Friday, April 29, 2016

A New Look - Legend's Landing Bed & Breakfast Series

Many of you have read the Ladies of Legend books written by Janet Eaves, Jan Scarbrough, Magdalena Scott, and myself. Several months ago when our publishing house closed, we decided we each would control our own books from now on. So, with that in mind, I set out to rebrand my books. Same stories, same titles, new covers (mostly), and a new series name and brand. Welcome to Legend's Landing B&B!


Bed and Breakfast owner, Suzie Schul and Chef Brad Matthews

Suzie Schul has it all. A booming business, a wonderful town to live in, and, well, food. Yeah, she loves to cook and she’s the best darned cook in Legend, Tennessee. Everybody says so. She runs her own B&B, has published a cookbook, conducts cooking classes on Saturdays, and caters for special events and holidays. What more could she want, really? Nothing, that she will admit, anyway.

And let's not even think about that brief escape to Gatlinburg several months back when she had separated from her then-husband, Cliff. Or the fact that the man ran off with her little sister while they were, um, estranged. And let's definitely not bring to light that she'd never really revealed to anyone in the small town of Legend what exactly had happened between her and Cliff. Or the fact that while she was off "finding herself" and "losing her husband" at the same time, she sort of, well, had a fling. But never mind about that, because "the fling" is long gone and likely doesn't even know where to find her. Besides, he was trouble.

And just when Suzie thinks all is well, Mr. Trouble rides up to her B&B doorstep on a bad-ass Harley and tosses her perfect little world into some kind of big, bad tumble.



Suzie's sister, Chelly Schul and Legend Police officer, Matt Branson

The last thing Chelly Schul wants is to go home for the holidays. She left her hometown of Legend, Tennessee on a wing and a prayer two years earlier and hasn’t returned. Her leaving humiliated her entire family, particularly her sister Suzie, since she ran off with Suzie’s (almost-ex) husband.

Legend Police Officer Matt Branson values being alone. Even during the holidays, he enjoys the solitude. Dubbed the town hermit, he tells himself he prefers his “cave” to socializing. His friends say he still pines after “the woman who got away,” although he begs to differ. All that changes the snowy day he pulls over the older model sedan speeding into Legend. His gut slams against his backbone as a tearful Chelly rolls down the car window and looks up into his eyes, and nearly melts his heart. But he remains stoic. Coplike. And gives her a warning and sends her on her way. But it shakes him to the core. His high-school sweetheart is back in town. Chelly. The woman who sent him into his cave in the first place.



Mary Jo Picketts and country music star, Nash Rhodes.

In this first installment of The Matchmaking Chef series, we find Suzie Matthews hard at work on her new cookbook, Perfectly Matched. After finding her own perfect match with her husband, Brad, in Bed, Breakfast & You, and then working a little magic reuniting her sister with her high school boyfriend, Matt, in Home for the Holidays, Suzie feels confident in her new-found matchmaking skills. So, she asks the local “wallflower”, Mary Lou Picketts, to help her with a project. Mary Lou accepts, not realizing that “project” is herself. Mary Lou dreams of falling in love with country music star, Nash Rhodes, but is ready to settle for Thurman Phillips down the street, if she has to. But she doesn’t want to. Not really. When Nash comes to Legend for a music benefit and stays at the lodge, Suzie sets out to perfectly match this miss-matched couple.



Legend Librarian Katie Long and local policeman, Chris Marks

Wild Katie Long, she’ll never settle down. But Chris Marks has had his eye on her for a long time. When Chris hires Suzie to set him up with a romantic dinner for two, Suzie does all she can to set the mood. Thing is, Katie isn’t about to be wooed and she’s hotter than hot crossed buns when she figures out what Chris is up to.

Then Suzie turns the tables by supplying Chris with a couple of items that just might tame Katie after all—handcuffs and a leather riding crop.



Puppy nanny Lyssa Larkin and newcomer, Mack Roberts

Speed dating? Speed eating is more like it. When Suzie sets up lunch date after lunch date for puppy nanny Lyssa Larkin, Legend’s homegrown homecoming queen of 1997, she knows she’s bit off more than she can chew.

Lyssa rejects dates in two bites and sends them on their way. Suzie wonders if she really wants to date or just eat two lunches, and worries that soon Lyssa’s hips won’t fit on her dainty chairs. That is, until Suzie takes a risk with a man that Lyssa knows, but doesn’t really, and who is falling for her hard and fast.



Book store employee, Becca North and landscaper, Sam Ackerman

Becca North doesn’t want a boyfriend but her best friend Nora certainly does. Becca is so off men. But when Nora, owner of Nora’s Novel Niche, meets Suzie the Matchmaking Chef during a book signing at her store, she finagles her way into a romantic picnic date lunch for her—and a blind date—on Suzie’s television show. Nora drags Becca along all the way from Pigeon Forge for moral support and to check out her date.

Thing is, Nora’s date would rather check out Becca, instead.


NY Television producer, Patricia Plum and photographer Ames Cooper

When Suzie’s success as a matchmaker hits the national scene about the same time as her debut cooking show on the Food Channel, her new producer comes to her with a list of requirements—not for Suzie’s job, but for a husband. Patricia Plum has a specific list and if Suzie really wants to make it big in New York City, she’ll make every attempt to deliver Patricia’s Mate to Order.



Teacher Kate Carpenter and ATF agent Michael Lehman (with appearances from Patti Jo Baker and Jim Hamilton from Hard Candy Kisses)

Kate Carpenter thinks her Tennessee State trooper husband is dead. ATF Agent Michael Lehman knows he is not.

When Michael goes undercover into Kate’s elementary classroom for a few weeks, posed as a school drug cop, his mission is to find out what Kate knows about her husband’s supposed death, and to determine if she has any involvement in hiding away the AWOL trooper turned drug runner.

His mission is to get answers. Get into her life. And not into her panties. But somehow things go haywire….



Suzie's cousin Sydney Schul and Atlanta baker, Stone Kellerman

High tea or sweet tea? As long as there are scones, it doesn’t matter. In fact, Suzie’s cousin Sydney Schul, owner of Sydney’s Sugar High Coffee Stop and Bakery, makes the best damned scones east of the Mississippi and south of the Mason Dixon, and there was an article written in Southern’s Best magazine to prove it. All is well and life in Legend is good, until a mysterious male stranger comes to town, stalking Sydney’s scones, and attempting to romance her out of her famous recipe.


Scott Matthews, brother to Brad from Bed, Breakfast and You, and NY transplant, Jillian Bass

When Scott Matthews escapes to Legend to visit his brother, Brad and his wife
Suzie, he has only one request—he wants nothing to do with chocolate. Or to discuss getting fired as master chocolate taster from world-renowned Bianchi Chocolates. What Jillian Bass wants is to make it in Legend. This Manhattan transplant wants to make it big here real bad. Forget New York. She’s starting over with her small chocolate shop, Bittersweets, and setting out to impress the locals. She doesn’t want them to know that she’s inherited her grandmother’s famous chocolate business—Jeaneva Chocolates. And all is fine until she smacks straight into Scott, and he takes one small whiff of her Belgian truffle….



Legend teacher, Patti Jo Baker, and principal Jim Hamilton
(both also appear in Murder on the Mountain)

New Year’s Eve is just around the corner and Legend Elementary teacher Patti Jo Baker has tried every trick in the book to land a date for the annual New Year’s Eve Bash at The Lodge. This includes setting up a kissing booth at the Legend Elementary Winter Carnival—a booth which Principal Jim Hamilton promptly shuts down. Because if Patty Jo Baker is passing out kisses, any kind of kisses, he wants to be both first, and last, in line—and he definitely doesn’t want to sample them in front of the student body.



Jack Ackerman (brother to Sam in Side Dish) and Jasmine Walker

When Jasmine Walker returns to Legend after a fifteen-year absence—she doesn’t expect her troubled teenage past to collide with her well-planned, professional future.


 Ms. Addie Bynum leaves something for Jasmine Walker in her will, and Jasmine returns to Legend to meet with the attorney about the estate. She learns she’s been left with the contents of a safety deposit box and a letter explaining Ms. Addie’s wishes. A letter with requests Jasmine may not be able to fulfill. The thing is, Ms. Addie’s wishes do not align with Jasmine’s busy life in Atlanta. Neither does running into her old high school love, Jack Ackerman, who has his own requests from Ms. Addie.


A Legend's Landing Bed & Breakfast Christmas Short Story

Nora Patterson, from Side Dish and Reverend Rock Peters, from Dates Du Jour.

Nora Patterson  crashes into the back end of Reverend Rock Peters'  SUV on a snowy Christmas Eve night, and finds herself snowbound with the attractive minister. She's prayed for someone to share her life--could Rock be the one? Or once again, will love pass her by this Christmas?



Monday, April 18, 2016

Today's #MondayMashup with Maddie James

It's a quiet Monday morning in Maddie Land. I hope all is well in your world! Here's your mashup for today, Monday, April 18, 2016. (How in the world is it April 18 already????)

I'm blogging today over at Wild and Wicked Cowboys. Come read more about Jan Scarbrough's latest addition to our Montana Rancher's series.

Did you miss my blog last week at Gems in the Attic? The subject was Softball, Baseball, and The Heartbreaker. Drop by if you get a chance.

I have two titles up for pre-order. (Yes, I've been busy!). For the past six months or so I've been working to complete several unfinished projects.

The Complete Bella Masters Short Story Collection is an anthology of ten erotic short stories that mostly (except for two) were previously published under other pen names of mine. Since I am no longer going the extra pen name route, and am writing everything under the one, Maddie James, pen name, I've collected them together in this new volume. Plus, there are two new, never more published, stories. These stories range from short stories to short novellas - all erotic.

Grab your pre-order now from IBOOKS | BARNES AND NOBLE | KOBO
This collection is also now available in PAPERBACK!
This pre-order is at the regular price of $2.99

The second title available for pre-order is Trust Me. This story was once a novella, published many years ago by a small publishing house. It's now a full-blown novel with the same premise. (The novella has not been available for years, and won't be). Here is the premise.

The year is 2095. The Americas Revolution has ended. And Cyan Sebastian, the last blue-eyed, Caucasian woman known to exist in the Western hemisphere, is on the run. Her safe and sequestered life ripped apart, she is running with a man who has sworn to protect her. A man who once hunted her for the bounty she would fetch. The man whom two days before, killed her father.

Devin McCrae is that man. Having tracked Cyan and her family for years, Devin never dreams her father will one day drop her in his lap, with a proposition he cannot refuse. He never imagines that instead of hunting Cyan for the bounty on her head, he will become her protector to the end, and safeguard her from all of the others.

Most of all, he never expects that he will fall for her. If ever there is a woman who is hands off—Cyan Sebastian is that woman. Turns out though, it’s keeping her hands off him, that is the bigger problem. And it’s a deadly one, at that.

Available for pre-order at IBOOKS | BARNES AND NOBLE | KOBO
This pre-order is at the temporary/promotional price of $0.99 (Regular Price $3.99)

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

A Teaser from WIND RIDGE - #TeaserTuesday

Today's Teaser is from my latest release, Wind Ridge. Bekah McCauley is at the local feed store buying more plants for her garden--the garden that was just torn up by fox hounds ripping through while chasing a coyote. For the second time that day, she has an encounter with the infamous Collin Kramer...

“I don’t need your help, Mr. Kramer.”
“I didn’t say you did. I feel responsible.”
“Don’t you get it? I don’t want your help. I just want you to stay on your own side of the damn fence.”
“Stubborn woman.” The two words whooshed out of his pursed mouth. Collin swiveled toward Butch. “Baker, fix her up with whatever she needs and put it on my bill.” He turned to head for the exit.
Bekah stepped forward. “No. Don’t do it Butch.”
Collin whirled. “Do it.”
“No!” She faced him.
“I’ve already given the order.”
“And you’re so damned used to getting what you want, aren’t you?”
“That’s generally the way it works.” He inched closer.
“Well not this time.”
“Really?” Collin chuckled.
“And why is that?”
His tongue swiped across his lower lip and Bekah’s pulse quickened. “Because you’ve never had to deal with me before.”
Butch hooted from behind the counter. Collin glanced to him and then back to Bekah. In one swift motion, he grabbed both of Bekah’s shoulders. As he hauled her body into his, his lips descended, searing down on hers. Hot, steaming, smoldering liquid heat enveloped her mouth.
Well, shit! Bekah tensed up. Her hands shot up between their chests and she pushed with all her might, but his arms were wound too tightly around her. His tongue dipped between her lips. Testing, taunting… She felt like biting it, but her eyes closed involuntarily and she found herself returning the kiss as fervently as he gave it. Hot breath escaping, flesh mingling, lips tasting. Push-pull. A tug-of-war, a battle of wills, each trying to outdo or perhaps dominate the other.
Or prove a point. Butch whooped again from behind the counter.
Collin released her and took a step backward, steadying her. “And you, little lady, have never had to deal with me before.”

Monday, April 04, 2016

Today's #MondayMashup with Maddie James - April 4, 2016

Happy April!

My April newsletter went out this morning. If you aren't on my list, you can sign up here. Many thanks for subscribing!

Remember, my latest release, Wind Ridge, is on sale at 99 cents for the month of April. Be sure to grab it while you can, as this one will not be on sale again this year. You can find Wind Ridge at all ebook retailers and in print.


Giveaway! Check out this link for my latest Amazon Kindle ebook giveaway! 

Have you read any of the Montana McKenna books yet? Jan Scarbrough's latest in our cowboy sereis is now available for pre-order. You'll want to see what happens next with Liz!

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

10 Reasons Why Blog Comments Matter - #MicroWorkshop 2 #WriterWednesday

Yes! Comments on my Blog!
Do blog comments matter? It might depend upon the perspective, but yes, they definitely benefit your blog. However, I know with my own blogging experience, most visitors to my blog do not comment—but that doesn’t mean they don’t visit or read the post. (Or at least some of the post.) My stats show that the hits to individual posts are generally a lot higher than the number of comments left behind.

But do comments really matter? Besides the argument that regular, fresh content and comments can help the search engines find your blog—let’s talk a bit about why you want to invite comments. And why, if you are a blog visitor, you might want to leave a comment on other author’s blogs.

But first, let’s assume your blog is focused in the writing/author world, and the visitors to your blog are generally from that same world—other writers, bloggers, and hopefully, readers of your books. Making this assumption, we can safely say that your blog plays an important role in networking with other writers and readers—and is an important piece of your marketing plan.

Why you want comments on your blog.