Day 14 Congratulations!

Posted by The Bemis Promotions Team on Feb 14 2013, 11:17 pm

Congratulations to our Day 14 Winners:

Rita Henuber’s Under Fire: The Admiral
Cathy Perkins

Cynthia Justlin’s Edge of Light
Rebecca Rankin

Jerrie Alexander’s The Green-eyed Doll
Melanie Reed

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FTLOAGB: Jerrie Alexander

Posted by The Bemis Promotions Team on Feb 14 2013, 7:00 am

Jerrie_Alexander_SmallA closet writer in my youth, I set aside my passion when life presented me with a John Wayne husband and two wonderful children. A career in logistics offered me the opportunity to travel to many beautiful cities in America, and I use those locations when writing dark, gritty romantic suspense novels.

I write alpha males and kick-ass women with a hint of humor. They weave their way through death and fear to emerge stronger because of, and on occasion in spite of, their love for each other.

Whether my hero is a member of our nation’s military, the FBI, CIA, or a Sheriff in a backwater Texas county, he’s intelligent, aggressive, and hard-headed. He fights injustice, lives life on the edge, and when he falls in love…it’s forever. Much to his surprise, he needs a woman who can think for herself.

My heroine is not afraid to stand shoulder to shoulder with her man and fight for her beliefs – a woman, who loves life, sex, and laughter – a woman who struggles through the dark times and pulls her man, sometimes kicking and screaming, into her heart.

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FTLOAGB: Cynthia Justlin

Posted by The Bemis Promotions Team on Feb 14 2013, 7:00 am

cjustlin-200x300Cynthia’s love of the written word began at a very young age, when a trip to the library meant packing a lunch and heading out on her bicycle for a day of fictional adventures, but it wasn’t until Junior High that she discovered her own talent for storytelling and vowed to write a book someday. Cynthia went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree in the chemical sciences, working at an engineering firm and as a lab manager for a high school science department, before turning back to her writing.
In 2009, Cynthia’s second book, INTRUSION, was nominated as a Romance Writers of America Golden Heart® finalist. Now, Cynthia writes gritty, action packed romantic suspense and thrillers for Carina Press.Cynthia lives in Arizona with her husband and two sons. She is also a Stage IV cancer survivor, and living proof that hope and faith can work miracles.

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FTLOAGB: Rita Henuber

Posted by The Bemis Promotions Team on Feb 14 2013, 7:00 am

rita_henuberRita grew up running the beaches of a barrier island on Florida’s east coast. An island brat, she spent more time climbing weathered oaks and chasing alligators than playing with the dolls her family gave her. She married a Marine and feels fortunate to have lived many places and traveled to the states and countries she didn’t live. Retired from government service she moved back to that barrier island where she writes contemporary women’s fiction and suspense thrillers weaving her experiences into her stories. Her heros and heroines are either in the military or government service because she writes what she knows. Her father was in the Coast Guard and immediate family members served in every branch of the service as pilots, grunts, desk jockeys and everything in between.

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Day 13 Congratulations!

Posted by The Bemis Promotions Team on Feb 13 2013, 11:17 pm

Congratulations to our Day 13 Winners:

Janet Mullany’s Winners Choice of Tell Me More or The Rules of Gentility
Laura

Donna MacMeans’ The Casanova Code
Lia Rollinson

Jennifer Bray-Weber’s The Siren’s Song
Teri Anne Stanley

Cindy Nord’s No Greater Glory
Steph

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FTLOAGB: Cindy Nord

Posted by The Bemis Promotions Team on Feb 13 2013, 7:00 am

Cindy NordBorn in Arizona, Cindy Nord moved from the southwestern desert to southwestern Indiana during her teenage years, then attended college, married and traveled around the country with her husband.  Eventually, she found her niche in the secretarial pool…”I could type fast but had no clue where commas went,” she says with a laugh.

After the birth of her two sons, she became a stay-at-home mom.  When the boys went down for naps, she settled in to read and escape into the world of historical novels.  A thousand stories and a long overdue divorce later, Cindy pulled out her father’s Tower typewriter and decided she would write a saga that contained the elements SHE liked best in a hero.

Cindy met her current husband, Tom, on a Civil War battlefield, where he was portraying a Captain of the 14th Indiana Infantry.  Right then and there, she decided to don a corset and become part of a unique little hobby called ‘Civil War Reenacting’; something she and her two young sons could enjoy together as a family. The rest, as they say, is history….and Cindy and Tom were married in June 1993.  Since then, they’ve toured many a battlefield, built their dream home, and raised the children to productive adults.

Through the years, Cindy was always surrounded by men…so she knows how they tick.  As the only sister between two brothers, she learned how to keep her head above the turbulent waters of male rivalry.  She carried that particular understanding into raising her sons.  She knows how the male mind works and brings these intriguing elements into the creation of every one of her heroes.  And yes…her sassy heroines know exactly how to push their buttons.

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FTLOAGB: Jennifer Bray-Weber

Posted by The Bemis Promotions Team on Feb 13 2013, 7:00 am

jenn-bray-weberJennifer Bray-Weber is a proud native Texan. She is a married domestic goddess and stay-at-home mom to two beautiful daughters. Holding two degrees, one in Music and Video Business, the other in Liberal Arts, she has been able to express her creative thinking through a multitude of experiences.

She finds it easy to long for a time and place filled with adventure, danger, grit, strong women and sizzling hot heroes.  She asks – doesn’t everyone do this?

Having a creative streak, Jennifer has never been satisfied with the mundane. Fortunately, she has a laundry list of mishaps to prove it. It has only been recently that she has put her imaginative (yeah – let’s go with that) escapes to pen and paper.

In her secret laboratory she fancies calling her “office,” Jennifer brews up stories of perilous quests and tainted love. Add a touch of dark intentions and a pinch of humor, stir in a happily-ever-after, and Shazam! She finds her inspiration in many forms–from as simple as a gesture or a quote, an interesting picture, a movie scene and even a historical fact. But mostly her inspiration is found in music. Just a string of melodic lyrics, the steady beat of a bass drum, or a desperate guitar riff can set the stage for a scene or character. For Jennifer, a song is like a prelude to an intriguing story.

Her interests include writing, reading, traveling (what she likes to call “research”), horseback riding, scrap-booking, shopping, relaxing at the beach, and playing games of darts.

She is an active member of Romance Writers of America®Northwest Houston RWA® Hearts Through History, and The Golden Network.

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FTLOAGB: Donna MacMeans

Posted by The Bemis Promotions Team on Feb 13 2013, 7:00 am

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For the first four months of the year, I’m a mild-mannered certified public accountant with a small tax practice. But come April 16th, I rip off the green eyeshade and transform into an impassioned writer of sexy historical romance novels, paranormals and romantic suspense. I live in Central Ohio with my wonderful husband of many, many years. My two adult children live close by with visiting dogs, fish, and even a pet snail named Killer. When I’m not knee deep in tax returns, or typing away on another manuscript, I’m active in several writing organizations. Every now and then, I break out my acrylic paints or pastels for a different creative venue, but of the two, I find writing to be not quite as messy. I love to cook (but hate to clean up). My desserts have a reputation of always incorporating chocolate and alcohol in some intoxicating fashion.

I started writing fiction in 1996. Although I loved to read historical romance, the thought of research was too intimidating for me to attempt. I wrote two contemporary romantic suspense novels – one of which was eventually published by Samhain publications under the pen name Donna Richards (it’s about a CPA, go figure).

My third manuscript, The Education of Mrs. Brimley, won the coveted Golden Heart medallion for Best Long Historical Manuscript presented by Romance Writers of America ® in 2006. Penguin Books, Berkley Sensation imprint, purchased that book and launched my published author career.

My books have been translated in Japanese, Dutch, and Norwegian. They’ve won multiple awards including the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award for Historical Love & Laughter, the Aspen Gold and More Than Magic. They’ve been finalists for the Maggies, the Holt Medallion, the Lories, the Prism, and Book Buyers Best. I’ve presented workshops to various chapters of RWA, Sisters in Crime, and the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators. I love talking to book clubs and readers across the country.

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FTLOAGB: Janet Mullany

Posted by The Bemis Promotions Team on Feb 13 2013, 7:00 am

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Janet Mullany is an award-winning, multi-published author who writes books set mainly in Regency England. Her first book, Dedication (2005) won the New Jersey Romance Writers 2006 Golden Leaf Contest. The Rules of Gentility, a funny, chicklit style Regency, won the 2008 HOLT Award (Virginia Romance Writers) for Best Romantic Comedy. She’s contracted to Little Black Dress Books, UK, for three more funny Regencies, the first of which, A Most Lamentable Comedy, will be released in July, 2009. In 2010, she makes her paranormal debut with a book about Jane Austen joining vampires to fight a French invasion (HarperCollins), and a novella in an anthology based on paranormal re-tellings of Austen’s novels (Harlequin). Janet’s novella is a contemporary based on Emma, about a paranormal dating agency in Washington, DC.

Janet is originally from England but now lives near Washington, DC. Her day jobs have included working as an archaeologist, performing arts administrator, classical music radio announcer, and editor/proofreader for a small press.

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Day 12 Congratulations!

Posted by The Bemis Promotions Team on Feb 12 2013, 11:08 pm

Congratulations to our Day 12 Winners:

Liz Talley’s The Spirit of Christmas
Josette Schober

Katie Lane’s Trouble in Texas
Stephanie

Jessica Lemmon’s Tempting the Billionaire
Chrissy
Sandy Smith

Michelle Major’s Still the One
Jessica Piechowicz

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FTLOAGB: Michelle Major

Posted by The Bemis Promotions Team on Feb 12 2013, 7:00 am

michellemajor-214x300Michelle Major grew up in Ohio but dreamed of living in the mountains. Soon after graduating with a degree in Journalism, she pointed her car west and settled in Colorado. Her life and house are filled with one great husband, two beautiful kids, a few furry pets and several well-behaved reptiles. She’s grateful to have found her passion writing stories with happy endings.

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FTLOAGB: Jessica Lemmon

Posted by The Bemis Promotions Team on Feb 12 2013, 7:00 am

jessicalemmon_treeA former job-hopper, I’ve earned minimum wage almost everywhere. The mall, a fast-food chain, a drug store, a pet shop, an Australian-themed restaurant (G’day, Mate!). I even tried my hand at becoming a real-life college student. (I have an impressive Associate’s degree in graphic design that I dust off every once in a while.) [NOTE FROM LIZ: Jessica is the creative genius behind the avatars scattered throughout our site, check them out here and here.]

As far as writing, well, I’ve always written, but I am nothing if not consistently inconsistent. The stories I wrote never amounted to more than a meandering chapter or two before they petered off and I returned to my regularly scheduled life.

Then came the chunk of self-employment that changed how I looked at everything. Like Crickitt (my heroine from my debut novel Tempting the Billionaire) I worked in direct sales for several years. Forget college. Fulltime direct sales was hands-on training for running a business! But as much as I loved it, once again I found myself unfulfilled. Was there such a thing as a dream job? Or would searching for it turn out as fruitless as a Bigfoot hunt?

My quest to find out began in January of 2010 when I committed to FINISHING A BOOK. Naively, I thought this was step 1 in a 2-step process. 1) Finish. 2) Publish.

Yeah, it doesn’t work that way. Also: ha ha! Hahahahahhaaa! Turns out there are a few (hundred?) steps in between.

But you know what? For me, every step has been worth it. I’m embarking on an adventure bigger than I ever imagined, and I couldn’t be happier. I finally feel like my creativity has gone to a good home.

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FTLOAGB: Katie Lane

Posted by The Bemis Promotions Team on Feb 12 2013, 7:00 am

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So here’s the thing. I love to write about fictional people, but I feel very uncomfortable writing about myself. So let’s dispense with the biography and I’ll tell you a story. And everyone knows that all the best stories start with . . .

Once upon a time there was a little girl who walked around with her head in the clouds. While the other kids paid attention to the world around them, this little girl (For clarity’s sake, let’s just call her Katie.) spent her days dreaming. The dreams varied. One day Katie might be a princess who was rescued by a prince on a three-legged horse (Perfection can be so boring.), and the next day she might find herself as an overworked mother of ten. (Mothers are wonderful heroines, don’t you agree?) This playacting was acceptable when Katie was little, but as she grew older, people started to take notice and think her a little odd. (Odd? What’s odd about a tall, skinny seventh grader pushing an overfilled doll stroller down the street?)

Luckily for her social standing, Katie gave up the play-stage for the written-page, spending hours writing down her daydreams in a spiral notebook. But over the years, her storytelling took a backseat to hormones and high school, and it wasn’t until her two exceptional daughters were grown (Ten seemed a little redundant after the first labor pain) that she returned to writing.

Now Katie spends her days at a computer daydreaming, while the rest of the time she enjoys hanging with her family, reading, going to the gym, playing golf, motorcycle riding, traveling, or just snuggling next to her snoring prince. (Snoring might seem like a minor imperfection when compared to a three-legged horse, but believe me it’s not) Because if the little girl of the clouds learned anything over the years, it was that every moment in life is a happily-ever-after just waiting to be fulfilled.

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FTLOAGB: Liz Talley

Posted by The Bemis Promotions Team on Feb 12 2013, 7:00 am

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From the time she learned to read to the present, Liz has always had a fascination with books.  As a child she remembers reading Little Golden Books instead of napping.  And, oh, the first time she read a romance – The Thornbirds – she was hooked.  She ate up the SuperRomances on the shelves of her aunt’s used bookstore, borrowed her grandmother’s Boons and Mills Medical Romances (loved those nurses’ caps) and snuck her dad’s westerns so she could read the “romantic parts” (which lasted about a page).  She inhales books, no doubt about it.

Of course, it never occurred to her to write one until her college roommate said, “You read so many of those things, why don’t you write one?”  The idea stuck and several years ago she did it! So now she’s an author with five books under her belt and three more on the way! So instead of just reading those SuperRomances, she’s writing them.

Liz serves as President of NOLA Stars and also blogs on the 2009 Golden Heart blog – http://www.rubyslippersisterhood.com. She loves strawberries, fishing, retail therapy (especially at Target), and she’s a Virgo.  Liz married her high school sweetheart and has two smart, beautiful boys.  When not writing contemporary romances and still editing her historicals, she is usually found working in the flowerbeds or doing laundry.

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Day 11 Congratulations!

Posted by The Bemis Promotions Team on Feb 11 2013, 11:06 pm

Congratulations to our Day 11 Winners:

Cathy Liggett’s A Wedding Homerun in Loveland, Ohio
Katie Johnson

Shelley Shepard Gray’s Christmas in Sugarcreek, Amish-quilted pot holder, etc
Mary Ellen Ashenfelder

Jane Myers Perrine’s The Matchmakers of Butternut Creek
Pearl

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FTLOAGB: Jane Myers Perrine

Posted by The Bemis Promotions Team on Feb 11 2013, 7:00 am

janeAward-winning writer Jane Myers Perrine has worked as a Spanish teacher, minister, cook, rifle instructor, program director in a state hospital, and been an active volunteer but she always wanted to write.   Finally, she found time and has published books with  Avalon Books, Steeple Hill Love Inspired, and FaithWords, a division of Hachette Book Group.  Her short pieces have appeared in the Houston Chronicle and Woman’s World magazine.Jane’s Butternut Creek series is about a young minister serving in the beautiful Hill Country of Texas and is filled with affection and humor.  The Welcome Committee of Butternut Creek, the first book in the series, was published in April, 2012.  The Matchmakers of Butternut Creek will be available in November 20, 2012.  The third book, The Wedding Planners of Butternut Creek will be available in late 2013.With her minister husband George, Jane lives north of Austin where their lives are controlled by two incredibly spoiled tuxedo cats.

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FTLOAGB: Cathy Liggett

Posted by The Bemis Promotions Team on Feb 11 2013, 7:00 am

cathyliggettConey Island was never at the top of my list when I was a kid (scaredy cat!). My favorite places were the library, the card shop and hardware stores. As my husband will tell you, it’s a good thing that books were my first love. I’m a lot better at fixing up characters in stories than anything that involves a hammer and nails or even super glue. Besides writing, I enjoy impromptu visits from our two grown kids and doing the empty-nester thing with my one true love. We’re also enjoying the latest addition to our family, a Boxer mix named Chaz.

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FTLOAGB: Shelley Shepard Gray

Posted by The Bemis Promotions Team on Feb 11 2013, 7:00 am

shelleyshepardgray1-240x300I grew up in Houston, Texas, went to Colorado for college, and after living in Arizona, Dallas, and Denver, we moved to southern Ohio about ten years ago.I’ve always thought of myself as a very hard worker, but not ‘great’ at anything. I’ve obtained a bachelor’s and master’s degree…but I never was a gifted student. I took years of ballet and dance, but I never was anywhere near the star of any recital. I love to cook, but I’m certainly not close to being gourmet…and finally I love to write books, but I’ve certainly read far better authors.

Maybe you are a little bit like me. I’ve been married for almost twenty years and have raised two kids. I try to exercise but really should put on my tennis shoes a whole lot more. I’m not a great housekeeper, I hate to drive in the snow, and I don’t think I’ve ever won a Monopoly game. However, I am the best wife and mother I know how to be.

Isn’t it wonderful to know that in God’s eyes that is okay? That from His point of view, we are all exceptional? I treasure that knowledge and am always so thankful for my faith. His faith in me makes me stand a little straighter, smile a little bit more, and be so very grateful for every gift He’s given me.

I started writing about the Amish because their way of life appealed to me. I wanted to write stories about regular. likeable people in extraordinary situations-and who just happened to be Amish.

Getting the opportunity to write Inspirational novels is truly gratifying. With every book, I feel my faith grows stronger. And that makes me feel very special indeed.

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Day 10 Congratulations!

Posted by The Bemis Promotions Team on Feb 10 2013, 11:00 pm

Congratulations to our Day 10 Winners:

Amanda Brice’s ARC of Pas De Death
Dara England

Carey Corp’s The Halo Chronicles: The Guardian and Eternal Spring Anthology
Cheryl Rainfield

Laura Bickles’s The Hallowed Ones
Dolores Quigley

C.C. Hunter’s Born at Midnight
Jennifer Fischetto

C.C. Hunter’s Only in Texas
Sandy Smith

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FTLOAGB: CC Hunter

Posted by The Bemis Promotions Team on Feb 10 2013, 7:00 am

cchunter_hatC.C. Hunter grew up in Alabama, where she caught lightning bugs, ran barefoot, and regularly rescued potential princes, in the form of Alabama bullfrogs, from her brothers. Today, she’s still fascinated with lightning bugs, mostly wears shoes, but has turned her focus to rescuing mammals. She now lives in Texas with her four rescued cats, one dog, and a prince of a husband, who for the record, is so not a frog. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, spending time with her family, or is shooting things-with a camera, not a gun.

C.C. Hunter is a pseudonym. Her real name is Christie Craig and she also writes humorous romantic suspense romance novels for Grand Central.www.christie-craig.com

C.C. would love to hear from you. Because of deadlines, it may take her a day or so to get back with you, but she will reply.cc@cchunterbooks.com

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