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Crafty Authors at the Beach with Special Duest Hildie McQueen

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Welcome to Books Coffee and Crafts News’ first “Crafty Author’s Coffee Hour”.  This is a new feature that I’m super excited about “Authors that Craft”.  Our On the Beach segment, will be for Coastal Magic Convention 2017 “Featured Authors”.  As one of CMCon17’s “Featured Bloggers” I have the honor of hosting one or more “Featured Author” each month.  I arranged (bribed) to get crafty ones.  😏
Today we’re in  Daytona Beach, Florida at a lovely little coffee shop I’ve conjured in my head.  My guest this afternoon is the lovely, and extremely talented Hildie McQueen.  She is the first CMCon17 “Featured Author” to join me.  I will be hosting a different author each month until the convention in February.  

  
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For those of you who might not be familiar with the bestselling author. Hildie McQueen loves action, love and unusual settings. Author of western historical, Highland historical and contemporary romance, she writes something every reader can enjoy.
Most days she can be found in her pajamas hiding from delivery men while drinking tea from her David Gandy coffee mug. In the afternoons she browses the Internet for semi-nude men to post on Facebook.
Hildie’s favorite past-times are romance conventions, traveling, shopping and reading.
She resides in beautiful small town Georgia with her super-hero husband Kurt and two unruly Chihuahuas.
Visit her website at www.hildiemcqueen.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HildieMcQueen
Twitter: https://twitter.com/HildieMcQueen
Instagram: @HildieWrites
She writes paranormal as H.M. McQueen.
Here comes Hildie now.  Looking bright and cheerful, wearing jeans, a loose fitting multicolored top and of course a Kate Spade tote with her planner in hand. Once the hugging and fangirling is over.  Hildie is one of my favorite author type people.  Hildie, sweetheart that she is compliments me on my summer dress, and I ask where she got her adorable blouse, we place our order.  She gets an Earl Grey Latte sweetened with honey.  Then asks for a large cup and offers to split a toasted bagel with me.  I happily accept, and order an Iced Caffè Americano for myself.  Once our drinks arrive we settle in for a cozy little chat.

ProfilePicThreeI want to thank you for joining me today, and for being the first “Featured Author” from Coastal Magic, first “Author who Crafts” (Crafty Author), as well as my very first visitor to join me online for a Coffee Time Chat.  Wow!  That’s a lot of firsts.

Speaking of firsts, last February was my first Author/blogger/reader convention.  Coastal Magic Convention 2016.  I’m thankful I choose that convention, because it was so fun and casual.  I had so much fun, I decided before it was over, that I would be returning for the next one.  You couldn’t imagine how thrilled I was when I was chosen as one of the “Featured Bloggers”.  That means not only do I get to do spotlights for you and the other “Featured Authors”.  I get to help out at the convention.  I wish I had heard of CMCon17 sooner.  I could have been going for years.

What about you, Hildie?  How long have you been attending?  What has been one of your favorite experiences at Coastal Magic.

1496913_1263397550343205_2519799645491758359_n I am one of the lucky authors who attended the very first year.  It was called Old City, New Blood then.  Those of us who were there will never forget the parrots in the lobby.  It was a riot, but boy did we have fun!

My favorite event at CMC was that first year, when four of us hosted a Caribbean candy party.  It was a last minute throw together, and an absolute hit!

Every year I enjoy the laid back attitude of the convention, not only that, but who can resist books, fun people and the beach?

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Hildie and I will be heading to Daytona Beach, Florida next February for the Coastal Magic Convention. It’s a super casual, author/reader event, right by the beach. As a “Featured Blogger” I’ll be moderating, while Hildie will be on some fun panels, doing a meet & greet or two, and generally hanging with fantastic readers like YOU! If you love urban fantasy, paranormal, or any variety of romance, this is the place for you.

With panels designed to start interesting discussion, and meet & greets with fun themes, we’ve got something for just about every reader. While there IS a schedule, there is also ample time for authors and their fans to just hang out together, this is what we’re here for! Join us for reader, blogger, and author shenanigans.
Saturday’s charity book sale and signing is open to convention attendees, and also FREE to the public. We’ve got a Featured Author lineup, over 50 amazing storytellers, that showcases not only bestselling favorites, but debut and “new to you” authors that are sure to catch your attention. Come take a bite out of the beach with us!! Feb 2-5, 2017
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The Montana Cowboys!

Spend time with heroes in blue jeans.  Not only that, you’ll get to experience every inch of their delectable bodies as three of the books are steamy.

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They are free on KU!!  Or just $1.99 to own!

 
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Montana Beau
A sexy modern Cinderella type story with a humorous twist.  Except, there’s no glass slipper, just an ugly dog and a prince who is anything but charming.
When Sunny Stilton gets the job to decorate millionaire Beau Forrester’s new house, she is way over her head.  To make matters worse, not only is her new client drop dead gorgeous, but he’s also a total ass.
Beau Forrester, a confirmed bachelor does what comes natural after sleeping with the beautiful interior designer…he fires her.
You’ll keep turning the pages to see what happens next in this fun and touching story.

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Montana Boss
Shannon Aldean’s excitement after a great one-night stand quickly fizzles when her entire family shows up the next morning…while the guy is still there. Stress soon turns to panic when her date turns out to be the her new boss at the local ranching supply company.
Drew Emerson wants to simplify his life, move on from under his deceased brother’s shadow by buying his own ranching company in small Longview, Montana. Soon he finds out how hard it is to move forward without first reconciling his past.
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Montana Bachelor
The morning after Amy Leigh Paisley, from Pine Oak, Montana is left behind in Las Vegas, she wakes up with not only a huge hangover, but with a husband who happens to be Trent Baxter, Billings’ most eligible bachelor.
His father thinks she’s a gold-digger, her mother wants her to be one and all Amy Leigh wants, is to stay married to the hot man for just a bit longer and maybe another night of great sex.
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Montana Born will be part of the Love & Grace Anthology, which is sweet, so in the Anthology it will be a very different version than the one to be released on its own later this fall.
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This collection of sweet and inspirational novellas has an uplifting love story for everyone. These stories bring a touch of grace to romance, and a touch of romance to your heart.
Our twelve authors have collaborated to bring together this collection. Each story relates to dyslexia in some way, and the full proceeds from all the stories benefit GRACEPOINT – A School for Dyslexia. This box set is our collective gift of love and support to you and the children GRACEPOINT serves.
Can a town save a marriage? Will a high school reunion offer a second chance at love? Can a man with a secret and a woman afraid of being hurt learn to trust? Can a girl running from her past escape her heart? Will a woman trapped in the past discover the true importance of family? Can unexpected love become the best present ever?
You’ll find hours of enjoyment as well as a satisfying ending to each story. No cliffhangers and no partial novels are offered here, just an escape into worlds of love, families, and grace.

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The guiding hand bringing this project to fruition is USA Today Best Selling Author Ciara Knight.

The foreword is New York Times Best Selling Author, Sherrilyn Kenyon.
Contributing authors include:  Lindi Peterson, Hildie McQueen, Sally Kilpatrick, Linda Joyce, Airicka Phoenix, M. K. Smith, Lori Freehand, Alexandrea Weis, Nicole Zoltack, Kirsten Fay, and Walt Mussell.
 
Here’s your chance to share in giving back to others who need your support. Pre-order will be available on August 1st with a release date of August 30th

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Crafty Author’s Coffee Hour

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Now for the crafty part of our hour.  Besides the excellent stories you weave, what else do you craft, Hildie?

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I’ve done some crafting.  Scrapbooking and card making and I’ve dabbled a bit into beading, but that didn’t last.  Little beads were everywhere and I hated stepping on them.  Finally I fell into the whole colorful mesh wreath thing, friends gathered at my house and made them for every season.  I don’t even use them, they were just fun to make.
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Wow!  I’ve never tried working with mesh, or making wreaths.  I’ll have to give it a try this fall.  I can see making an purple, orange, green, and black one for Halloween.

I noticed you mentioned papercrafts, but not your decorative planning.  I know that might not be the first thing that comes to mind when someone mentions crafts, but I definitely consider it a craft.

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I love using paper planners and even make videos for planner people!

ProfilePicThreeI just recently started decorative planning.  I stumbled upon your video’s while surfing YouTube for “How to planner videos”.   I love your videos.  Not only did I learn a lot about planning, but about yourself as well.

Hildie promised to share a video with us, if I posted a picture of one of my planning pages.  So here’s a picture of one of my weeks.  Not near her level, but I’m a newbie.  I still decorate one week at a time, as I’m still figuring out my style and what works for me.  But I’m thoroughly enjoying it.  The happy side effect of decorative planning…..  I actually write things down a lot more.

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You’re in luck.  At your request, I made one just for this event.
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Hildie McQueen chats about Coastal Magic while decorating her planner for the week of the event.

ProfilePicThree Oh wow!  That was a wonderful video.  I love how you pull everything together.  So organized, yet pretty and fun.  You’ve given me some great ideas.  I’m going to have to check out some of the Etsy shops you mentioned.

I loved that you planned out the week of Coastal Magic for us.  I guess it might be a good idea to go ahead and do my planning for that week also.  Today has been so much fun and I’m so glad you were my first guest here on Books, Coffee, and Crafts News.  I look forward to seeing you again in Daytona Beach this coming February.  It’s going to be a blast.

Thanks everyone for joining us today.  I hope you enjoyed Hildie’s visit as much as I did.  And I really hope to see you all at Coastal Magic Convention 2017.

Please feel free to comment on this post.  I’d love to know if you are going to be attending #CMCon17 or if you have gone in the past. What you thought of Hildie McQueen’s video and/or decorative planning in general.   Also, what or who you would like to see on here in future.

Be sure to catch us next month for another CMCon17 Featured Author Spotlight.

Captive's Kiss by Sharon Kay

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Title: Captive’s Kiss
Series: Watcher’s Kiss #3
Author: Sharon Kay
Genre: Adult, PNR Romance
Published: June 29, 2016
*previously published in the Gathering Darkness boxed set
It was only supposed to be one hookup. One hot night to ease the mating urge of his race’s fertile period.
But after scorching, up-against-the-wall sex in a darkened club, Tanner can’t get Saige out of his mind. And when he spots her the next day, in league with an enemy, he’s determined to uncover more about her than her delectable curves.
Saige knows Tanner is one of the good guys. And that’s why she can never see him again.
Her life has crumbled into a horrific turmoil, forced to aid criminals in kidnapping men for bloody arena fights. Held against her will, she has no hope of escape from her captors.
Determination rages through Tanner until he tracks Saige down. But rescuing her from her jailers’ sadistic whims means entering her underground hell. Posing as her victim and locked in a cell, he must find a way to save them both before he is pushed into a fight to the death.
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The Diva of Demons has done it again!
This engrossing story begins towards the end of a sultry day.  Not an ordinary day, but the summer solstice, where half the creatures of Torth were in their fertile period, and the need to reproduce rode them hard.  The scent of sex literally curled through the air of downtown Halice.  The Watchers (The protectors of Torth, and consisting mainly of Lash Demons), were off duty, and had only one thing on their minds.  Sex! 
Tanner and Saige (both lash demons) meet at one of the local clubs.  Wasting no time, they proceed to assuage their mutual needs.  As in, they have hot, steamy sex.  Orgasmic!  (Phew.  I needed a fan here.)  Once satisfied they part ways:  Tanner to return to Watcher Headquarters, and Saige to continue her search of strong males to lure back for her bosses for fodder for their underground fights.
Tanner can’t get Saige off his mind, or rid of her scent.  He swears her scent is everywhere.  Places she shouldn’t be, until he finds her with his enemy.  Deep down, Tanner knows that something isn’t right, and doesn’t stop until he discovers the truth.  Of course, that leads to a whole other kettle of fish……
Sharon Kay has done an outstanding job of setting the stage for this entrancing story.  Packed full of interesting creatures: some good, some not so good, and a few downright disgusting.  Good guy demons.  Or should I say…. Hot, sexy, alpha, good guy demons, countered by bad, ugly, mean, bully, demons.  But don’t worry; the good guys aren’t all goodie, goodie.  And the lady, while she might need some help, isn’t helpless. 
Miss Kay, packs a lot of story into this novella.  As well, as action, humor, some steamy sex, self discovery, and romance.  She makes it almost impossible to stop reading.  And face it, who would want too.   I loved returning to the world of the Troth, and the Watchers Warriors.  I heartily recommend this book. 
Although the first two books in this series were awesome, this book can easily be read as a standalone.
Captive’s Kiss Excerpt © Sharon Kay 2016
Saige threw back the shot, savoring the burn as it flowed down her throat. If she didn’t grab that male, there were dozens of others to choose from. Her captors preferred the most dangerous predatory species. They liked Deserati demons, but they also loved Lash demons, and she was certain she’d seen a group of Watchers walk in.
She glanced around, not spotting them at the moment. Probably already in rooms with females. Dudes as big as that had ladies hanging off them like vines at this time of year. She looked to the dance floor, which was just a packed mass of bodies. It was hard to tell where one creature ended and the next one began.
Her skin tingled, responding to the groping and kissing all around her. She needed to get relief, then she could do what she needed to.
She set down the glass and squared her shoulders, ready to sidle into the mass…and found her way blocked by a solid wall of muscle and a scent that almost brought her to her knees.
Smoke and a hint of dark spice clung to him. Well over six feet tall, he had short dark hair and green eyes that already gleamed with lust as he perused her from heels to hair. His eyes locked with hers, and she froze under the weight of his stare. Need, power, danger. And interest.
“Your name?” His deep voice rumbled around her, through her. His full lower lip looked bitable and her pulse quickened. He was a Lash, her species, and he was in the same hormonal boat she was. She could tell, even though she couldn’t resist a quick peek at the bulge behind his zipper.
“Saige.” She took in his enormous biceps and shoulders and inhaled once again. He was intoxicating, dreamy, sexy, and hot as hell.
A group of males pushed to the bar behind her, jostling her, and the Lash’s arms went around her shoulders, tucking her close. Her breath hitched at the sensation of being pressed against that wide chest, and she took another greedy inhale. She rubbed her cheek on the soft black cotton of his T-shirt.
“I’m Tanner,” he said, and she felt the words vibrate from his body the same way she heard them in her ears. “Let’s go somewhere quieter.”
“Gods, yes,” she murmured, and let him lead her around the bar to the dark area of private rooms in back.
His hand gripped her hip and he allowed zero space between them as he pushed through the crowd. His fingers felt magical, each tip a spark to her need. Gods, she was so overdue for this. She’d waited too long. She might orgasm just from him touching her over her clothes.
Oh, who was she kidding, she didn’t care how it happened. It just needed to happen in the next minute or she’d combust.
Tanner. She said his name in her mind, letting the syllables roll around. So sexy and strong. She felt something hard concealed at the side of his thigh. A blade. He had to be a Watcher.
The elite warriors were the self-appointed peace enforcers of the realms. They were honorable, but could be merciless to species who took unfair advantage of less fortunate ones. They were the good guys, the white knights…but their sex drives were just as insane as everyone else’s right now.  She slid a hand around his waist, dragging it slowly down his muscular ass.
He growled and shoved open a door that had been left ajar by a fae couple who’d just left. In one fluid move, he kicked the door shut and pinned her against the wall.
“You want this, Saige?” His hands circled her biceps and slid down to her wrists, leaving a trail of goose bumps. “You want me?”
“Yes. Now.” She captured one of his big hands and brought it to her lips, sucking his first finger into her mouth.
His eyes glowed bright green and he gritted his teeth. “Fuck, woman.” His free hand went to the center zipper of her corset—who the hell had time for hooks and laces—and pulled it down.

Sharon Kay writes award-winning fiction and can never get enough reading time. She loves winter and black coffee, and is endlessly inspired to write kick-ass heroines and the men strong enough to capture their hearts. Sharon lives in the Chicago area with her husband and son, and one weekend the idea for her Lash Watchers and tough leading ladies formed in her head, refusing to stay quiet until she put pen to paper. Her characters tend to keep her up at night, as they banter, fall in love, and slay endless varieties of power-hungry demons.
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Spotlight, Review & Giveaway: Jaguar Pride (Heart of the Jaguar, Book 4) by Terry Spear


A Heart of the Jaguar book by Terry Spear. What could be better. A Jaguar book and a giveaway! This blog post has them both.

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The Author Spotlight will be featured, both here and on our Facebook page, “Books, Coffee, and Crafts’ News Emporium. The author with the most ‘likes’ will win the spotlight for next week, (starting Tuesday, Feb. 10th).  This contest is being held on our Facebook page.

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Hers to Bear ~ Tamara Hoffa


I can’t wait to read this one. Bear shifters, Yum! <3