Hey Gang! For the last three weeks, I’ve been in Beverly Hills for the other side of my life covering the new television season. It’s been a whirlwind, and I only have two days left. I can’t wait to go home and see my family, my dogs and my new fish Fitz. 🙂 It’s been a crazy time, and I thought I’d share some of the network shows that might just make it onto my DVR this fall. I’m going to be honest, I’m pickier than most. And this year there weren’t many programs that made me feel like they’d be worth a second viewing. But there are a few:
This Is Us (NBC): This is one of my favorite pilots in a really long time. There’s a couple having triplets, and then a time jump a bit to stories of other people that don’t seem very connected but are fascinating. But it all comes together in the end in a very beautiful way. If the rest of the show is a third as good as the pilot, it will still be a winner.
Notorious (ABC): I love me some Piper Perabo and Daniel Sunjata. She’s a cable news producer, he’s a celebrity lawyer. They do highly unethical things, but it’s really fun. If you enjoy Scandal, this is a show for you.
Designated Survivor (ABC): Kiefer Sutherland is a cabinet member, who through unfortunate circumstances, becomes the President. No one believes he can do the job, but he has a very practical approach to the world’s problems. It’s got kind of a whackadoodle beginning, but I really liked this one. Interested in seeing where it goes.
American Housewife (ABC): I adore Katy Mixon, and she is SO funny in this comedy. Her character speaks the truth. The kind of truths no one wants to say out loud, and I kind of love that about her. The dad is played by Diedrich Bader, who might be one of my favorite television dads ever because he’s really into his kid’s lives. Loved the supporting characters and the kids were charming.
Speechless (ABC): Speaking of charming children, the kids on this comedy are as well. Minnie Driver plays the mom, and she’s just working hard to make her kids, one of whom is special needs, has everything they need in life. It’s heartwarming, charming and laugh-out-loud funny. You also have another really great dad played by John Ross Bowie. And keep your eyes on Cedric Yarbrough. That dude is FUNNY!
The Good Place (NBC): Kristen Bell’s character accidentally makes it into heaven, and she so does not deserve to be there. Ted Danson is in charge of the neighborhood, and crazy stuff happens. It’s quirky and funny. Again, I’m curious to see where this one goes, but the pilot was a lot of fun.
The Exorcist (Fox): The pilot scared me so much, I’m not sure I can watch the show. True story. It was seriously creepy. But I love me some Geena Davis, and she plays a mom, who is pretty sure one of her daughters is possessed. Cue the scary chimes. Spooky. Super, super spooky.
Timeless (NBC): I don’t usually like time travel stuff, but this was fun. It comes from creators Eric Kripke (“Supernatural”) and Shawn Ryan (“The Sheild”) and the mythology, and the characterizations are solid. Lucy (Abigail Spencer), Wyatt (Matt Lanter) and Rufus (Malcolm Barrett) travel through time trying to catch some bad guys who are changing history. It’s good stuff.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Okay, technically this is a movie coming on Oct. 20. If you’re going to remake a cult classic, do it with these people. Everyone from Laverne Cox, who plays Dr. Frank-N-Furter, to Reeve Carney as Riff Raff, this is so good. Tim Curry narrates the new version. Even he gave it his full blessing. I’m a big fan of the original, but what I saw of this was just great. Can’t wait to see the whole thing.
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For the first time in four years, I’m not traveling all summer. I head out to L.A. at the end of the month for the TV side of my life, but this was my first June at home in a really long time. I’m not going to lie, it’s been kind of nice. I’m usually traveling around the country teaching writing classes this time of year. But after years of being gone sometimes 16 weeks in a row every summer and into fall, it’s been great to hang at home with my family.
Of course, the biggest reason to stay close to home to play with this little beauty.
Scarlette was born on April 12, and she the cutest, most amazing little granddaughter ever. I’ll be honest, I’m not one of those women who ever wanted to be a grandma, but it’s pretty much the best thing ever. I live for her smiles. In this pic she’s with her grandpa, who is already wrapped around her little finger. He’s a goner for sure.
And it’s good I was home and I was sort of shocked by how the universe works. Because her mom got really ill and was hospitalized. If I hadn’t been here the kids would have been in a real pinch. Thanks to my sister-in-laws and myself we were able to hold down the fort until mom and dad could get back home. I love my family and how everyone sort of just pitches in to help out when needed.
And yesterday, I received a belated birthday present and added a new fish to our menagerie that includes three, technically four dogs (my youngest son’s girlfriend’s dog lives with us), at the Havens abode. I’m having a terrible time coming up with a name for him. He’s an Elephant Ear Betta. It’s been a really long time since I had fish, but he’s sitting on my desk sort of doing his job as my new muse. If you have and idea for a name, feel free to share! He’s kind of awesome. And don’t worry, the youngest will be taking care of him when I head to L.A. So what do you have planned for the summer? Any big trips? And feel to throw out some names for my new fish.
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Posted by Kathleen Scheibling in Blaze Authors, Candace Havens, Editorial Musings, Giveaway, Kate Hoffman, Sara Arden, Vicki Lewis Thompson, tags: Blaze, Books, Candace Havens, giveaway, Harlequin, Harlequin Blaze, Kate Hoffmann, RWA conference, Sara Arden, sexy romance, Vicki Lewis Thompson
Wow, it’s July already! Happy Canada Day on July 1st and happy Fourth of July to our American friends! We’ll start off the month celebrating, and we’ll keep the party going at the annual RWA Conference in San Diego, July 13-16. I’m looking forward to seeing all of our incredible Blaze authors! I’ll also be hosting an event to talk about a new sexy contemporary series we’re launching next year. Come visit us in the Harlequin suite on Friday, July 15 at 3 p.m. to find out more! Check your conference program for details on the location of the suite. And follow me on Twitter for more info on everything Harlequin @KScheibling.
We’re kicking off an incredibly hot month with New York Times bestselling author Vicki Lewis Thompson! Vicki continues her Thunder Mountain Brotherhood miniseries and summer trilogy with COWBOY AFTER DARK. White-water rafting guide Liam Magee is a cowboy at heart, which means he’s thrilled to return home to the Thunder Mountain ranch for his foster brother’s wedding. Also attending is Hope Caldwell, a woman he’s more than noticed in town. Liam can’t stop himself from pursuing Hope—you’ll enjoy reading about this tenacious cowboy! And though Hope isn’t able to commit to a relationship, at least the two of them can get into some trouble once the sun goes down. Whew! Watch for August’s COWBOY UNTAMED to round out the trilogy. This is definitely our abs cover of the month!
The lovely Candace Havens brings us our Uniformly Hot! book of the month, MAKE MINE A MARINE. Who can resist a sexy man in uniform, especially when he takes it off? After seeing too much of the wrong kind of action, Lieutenant Colonel Matt Ryan is looking forward to his next assignment—helicopter pilot instructor at the local base. He doesn’t want trouble in his life, so it’s too bad Chelly Richardson keeps throwing herself in his path! Chelly is a wild-at-heart woman who is far too dangerous for Matt. Right? Hmm, we all know a military man is up for a challenge!
Welcome back to the ever-popular Kate Hoffmann and another book in her long-running The Mighty Quinns miniseries. THE MIGHT QUINNS: THOM is a story about a “beast” of a hockey player whose reputation is getting a little too naughty for the team’s liking. Enter Malin Pederson, a woman who is supposed to reform the irresistible Thom. As daughter of the team owner, she knows she has to keep her hands off. But her body urges her to indulge in the wicked pleasures only the smoldering athlete can provide! Malin has to resist—or lose everything. Except Thom? Hmm, I sense a happy ending coming their way!
Finally, I’d like to introduce guest author Sara Arden, who brings us a bonus military hero this month. NO SURRENDER is a deeply emotional story of Sean Dryden, a super-hot, all-American golden boy. He’s the guy who always got under Kentucky Lee’s skin—even when he started to go out with her best friend. Both Sean and Kentucky are gutted by Lynnie’s death, and nothing seems to make the pain go away except clinging to each other. Sean has seen so much and is worried he may never heal. But Kentucky may be the only woman to thaw his frozen heart.
I hope you enjoy all four of these incredible stories. As ever, please tell me what cover you like best (telling me why is great, too) and I’ll enter you in the draw to win a set of all four books from this month. See you at RWA!
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Posted by Kathleen Scheibling in Blaze Authors, Editorial Musings, Giveaway, Tanya Michaels, Tawny Weber, Vicki Lewis Thompson, tags: authors, Blaze, giveaway, J. Margot Critch, Tanya Michaels, Tawny Weber, Vicki Lewis Thompson
I absolutely love summer. I lerve it. I luff it. I loave it. For those of us who endure more months of boots than bare feet the hot weather months are something to take advantage of. And that includes taking time to relax and just enjoy. I know that if you’re reading this you love nothing better than curling up with a great story. So get out by the pool, or relax on the couch after an afternoon of gardening, with one of our June Blazes! This month features four incredible stories, and it’s my pleasure to tell you about them.
First up, the incomparable Vicki Lewis Thompson! Vicki continues her Thunder Mountain Brotherhood series with a new trilogy of foster brother heroes, starting with COWBOY ALL NIGHT. Brant Ellison’s easygoing nature makes him one of the most sought-after horse trainers in Wyoming. People admire him for his powerful muscles, too! Nothing makes Brant happier than training a new colt, other than meeting the colt’s sexy owner, Aria Danes. These two have nothing in common, but their cravings for each other are insatiable. If you’ve ever dreamt of having a hot cowboy pursue you, you will love this story! Vicki’s trilogy continues in July and August—something to look forward to.
And, oooh, how about those sexy military men? Tawny Weber writes sizzling SEAL stories like no one else—they are always super-hot! A SEAL’S DESIRE is no exception, and it’s part of our Uniformly Hot! miniseries. Navy SEAL Christian Laramie is an explosives expert—which means he knows how to avoid getting blown up. He sure isn’t prepared for Sammi Jo Wilson, a red-headed bombshell who needs his help finding her kidnapped fiancé. Engaged women are definitely off Christian’s list…and yet the searing heat between them is impossible to ignore. This story has great twists and turns, and incredible passion! Tawny is always a must-read.
Tanya Michaels is back with her brand of sweet and sexy romance. TURNING UP THE HEAT is part of our new Friends with Benefits miniseries, and it is a fantastic story. You’ll love Phoebe Mars, a successful chef who is very unsuccessful in love—until her friend Heath Jensen, a notorious player, offers to help her get her ex back by teaching her to be sexy. Of course it takes very little time until Heath realizes there’s no way he wants to see Phoebe with any other man! They tear up the sheets in the bedroom—but does this mean they are together…or are they still “just friends”? Tanya writes incredible emotional, fun and funny stories. Not to mention irresistible heroes!
Drumroll please…welcome, debut author J. Margot Critch! What a treat it was for us to find this fantastic new author—and she’s a Canadian! Critch has a fun and flirty style, and she knows how to bring the sexy. Maya Connor kisses a stranger on a dare, not knowing the gorgeous man was Jamie Sellers, hotel magnate and reputed playboy. Maya also doesn’t know that she’ll soon be working for Jamie, which means they have to keep their relationship professional. So, no sex. Well, that doesn’t work out! Maya is ambitious and doesn’t want to mess up her career but Jamie makes all of her wickedest fantasies come to life. Can she stay away? Read IN THE BOSS’S BED to find out! (Title points to the answer. )
This month’s lineup has three New York Times bestselling authors and a debut author. How great is that? I hope you enjoy all four of these incredible stories. As ever, please tell me what cover you like best (telling me why is great, too) and I’ll enter you in the draw to win a set of all four books from this month. Have a very sexy month!
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I wanted to give a shout out to all the readers who hung out with us at the Blaze Babe’s event at RT in Vegas. We had SO MUCH FUN with you guys! I wanted to share some of the pics from our very wild morning. It might have been early, but one of our readers gave up her bra to win! Did I mention it was wild? Here are some photos to show you the fun. 🙂
Our fearless leader Kathleen with Tawny before the craziness began.
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Welcome to May! If you like puns, Star Wars day is coming up (May the fourth be with you) and if not, you’ve got Victoria Day or Memorial Day—the perfect time to sit back, relax and catch up on this month’s sexy lineup. Let’s take a look at our May titles!
New York Times bestselling author Anne Marsh brings us a brand-new book in the Uniformly Hot! miniseries, DARING HER SEAL. Levi Brandon is a SEAL on a mission: tell DEA agent Ashley Dixon that their faux wedding (don’t ask—they were on assignment) was actually real. All Levi’s gotta do is get things sorted out and stay away from the bedroom. That’s easier said than done when Ashley dares Levi to play a dangerous game of lust and restraint.
COME CLOSER, COWBOY by Debbi Rawlins is the latest book in the Made in Montana miniseries. Mallory Brandt has a big problem: she’s falling for her best friend, Gunner. One night, after her bar is closed, she and Gunner have a few drinks and a whole lot of sex. And then Gunner leaves for a four-week job in Argentina. How did Mallory manage to screw up her relationship with the only person she really cares about? New plan! Mallory stops taking Gunner’s calls and moves to Montana, where a friend, Ben, lives now. Too bad Ben is Gunner’s new business partner…
New York Times bestselling author Daire St. Denis is back with BIG SKY SEDUCTION. Readers met Gloria and Dillon back in March 2016 with Sweet Seduction. In this book, Gloria ends up sleeping with a guy who’s totally wrong for her. After that sexy, fun, bad-for-her mistake, Gloria tries to pretend it never happened. (Good luck with that!) But Dillon, a pro bull rider from Wyoming, won’t just disappear. He can’t get enough of Gloria’s feisty attitude and unpredictability. So why not mix business with pleasure and hire Gloria to help sell the ranch he’s just inherited? Gloria thinks she can get in, get the job done and go home, but she didn’t count on the gorgeous Big Sky country…or the stoic, sexy Dillon, changing all her priorities.
We’ve got one more man in uniform this month with THE FLYBOY’S TEMPTATION by Kimberly Van Meter. Well, he used to be a man in uniform. Former Air Force pilot J. T. Carmichael runs a charter flight business now, but his company is nearly bankrupt. Which is why J.T. can’t say no when Hope Larsen offers him a bundle to fly her to South America. Then the bullets start flying, and their plane goes down somewhere in the Mexican jungle. Don’t worry—they’ll keep themselves occupied somehow.
I hope you enjoy our amazing May lineup. As ever, I’d love to hear which cover you like best (telling me why is great, too) and I’ll enter you in the draw to win a set of all four books from this month. Have a very sexy month!
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I just landed in Vegas for the Romantic Times convention. I’m so excited about our Blaze event Friday (10 am, be there!) I love hanging out with readers. And we have some crazy fun things planned. But it’s also a chance to for me to meet my fellow Blaze Babes, and to hang with our fearless leader Kathleen.
I like these conventions focused on readers because they’re my favorite people. Yes, I’m an author, but I’m also a book lover. I like talking about books. I love discovering new authors. And I love this environment where people are so passionate about reading. I spend a lot of times in meetings and doing panels and events. But my favorite times are just those fun moments hanging out with friends. We talk about books, life, well, everything.
As writers, we spend a lot of time alone, so it’s nice to bond with other writers. It’s a crazy business, so it’s fun to be with people like you.
I hope to have some fun photos for you next month that shows our week. But I think I’ll sign off and maybe plan a little spa time before the craziness begins. 🙂
I’d love for you to share some of your favorite books you’ve read recently. Have you discovered new/new to you authors? Tell me about them.
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s non-Irish luck would have it, I’m a day shy of St. Patrick’s Day, the day of the year when everyone can claim to be a wee bit Irish! And what a wonderful gift it is to come from a country so steeped in history and rich in mythology. It’s a land I’m strongly drawn to. Having been over once, I’d go back and stay for good if I could find a way to make it work. (And don’t think I’m not plotting and scheming! LOL)
St. Patrick’s Day is the day on which the Irish pay tribute to their Patron Saint, Patrick, the missionary who brought Christianity to Ireland. And like any good celebration, there are traditional meals that have come to hold their place at the dinner table. In America, we tend to lean toward corned beef and cabbage. In Ireland, a good (wholly Irish) friend has advised a traditional Irish stew would claim center stage. In the interest of authenticity, I’ve tested a couple of true, traditional Irish stews recipes and found this one to be spot on!
1 T sunflower oil
1/2 lb smoked bacon cut into pieces (if you can get the big piece of bacon, use that)
2 lbs lamb (cut into 1″ cubes)
3 small/medium onions (cut into slices)
7-8 large carrots (peeled and cubes)
3 bay leaves
Small bunch of thyme
4 oz pearl barley
3 1/2–4 cups vegetable stock
6 potatoes (cubed)
4 T butter
3 green onions (sliced thin)
Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a pan on the stove, heat the oil and add the bacon, cooking until it begins to crisp. Add the lamb and cook until brown. Remove the meats with a slotted spoon. Add the onions, carrots and herbs to the pan, then cook for about 5 mins until softened. Return the meat to the pan and stir in the pearl barley. Add the vegetable stock and then bring to a simmer.
Transfer to a large casserole dish. Place the potatoes on top of the stew, cover (lid or foil) and cook, undisturbed, for about 1½ hrs until the potatoes are soft and the meat is fork-tender.
Remove from the oven, dot the potatoes with butter, scatter with the green onions and serve.
A good Irish soda bread is a wonderful accompaniment.
No matter what you do for St. Patrick’s Day, may the luck–and joy–of the Irish shine down on you!
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I want to tell you to buy my new Blaze. So buy my new Blaze. Okay, that’s done. Moving on. I have crazy hours and I’m betting some of you do, as well. So I thought maybe we could help each other out. I’m going to post some of my easiest recipes below and I hope that you will share. I’m trying to keep things simple with just a few ingredients. And if you post a recipe in the comments I’ll put you in a drawing for a free copy of that book I was talking about. 🙂
Easy Stew: In a crockpot dump in: 2 lbs stew meat, package of baby carrots, 3 potatoes, 2 onions, 2 cartons beef broth, 1 tsp pepper, cumin, salt (you may need more taste when it’s done), and tbsp of minced garlic. Cook for about 4 hours on high or 6-8 on low and it’s good stuff.
Vodka Chicken: In a crockpot dump in: Four to six boneless chicken breasts, pour a jar or two of vodka sauce (a pinkish marinara, very tasty). That second jar depends on how much extra sauce you want. Cook for six hours on low. (Remember crockpot temps can vary, just make sure the chicken is cooked through). Toss it over the pasta of your choice (you might need to cook the pasta first, or it will be very crunchy).
Banana Pancakes: Okay, technically, my son’s girlfriend makes me these. I can’t eat bread, so it’s awesome to have pancakes I can eat. In a blender or mixing bowl mix 1 large banana, 2 eggs and 1/2 tsp of cinnamon (you can also add a 1/4 tsp of vanilla) mix it up and then cook it in a frying pan or on a griddle like regular pancakes.
So share some of your easy recipes and have a wonderful month!
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In case you don’t know, paniolo is cowboy. And put Hawaii with cowboy and you get Hawaiian Paniolo! Which, Dallas, the hero in my next Blaze is. Jimi, his lady love, is not ranching material…or is she? A fashionista thrown onto the wilds of a Hawaiian ranch…well, let just say what goes so horribly wrong in the beginning ends up being so terribly right in the end.
Now, these two cowboys in the pic below aren’t paniolo’s, but they are true cowboys from the Vee Bar Guest Ranch in Wyoming. I went on a writing retreat three years ago and it was F A B U L O U S. I do love a man on a horse.
What better than a cowboy on a ranch in Hawaii? The best of all the worlds I’d say. Sultry Hawaii, horses, tropical flowers, sun and sand and surf…with drop dead sexy cowboys. Surfer cowboys! Ha 🙂
Right up my alley.
Later this year Her Hawaiian Cowboy will be released with Blaze. Once I have the dates, I’ll be sure to let you know.
In the meantime, you can travel to Hawaii in A Taste of Paradise, the duo Blaze I was in with Leslie Kelly last December. My novella, More Than a Fling is set in Hawaii. Plus, the hero and heroine make a cameo appearance in Her Hawaiian Cowboy! Perfect crossover.
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