Saturday, August 01, 2015

A Little Something for the Weekend - How Summer Has Changed

The Pink Heart Society is delighted to welcome Trish Milburn as she talks about summer, television and finding inspiration everywhere!

My husband and I were recently talking about how summers now are so different from when we were kids. One of the main reasons was when we were growing up in two different small farming communities in Kentucky in the 1970s, we didn’t have air conditioning. We can remember sitting in front of big box fans, trying to cool down (often in vain) while watching TV. He typically watched Cincinnati Reds games. I was watching reruns of things I’d missed when they originally aired because, hey, we didn’t have DVRs or On Demand or the wonderful bounty that is Netflix then.

That’s something that I really like, how now there is original programming in the summer. I draw inspiration from TV programs and I watch TV while writing. Because I record everything, I use it as a reward system. I write one page, watch a segment between commercials, and back and forth.

I’m a big sci-fi TV fan, and there are lots of those types of programs in the summer. I’ve been watching the new seasons of Defiance and Falling Skies, both of which have the theme of trying to survive in a harsh world ravaged by wars with aliens. 

New programs have also captured my interest. Dark Matter has an interesting concept – six people wake from stasis on a spaceship and have no idea who they are. When they find out, they don’t like what’s revealed. It poses an interesting question – would you be able to take that second chance and do things differently, or would something within you make the same mistakes all over again? 

And Killjoys is about space bounty hunters. It’s one part Guardians of the Galaxy and one part Firefly, and a nice mixture of intrigue, action and just plain sassy fun.

I like a wide variety of shows, and it’s even better when a show mixes lots of what I like. I get that with The Last Ship, which is in its sophomore season this summer. Post-pandemic survival story? Check. Lots of action? Check. Hot Navy men in uniform, including Eric Dane? Big fat check. I love survival stories because they shine a spotlight on how different people react very differently in the same situation when basic human survival is at stake. Some rise to the occasion and work hard to help others, while other people take advantage and are only looking out for themselves at the expense of others.

And finally, I love a good costume drama. I’ve really been enjoying Poldark on Masterpiece this summer. It doesn’t hurt one bit that Aiden Turner is not hard to look at. It’s set in Cornwall in England post-American Revolution. It’s part unexpected love story and part survival of a people in very meager times. 

Also on PBS this summer was the short series The Crimson Field. Unfortunately, it’s not been picked up for a second season because I really enjoyed this fictional look into the lives of nurses at a field hospital near the front in France during World War I. While there is plenty out there depicting World War II, we don’t get WWI fare as often. It’s unfortunate that we evidently aren’t going to get to follow these characters into more seasons. It dealt with issues such as cowardice, PTSD before it was known as such, and how being in love with the wrong person when a war broke out between your countries could have devastating consequences.

Do you derive inspiration from good TV writing? What are you watching this summer?

Trish is offering a signed copy of The Heart of a Cowboy, for one lucky commenter (US only).

Trish's latest title in her Blue Falls, Texas series is The Heart of a Cowboy, out now:

What is she hiding? 

Of all the Brody boys, Garrett would have been voted most likely to settle down. But somehow, the right woman never came along. Until now. Veterinarian Natalie Todd left Blue Falls when she was a kid, but she seems to fit right in. Her old friends are there and she has a job with the local vet if she wants it. Every kiss tells Garrett she feels the same way he does. So what’s holding her back? 

Natalie can’t say, and every kiss just makes it harder. She came back to fulfill her father’s dying wish, and found a happiness even greater than she remembered. The secret she carries will destroy everything, plain and simple. That’s why she can’t tell him. Not yet. Maybe not ever.

For more information about Trish Milburn, check out her website and her blog, and follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Friday Fun - The Virtual Passport

We're delighted to welcome Harlequin Heartwarming author Amy Vastine to the Pink Heart Society as she talks about researching the world from home, and offers a #GIVEAWAY for one lucky reader!

I often wonder how authors wrote stories before the internet. I can’t tell you how many times I have been grateful to the World Wide Web for answering my questions or helping me find that perfect word. The one thing I love the most is Google Maps, though.

Many writers still travel to places they write about or interview people who have been there in order to make their story realistic. That’s not always an option for me, so I choose to virtually visit the places my characters call home.

Google Maps allows me to go wherever I want or need to and even lets me stand on the very street I want my characters to live on or walk down. I can spin around and take in a 360 degree view. I can go to a private island just off the shore of the picturesque Greek isle of Santorini or stand on a busy New York street in front of the brownstone residence for my next heroine.

My first novel was set in Abilene, TX, a place I had never been. I spent hours researching the area and finding the ideal places to set my story. In The Weather Girl, the hero and heroine also travel to Austin, TX. 

It was thanks to my Google Maps adventure that I came up with the perfect first date. First, I found The Bullock Museum which features many exhibits on Texas history. When I went to the website, I learned they were showing a movie called Wild Texas Weather. What a perfect coincidence! What better first date for a weather girl and her man? 

My latest book, The Hardest Fight, is set in Chicago. I live in the suburbs and have been to the city hundreds of times. I still used Google Maps when I was plotting scenes. I love being there, where the action is happening. I like to see the streets the characters are walking along. I love that I can continue to learn things about places I thought I knew. 

In fact, while writing The Hardest Fight, I had the hero going to lunch with his mother. I searched for some nearby restaurants close to where I chose for them to work. 

When I found a respectable spot, I noticed that across the street was the Breast Cancer Survivor Garden at Millennium Park. The heroine of the book and her mother are breast cancer survivors. That little bit of knowledge helped give an entire new emotional vibe to a simple walk to lunch when Dylan glances across the street and can’t help but think of Lucy. 

My next book is set outside of Nashville, can’t wait to see where Google Maps takes me this time! 

Where would you like to go either virtually or for real? One lucky commenter will win a signed copy of The Hardest Fight!

Amy's latest book, The Hardest Fight, is out now:

There's no backing down this time 

Lucy Everhart expected her opposing counsel to be a slick, soulless corporate lawyer. Who else would represent developers intent on turning Chicago's Safe Haven women's shelter into condos? But she never imagined it would be Dylan Hunt. 

Clearly, he's no longer the idealistic young man she fell for in law school. This is Dylan 2.0. The man who let her go without a fight five years ago—along with his passion for social justice, apparently. He may have compromised what he believed in, but Lucy hasn't. Dylan has no idea what kind of fight he's in for. But then again, neither does she.

To find out more information about Amy Vastine and her writing, check out her website and follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Thursday Talk-Time - Pets in Stories

Margaret Daley is visiting the Pink Heart Society and talking about four (or more) legged creatures in books...

From books to movies we find animals becoming characters in a story. 

At the moment a current movie Max is about a K-9 military dog in Afghanistan. I remembered as a child seeing the movie, Old Yeller, and crying. Decades later, I still recall how upset I was when Old Yeller died.

Animals, especially pets, make us care and feel. They can comfort us when we need it. They can keep us company when we’re lonely. They are silent confidants. 

I’ve written about K-9 dogs for the police and search and rescue. I’ve written about service dogs that help a person with a particular problem or therapy animals that relate to someone hurting emotionally.

I’ve used pets as part of the plot. In Love Gone to the Dogs, two pets try to bring their owners together. 

Or in my most recent story coming out next April, The Firefighter Daddy, a dog instigates the heroine and hero meeting. In this book I have a black Lab, a tomcat named Sammy and 5 kittens, and each played a part in the story. Just like a character, there is a purpose for the pets in my stories from humor to seriousness.

In my June Love Inspired Suspense, Security Breach, Max was a K-9 police dog that was a guard/tracking dog. A lot of what he did drove the plot. 

Also in my September book, The Protector’s Mission, Brutus, is a K-9 police and bomb detection dog and that’s a good thing since a serial bomber has struck several times in Anchorage, Alaska.

What is a story you’ve read where the pet (or animal—not really a pet) was an intricate part of the story? Do you have a pet? What do you love about your pet?

Margaret Daley’s latest book is Deadly Countdown, part of the Strong Women, Extraordinary Situations series, and is available on AmazonBarnes and NobleAppleKobo and Google Play now:

When Remy Broussard, an injured police officer, returns to Port David, Louisiana to visit before his medical leave is over, he discovers his childhood friend, Allie Martin, is being stalked.  As Remy protects Allie and tries to find her stalker, they realize their feelings go beyond friendship. 

When the stalker is found, they begin to explore the deeper feelings they have for each other, only to have a more sinister threat come between them. Will Allie be able to save Remy before he dies at the hand of a maniac?

When Margaret isn’t traveling, she’s writing love stories, often with a suspense thread and corralling her three cats that think they rule her household. To find out more, her website or follow her on Facebook and Twitter; if you would like to receive her newsletter click here.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Writer's Wednesday - What's In A Name?

We're delighted to welcome back Janie Crouch to the Pink Heart Society as she talks about those all important character names...

Coming up with character names is one of the most fun aspects of writing, but can sometimes be the most difficult. I love to name a character after a friend or family member. To me, it is the ultimate tribute. Three out of the four heroines in the Omega Sector books were named after three of my best friends: Sophia, Megan and Shelby. Super exciting to give these heroines quirks and strengths that reminded me of my besties! 

But naming a character can also be difficult sometimes. 

For instance, for Omega Sector Book 3: Untraceable, I didn’t want to name the heroine after anyone I knew because of the character’s particularly traumatizing past. I found it difficult enough to write about things like that happening to a fictional stranger. The thought of linking that past to someone I knew was just too hard. Thus, Juliet was born, since I knew no one with that name. Juliet developed her own grit and strength throughout the story and became one of my favorite characters of all time.

My heroes? Honestly, I’m just looking for strong, alpha male names: Cameron, Sawyer, Evan, Dylan, Conner. Love them all. I have borrowed last names from friends: Branson, Perigo, Karcz, Keelan. 

As for other characters, all I can say is watch out if you’re one of my Facebook friends or someone connected to me on Twitter. Without fail, scrolling through those sites are where I get 90% of my supporting character and villain names.

The most interesting way I’ve found a name has been by my “Name a Character After Your Loved One” Contest I hold every year around Valentines Day. Readers can enter the contest (for free) and if they win I name a character after their loved one (or them, if they want!). They also receive a certificate to give to their loved one explaining the gift and free copies of the book when it comes out. 

The most thrilling moment in naming a character for me came during my award-winning debut novel Primal Instinct. The heroine, Adrienne, had a sharpened sixth sense that allowed her to get a clear glimpse into the minds and motivations of criminals. Before this ability caused her to have a breakdown and leave, she was known at the FBI as “The Bloodhound”.

I couldn’t figure out what name I wanted to use for the hero of that story. I toyed with Seth, Mark, but then settled on Conner. Imagine my surprise and delight when I discovered the meaning of the name:

Hound lover. And then he falls in love protecting someone once known as “The Bloodhound.” Perfect.

How do you choose names for your characters?  Join the discussion in the comments!

Check out the names in all Janie’s Harlequin Intrigue novels on her website. Her latest book Leverage is available here

Computer game developer Shelby Keelan has a gift: a photographic memory of anything concerning numbers. When she inadvertently discovers a code linked to terrorist attacks within a popular Internet game, she’s called in by the government to help piece together what she knows.

Pilot Dylan Branson finally has his life the way he wants it: simple, quiet and alone – as far from his covert operation past as he can get. He knows when he’s asked by his previous boss to deliver one tiny package to Omega Sector headquarters that his answer should be no. Especially when that tiny package ends up being a cute and quirky redhead he’s instantly drawn to.

But what should’ve been a routine trip turns into a desperate fight for their lives when someone is determined to see that Shelby and Dylan don’t make it anywhere alive and that the codes in her head are destroyed along with her.

Find out more about Janie Crouch by following her on Facebook and Twitter!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Tuesday Talk-Time - The Economics of Balance

We're delighted to welcome Maisey Yates back to the Pink Heart Society as she talks about the things that can make a work/life balance impossible.

There are a great many posts dedicated to the work/life balance. To the crippling guilt that we women often feel when work takes us away from our families. To the importance of Me Time. 

I’ve read them. I’ve drawn comfort from them. Heck, I have written some of these posts.

But this is something I’ve only just started worrying about. When I first started writing my husband and I were living in a single wide trailer with our two children, and another one on the way. We were on food stamps and public health care. 

My worries were different then. 

And I remember being told — more than once — that I had to watch for burnout. That I needed to treasure time with my children. I remember people marveling that I had left my eight month old baby at home with my husband while I went to my first ever RWA conference. 

All of these people were well-meaning, but from my position in life, they were speaking a foreign language. My concerns were not the same concerns. 

You see, I was working my butt off. I wasn’t sleeping much. I was writing whenever my husband was home, and sometimes during the day with kids climbing on me. And I had never felt more in control of my future. 

Before I was published we were playing that complicated game of dodging phone calls for bill collectors. Putting off the landlord to pay the power bill, putting off the credit card company to buy gas so my husband could go to work. 

I was on the verge of an entirely different kind of burnout. And it wasn’t from writing. Burnout brought about by work was a concern far above my economic position in life. 

Writing was the thing that was empowering me to change our position. Those very small advances I was getting for my category romances were huge to us. The more books I could write, the more I made. The more power I felt. 

And everywhere around me in the writing world, these encouraging, very stock standard phrases felt like an assault on that control. Telling me that my work ethic would eventually cause me to fail. 

There is wisdom in the idea of self care. There is wisdom in the idea of achieving balance. Of refilling your creative well. 

But sometimes balance isn’t possible. That’s the honest truth. Sometimes you have to push through discomfort and exhaustion to get where you want to go. Is it sustainable? Probably not. But I’m now in a position in life where I can worry about that. Where I can take time off if I need to, and keep more contained hours. 

I think it’s okay to feel uncomfortable. I think it’s okay to go through periods where you work a lot. And I don’t think you should have to feel guilty. 

The fear of burnout — I think — can become more prohibitive than burnout itself. It’s a real issue — I’m not denying that. But I also think it’s something that can become so large in your mind you believe that the moment you aren’t enjoying your writing, you’re on the verge of a serious issue. 

I don’t think that’s the case. I think that writing is a job. And no one likes their job every day. But like most jobs, you can’t afford to skip your shift. 

When you start a business, you have to put in extra hours — and writing is no different. 

Sometimes, balance is too expensive. I’ve been there. Sometimes to push through to the next level you have to make exhaustion your mistress. 

If this is you right now, you aren’t doing it wrong. You are investing in the hope that someday you’ll be able to afford to worry about that balance other people talk about.

How about you?  Are you putting off worries about the balance?  Or are you driving through because that's what makes you who you are?  Join our debate in the comments!

Maisey's latest in her Copper Ridge series, Bad News Cowboy, is out today:

Can the bad boy of Copper Ridge, Oregon make good—and win the rodeo girl of his dreams? 

Kate Garrett keeps life simple—working hard, riding her beloved horses, playing cards with her brothers. Lately though, she feels a bit restlessness, especially when family friend Jack Monaghan is around. Sexy and shameless, Jack is the kind of trouble you don’t tangle with unless you want your heart broken. Still, Kate could always use his help in learning how to lasso someone a little less high-risk… 

Jack can’t pinpoint the moment the Garrett brothers’ little sister suddenly stopped seeming so…little. Now here he is, giving flirting tips to the one woman who needs zero help turning him on. Love’s a game he’s never wanted to play. But he’ll have to hurry up and learn how, before the best thing that ever entered his life rides right back out again…

To find out more about Maisey Yates and her books, check out her website and blog, and follow her onFacebook and Twitter.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Male on Monday - Carole Mortimer's Heroes

Pink Heart Society editor, Ali Williams, is celebrating Carole Mortimer's RWA Lifetime Achievement Award, by taking a look back at some of her heroes.

My introduction to Mills & Boon was completely accidental.

My Italian grandmother had a number of romance novels- each one more steamy than the next - on a shelf in my mother's old bedroom.  I devoured them all and was disappointed when they suddenly disappeared one day (I suspect my mum found out and spirited them away).

But amongst them was The Mills & Boon 1998 Christmas Collection and the very first book I read in that collection, and therefore my very first Mill & Boon book, was Carole Mortimer's Married by Christmas.

This was my first introduction to the alpha hero: Patrick Devlin was devilishly handsome, commanding and smouldered every which way.  Needless to say, I was hooked.  

I've never looked back and I have Carole Mortimer to blame/thank for the numerous M&B books that have encroached upon my bookshelves over the years.  Her award is more than deserved, and we're delighted to congratulate her and all the RWA finalists and winners at the Pink Heart Society.

Now excuse me whilst I swoon over some of my favourite Mortimer alpha heroes...

Love has nothing to do with age limits.

Leigh knew that Piers Sinclair was old enough to be her father. In fact, he was her boyfriend Gavin's father. But that didn't stop her from falling in love with him. 

No woman could resist his powerful attraction. Piers was sophisticated, experienced, and dangerously exciting. His very presence unsettled Leigh. 

She knew she should try to avoid him; she knew she had to forget him. But it just wasn't possible. Especially when Gavin decided to play matchmaker!

To research her book, author Cat Howard had chased down Caleb Steele, the arrogant owner of a film studio. But when she woke up in his bed one morning, unable to remember how she'd got there, she was horrified! 

Her only love had died five years earlier, and she had never stopped missing him. Now she was torn between loyalty to the past and a powerful attraction she could not deny. 

Cat's genuine innocence and fiery wit captivated Caleb and he was determined to win her. If only her memories would release her.

Diana had waited years to exact revenge against Reece Falcon, time only fueling her hatred. Finally her obsession was to be satisfied.

Reece Falcon's Achilles' heel was his son. Diana's elusiveness and cool beauty had quickly mesmerized the young man--much to his father's disgust. But when had the tables turned? When had Reece seduced Diana with his dark magnetism, weaving a dangerous spell around her emotions? And when had Diana crossed that fine line between hate...and love?

Everybody knows her as Jane Smith, a successful businesswoman. What they don't know is that Jane has also successfully distanced herself from her past.

Until she meets handsome American Gabriel Vaughan at a Christmas party. Gabe's determined to get close to her, seduce her and sooner or later he'll recognize a former society lady with a secret...

Logan McKenzie liked his life exactly how it was:  —with no surprises, and without a wife.

Then Logan learned his mother was about to marry for the third time, and that Darcy, his very pretty stepsister-to-be, was in danger of being hurt by that marriage. 

So he found himself getting involved—not only in trying to prevent the forthcoming nuptials, but with Darcy herself...and his carefully controlled existence was turned upside down!

The Tycoon's Mistress (The Calendar Brides Series), 2008

His Cinderella Mistress - Millionaire lawyer Max Golding wants to play Prince Charming to January’s Cinderella, but she suspects he wants the family’s land – and how better to get it than by melting her resistance in the warmth of his bed?

The Unwilling Mistress - From their first fiery meeting Will Davenport’s hooked on March. He wants her and will do anything to make her his. But, March isn’t willing to sleep with the enemy – even if, secretly, he’s captured her heart…

The Deserving Mistress - May is determined that no one shall take her home and her livelihood! Especially not arrogant property tycoon Jude Marshall! May has always been overlooked in the past – and now sexy, charming Jude is out to wine and dine her, how can she resist?

The Virgin Secretary's Impossible Boss (Six Nations, Rugby Billionaires Series), 2009

Linus Harrison's masculinity is a little too much for his sensible, bespectacled assistant, Andrea. He makes her heart beat like crazy! And the last thing Andi expects is to have to spend a weekend alone with her wild, irrepressible boss....

Billionaire Linus loves a challenge and relishes his chance to undo Miss Prim and Proper's buttoned-up exterior. It only takes one snowbound Scottish night to ignite the flames of the devilishly handsome businessman's desire. With sparks flying, how can Andi resist?

Genevieve Forster, widowed Duchess of Woollerton, knows only too well the need for bravado. After a miserable marriage she's wary, but deep down yearns to pursue temptation….

With his air of danger and elusiveness it's little wonder that Lord Benedict Lucas is known to his close friends and enemies alike simply as Lucifer.Shocking the straitlaced Ton holds no fear for him. And the pleasure will be all his as he skillfully uncovers Genevieve's outrageous side!

Gabriel D'Angelo: renowned and ruthless...

Artist Bryn Jones never forgave Gabriel for sending her father to prison, tearing her family apart and breaking her heart in the process. But she has forged herself a new identity away from the scandal and disgrace...until she wins the chance to exhibit at the D'Angelos' prestigious London gallery! 

International tycoon Gabriel D'Angelo is haunted by the unforgiving eyes that once stared at him across a crowded courtroom. Now the enticing Bryn is back, and this time she'll play by his rules to get what she wants...and Gabriel's determined that this bargain will be mutually pleasurable!

Who: Griffin Stone, tenth Duke of Rotherham.

What: A dishevelled woman who is nearly trampled by his carriage horses.

When: Late one summer night, while the Duke is in pursuit of would-be assassins.

Why: When the mysterious beauty’s identity is revealed as Lady Beatrix Stanton, Griffin realises it’s she who holds the key to everything. Bea’s memory must be unlocked, but with every second in her presence inflaming Griffin’s desire, keeping his mind on the task ahead proves nigh on impossible!

Who's your favourite Carole Mortimer hero?  And is there an author who you've got to thank for your romance reading habit?  Join the discussion in the comments!

Ali Williams grew up in Croydon and spent her teenage years in a convent girls’ school. She then fled to university where she discovered champagne cocktails, a capella singing and erotica.

These days she blogs about perceptions of romance, chick lit and women in society and spends the rest of her time promoting #StrongRomanceHeroines on Twitter, and cracking on with her first novel, Breakfast in Tunford.

Editor for the Pink Heart Society, guest blogger for Mills & Boon and Harper Impulse, and occasional columnist for For Books' Sake, she defies you to slam romance novels within her hearing!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Weekend Wildcard - Instant Image Inspiration

Author Jenna Kernan is sharing her six favorite Pinterest boards with the Pink Heart Society, and is talking about how she uses them in her writing and to connect with readers and fans. 

Hi all.  Jenna here to admit that I have started a lot of Pinterest boards including one for my July 1 Western Historical from Harlequin, Running Wolf.   Some of my social media is a chore but I find Pinterest relaxing, inspiring and fun.   Here are some of the boards and uses of those boards.

1.  Book Specific Board:  Running Wolf 

I used this Pinterest board to find historical shots to help with descriptions and modern photos to make the characters seem more real.  Here is a bit about my July 1 release, Running Wolf:

From the moment Snow Raven came charging in to my first scene on her white horse, I have been in love with this character.  My heroine is the daughter of a Crow chief and is bright, stoic and brave, even after being captured by her enemies.   At first she wants only to survive until she is rescued.  But when faced with the needs of her fellow captives, she grows into a warrior, forgoing her own happiness to win their freedom.

My hero, Running Wolf, is the War Chief of his Sioux tribe and an enemy to the Crow people.  Running Wolf is at first intrigued, then confounded and later fascinated by the captive, Snow Raven.  They both resist a love that will cost them all.  He must lead his people and protect them from their enemies, while she must try to bring her people home. 

2. Series Specific Boards: The Trackers series from Harlequin Nocturne

This board was far more creepy and atmospheric.  I tried to create a mood or otherworldly creatures linked to Native American myth and legend.  My characters in this series include Skinwalkers who shift from human form to bears, buffalo, wolves and even ravens.  But other supernatural spirits make appearances including Thunderbirds, Thunder Horses, The Whirlwinds, ghosts, the guardian who evaluates your soul after you die and the ruler of the Circle of Ghosts. 

3. Connecting with Readers: My Keeper Shelf

Readers who want to know what I'm currently reading can always visit my GoodReads page and follow me there.  I often run first-reads giveaways there and had two this month.  But if you want to see what's on my personal keeper shelf, you can find out on My Keeper Shelf board. 

4. Genre Specific Board:  Western Christmas

I've written a lot of Christmas novellas for Harlequin Historical including my latest  in the anthology collection Wild West Christmas and so I began pinning images of winter scenes including Christmas pictures with Western flare.  This board remains one of my fan favorites. 

5. Promotion: My Book Covers

Of course, I want readers to be able to share my beautiful book covers.  This board also includes first looks at covers and some of my unboxing, when my author copies arrive!  Boy, to I love to see these pins repinned!

6.  Laughs and Giggles: Odds and Ends board

Sometimes you just need a laugh.  That's why I created this board.  Here I've collected things that make me laugh, smile or book-related items that I love.  My newest favorite is the sign in a library parking lot that reads, "Library Parking Only.  Violators will be held in low esteem."

7. Secret Boards

Shhh!  This board is secret, a collection for my own use while I am writing my newest series, my first romantic suspense for Harlequin Intrigue.  I'm giving readers a peek of the images of Apache people I'm pinning for Apache Protectors.  This board is not viewable to my fans yet, but it will be soon. 

Here is a tiny, tiny, teaser for book one, Shadow Wolf (December 2015):

She aids illegals and he apprehends them but when this humanitarian pacifist witnesses a cartel killing in the Sonora Dessert, she becomes this Apache lawman’s only witness.
So, there are seven ways I use Pinterest.  I hope you’ll follow one of my boards.  Here are some other ways to connect with me.

So that's what I'm doing with Pinterest.  I'd love to hear what other authors and readers like to pin or more about the topic of your boards.  I'm offering a signed copy of one of my backlist titles drawn randomly from your comments. 

Jenna's latest book, Running Wolf, is out now:

Rival Tribes...

Running Wolf is a valiant Sioux warrior. During his first raid as war chief, he captures a surprising Crow enemy--a woman! This spirited fighter is unlike any he's ever met. Her beauty and audacity are entrancing, but threaten his iron resolve...

...Rival Passions

Snow Raven must focus on freeing herself, not on the man who keeps her captive. But as she falls deeper under Running Wolf's spell, she realizes he is herwarrior--and she'll risk everything for him!

For more details about Jenna's stories, visit her EXTRAS page, subscribe to her newsletter on her website, visit her Facebook page and follow her on Twitter.