Thursday, November 30, 2023

The Extasy Winter Book Sale!

Indulge in the Extasy Books winter sale and save 50% off all backlist books, including mine. Check out the wide variety of stories available at this all genre sale!

Friday, November 24, 2023

Saturday, November 18, 2023

A cowboy for Christmas!

Coming December 8: Broken Down Cowboy!


When is it time to take a leap of faith? When the man holding the net is a sexy, middle-aged cowboy!

Tea shop owner and pastry chef Bailey Willis is nonplussed when she finds a handsome Texan sprawled out on the floor of A Spot of Tea. Trevor Anderson, on the other hand, is instantly smitten. Some might call him a broken-down cowboy, but that doesn’t mean he lacks the ability to pursue a beautiful woman, even if she is a northerner and a Green Bay Packers fan! Unfortunately, Bailey has other things on her mind, like winning the Hales Corners, WI holiday bake-off. When Trevor provides a valuable assist, Bailey begins to regard him in a different light. Too bad he’s planning to head back to his ranch after the new year. Will Bailey agree to wear Trevor’s Texas-size ring? Will Trevor agree to settle in the frozen tundra, the site of one of the Dallas Cowboys’ most humiliating defeats? Hold on to your cowboy hats folks, this tale of romance is going to take you for a ride. Texas style!

Coming December 8, 2023 to all booksellers!

Friday, November 17, 2023

This week in The Loft: Author Kris Bock!

Joining me today in The Loft is author Kris Bock. She writes romance, mystery, and suspense. In the  Accidental Detective series, a witty journalist solves mysteries in Arizona and tackles the challenges of turning fifty. The Furrever Friends sweet romance series features the employees and customers at a cat café. Kris has lived in ten states and one foreign country but is now firmly planted in the Southwest, where many of her books are set. Kris also writes the Felony Melanie series with her brother, scriptwriter Douglas J. Eboch, who wrote the original screenplay for the movie, "Sweet Home Alabama." The Felony Melanie series follows the crazy antics of Melanie, Jake, and their friends a decade before the events of the movie.

Author Kris Bock

S:  Good morning, Kris. Thanks for joining me today.

Do you think romance books have become “too spicy?”

K:  I'm glad there are books for all kinds of people. I personally don't like writing explicit scenes. As a reader, that's not what interests me, although I won't avoid books with them. But people should read whatever they like. Sometimes that changes depending on the day, your mood, or that period of your life.

S:  I like that--people should read whatever they like. 

What is the best/worst thing that has ever happened to you as a writer?

K:  Some of my novels include real places in the southwestern United States. I draw on personal experiences hiking in the desert for the adventures – though fortunately I’ve never stumbled on a rattlesnake nest or gotten caught in a flash flood. My romantic mystery, "What We Found," was inspired by finding the body of a murder victim while hiking in the woods. The real-life experience was terrible, but for a writer, all life is research. You can read about the whole experience of finding a dead body here.

S:  I think finding a dead body would give me nightmares, probably for life.

Do you write in other genres?

K:  I write fiction and nonfiction for children and adults – literally a little bit of everything. I write sweet romance, romantic suspense, and mystery for adults as Kris Bock. Plus, I write for children under the names Chris Eboch and MM Eboch. For children I write fantasy, historical fiction, ghost stories, biography, nonfiction about science and history. I’ve even been paid for poems and very short play scripts.

S:  What inspired the Accidental Billionaire Cowboys series?

K:  I was browsing the top sellers in Kindle romance and saw lots of billionaires, lots of cowboys, and a few billionaire cowboys. So I asked myself, how would a cowboy find enough free time to build a billion-dollar business? How might a cowboy or rancher realistically become a billionaire? I came up with a family where “Mama” plays the lottery, not expecting to win, but simply so she can spend an hour dreaming about being rich. And then she wins. Everything changes, and not necessarily for the better. People who win huge lotteries are advised to go into hiding, which you can’t really do when you must care for animals. Friends and family might demand a share of the winnings. Strangers come up with scams and sob stories. This allowed me to play with questions of dreams, choices, and responsibilities. The first four books feature the four brothers, and book 5 is a Christmas story starring their mother.

S:  Winning the lottery definitely has pros and cons. As a lawyer, I understand the process you need to go through to protect yourself, your family, and the money. Unfortunately, there are people who get scammed and wind up broke.

Is there anything special you would like people to know about "The Billionaire Cowgirl's Christmas?"

K:  I think there is growing interest in romance novels featuring "mature" or "seasoned" characters. I've featured several of these couples in my Furrever Friends Cat Café Sweet Romance series, and I was delighted to give Ava her happy ending. People of all ages deserve love and romance.

Here's the blurb--

Playing the lottery was just for fun, but with the one-billion-dollar win, life gets complicated.

It’s been nearly a year since widowed Texas rancher Ava Tomlinson won the lottery. And while her four adult sons have found love, Ava is facing the future alone. But now that she’s rich, Ava doesn't trust herself to find a man who wants a 59-year-old woman for herself.

Then a handsome, younger survey geologist arrives on the ranch to work through the holidays. Their friendship is unexpected and delightful, but she won't risk a broken heart by starting a romance with a man who's hitting the road soon – even if she could trust he’s not a gold digger.

S:  That sounds like a complicated romance! Kris, it was a pleasure to chat with you today. If you'd like to learn more about Kris and her books, please visit--

Wednesday, November 15, 2023

Congratulations to Ariana Kraft on their new release!


Natalie and the much younger Bridgette are real estate agents who’ve often traveled together for business seminars. Now they’re snowbound in New York City in a hotel room with only one bed. Will Natalie dare to make her move?


“Are you ready for me to shut off the TV?”

“Yes. I’ve heard enough chatter by pundits.”

“Me, too.” Natalie hit the off button, set the remote aside, and rolled onto her side to face the wall. The mattress shifted as Bridgette turned to face the opposite wall. “Good night,” Natalie murmured.

“Good night. I’m looking forward to being snowbound with you in New York.”

Closing her eyes, Natalie didn’t respond. She concentrated on breathing in and out. The predicted blizzard was a pleasant surprise that might prove to be the tipping point.

She’d done all she could do. It was up to fate now. She wouldn’t risk being rejected by her younger colleague. They’d traveled together several times representing their firm at realty conferences. She’d been surprised how comfortable they were as travel companions, respecting each other’s routines. Bridgette chattered too much, but then Bridgette had probably had to adjust to some of Natalie’s idiosyncrasies, too.

Usually they shared a room with two beds. When they’d checked in at the front desk, Natalie had somewhat berated the clerk for their sleeping arrangements—but she was the one who’d explicitly requested one queen bed when making the reservation. She’d also anticipated correctly that given the size of the conference, there’d be no available rooms with two beds.

Natalie wished she could make the next overture, but she couldn’t. Pride intervened. She had no idea whether the twenty-six-year-old lying next to her would be interested in a forty-year-old divorcee who hadn’t been with a woman since college.

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Friday, November 10, 2023

This week in The Loft: Author Alana Lorens!

Joining me today in The Loft is author and fellow attorney Alana Lorens. She writes romance and suspense as Alana Lorens, and sci-fi, fantasy and paranormal mystery as Lyndi Alexander. A published writer for more than 40 years, Alana has worked as a pizza maker, a floral designer, a journalist, and a family law attorney. Currently a resident of Asheville, North Carolina, the self-described aging hippie loves her time in the smoky blue mountains. She lives with her daughter on the autism spectrum, who is the youngest of her seven children, and she is ruled by three crotchety old cats, and six kittens of various ages.

Author Alana Lorens

S:  Welcome back, Alana. 

Book banning is back in the news and even some very popular romance authors' books are being removed from school libraries. How do you feel about this trend? How do we fight it?

A:  It’s ridiculous, in my opinion. Banning something was always the surest way to get me to read it, back in the day. Taking it off the shelf at the library doesn’t even touch the content the young people or even adults can see online. Or create online, with new AI apps. So, what is the point, other than to gain some murky political advantage? We certainly have to stand up for the right to have our books printed and distributed. It’s only one of the fronts on which our long-held rights are being challenged. Let’s dig in for the fight, brothers and sisters.

S:  Are you self-published or traditionally published? Why did you choose that path?

A:   Traditionally published by small press. I wish I had some noble reason why, but the simple truth is I don’t know how to do all the publication things, and I’m happy to have a publisher do it for me at a cost.

S:  Do you write in other genres? 

A:  I do. I write romance and suspense/thriller as Alana Lorens and sci-fi/fantasy as Lyndi Alexander. As I go on, I’m doing more and more cross-genre writing. I’ve got a couple of science-fiction romances under my belt, and my 2023 book was a supernatural-thriller. Nearly everything I write, whether thriller, historical, paranormal or otherwise, has some hint of romance in it. Love is something that is universally understood, whether a reader is lucky enough to have it for their very own, or enjoys it by proxy through reading.

Do you think romance books have become “too spicy?”

A:  I don’t think too spicy. I believe there is a spice level available for any reader, whether they like mild or erotic. I don’t read or write the super erotic books because often they don’t make sense to me. Personally, I would not jump into bed with someone I met within the last half hour, no matter how hot they are. When this happens repeatedly in a story without any need for real connection, then I feel like the “relationship” is wasted. I’d rather read a slow burn story where you see how the pairing comes along and believe it is a true connection. But that’s just me.

S:  After the publication of the “Fifty Shades” trilogy, it was reported that some readers ventured into the BDSM world seeking their own Christian Grey. Some were scammed, sexually assaulted, or otherwise harmed. Does an author bear any responsibility for those types of consequences?

A:  Legally? No. I practiced law for 30 years before becoming a full-time author. Obviously, someone’s choice to pursue that lifestyle was a choice they made. It’s unfortunate that those people did not fully understand what they were getting into, or didn’t research the entire topic. Morally? I’m not sure. Those books certainly made that lifestyle appear desirable and romantic. Which oftentimes it is certainly not.

S:  Do you remember your first kiss? What was memorable about it?

A:  Ha! Yes. David Miller at the top of the slide in the playground behind our house in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. We were five years old. It was slimy.

S:  If you had to do it all over again, would you still choose to write books?

A:  I’m not sure I chose to write books. I write books like I breathe. Stories come to me when I’m sitting, when I’m driving, when I’m falling asleep. I wish I could have a pair of extra hands that was just available to type what I was daydreaming about—then I could go back later and edit/write new stuff. That being said, considering how hard it is to get noticed in the huge field of books that are out there, it is discouraging sometimes. The new developments in AI overtaking biological-generated stories are disheartening as well. But so far, I have not been persuaded to quit.

S:  Have you ever shelved or thrown out a manuscript? Why?

A:  Yes. I wrote a Star Trek book once, and submitted it to the publishers of the other Star Trek books. This is the first time I discovered the term “Mary Sue,” and indeed I had created a character who interacted with the other ST:TNG characters, but was the heroine of the story. The editor praised my portrayal of the canon characters, but obviously they didn’t accept it. I debated re-writing it as a general sci-fi story but never made it. Better to move on to more profitable works.

S:  What’s the best advice you have ever been given?

A:  Write. Write and learn. Attend classes on writing and read, of course, but so much of the instinct of writing well only comes after you do it for a long time. When I am typing now, and I write the words “it was” or “she saw,” it pings me right out of the line and I take out the filter or define the “it.” So, let’s see, next year I will have 50 years as a paid, published writer. Yeah, it takes a long time.

S:  What do you consider your greatest achievement?

A:  It’s not the writing, actually. I raised three natural children, four step-children, three adopted children, a handful of exchange student children, and a whole bunch of others that adopted our family over the years. I put a lot into making those kids feel loved and special. I hope that I have in some way contributed to the betterment of society as a whole by making these kids better, one at a time.

S:  What inspired "Cruel Charade?" 

A:  Oddly, my daughter Bethany sent me a thought about using the “Five Things” that she learned during the pandemic as part of a story—you know, the five things you can see, four things you can hear, three you can touch, smell, taste, and so on, in order to center yourself and calm down. Well, I used them to open "Cruel Charade" as a Miami lawyer finds herself in the Everglades in the middle of the night, next to a burned car with a dead body in it. My daughter’s comment? “That got dark fast.” And unfortunately for heroine Bet Lenard, it gets worse even faster.

S:  Is there anything special you would like people to know about "Cruel Charade?" 

A:  It has the most gorgeous cover, and will be coming out soon from The Wild Rose Press. As I practiced in Miami for several years, I must confess there is a part of the story that happens to Bet, when she goes into labor in court and has to get a continuance for her case. This actually happened to me, and I’ve been waiting ages to fit it into a book I wrote. 

Here’s the blurb:

Miami attorney Bet Lenard has had a rough year. She’s battling an unknown illness that drives her to drink to cope with her pain. Her lawyer husband has divorced her and taken the best part of their business, their home and their children. On the night of May 16, 1996, Bet finds herself in the Everglades in the middle of the night, drugged, lost and next to a burned car with a dead body in it.

Hoping she’s hit bottom, Bet must drag herself out of her living hell and discover who tried to kill her. Was it her ex-husband, not satisfied with stealing everything that mattered? An angry client, unhappy with the outcome of their case? Her best friend’s husband, livid that Bet’s restraining order kicked him out of her life forever? Police officers fuming that Bet helped a client convict a dirty cop who was their friend? She has no idea.

As she tries to sort out the motives behind her would-be killer, even more suspects come to light. The only thing keeping Bet sane is her relationship with her therapist, who encourages her to struggle and survive, despite everything that’s gone wrong. How will Bet discover the truth and bring her enemy to justice before they strike again and, this time, succeed?

S:  Thanks so much for visiting today. If you'd like to learn more about Alana Lorens and her books, please visit--




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