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Ava’s Place by Emily Cogburn

Emily Cogburn, at Barnes & Noble, Perkins Rowe, Baton Rouge, LA on July 1, signing Ava’s Place

Emily Cogburn at Barnes & Noble, LSU, Baton Rouge, LA on September 2, 2017, signing Ava’s Place, shown here with fellow Baton Rouge author, Ashley Michel, author of The Girl in Grey (

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Hope for Christmas by Stacy Finz

So I’ve been asked to fast forward to Christmas 2022 and tell you what gifts Clay and Emily of Hope for Christmas exchange with each other. Wow, I don’t know what could top the gift they get in this story. And since I don’t want to spoil it, I’ll leave it at that.

But five years from now, the McCreedy family is going to be sharing a lot of love. Justin will have graduated from Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo and has a serious woman in his life. Baby Paige starts kindergarten, can you imagine that?

And a big surprise is in store for Emily that year. Her second installment of the Nugget Cookbook is the recipient of the coveted James Beard Award. She and Clay go to New York City for the ceremony and spend a romantic weekend at the Ritz-Carlton, just the two of them. It’s like a second honeymoon.

Not to be outdone, Clay wins Cattleman of the Year. This time, the whole family goes for a fun-filled weekend in San Lucas, California, where he’s feted by the United States Cattlemen’s Association. Continue reading “Hope for Christmas by Stacy Finz”

Kensington authors participating in the Columbus Day Parade

Barnes & Noble Announces More Than 100 Italian-American Authors Marching Up Fifth Avenue in the Columbus Citizens Foundation’s Annual Columbus Day Parade on Monday, October 9th 

Chairman and Founder of Barnes & Noble Leonard Riggio Is This Year’s Grand Marshal and Created the Theme “A Celebration of Italian-American Authors”

The Kensington authors participating in the Columbus Day Parade, are:

Liz Mugavero, Purring Around the Christmas Tree

(Kensington, 10/17, ISBN:  978-1-4967-0021-6)

Peter Pezzelli, Italian Lessons

(Kensington, 3/17, ISBN:  978-1-4967-1082-6)

Tom Mendicino, The Boys from Eighth and Carpenter

(Kensington, 9/15, ISBN:  978-1-61773-794-7)

Meet Mary McDonough

Mary McDonough, author of:

The House on Honeysuckle Lane   
(Kensington, HC, 10/16, ISBN:  978-0-7582-9351-0 )

One Year 
(Kensington, Trade, 8/16, ISBN:  978-1-61773-902-6)

Lessons from the Mountain 
(Kensington, Trade, 6/12, ISBN:  978-0-7582-6367-4)

Mary McDonough will be appearing at the Canton Town Hall Auditorium,

4 Market Street, Collinsville, CT

On October 14th from 6-9pm

“A Canton Conversation with Mary McDonough”

Advance tickets are $30 by calling the box office at 860 751-4924, 4pm-10pm weekdays, 10am-10pm weekends. Tickets are $35 the day of the event. The event is produced by Stars & LegendsCT Productions

There will be a Meet & Greet with Mary and books/photos/posters available for purchase and autographing after the program.

Hunter Shea

Enter before October 3, 2017; one grand prize winner will receive ebook copies of all three books plus a mystery prize box.

If you have pre-ordered or purchased any of the books in Hunter Shea’s Mail Order Massacre series – Just Add Water, Optical Delusion, or Money Back Guarantee – you’re eligible to enter our Mail Order giveaway!

Cover Reveal! Lethal Literature by Kym Roberts

Running an independent bookstore in small-town Hazel Rock, Texas, doesn’t sound like a high-risk pursuit. But when a fundraiser reveals a story with a truly killer ending, Charli Rae Warren will need to scramble to sort out the deadly plot…

Sponsoring the literacy drive to benefit the foster care system should be a feel-good endeavor, but one of Charli’s helpers is definitely on another page. Charli’s dad is distracted and keeping something secret, which Charli suspects is a harmless flirtation with an attractive county clerk who offered to lend them a hand. It’s nothing to worry about—until the same clerk winds up dead…

When nosy locals begin pointing fingers, Charli finds herself entangled in a race to uncover the killer’s identity—and to get to the bottom of a shattering family secret that could rewrite her history in alarming ways. Suddenly Charli is facing her worst fears and her childhood nemesis in order to unmask a murderer—before he silences her for good…

Kym Roberts | 9781516106585 | EPUB | 5/1/2018 | $5.99 | Kensington; Lyrical Underground

Cover Reveal! Dauntless by Lynne Connolly

The Shaws are one of Britain’s most influential, dynamic families, but one Shaw prefers to keep a low profile. Unfortunately, the limelight can shine behind-the-scenes . . .
Lady Drusilla Shaw may be a bit introverted, yet she has the observant mind of a writer, capturing all of society’s quirks and scandals. But when the novel she’s been working on disappears from her room, that is just the beginning of her problems. Confident, magnetic Oliver, Duke of Mountsorrel, has taken an interest in Dru, and when he proposes, she is both thrilled and anxious. Her book depicts a ruinous family story that is uncannily similar to Oliver’s real-life, not to mention libelous. The manuscript could surface at any moment—and eventually it does, in published form, for all to read . . .

Oliver is bewildered by his new wife and her blasted book. Worst of all, how can he love a woman he no longer trusts? But when it becomes obvious that someone is taking their cues from the book in a series of attacks, he has no choice but to stick close to her. Their explosive connection in bed should take care of the heir-making, but for that to happen, Drusilla has to stay alive—and so does Oliver.

Praise for Lynne Connolly and her novels 

“Lynne Connolly writes Georgian romances with a deft touch. Her characters amuse, entertain and reach into your heart.”  —Desiree Holt

“With plots, deviousness and passion galore, Temptation Has Green Eyesby Lynne Connolly is a truly enjoyable read.” –Fresh Fiction

Lynne Connolly | 9781516102495 | EPUB | 6/26/2018 | $4.99 | Kensington; Lyrical Press

Scottish Shortbread by Amy M. Reade

My favorite kind of research is first-person, up close and real (with the obvious exceptions of being murdered and riding in the back of a police cruiser). I’d rather walk the streets of a city or village than do online or book research; I’d rather eat the food of a particular region or culture than leaf through a cookbook; I’d rather go kayaking in the ocean than watch someone else do it.

In-person research brings a feel to a book that can’t be faked. What does it smell like inside an Irish pub? How does the humidity in South Carolina feel against your skin? What color is the St. Lawrence River on a cloudy day? You can imagine these things, sure, but if you’ve experienced them firsthand you can add layers of realism to your stories that pump up the richness of your words.

When I go on a trip one of my favorite things to do is sample the regional cuisine. If possible, I try to take a cooking class to learn more about local foods and meet area residents. One of my favorite vacation memories is a trip our family took to Ireland. My husband gave me a birthday gift of a cooking class in a Norman-style castle (bonus: he entertained the kids that night). I met a handful of locals and got the opportunity to talk to them for several hours. We talked about everything: food vocabulary in different parts of the world; where to get the freshest langoustines and mussels; and how ridiculously easy it is to make your own vanilla extract. We all cooked, then ate, a meal together. It was unforgettable (in a good way).

There was also a decidedly un-British meal in London that was unforgettable in a bad way, but I digress… Continue reading “Scottish Shortbread by Amy M. Reade”

Cover Reveal! And The Next Thing You Know… by Chase Taylor Hackett

Not the one you’re waiting for . . .

Jeffrey Bornic is getting over his ex. Really. So what if the rising-star attorney is angrily sleeping his way through most of Manhattan’s male population? When the time is right, the perfect partner will show up. And Jeffrey knows exactly what he’ll be like: an ambitious, polished professional who’ll make the ideal other half of a fabulous power couple.

Theo McPherson is definitely not that guy. He’s a short, fiery red-head who works in the arts and wears sneakers held together with duct tape. If it weren’t for the fact that Theo is his best friend’s little (literally) brother, Jeff would be crossing the street to avoid him. Theo, meanwhile, has nothing but contempt for guys in suits, and seems to have deliberately set out to make Jeff’s life miserable, all while grinning at him in that exasperating—some might say irresistible—way that he has.

At least it’s hard for Jeff to keep moping over his ex when he’s butting heads with Theo—and suddenly wondering if the last guy he’d ever fall for might be exactly that . . .


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