Dare to Believe in Romance!

Free for one month only, 25 paranormal romance reads to load up your e-reader.

This promo is a great way to sample new authors without any risk. Subscribing to the author’s newsletter is required, but you can unsubscribe any time. However, many of the authors participating in this promo offer additional gifts, contests, and other goodies to their readers, so you might want to look at one or two newsletters before you decide to click the unsub button!

Included are novels, novellas, short stories, samples, and even a couple of audios. Every flavor and heat level of paranormal romance, from shifter billionaires, to witches and wizards and from BDSM to sweet are represented. You’re bound to find something just right for you.

My short story is The Sea Witch and the Mage: When Athenia decides she must defeat the wizard who killed her twin sister, she discovers there is only one way—enslave Thorne, a human mage with powers she can use to overcome her enemy. However, she doesn’t count on finding him mesmerizing or needing him so much. What happens when a shapeshifting mermaid hooks up with a man who controls the elements? Will she steal the mage’s powers for herself and leave him to die, or will she find another way to save herself?

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All Fired Up: A Contemporary Romance by Dylan Newton

Although I loved How Sweet It Is, which is also set in the fictional town of Wellsville in western New York and starred Imani’s friends Kate and Drake, I think All Fired Up is even better! This book includes plenty of fun and laugh-out-loud moments from Imani’s wise-cracking grandmother and her card-playing, whiskey-drinking friends to her foul-mouthed African gray parrot named Lancelot who steals every scene he’s in. Yet, it’s a book that deals unflinchingly with difficult issues including mental health problems and grief and loss. The characters are so well crafted I feel like I know them well. Zander, especially, is one of the most endearing romantic heroes ever. Although he’s a tough, alpha male, strong, capable of handling anything life throws at him and helps Imani over and over, he’s also sensitive, artistic, understanding, and never acts like a jerk.

Imani Lewis is the publicist for horror writer Drake Matthews, known as the Knight of Nightmares, and best friend to his wife, Kate Sweet. Imani has come to Wellsville for the summer to help out her grandmother, who needs knee surgery, and Kate, who is pregnant. Imani carries the weight of guilt over the loss of her mother sixteen years ago in a fire while Imani was away at dance camp. She believes if she had been home, she could have saved her mother. Now, she plans every detail of her life, determined not to make any more mistakes.

Zander Matthews is Drake’s younger brother and owner of three pottery studios. His motto is to enjoy the present to the fullest because there’s no guarantee of tomorrow. As a marine who served in Afghanistan, he knows how precarious life can be, and he’s determined not to miss out on anything by worrying about the future or fretting about the past.

Imani and Zander are deeply attracted to one another from the moment they meet. However, they are complete opposites, and their philosophies about life conflict. Imani and Zander both have a long journey and fundamental changes they must make before they can be right for each other.

All Fired Up releases on May 17, 2022 and is available for preorder. This book can be read as a stand-alone or as the sequel to How Sweet It Is. Both are spectacular reads, and I can’t wait for the next book from Dylan Newton! I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Author Dylan Newton was born and raised in a small town where the library was her favorite hang-out. After over a decade working in corporate America, Dylan quit to pursue her passion: writing books. When she isn’t writing her next romantic comedy, Dylan is pursuing her own happily ever after with her high school sweetheart as they split time between Florida and Upstate New York with their two much cooler daughters and a tone-deaf cockatiel.

Visit Dylan at http://www.DylanNewton.com or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/DylanNewtonAuthor

How Sweet It Is ~ Review and Interview with Dylan Newton

5 Sugar-coated Stars for How Sweet It Is

In this post, I have a real treat for you, an interview with one of my favorite authors, Dylan Newton. She recently released a new book, How Sweet It Is, and it is fantastic! Read on for my review and the interview.

Here’s the blurb for How Sweet It Is:

What happens when the queen of romance falls for the king of horror–you get “a hilarious rom-com comp,” perfect for fans of Beach Read. (Kirkus, starred review)

Event planner Kate Sweet is famous for creating the perfect happily-ever-after moment for her clients’ dream weddings. So how is it that her best friend has roped her into planning a bestselling horror writer’s book launch extravaganza? But the second Kate meets—or rather, accidentally maims—the drop-dead-hot Drake Matthews, her well-ordered life quickly transforms into an absolute nightmare.

Drake Matthews is tired of the spotlight and tired of his reputation as the Knight of Nightmares. He’s really a nice guy! But he’s not prepared for Kate, a fearless agent of chaos in steel-tipped stilettos, or for that sweet sting of attraction he feels for her. She’s inspiring him to take his writing in a whole new direction—one that no one expects. Because now Kate and Drake are changing up the rules, and this plot twist might just surprise everyone . . . including themselves.

“Fans of The Hating Game by Sally Thorne, Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston, Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert, and Written in the Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur will adore How Sweet It Is!” –The Nerd Daily

As featured in:
PopSugar: Must-Read July Books
PopSugar: 12 Swoonworthy Romances to Read in One Sitting

Here’s my review:

In romance it’s all about the characters!

How Sweet It Is centers on the charming and memorable Kate Sweet, a buttoned-up, spreadsheet toting wedding planner with a reputation for perfection, and Drake Matthews, the Knight of Nightmares, a renowned horror writer.

Kate loves sugar, sprinkles, sweet treats and Happily Ever Afters. Drake? Not so much.

While he pens his shivery stories in a mausoleum of a mansion, a family home he occupies but can’t really call his own, she flits from town to town, creating the “Awww moments” that seal the deal for her expertly planned weddings.

When Kate oversees the next book launch for the Knight of Nightmares, things go terribly wrong. Stabbing stilettoes, creepy crypts, harrowing hijinks, and more seem to doom the launch and the couple’s relationship from the beginning.

How will Kate create an unforgettable event for Drake? Will he learn to trust again after all the betrayals from previous girlfriends? 

I loved this book from beginning to end! The characters are realistic and loveable; the juxtaposition of romance and horror is fascinating; and the plot is fast-paced and fun.

You don’t want to miss this deliciously adorable rom com.  

Here’s the Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08MZV7FFN/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_tkin_p1_i0

And here’s the interview:

Tell us about How Sweet It Is. What’s the genre, premise, and setting? Who are the main characters?

Dylan: First, I’m so happy to be a guest in your newsletter—thank you so much for having me! How Sweet It Is is my debut romantic comedy set in a small town in Upstate New York. It features Kate Sweet, an event planner known as the Queen of Happily Ever Afters for her glittery, fairy-tale like weddings, who is conscripted by her BFF to help plan a book launch for a writer. It isn’t until she agrees that Kate discovers the writer is non other than Drake Matthews, who is called the Knight of Nightmares for his terrifying horror novels. What nobody knows is Drake is tired of his genre and eager to venture into something completely new…if only he dared! Chaos and hijinks ensue as the two battle their preconceived notions as the Queen of Happily Ever Afters and the Knight of Nightmares venture outside of their comfort zones.

How Sweet It Is diverges from your previous paranormal romances. Though the genre is contemporary romance, it’s unique in that the hero is a best-selling horror writer. Are there some paranormal elements in How Sweet It is? Do you think there is a connection between paranormal romance and horror?

Dylan: Yes, I think there’s a connection between paranormal and horror, as both elements exist and are amplified by our imaginations. In the book, while there are no true paranormal or horror moments…one scene does take place in a mausoleum and this tends to be among the favorite scenes, according to many readers’ reviews!

Tell us a little about your childhood and background. How did that influence your decision to become a writer?

Dylan: I started writing in middle school for two reasons: I couldn’t find books I wanted to read, and none of the YA books had heroines like me—imperfect and from an imperfect family situation. So, I decided to write my own books and found I could lose myself for hours in a world of my own making and that feeling—of drowning out reality in lieu of my imagination—is the reason I love writing today. None of those middle school novels have ever seen the light of day, by the way, but that’s how I got hooked on the joys of writing.

Do you think people are ever too young or too old to write?

Dylan: No—whatever age you are is the perfect time to write a book! I wrote several books, but my first published book wasn’t until I was 40 years old, and I was 50 when I got this contract from Forever/Grand Central Publishing/Hachette which put my books in every bookstore. Perseverance and tenacity are what you need to write books—your age is irrelevant.

How many books have you written?

Dylan: I have 3 books, 1 novella, and 2 short story collections published, and several other books written that have not yet been published. My contract with Forever Books/GCP is for 3 romantic comedies, so while How Sweet It Is has been released, book 2 is in edits and I’m finishing up book 3 right now for my publisher. I’m also working on a new YA project for my agent—stay tuned on that one!

How does your family feel about you being an author?

Dylan: My family is and has always been my rock in this process. Writing is a lonely journey and without someone cheerleading for you in the background, it’s really easy to give up on your publishing dreams. My husband and daughters are my biggest fans—they pick me up when I’m down, celebrate with me when I’ve got a win, and don’t complain about peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for dinner when I’m on deadline!

What are your favorite ways of connecting with your readers? Social media?

Dylan: I have a VIP newsletter that I use primarily as a way of gifting things to my readers, and you can join by going to my website at www.dylannewton.com

I’m also active on my author page on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Dylan… 

and my author page on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/auth… most frequently,

but you can also find me pinning pictures of my next heroes and heroines on Pinterest here www.pinterest.com/dylannewton1

About Dylan Newton:

Author Dylan Newton was born and raised in a small town where the library was her favorite hang-out. After over a decade working in corporate America, Dylan quit to pursue her passion: writing books. When she isn’t writing her next romantic comedy, Dylan is pursuing her own happily ever after with her high school sweetheart as they split time between Florida and Upstate New York with their two much cooler daughters and a tone-deaf cockatiel.

Visit Dylan at http://www.DylanNewton.com or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/DylanNewtonAuthor

Maggie Mae Gallagher The Fixer Upper

 

I’m so excited to introduce everyone to a new release, The Fixer Upper, published Sept. 5, by Maggie Mae Gallagher, an author I recently discovered.

 Here’s the blurb:

 Abby Callier is more in love with Shakespearean heroes than any real man, and she’s beginning to wonder if there is life for her outside the pages of a book. It doesn’t help that her esteemed parents tend to view her as they would one of their science experiments gone wrong. On the eve of finishing her dissertation, she escapes her staid existence to live in the house she inherited from her Great Aunt Evie in the small town of Echo Springs, Colorado. Because, let’s face it, when a woman starts comparing her life to horror films, it might be time for a break.

Sheriff Nate Barnes believes in law and order and carefully building the life you want. In his spare time, he has been remodeling his house in the hope that one day it will be filled with the family he makes. But Nate doesn’t like drama or complications and tends to avoid them at all costs. And yet, when Miss Abigail Callier, his newest neighbor, beans him with a nine iron, he can’t help but wonder if she might just be the complication he’s been searching for all along. It doesn’t hurt that he’s discovered a journal hidden away by the previous tenant, and decides to use Old Man Turner’s advice to romance Abby into his life.

Abby never expected her next-door neighbor, the newly dubbed Sheriff Stud Muffin, to be just the distraction her world needed. The problem is she doesn’t know whether she should make Echo Springs her home, or if this town is just a stopover point in her life’s trajectory. And she doesn’t want to tell Nate that she might not be sticking around – even though she should, because it’s the right thing to do, the honest thing – because then all the scintillatingly hot kisses with the Sheriff will come to an abrupt halt. Did she mention that he’s a really great kisser?

I did a Q & A with Maggie for this post. 

Welcome Maggie Mae Gallagher to the Katherine Eddinger Smits blog. I recently purchased The Fixer Upper for my personal TBR list. Maggie, please tell readers a little about The Fixer Upper.

Thank you so much for having me! The Fixer Upper is the first book in my Echo Springs Series, where you will meet Abby. Now Abby just inherited her Great Aunt’s stately Victorian and she runs away from her life on the east coast, uncertain if the path she is on career wise is still what she wants. Her first night in her aunt’s house, she and Nate Barnes have a rather awkward first meeting where sparks fly.

Is this a real town, or did you create it for the story?

Yeah, before anyone goes searching for the town of Echo Springs, it is a fictional town. I did base it off a mish mash of different Colorado towns that I visited when I lived there. I liked creating the town from the ground up. It definitely gave me tons more freedom in designing Main Street and the businesses in town.

Have you written other books in this setting, or do you plan to write more in the future?

 There will be plenty more books in the Echo Springs Series. I do have a few more contemporary romance series planned after Echo Springs. But it will take a while to get there. I also write contemporary erotic romance under the name, Anya Summers, for those who like lots of spice with their romance.

Is this the start of a series or a standalone?

While The Fixer Upper is the first book in the series, each book in the series is absolutely a standalone. Readers can expect quite a bit more in Echo Springs. I’m putting the finishing touches on the next book in the series, Civil Disobedience, as we speak. Then we will have both Beauty Meets Her Beast and Mooning Over Her Muffins to follow. I don’t have the release dates for them yet, but I always announce release news on my newsletter first, and then it goes out onto social media.

Mooning Over Her Muffins—I love that title! That one will be fantastic, I’m sure.

The Fixer Upper is a contemporary romance, whereas the other books of yours I saw on Amazon are more in the paranormal/fantasy romance subgenre. What made you decide to write a contemporary?

I’ve had this series in my brain for a while now and it just came time that I needed to write it. I love the paranormal/fantasy genre, but this was a contemporary series I needed to do. I will likely do more in the paranormal genre at some point because I do love it.

Anything else you want readers to know about the book?

 Each book in the Echo Springs Series will be a complete standalone, although there is a connective thread: the heroes are all best friends. Nate and Miles grew up together in Echo Springs and went all the way through school together. They went on to college together. It was while they were in college that they met Jacob and Sam. They’re kind of like the Musketeers once D’Artagnan joined the group with an all for one and one for all comradery. I like the aspect of the male friendships and bonds, the willingness to have each other’s backs no matter what. And the town draws them all back together after they each had to go their separate ways.

Thanks so much for sharing about The Fixer Upper. I can’t wait to read it. Here’s an excerpt:

Excerpt from The Fixer Upper

Abby spent the next hour cleaning her new room as best she could for the night. She’d work on the full house and give it a proper cleaning come morning, but she’d spent the better part of the day in her Rover and could feel the onset of fatigue settling in her bones. There was a semimodern bathroom across the hall, with one of those claw-foot tubs she’d take advantage of when she wasn’t dragging her feet and ready to go horizontal for eight hours.

Settled in for the night, she made herself a small picnic of her wine and cheese offerings and added hitting up the local market for all the essentials to her to-do list for the morrow. Her parents would only shake their heads if they could see her in her thermal pajamas, drinking chardonnay directly from the bottle that hadn’t even sported a cork, but a lid that twisted off.

She was toasting her own brilliance when she heard the creak of the front door opening. Grabbing her trusty nine iron, a little gizmo she’d inherited from an ex-boyfriend some years back, Abby cursed at her phone’s low battery.

“Figures,” she muttered under her breath.

She left her room, tiptoeing down the stairs, her movements muffled by her thick socks. She rounded the corner, and a beam of light blinded her.

“Gah!” Screaming, she swung the iron, ready to take on her intruder. All the self-defense classes her parents had scoffed at hadn’t been for naught. Who knew that in a sleepy little mountain town, burglars and vagabonds were a problem? The golf club whizzed over the intruder’s head.

“What the?” a deep baritone barked.

She swung again, determined to fend off whoever the hell thought he could invade her aunt’s place with mischief on his mind. The shadowed outline of a large man loomed behind the beam of light. When he didn’t back off, only kept advancing, her internal panic button hit overdrive. The nine-iron connected with flesh with a thudded whack.

“Ow, fuck, cut it—”

“Get out or I’ll call the police!” she swore, her pulse hammering, her grip on the nine-iron so tight her hand was fusing into a claw formation. She reared back to strike again when his next words halted the forward progression of her swing.

“I am the police.”

She blanched, almost dropping her weapon, but then thought better of it. What if he’d lied to disarm her and then would attack?

Nice try, buddy. She wasn’t falling for it.

“Prove it.” She wasn’t the atypical heroine who idiotically descended into the darkened basement, despite the light mysteriously not working, to investigate the strange noise. She’d studied horror films and knew she was not the dumb bimbo, but the smart woman who survived. His indicating that he was the police was a sub-plot straight out of a B horror film and was precisely the type of thing the killer would say.

She raised the nine-iron into a defensive position as the man moved to her right, flipping on the overhead light while pulling a shiny silver badge from his belt. He held it toward her so that light reflected off the silver star. Blinking as her eyes adjusted, Abby wondered if she was dreaming. Cornflower-blue eyes studied her, dressed in her flannel pink pajama bottoms, tank top, and fluffy purple robe. He was larger than the darkness had suggested, probably a good six-three, and lean. His dark midnight hair fell in curly waves to his jawline, which was covered in dusky stubble. There was a ruggedness to him, indicating that somewhere in his make-up he preferred life outdoors, and it showed. He reminded her of the men gracing the covers of the romance novels she’d hidden from her parents growing up, and still hid from her colleagues.

She’d always had a bit of a thing for men in uniform, but the only defining mark that even suggested he was an officer was his black jacket with an emblem embroidered into the right shoulder. Otherwise, he looked like a mountain man, in a button-up emerald flannel shirt and blue jeans that rode low over his muscular hips.

Then she focused on the badge. Oh, sweet heavens! The badge read: Sheriff, City of Echo Springs. Why did this have all the beginnings of a campy horror flick? Woman goes to the wilderness to find herself, makes acquaintance with the local law enforcement, and then the army of dolls stuffed inside the home come to life, possessed by a demon spawn from hell, to try to kill the heroine.

 

About Maggie:

Maggie Mae Gallagher

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Maggie grew up listening to Cardinals baseball and reading anything she could get her hands on. She remembers her mother saying if only she would read the right type of books instead binging her way through the romance aisles at the bookstore, she’d have been a doctor. While Maggie never did get that doctorate, she graduated cum laude from the University of Missouri-St. Louis with an M.A. in History.

Maggie is a bestselling and award-winning author published in multiple fiction genres. She also writes erotic romance under the name Anya Summers. A total geek at her core, when she is not writing, she adores attending the latest comic con or spending time with her family. She currently lives in the Midwest with her two furry felines.

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