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Book 2 in the California Belly Dance Romance series

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To ambitious belly dancer Melanie Drake, celebrity drummer Taz Roman is a self-absorbed playboy she prefers to avoid… until he makes her a tantalizing offer.

He needs someone to pose as his live-in girlfriend to get his meddling sister off his back. In exchange, he’ll coach her through the upcoming Belly Dance Divas’ audition.

But when Melanie’s fake feelings turn real and their secret backfires, she discovers Taz isn’t the man she thought he was. As the deception threatens to destroy her dreams and his career, she must find the courage to fight for what she truly wants.





DeAnna Cameron writes about feisty heroines transformed by true love and belly dance—one of the oldest and most exciting dance forms in the world. Her novels have been translated into Japanese, Polish, and Serbian, and her work has been praised for its “deft prose, energetic characters and . . . colorful images” by RT Book Reviews. Before turning to fiction, DeAnna worked as a journalist, writing and editing for several Southern California newspapers and magazines. When she isn’t writing, she shepherds a local writing community called O.C Writers and edits LitCentralOC.com, an online resource and showcase for local authors. She lives with her family in Orange County, Calif.

For more info, find her online here:

Author site: www.DeAnnaCameron.com

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/DeAnnaCameronAuthor

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One passionate night. Two lost souls. A whole world of trouble.


Juggling two jobs to keep her belly dance studio afloat keeps Abby Anderson’s mind off her shattered love life–until a reawakened pain sends her into the arms of an anonymous stranger she plucks from the audience of her tribal belly dance show. No names, no strings, no romance. She tells herself it’s a harmless one night stand.
Until he turns up at her day job . . .
Derek Collier, the sexy heir to the Collier media dynasty, just landed everything he’s always wanted: the publisher’s seat at the Orange County Herald. Except his first order of business is to sell the newspaper. Reeling from his family’s betrayal, his only comfort is the memory of that mysterious belly dancer and the perfect night they spent together.
He won’t rest until he finds her again.
She’ll lose everything if he does.


SHIMMY FOR ME is a sexy contemporary romance with a cool and sophisticated alpha male hero, and a smart, bold, and definitely not-your-girl-next-door heroine. Their story is sometimes intensely passionate, sometimes laugh-out-loud funny, and always emotionally satisfying. For readers who enjoy contemporary romance, women’s fiction, new adult romance, and romantic comedy.


“DeAnna Cameron delivers satisfying happily-ever-afters that will leave you sighing.” –bestselling author Beth Yarnall


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DeAnna Cameron is the author of two historical novels, “The Belly Dancer” and “Dancing at The Chance,” both from Berkley/Penguin USA, and most recently the novella “Shimmy for Me,” which launches her new contemporary romance series. Her novels have been translated into Japanese, Polish, and Serbian, and her work has been praised for its “deft prose, energetic characters and . . . colorful images” by RT Book Reviews and called “most entertaining” by the Historical Novel Review. She’s also the founder of the O.C. Writers author network and Lit Central O.C., an e-magazine written by local writers. Before turning to fiction, she worked as a journalist, writing and editing for several Southern California newspapers and magazines. She lives in Orange County and is always at work on her next book.

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Marlaphoto6-11Marla Miller’s “Deadly Little Secrets” is her first published novel though she’s been writing fiction for years. She makes her living as an editor and writing coach and teaches workshops at Santa Barbara Writers Conference and Southern California Writers’ Conference.  For 16 years, she was a journalist in Orange County before becoming founding editor-in-chief of an O.C. lifestyle magazine. Prior to that, Miller was a psychiatric nurse practitioner. It is through this prism that this medical suspense/romance is told.

For more about Marla, visit her website at www.MarlaMiller.com.


What’s your favorite scene in “Deadly Little Secrets” and why?

Any hospital scene is good reading, fast-paced, and authentic. I also loved writing the scenes that featured the teenage characters. They are brave kids.


What is your favorite holiday tradition?

Reading “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” to my kids and grandchild. We end up giggling a lot.


If a reader curls up with your book on a cold, winter night, what’s the perfect seasonal beverage you’d recommend?

Any stiff drink will do.


What are you working on next?

My next novel chronicles a middle-age woman’s panic over aging and will appeal to any readers who hear themselves humming “Is that all there is?” Working title “SweetSpot” and

yes, it is about one mid-life woman’s search for hers.




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Two best friends since grade school may not be much longer in this romantic suspense set in an O.C. California coastal community. In the spring of 1985, a school board meeting is held to decide the fate of an AIDS education module faculty at the local high school recommend be added to the curriculum of the school’s sex education program. Only a few people knew that the meeting would turn ugly; protagonist Loretta Casterini was not one of them.

Over the next ten-days – in the middle of which Rock Hudson’s face, more grim reaper than leading man, splashes across newspapers around the world– Loretta not only learns about secrets her best friend Julia has kept but that one of them could have had deadly consequences.

Until this incident happened, Loretta had always held Julia Brooks in the kind of high regard reserved for those women who pushed open those ‘boys only’ clubhouse doors by using their intelligence. That was Julia Brooks. When Stanford Med accepted her in the spring of 1969, days after she had turned twenty, Loretta was not the least bit surprised.
What surprised her was Julia’s reaction at the school board meeting to this public health education issue. Also a shock was watching Julia’s reaction to her former lover, Steven Wilcox, now president of the town’s school board.
The only one at that meeting not surprised- besides the health education teacher parent protesters were trying to malign – was Steve Wilcox’s seventeen year-old son, Mark.
Hours after the meeting, Loretta finds out that Mark’s car crashed over North Canyon Road. Once everyone converges at the hospital, only then does Loretta begin to figure out what was probably always right in front of her, Dr. Julia Brooks didn’t walk on water after all.





SusanSquires2Since beginning her career in 2000 with Danegeld,” which won a Golden Heart for best unpublished manuscript from Romance Writers of America, Susan has published 17 novels and three novellas with Dorchester Publishing and St. Martin’s Press, as well as self-publishing four books and a novella in The Magic Series. She’s been a finalist in the Rita contest for Best Romance Novel and garnered several Reviewer’s Choice awards from Romantic Times BookReviews. Publisher’s Weekly named “Body Electric” one of the 10 most influential mass-market books, and “One with the Shadows” a Best Book of the Year. Her work has appeared on the New York Times and USA Today best sellers lists. She’s known for breaking the rules of romance writing, and whatever her subject, historical period, or theme, her work always contains some element of the paranormal.

For more about Susan, visit her website at www.SusanSquires.com.


What’s your favorite scene in “Do You Believe in Magic?” and why?

My favorites scenes are not big action scenes, not even the sex scenes—though who doesn’t like sex scenes?—or even the satisfying ending. No, I’ve always liked the “getting-to-know-you” scenes, where the reader first understands the deep reasons the hero and heroine are right for each other (no matter how unlikely a couple they seem to be on the surface) and exactly what is standing in the way of their happy ending. Those are some of the most complex scenes to write, yet often, when I understand the characters, those scenes can just come flowing out. So, in “Do You Believe In Magic?,” the first of my Magic Series, my favorite scene is the one where Maggie takes Tristram home. He’s been in a mysterious accident in the middle of Nevada. She gets him to a hospital. But when he gets out he has nowhere to go, so she takes him to her father’s remote and decaying ranch for a night, before giving him a ride back to L.A. and his family. They’ve had several scenes together. The attraction has become palpable, but in this scene readers really start understanding who Tris and Maggie are, and what a relationship might cost each of them.


What is your favorite holiday tradition?

My favorite holiday tradition is probably caroling. I have always loved to sing, and I belonged to a caroling group when I lived in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Cold nights, warm scarves, coats and gloves, and voices singing together the familiar holiday favorites: what could be better? Only the holiday beverage we got when we came in. That was hot chocolate when I was young, and it got a shot of peppermint schnapps in it as I got older.


If a reader curls up with your book on a cold, winter night, what’s the perfect seasonal beverage you’d recommend?

If you are going to curl up with “Do You Believe in Magic?” this season, I’d recommend mulled wine.  Steaming red wine with all those delightful holiday spices in it is a perfect companion when you are snuggling up with a book.


What are you working on next?

I’m working on the fifth novel in the Magic Series, “The Magic’s in the Music.” This series is about the large and successful Tremaine family who are descended from Merlin, and have magic in their DNA. It comes alive when they meet another with the Merlin gene. The couple are irresistibly attracted, and each gets a magic power.  Sounds great, huh? But it’s not that easy. There are others descended from Morgan Le Fay, who want to do very different things with their power. The Tremaine family is under siege. The youngest brother, Lanyon has seen five siblings find their destined lovers and come into their powers. He’s seen the cost of magic too and wants no part of it.  But the music inside him almost compels him to drift from club to club to play music that keeps the audience spell-bound. Everyone calls him the Ghost. He’s living a half-life, hoping to avoid the day when his destiny finds him. So when he looks up at the bar and sees a blond girl at the bar and feels that instant tug, he knows exactly what’s happening. He’s met his Destiny and, try as he might, there will be no avoiding her. He’s being drawn back into his family’s struggles, if for no other reason than the fact that only they can protect Greta Falk. At least for a while.





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Award-winning NY Times Bestseller Susan Squires begins her new MAGIC series, with Do You Believe In Magic? Tristram Tremaine has never fit in with his large and boisterous family. They believe they carry a magic gene that comes alive only when they fall in love with another who carries that gene. After disappointing his parents one too many times, Tris, the bad-boy brother, hits the road on his cycle, drifting away from his destiny.

That is, until he meets Maggie O’Brian, a spit-fire rodeo rider with a strange ability to calm wild horses. Maggie lives on the road too, avoiding relationships. Her mother left her, the boy she loved left her, even her dog left her. The last thing she wants in a man is a tomcat with “love ‘em and leave ‘em” written all over him.

But the connection between Tris and Maggie is instantaneous. After a mysterious accident nearly kills Tris, he and Maggie must learn to believe in their destiny and each other to stay one step ahead of those who will do anything to prevent them from claiming it.She lost her memory … now she’s misplaced her heart. A finalist for the Romance Writers of America RITA Award.

Lady Elizabeth Fairchild is weary of playing flirtatious games in Regency London. Henceforth, she’s determined to be her caring and honest self. But that can be dangerous in a scandal-loving society, especially when she loses her memory . . . and falls in love with a highly honorable lord. No matter how strongly he may return her affections, he’s convinced she caused his friend’s untimely death. And without a memory, how can she be certain of her innocence?



Mary Castillo


Mary Castillo

Mary Castillo’s novels have turned romance and paranormal mystery readers into dedicated fans. Her latest, “Lost in the Light” and “Girl in the Mist” have been widely praised by critics and readers. “Lost in the Light,” the first in the Dori O Paranormal Mystery series, finaled in the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence. She is also the author of “Switchcraft,” “In Between Men,” and “Hot Tamara.” Her novellas are featured in the anthologies “Orange County Noir,” “Names I Call My Sister,” and “Friday Night Chicas.” She lives with her family in Orange County, California.

For more about Mary and her books, visit www.MaryCastillo.com.


What’s your favorite scene in “Lost in the Light” and why?

There are so many! The book really came to life in the fourth and fifth drafts when I was able to make real connections between the characters I had created and real people from my historical research. For example, Vicente’s crime lord boss, James Mc Clemmy, was initially just something I’d created in my imagination. In my mind, he was a large Black Irish guy with a big voice, barrel chest, black hair, and cold blue eyes. He lived in the best hotels in San Diego, L.A., and Santa Barbara, commanding his empire that brought in hooch from Mexico into the United States.

There is very little written about Prohibition on the West Coast and yet, it was just as wild as it was back in Chicago and New York. However, when I started “playing” on genealogy research sites, I found an article in the L.A. Times about a bootlegging boss who was sentenced to McNeil Federal Prison in Washington. His name was James Ryan. I extended the search to locate his prison intake record, which indicated he was a six-foot man with curly black hair and blue eyes!

It was as if history was telling me, go for it; that my instincts were leading me straight and true. A similar thing happened with Anna, the young woman Vicente had died to protect. I had thought her backstory was a little farfetched but upon spending some hours at the San Diego History Center, I located an interview with a woman who had been “sold” at the age of 12 by her parents to a much older man. She had to live with his mother until she was of age to marry him!

And then again, I was worried about Dori’s PTSD being too over the top. But my parents introduced me to their friend and retired police officer and he confirmed her reactions were very authentic. Also, he gave me a great real-life crime to use in a future book!

So with that kind of confirmation, I completed the book with a cold-hearted villian, a mysterious young woman, a very handsome and devilish ghost, and of course, Dori, the heart and soul of the book.


What is your favorite holiday tradition?

Ever since I was a child, my parents always took us Christmas “lighting.” We’d go to neighborhoods in Chula Vista, Whitney Circle, and Candy Cane Lane, where all of the houses would be decorated with lights and displays. Candy Cane Lane is no more, but my husband and I take our son Christmas Lighting to Whitney Circle and other places in Orange County.


If a reader curls up with your book on a cold, winter night, what’s the perfect seasonal beverage you’d recommend?

As you’ll read in “Lost in the Light,” Dori is a tea devotee! On a cold wintry night–in a drafty Victorian no less–she would recommend a Chai Latte using Good Earth’s Roiboos Sweet and Spicy Blend. First, she heats the milk to almost boiling and then soaks the tea bag for three minutes, or five minutes if you like it super spicy. Pull on some thick socks and cozy flannel jammies, and you’re ready for some thrills and chills!


What are you working on next?

I’m working on “Lost in Whispers,” the second novel in the Dori O Paranormal Mystery series. It is scheduled to release in October 2015. And once again, historical research and instinct are guiding me!




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A soul held captive . . .

One October morning in 1932, Vicente Sorolla entered the white house on the hill and was never seen again.

Now, Detective Dori Orihuela witnesses his brutal murder in her nightmares.

Drawn to this tough but tender woman, Vicente materializes out of her butler’s pantry and asks her to find his lost love, Anna. Dori wonders if she’s not only about to lose her badge, but also her sanity. Instead, she learns how to live and love again from a dead man who becomes her friend.




FEATURED AUTHOR: Michelle Knowlden


While working as an engineer, Michelle Knowlden published 14 stories with Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine that featured hypochondriac detective Micky Cardex and two stories that did not. “No, Thank You, John” was nominated for a Shamus award. Many of these stories have been included in anthologies and translated in multiple languages. She also published a science fiction story for “More Amazing Stories,” an Amazing Stories anthology published by Tor.

In December 2013, Amazon Kindle published the first of four short novels in the Abishag Mystery series: “Sinking Ships.” The second Abishag mystery, “Indelible Beats,” was published January 2014. “”Riddle in Bones,” the third, was published April 2014 and the last of the quartet, “Eggshell Present,” was released September 2014. She has also published Young Adult SF with Neal Shusterman: “X Files YA No. 10 Dark Matter,” for HarperCollins under the name Easton Royce and an e-novella “Unstrung,” in Shusterman’s Unwind world published by Simon & Schuster.

For more about Michelle, visit her website at http://mlknowlden.wordpress.com.


What’s your favorite scene in “Sinking Ships” and why?

When Leslie Greene bursts into tears with Mrs. Timmons. The college student has been holding it together for half the book—finding a murdered hospice aide on her wedding night, caring for her octogenarian, nearly-dead husband, and dealing with threats to her and her friends—when she finally loses it with the sympathetic housekeeper. She lets down her guard and as a result, she learns something key about Thomas’s past.


What is your favorite holiday tradition?

It made me laugh thinking that most of my favorite holiday traditions are food related. One of my non-food related traditions is getting together with friends and shopping for children’s gifts for Operation Christmas Child.  It’s fun to spark ideas from each other and put together a perfect collection of practical and fun gifts that will fit into a shoebox. Uh oh, we also have lunch afterwards.


If a reader curls up with your book on a cold, winter night, what’s the perfect seasonal beverage you’d recommend?

Leslie and her friends are fiends for coffee, which I can’t drink at night. Steamed coconut milk with a dribble of almond extract and a dash of cinnamon will be this year’s winter beverage of choice. I drink chamomile tea if my brain is on fire after writing all day.


What are you working on next?

I have two manuscripts that are mired in revisions. I’m also writing discovery drafts of a series set on 1920s California orange ranches. I recently completed the 1922 prequel, a mystery novella, set in prohibition Long Beach. For the actual series set in north Orange County, I’m finishing the first romance novel about an on-the-run Americanization teacher who is trapped in a fake engagement when her past catches up to her. Then there is a YA dystopia novel that wakes me up at night and follows me to the tea kettle mid-afternoons. Not to mention that while walking, I jot down ideas for the sequel to “Jack Fell Down” …




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Nineteen-year-old Leslie Greene finds a way to solve her money woes. Having had four contract marriages, her friend Jen assures Leslie that nothing will go wrong.

After signing with the Abishag agency (a firm that supplies temporary wives to comfort dying men), Leslie marries a comatose 83-year-old executive. Always the analyst, she calculates she’ll be a widow before Fall semester. Three weeks of training and armed with the Handbook for Abishag Wives, Leslie arrives at Thomas Crowder’s Palos Verdes home … and finds a murdered hospice aide.

An old Portuguese shipwreck, an antique stack of hidden ledgers, her university housemates and a red-haired agency lawyer are all that stand between Leslie and a vengeful killer.

Sinking Ships is the first of four short novels in the Abishag murder series.



Merrie Destefano

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Merrie Destefano

Novelist and magazine editor, Merrie Destefano has two novels published with HarperVoyager, “Afterlife” and “Feast.” Her self-published work includes “Fathom,” “Waiting for Midnight,” and “The Plague Carrier.” The editor of Victorian Homes magazine, Vintage Gardens magazine, American Farmhouse magazine, and Zombies magazine, she has also co-authored a number of how-to-draw books including “How to Draw Vampires” and “How to Draw Grimm’s Dark Tales.” Born in the Midwest, she currently lives in Southern California with her husband, two dogs, a Siamese cat, and the occasional wandering possum. She loves to camp in the mountains, walk on the beach, watch old movies, and listen to alternative music—although rarely all at the same time.

For more about Merrie and her books, visit her website at www.MerrieDestefano.com.


What’s your favorite scene in “Fathom” and why?

When the main character, Kira, who is a 16-year-old girl, is talking on the phone to her best friend, Sean, and she is wondering what it would be like to kiss him.


 What is your favorite holiday tradition?

Getting my Christmas decorations out and remembering who made them or when I got them. Some were made by my son when he was a child, some were made by me, others were gifts. I also keep holiday cards friends and family have sent in past years, and these become part of my current holiday décor. Sometimes I hang them on colored ribbons, sometimes I set them out on my buffet.


If a reader curls up with your book on a cold, winter night, what’s the perfect seasonal beverage you’d recommend?

Definitely hot cocoa!


What are you working on next?

I’m currently editing a gothic romance horror novel set in the early 1800s that I just finished writing, and I’m putting together sample chapters and a proposal for my next YA novel, which features a teenage boy who has witnessed a traumatic event.





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Turning sixteen can be hell, especially if everyone in town thinks your mother killed herself and your sister. All Kira Callahan wants to do is swim, hang out with her best friend, Sean, and ignore the kids who torment her at school. That is, until one day when she gets invited to a party. For three minutes her life is wonderful—she even kisses Sean. Then somebody spikes her drink and some girls from out of town lure her into the ocean and hold her underwater.

Kira soon discovers that the group of wild teenagers who have come to visit Crescent Moon Bay are not as innocent as they seem. In fact, nothing is as it seems—not the mysterious deaths of her sister and mother, not her heritage, not even her best friend. And everything seems to hinge on the ancient Celtic legends that her mother used to tell her as a child.



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Greta Boris

Greta Boris is the author of the Amazon Fitness and Exercise bestseller “The Wine and Chocolate Workout,” a freelance writer, and a budding novelist. She is currently hard at work on a series of thrillers based on the Seven Deadly Sins. She describes her work (and her life) as an O.C. housewife meets Dante’s Inferno. Come visit her at http://gretaboris.com.


What’s your favorite part of “The Wine and Chocolate Workout”  and why?

In the chapter on Playing Versus Exercising, I tell the story of a woman I knew who played her way to the weight loss she’d been unsuccessfully attempting for years. She got her mind off her waistline and on to becoming a better tennis player. One day she put on her tennis skirt and it almost fell off. She’d lost the unwanted pounds without even realizing she was doing it.

I love this story because it encapsulates the message of the book. Diets, striving, self-deprivation are not only miserable, they don’t work. There is a healthy, joyful, and fun way to get in the best shape of your life and, when you do it that way, it lasts.


What is your favorite holiday tradition?

I love to sing—daughter of an opera  singer that I am.  Growing up, we stood around the piano every Christmas Eve and sang carols for hours. Now I sing in a community chorale. We perform four concerts in December, which is great, but my favorite thing is to sing in local hospitals. This year we’ll be singing at CHOC and in the Veteran’s hospital. It’s wonderful to watch the faces of those who are struggling light up when they hear the familiar words of hope.


If a reader curls up with your book on a cold, winter night, what’s the perfect seasonal beverage you’d recommend?

Wine, of course. I guess, for the holidays it could be mulled wine, but I’d hate to ruin a great glass of Cab or a Pinot with a bunch of spices. I say, drink it straight with some chocolate on the side.


What are you working on next?

I’ve totally been bitten by the fiction bug. I just completed a thriller with supernatural elements that is out there in the ether waiting for agents’ reviews. I’m also working on a series of novellas based on the seven deadly sins. There is a story for each sin.

“Lust,” the one I’m focused on currently, is about a married real estate agent who has become smitten with a younger man.  She sets up a tryst in a beautiful, beach home she has listed, but before they can seal the deal something goes horribly wrong.

I’m calling my genre Cozy Horror. The best way to describe it is: Real housewives in the O.C. meet Dante’s “Inferno.” The stories are about regular women, with the kind of flaws we all deal with, who encounter some pretty harrowing circumstances. There are thrills, chills, and some humor, but they are ultimately stories of hope and redemption.




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Do you wish you could afford a personal trainer? Statistically, you are more likely to reach your fitness goals if you hire one. Trainers know their clients aren’t going to give up their favorite treats, like wine and chocolate, so how do they have such great success? Learn their secrets with this simple, step by step approach to a healthier, lighter life.