Pay It Forward Friday – Margaret Moore

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Pay It Forward Friday is my way of thanking authors who have done something that has helped me either personally or professionally in some way in the past years. Some I’ve only met online, some at conferences, and some have become long-term friends. Others may not even know what they did, or even who I am, but at some point they said or posted something that helped me or inspired me in some way.

They have no idea they are being featured here; I’ve secretly gone to their website and gathered their information. I hope you’ll look up their books and support them by buying a book (or a whole series) because they’re not only great authors but great people too!


I met Margaret Moore at the very first Toronto Romance Writers’ meeting I’d ever attended back in January 2007. (Wow, it’s been eight years already?) Every January the Toronto Romance Writers hold a “Romance 101″ session inviting anyone who might be interested in writing romance to attend, whether you’re a member or not. I’ve mentioned it a few times here before and on other blogs but Margaret started off her talk with these very wise words:

Whenever a writer gets up in front of a group and says “I’m going to teach you how to …(fill in the blank)”, what you should also be hearing is “the way it works for me. It may or may not work for you.”

I’m paraphrasing but I think it’s fairly close to what she said that day. To me, who had met a few big name authors already, some of whom were not quite as positive, or very insistent about their way being the only way to write, Margaret came across as a humble and approachable author, one who had succeeded and one I should listen to. After the talk, I had the opportunity to talk with her for a few minutes (there was a line-up of people waiting for her time), she quickly convinced me that perhaps there was something worthwhile in pursuing a writing career.

Because of Margaret’s talk and the positive energy of all the ladies (and a few gentlemen) who attended the talk that day, I went home and promptly joined the Romance Writers of America and the Toronto Romance Writers. 18 months later I got an email from an editor offering me my first contract. Something I’d long dreamt about but never dreamed would happen that quickly. I’m pretty sure that would never have happened if it had not been for Margaret’s talk that day.


Award-winning author Margaret Moore actually began her career at the age of eight, when she and a friend concocted stories featuring a lovely, spirited damsel and a handsome, misunderstood thief nicknamed “The Red Sheik.”

MM1Color300Unknowingly pursuing her destiny, Margaret graduated with distinction from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature. During that time, she also became a Leading Wren with the Royal Canadian Naval Reserve, where she learned to use a variety of weapons and had the weepy experience of being tear-gassed.

In addition to being a wife and mother of two, she’s also been an award-winning public speaker, synchronized swimmer, an archer, and studied fencing and ballroom dancing.

Margaret sold her first historical romance and the premiere book of her Warrior series, A WARRIOR’S HEART, to Harlequin Historicals® in 1991. Since that time, she’s written over 40 historical romance novels and novellas for Harlequin Historicals®, HQN Books and Avon Books, as well as a young adult historical romance for HarperCollins Childrens Books.

Her books have been published in France, Italy, Germany, Great Britain, Australia, Belgium, Switzerland, Brazil, Korea, Japan, Sweden, the Netherlands, Russia, Poland and India.

You can find out more about Margaret and her books on her website, or you can follow her on Twitter.

(Leah here: And no, you can’t have my autographed copy of A Warrior’s Heart. That’s mine!)



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BRIDE FOR A KNIGHT is now available!The Promise of the Bedchamber…

After glimpsing a softer side to the stern Sir Roland of Dunborough, Mavis of DeLac is filled with hope for their arranged marriage. So when the wedding night explodes with an exquisite passion, she dares to dream that their newfound bliss will last forever.

But the following morning, convinced he could never make this beautiful woman truly happy, Roland comes cold and aloof once again. And as the newlyweds journey across England to protect Roland’s birthright, it’s up to Mavis to prove him wrong — and unlock the compassion this noble has buried deep inside.

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“Fans who adore Moore’s high sexual tension and realistic action will revel in Mavis and Roland’s journey from lust to love. There are powerful lessons underlying this heated love story, and wonderful characters to carry in your heart.”
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Pay It Forward Friday – Toni Anderson

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Pay It Forward Friday is my way of thanking authors who have done something that has helped me either personally or professionally in some way in the past years. Some I’ve only met online, some at conferences, and some have become long-term friends. Others may not even know what they did, or even who I am, but at some point they said or posted something that helped me or inspired me in some way.

They have no idea they are being featured here; I’ve secretly gone to their website and gathered their information. I hope you’ll look up their books and support them by buying a book (or a whole series) because they’re not only great authors but great people too!


I’ve hosted author Toni Anderson on my blog before, back when we were both part of Carina Press’s original launch back in 2010. Since then we’ve kept in touch, chatting about the industry and life in general. But it’s the times Toni has reached out to me a few times when she’s noticed from my posts on Facebook that I’ve been struggling that have touched me most. Sometimes the simple little “Hey, how are you doing” type messages were the ones I needed when I didn’t even realize it.

Toni Anderson is a New York Times & USA Today best-selling author of Romantic Suspense. A graduate of the University of Liverpool and the University of St. Andrews in Marine Biology, Toni was a Post-doctoral Research Scientist for several years, and travelled the world with her work. After living in six different countries, she finally settled down in the Canadian prairies with her husband and two children. Combining her love of travel with her love of romantic suspense, Anderson writes stories based in some of the places she has been fortunate enough to visit.

Toni donates 15% of her royalties from Edge of Survival to diabetes research–to find out why, read the book!

She is the author of several novels including Dark Waters, The Killing Game, and A Cold Dark Place. Her novels have been nominated for the prestigious Romance Writers of America® RITA® Award, Daphne du Maurier Awards, and National Readers’ Choice Awards in Romantic Suspense.

She’s a member of Romance Writers of America, Kiss of Death Chapter, and The International Thriller Writers’ Association. Toni is represented by Jill Marsal of the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency, LLC

Praise for Her Books

“​Powerful suspense and sizzling romance.” ~Publishers Weekly.

“Dark and intriguing, Anderson’s tightly plotted story keeps you guessing.” ~Laura Griffin, New York Times Bestselling Author.

“Action packed thriller from the first moment on the first page to the very last…I thought this was gripping suspense at its finest, couldn’t put it down.” ~Single Titles.

“DARK WATERS could have been a story about two really broken people with a common past coming together. It also could have just been a really taught (sic), fast-paced thriller. Instead it was both, and it got Toni Anderson put on my auto-buy list.” ~Smart Bitches Trashy Books.

Where to find Toni

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A Cold Dark Place

Justice isn’t always black or white.

Former CIA assassin Alex Parker works for The Gateway Project, a clandestine government organization hell-bent on taking out serial killers and pedophiles before they enter the justice system. Alex doesn’t enjoy killing, but he’s damn good at it. He’s good at dodging the law, too—until a beautiful rookie agent has him wondering what it might be like to get caught.

FBI Special Agent Mallory Rooney has spent years hunting the lowlife who abducted her identical twin sister eighteen years ago. Now, during an on-going serial killer investigation, Mallory begins to suspect there’s a vigilante operating outside the law. She has no choice but to take him down, because murder isn’t justice. Is it?

Sometimes it’s cold and dark.

When Mallory starts asking questions, The Gateway Project management starts to sweat, and orders Alex to watch her. As soon as they meet, the two begin to fall in love. But the lies and betrayals that define Alex’s life threaten to destroy them both—especially when the man who stole her sister all those years ago makes Mallory his next target, and Alex must reveal his true identity to save the woman he loves.

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A Cold Pursuit

Single mom Vivi Vincent is thrust into her worst nightmare when she’s trapped inside a mall during a terror attack along with her eight-year-old son. With the help of Jed Brennan, an FBI special agent on enforced leave, Vivi and her son survive the assault. But the danger is far from over.

Vivi’s son may have witnessed critical details of the terrorists’ future plans and is targeted for death, but he’s mute, and he’s traumatized. Still someone launches a strike against the FBI’s safe house, and Jed fears the bad guys have an inside man. No longer knowing who to trust, he hides mother and son in a log cabin deep in the heart of the Wisconsin Northwoods. There Jed and Vivi try to figure out how to unlock the information inside her son’s head. What they don’t bargain for is the red-hot attraction that flares between them, or the extent of the sinister plot that threatens to rip apart not only any chance of happiness they might have together, but also the very fabric of American society.

Book 2 in the series, A Cold Pursuit is available for 99 cents, for a limited time.

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A Cold Dark Place and Cold Pursuit are also available as part of the Cold Justice Series:

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Cold Pursuit
Single mom Vivi Vincent is thrust into her worst nightmare when she’s trapped inside a mall during a terror attack along with her eight-year-old son. With the help of Jed Brennan, an FBI special agent on enforced leave, Vivi and her son survive the assault. But the danger is far from over.

Vivi’s son may have witnessed critical details of the terrorists’ future plans and is targeted for death, but he’s mute, and he’s traumatized. Still someone launches a strike against the FBI’s safe house, and Jed fears the bad guys have an inside man. No longer knowing who to trust, he hides mother and son in a log cabin deep in the heart of the Wisconsin Northwoods. There Jed and Vivi try to figure out how to unlock the information inside her son’s head. What they don’t bargain for is the red-hot attraction that flares between them, or the extent of the sinister plot that threatens to rip apart not only any chance of happiness they might have together, but also the very fabric of American society.

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Physicist Scarlett Stone is the daughter of the man considered to be the most notorious Russian agent in FBI history. With her father dying in prison she’s determined to prove he’s innocent, but time is running out. Using a false identity, she gains access to the Russian ambassador’s Christmas party, searching for evidence of a set-up.

Former Navy SEAL, now FBI Special Agent, Matt Lazlo, is instantly attracted to Scarlett but life is too complicated to pursue a politician’s daughter. When he discovers she lied to him about her identity, he hunts her down with the ruthless efficiency he usually reserves for serial killers.

Not only does Scarlett’s scheme fail, it puts her in the sights of powerful people who reward unwanted curiosity with brutality. The FBI—and Matt—aren’t thrilled with her, either. But as agents involved in her father’s investigation start dying, and the attempts to stop Scarlett intensify, Matt and his colleagues begin to wonder. Could they have a traitor in their midst?

As Scarlett and Matt dig for the truth they begin to fall passionately for one another. But the real spy isn’t about to let anyone uncover their secrets, and resolves to remain firmly in the shadows—and for that to happen, Matt and Scarlett have to die.

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Pay it Forward Friday – Selena Robins

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Pay It Forward Friday is my way of thanking authors who have done something that has helped me either personally or professionally in some way in the past years. Some I’ve only met online, some at conferences, and some have become long-term friends. Others may not even know what they did, or even who I am, but at some point they said or posted something that helped me or inspired me in some way.

They have no idea they are being featured here; I’ve secretly gone to their website and gathered their information. I hope you’ll look up their books and support them by buying a book (or a whole series) because they’re not only great authors but great people too!


Unable to stay focused in school—science and math didn’t equate to happily ever after—Selena Robins excelled in Daydreaming 101 and Creative Writing. Her entrepreneurial skills became evident in the latter part of Junior High when she found herself penning essays and short stories for five bucks a pop. Her future as a writer was foreshadowed by winning first prize in a contest run by the Humane Society—a romance about two race horses who fell in love (the filly won the race and the stud).

Selena has continued her passion for happily ever after both in her life (okay, some days she’s sitting in first class on the Frazzled Express…but still) and in her books.

In love with her family, friends, books, laughter, hockey, lively discussions, chocolate and red wine (sometimes all at the same time), Selena is a dragon slayer who enjoys reading and writing sassy heroines and hot heroes.

After giving up her dream of becoming a movie star/dancer/singer, Selena decided that her second-in-line dream was to be a writer. Even if she never got published, she’d still want to write stories with fun characters and happy ever after endings.

A few years ago, her husband encouraged her to take a leap of faith and write a book. It was one of those “just do it” moments, which she embraced, wrote a short story, entered it into a writing contest and won. This led to her writing her first novel, short stories and another novel.

For more about Selena’s books, visit her website.


 

What A Girl Wants

She’s got the moxie. He’s got the sexy.

“Life’s a beach. Then you have sex on it.”

Robins_WAGWTravel journalist Maddie Saunders has new attitude, and wants two new accessories to go with it. One, turn her triple-X fantasies into reality with Mr. Sex-On-Legs—her friend, Alex Donovan. And two, find her biological father to see if her gene pool has a deep end. She never expected fulfilling both wishes would take her life down a drastically different path.

“Sometimes you’re the windshield, and sometimes you’re the bug.”

Alex, an investigative reporter, grits his teeth when he accepts a joint assignment to Hawaii with Maddie. He’s vowed to never get involved with any woman he can’t walk away from. Maddie falls under the heading of “Look, but don’t touch”. Trouble is, she excels at giving him a hard time—in more ways than one.

He manages to fend off her guerilla seduction tactics until a bone-melting kiss throws his resolve into the ocean. Complicated? Absolutely. Especially when he discovers the real reason they were sent to the island…

Product Warnings
Side effects may include but not limited to, spontaneous, uncontrollable laughter, hot flashes and dangerous chocolate cravings. Contents include, one kick-ass heroine and a sex-on-legs hero whose kiss could singe the eyebrows off a mannequin. Can be read in bed with someone special or a BOB (battery operated boyfriend). Please note: Batteries not included.

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