch Mild or Medium)
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can red enchilada sauce (I use Old El Paso Medium)
3 C sharp cheddar cheese (shredded fine)
1 bag tortilla chips

Garnish: lettuce, tomato, sour cream, guacamole, salsa, chips.

Instructions:

In a deep pan or small pot, thoroughly brown ground beef with the onion, garlic and green chile. Drain and set aside.

In the same pot, add the picante sauce, soup and enchilada sauce. Stir well over medium-low heat until mixed well. Add the cheese and stir until the mixture is hot and cheese is melted. Add the ground beef mix and stir.

Open the chips and gently squeeze the bag over and over until you’ve broken the chips into small-to-medium pieces. Add to the pot and incorporate well, stirring gently until all the chips are covered in the sauce mix.

Serve immediately and garnish with you favorites.

Suggested side dishes: Ranch-style beans (recipe to come), refried beans, Spanish rice, guacamole salad, taco salad, chips, salsa, queso.

(Note: If you want to take this as a casserole to a potluck or perhaps serve it a bit more formally, pour the enchilada casserole into a 9″ x 13″ pan and top with shredded cheese and then crushed chips. Bake in 400º oven for 15 minutes, then either cover and carry or serve at the table.)

This is a recipe that was a favorite of mine (and everyone’s, really!) when my husband and I worked on the family ranch in New Mexico. No doubt Eli and the crew of my new Wild Western Heat series would serve this on a regular basis.

If cowboys tickle your fancy, be sure to check out the first book, A COWBOY RETURNS, out now!

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I’m out in Beverly Hills for the other part of my life. The one where I get to interview actors/writers/producers of all the new fall shows. We’ve done cable, PBS, ABC and FOX. Still have CBS, CW and NBC to go. I have a gazillion stories about the last two weeks, but most of them I have to save for my columns. So I thought I might share my short list of what’s going on my DVR in the fall. It’s a short list because, though we may be in a Golden Age of television, there aren’t a lot of shows that appealed to me. But here’s what I’m curious about this fall:

 

1. The Muppets (ABC): Kermit, Miss Piggy, Gonzo and Fozzie Bear, it just doesn’t get better than this. They only had a 10-minute presentation ready, but it was funny. Like made me laugh out loud and that doesn’t happen often. It goes behind the scenes and into the personal lives of the Muppets. If they can keep that level of funny, I’m in.

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THE BASTARD EXECUTIONER — Pictured: Lee Jones as Wilkin Brattle. CR: James Minchin/FX

2. Minority Report (Fox): Again, they didn’t have a full pilot. It’s from a different POV from the film, but very much in that world. They only had the first two acts, but I enjoyed it. And I’m looking forward to seeing more.

3. Supergirl (CBS): I know what you’re thinking…not another superhero show. But Melissa Benoist has so much heart in that lead role, and such an earnestness. And then Calista Flockhart is a hoot as her boss. There are also some great supporting characters. It’s an origin story and as long as they make it about her (personally) and the relationships with the people in her life, it will work in the way that “The Flash” does. But if they make it a villain of the week–not so much.

4. The Bastard Executioner (FX): This is Kurt Sutter (Sons of Anarchy) creation set in 14th century Wales. It meanders a great deal in the pilot, but eventually gets where it needs to go. This is one you’ll have to watch for four or five episodes, and then watch out. It always takes Sutter a bit to sink us into his world. I’m not going to lie–I’d stick with it for Lee Jones (the lead). Y’all he’s hotter than Charlie Hunman and in my book that’s saying something.

5. Blindspot (NBC): A woman wakes up in a duffle bag in Times Square with her body covered in tattoos. She has no memory, but her body leads to clues for crimes and terrorist attacks. It’s kind of the Blacklist with tattoos, but I’m okay with that. Jamie Alexander and Sullivan Stapleton star, and they have FANTASTIC chemistry.

So those are my top five for the DVR. Some of the others that I’ll be checking more episodes on include, Limitless (CBS), The Player (NBC), Code Black (CBS) and maybe Blood and Oil (ABC), but it will have to be a whole lot better in that second episode. The pilot is pretty flat. And there’s a good chance I’ve forgotten something I love. Been working a lot of 18-hour days. We’ve done well over 100 press conferences since arriving two weeks ago.

I’d like to hear from you. What shows are you curious about for the fall?

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So we had our big National conference two weeks ago. Romance Writers of America holds a yearly conference that’s for the romance author. It’s more of an industry conference than a reader one. I’ve attend LOTS of them and this year it was in New York City. There’s so much to tell you about it, but I’ll focus mainly on the Harlequin Party. It is by invite only — yep I got an invite :)

It was held at the Waldorf Astoria and it’s Black and White theme had me in a tizzy trying to figure out just what to wear! So another Blaze author, Stefanie London, and I went out shopping. We had so much fun. And I swear I lost a few pounds trying to pull on those spanx! But the funny thing was after all the drama of me trying to find a dress — which I did — I never wore it. Yes, Stefanie gave me trouble over it but I felt much better in what I did wear.

Rather than tell you in words, here is a pictorial story of all of the things!

Blaze authors and editors going out for lunch. Lo and behold we come across some sexy firemen! It wasn't hard to get everyone into this photo :D

Blaze authors and editors going out for lunch. Lo and behold we come across some sexy firemen! It wasn’t hard to get everyone into this photo :D

And he was undressing! What a shot! Check out the big smile on his face.

And he was undressing! What a shot! Check out the big smile on his face.

Then Vicki Lewis Thompson and I got lost in New York. Yes we did. This was the photo from our cab as we finally found our way.

Then Vicki Lewis Thompson and I got lost in New York. Yes we did. This was the photo from our cab as we finally found our way.

Stefanie London and I sharing a drink together.

Stefanie London and I sharing a drink together.

Greeted at the B&W Ball with a most delicious drink - champagne and chambord

Greeted at the B&W Ball with a most delicious drink – champagne and chambord

Kate James and I hamming it up on the baby grand piano.

Kate James and I hamming it up on the baby grand piano.

Party Girls!

Party Girls!

Dancing shoes.

Dancing shoes.

The editors! They know how to have fun too!

The editors! They know how to have fun too!

Me with Heather Graham and Cathy McDavid

Me with Heather Graham and Cathy McDavid

The beautiful Olivia Gates. She has the most gorgeous dresses!

The beautiful Olivia Gates. She has the most gorgeous dresses!

Yes, looks like I was have a great time!

Yes, looks like I was having a great time!

I wish I could post all the pictures from the whole conference but that would be tooooo many. I have more posted over on my facebook page if you want to have a look.

Wonder if there will be a theme next  year?

 

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Wait, what’s hotter than a Blaze? Times Square in a heat wave, that’s what. The RWA National conference is over for another year and it was a scorcher. (Maybe not as hot as Texas last year…. But even the air con in the hotels wasn’t cutting it sometimes.) It was a pleasure to hang out with authors, sharing meals and stories, and dancing like fools at the Harlequin party. We had the times of our lives! (Those who were there until the end will know what I’m talking about.) But now I have a hankering to stay inside in front of the vent, which blows cool air on me as I read. Ahh, refreshing. If, like me, you’re looking for something great to read, check out this month’s books from Harlequin Blaze!

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A great moment at the Harlequin party at RWA was when New York Times bestselling author Vicki Lewis Thompson was celebrated for having written 100 books! Way to go, Vicki! What an incredible milestone. She is a dynamo, and a really lovely person besides. I always enjoy reading her stories, and ROLLING LIKE THUNDER was no exception. This is the third book in the Thunder Mountain Brotherhood series, and if you’ve read the first two you will definitely enjoy seeing how Finn O’Rourke, who moved to Seattle long ago and became a successful microbrewery owner, transforms back into a cowboy when he returns to the ranch where he grew up. He’s working closely with Chelsea Trask, who thought she had a thing for Finn before…but he’s definitely irresistible now! Treat yourself and read all of this ongoing miniseries.

 

Aug 856 KateLove the Quinns? THE MIGHTY QUINNS: DEVIN should be your #1 pick this month! Elodie Winchester came from everything—wealth, connections—everything that Devin Cassidy never had. Including her! But now Elodie is back in town and the roles are reversed—she’s dealing with the small bit of inheritance that she has left, and he is the chief of police. Dev wants her as much as ever, but in this town, name still means everything. And to protect Elodie, he’ll have to sacrifice his reputation, including his unexpected tie to the Quinn family. A must read for fans of the wonderful Kate Hoffmann.

Aug 857 KimberlyI’m so happy that Kimberly Van Meter is writing for Blaze. :) She also writes for Superromance and Romantic Suspense, and those books are great. But Kim turns up the heat for Blaze and this story is scorching! Coco Abelli needs protection and Rian Dalton (you met his brother Kane in Kim’s previous Blaze, THE HOTTEST TICKET IN TOWN) is not interested. Protecting a spoiled heiress to a designer shoe empire, and one with a reputation for hard partying and getting into trouble to boot? Yeah, no. But Coco does her best to seduce Rian…and he just can’t resist! Then someone tries to kill her and…well, things get hot and dangerous. I hope you enjoy SEX, LIES AND DESIGNER SHOES because it’s full of fun and sultry scenes!

Aug 858 KelliYou never forget your first cowboy…ain’t that the truth! Kelli Ireland is back with a brand new trilogy about hot cowboys—Wild Western Heat. In this first book in the series, high-powered attorney Eli Covington returns to New Mexico to help save the family ranch. He left this life, and the only woman he was never able to resist, behind, but now he’s face to face with both parts of his past. Reagan Matthews was furious with Eli for leaving her all those years ago, and yet she was never quite able to let him go. Their attraction is as incendiary as ever—and Eli is very good at stoking the flames! But Eli doesn’t belong in her world, and Reagan doesn’t belong in his. Until then, they’ll take their pleasure where they can. We hope you love A COWBOY RETURNS!

Enjoy the rest of your summer, hopefully by reading all four of our August Blazes. As always, I’d like for three of you to receive a set of August titles. Tell me what summer activities you’re up to this month and we’ll enter you in a draw to win. Enjoy the heat!

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We held a fabulously fun Scavenger Hunt at the Romance Writers of America Literacy Signing last week!  Grand prize was a year’s subscription to Blaze. Talk about awesome, right?

And the winner is: Julie Pitzel

Congratulations, Julie!!! If you haven’t already been contacted by ‘those with the power to ship the books‘ you will be soon 😉

And here’s the thing.  The Scavenger Hunt was so fun that we have to do it again. But this time, we’re doing it online, with a lot more authors and making it easier for everyone who follows us on the world wide web to join in for a chance at winning.

So stay tuned… details will be posted soon! 

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