I know it’s a little odd, but I love February. Up here, it’s the perfect month for some of my favorite things – cross-country skiing, showshoeing…and sitting by the fire with a hot toddy (my beverage of choice is hot chocolate spiked with Southern Comfort–yum!). It’s also my birthday month, something I share with a few other Blaze Babes (Tawny Weber and Sam Hunter, I’m looking at you… ) And it’s the month of one of Harlequin’s biggest celebrations – Valentine’s Day!
One of the ways we mark this special holiday is by using it as a theme in several of our books. So check out what the Blaze authors have in store for you this month…
Our Valentine anthology this year is a special one. Not only does it celebrate all things romantic, but it also launches another set of Blazing Bedtime Stories. ONCE UPON A VALENTINE by Stephanie Bond, Leslie Kelly and Michelle Rowen is sure to keep you snuggling by the fire with your sweetie long after you should be in bed…
Next up is THE KEEPER, another book in Rhonda Nelson’s Men out of Uniform miniseries. Rhonda’s hero, Jackson ‘Oak’ Martin can handle anything…except a sexy pastry chef and a ‘butter bandit’. This is another ‘keeper’ filled with Rhonda’s whimsical charm.
CHOOSE ME by Jo Leigh is the first book in a new miniseries we’re launching this month, It’s Trading Men. Now, as kids we all collected hockey cards, baseball cards, etc. I haven’t a clue what happened to them. But if I’d had a card with a hot guy like Charlie Winslow on it, I know I would have kept it close. Of course, Charlie’s heroine, Bree, doesn’t need the card as a memento – she’s got the real thing.
Next up is the final book in Tawny Weber’s Undercover Operatives miniseries – SEX, LIES AND VALENTINES. Gabriel Black might be a con artist–but he doesn’t stand a chance when undercover FBI agent Danita Cruz gets a hold of him… A fantastic conclusion to a wonderful holiday series!
Kira Sinclair launches her first miniseries this month–Island Nights–with BRING IT ON. This book has it all - a runaway bride, a best man who really IS the best man, and hot tropical nights that set the mood for romance. And that’s only Book 1!
And finally, Cathy Yardley returns with the second book in her Players Club miniseries, THE PLAYERS’ CLUB: LINCOLN. Linc Stone is a master at keeping secrets. Too bad Juliana Mayfield is just as adept at getting him to bare it all…
And that’s the month – just enough to keep you busy on the last of those cold, wintry nights…
Now, on to the Blaze authors Pet Project. We have three rescue animals showing up in our February books. Tawny Weber’s SEX, LIES AND VALENTINES showcases a special calico girl named Pippi, from the Furry Friends Shelter in Ontario. Since Pippi’s already found a forever home (Yay, Pippi!), we’re sending her new owners an autographed copy of her book, so they know their new pet is famous.
I also have to admit I made a mistake last month… I got the wrong book for Piedmont and Prize, the two rescue animals available at the Northeast Shelter in Salem. This loveable cat and dog are characters in Rhonda Nelson’s THE KEEPER, not THE PHOENIX as I said last month. Sorry about that…
And finally, I’d like to announce that the Blaze authors have a new Pet Project – The Cat Shack in Trexlertown, PA.
The Cat Shack serves to place three CATegories of needy cats:
* Friendly strays and kittens looking for safe, permanent homes
* Feral (wild) strays who are not suitable for inside homes and who seek safe, permanent barn homes where they can be employed as mousers.
* In an effort to help people place pets that they can no longer keep, they also post the cats picture/story and the owner’s contact info.
So there you have it – 6 fantastic new books, and another shelter worth checking out. Anything you can do to help – making a donation, picking up a new family member, or even just passing a recommendation along– is much appreciated.
For a chance to win one of three sets of February books, let us in on your most memorable Valentine’s Day.
Good luck! And happy February!