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Cowboy Fire

Smokin' Hot Cowboys, Book 8

May 25, 2021

Sourcebooks Casablanca

90,000 Words

Mass Market Paperback


This cowboy is more than just a perfect face...


Violet Ashwood arrives in Wildcat Bluff County with one agenda: convince the hunky Mr. July from the Wildcat Bluff Fire Rescue's annual benefit calendar to be the face—and body—of her new lonely hearts online dating service. She didn't count on his firm refusal, nor did she count on seeing him again. Until she discovers he's her new landlord.


Kemp Lander, aka Mr. July, wants nothing to do with Violet's schemes to make him a model for her Cowboy Chat Corral, particularly once he finds out she fudged the truth on her rental contract by claiming she was a cowgirl. He's got enough problems trying to keep trespassers off his ranch and doesn't need the distraction of his sexy renter.

All Violet and Kemp want is to save their livelihoods and have their lifelong dreams realized. But it'll take joining forces and discovering they're better together to finally meet their goals.


The smokin' hot men of Wildcat Bluff aren't just cowboys—they're firefighter cowboys! Kim Redford writes contemporary cowboy romance like you've never seen it before!

Jess Fox, The Marriage Mistake


Kathleen Baldwin, The Persuasion of Miss Kate



Jess Fox

The Marriage Mistake

First Sale

April 23, 3021

Self-Published


What happens when two best friends become bride and groom?


Darcy Ryan is starting to wonder if she’s a magnet for the wrong kind of luck. No matter how many times she dates, it always ends up in disaster. To make matters worse, her family’s constant judgment on the state of her life — and her career — is pushing her to the breaking point.


Her best friend Lucas Vaughn is not interested in a relationship. He’s seen how things can end and isn’t about to open himself up to the kind of hurt that comes when the person you love leaves you. But hanging on to his single status is holding him back in more ways than one.


Then they stumble on the perfect solution. They already live together, so why not just get married for six months? It’ll get everyone off their backs, help their careers, and give them a break from the singles scene. Everybody wins.


Their plan seems flawless, but the one thing they don’t plan for?


Falling in love.


The Marriage Mistake is a steamy, funny full-length romantic comedy with friends-to-lovers, marriage of convenience, only one bed, hijinks, shenanigans, and heart.

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Kathleen Baldwin

The Persuasion of Miss Kate

My Notorious Aunt Series, Book 4

April 27, 2021

221 pages


Miss Kate Linnet yearns for independence above all else, but Lord Colter is determined to persuade her to marry.


Kate adores her younger sisters, but taking care of them ever since her mother died has her longing for freedom. Or so she thinks.


Marriage is most assuredly not the answer. After all, with marriage comes more responsibility and inevitably more children. Despite knowing that, two years ago, she agreed to marry Lord Colter. Devil take his boyish charm! And those roguish dark eyes of his. She never should have said yes. The more he pushed for a wedding date, the more she found fault with him. Finally, having had enough, he broke off their engagement in the middle of the Clapsforth-on-Wye assembly ball. During the cotillion!


In front of everyone.


Mortifying.


After such public humiliation, Kate wants to escape her crumbling life entirely. When her aunt, the notorious Lady Alameda, offers her a London Season, Kate readily accepts, but soon discovers her mischievous aunt is making her already tumultuous life worse.


Will Lord Colter rebuild the bridge between them, or will Kate let their chances at love and happiness slip through her fingers once again?


A sweet, funny, somewhat inspirational Regency Romance from an award-winning author.


Jeffe Kennedy to speak about keeping secrets and creating suspense at the May 22, 2021 meeting of DARA via Zoom.

The judicious use of secrets and revelations can be a difficult skill for new writers to learn. Jeffe Kennedy, known for her slow reveal of deeply held secrets, worldbuilding details and using secrets to amplify sexual tension will teach skills to approaching this delicate task.


She’ll discuss when to withhold information and how that functions to build tension, even in books that aren’t technically mysteries. She’ll also give pointers on how to know when NOT to withhold information and how to seed important clues. She’ll cover how to create suspense through setting, body language, and dialogue.


Finally, Jeffe will discuss different approaches for the big reveal and how to avoid info-dumping so that the pace remains climactic.

About Jeffe Kennedy


Jeffe Kennedy is an award-winning author whose works include novels, non-fiction, poetry, and short fiction. She has won the prestigious RITA® Award from Romance Writers of America (RWA), has been a finalist twice, been a Ucross Foundation Fellow, received the Wyoming Arts Council Fellowship for Poetry, and was awarded a Frank Nelson Doubleday Memorial Award. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) as a Director at Large.

She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with two Maine coon cats, plentiful free-range lizards and a very handsome Doctor of Oriental Medicine.

Jeffe can be found online at her website: JeffeKennedy.com, every Sunday at the popular SFF Seven blog, on Facebook, on Goodreads and pretty much constantly on Twitter @jeffekennedy. She is represented by Sarah Younger of Nancy Yost Literary Agency.


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