Monday, October 27, 2008


Defiant bride doesn’t even describe Madison Whitney. She is the professional Vice President of Marketing for MicroTech, she’s a stunning beauty and she has it all, the job, the New York apartment, the degrees…..well she doesn’t have it all, she wants a child with no husband. At a very young age, Madison learned from her mother’s mistakes not to trust a man so she’s determined never to marry. She’s also planned on having a baby through artificial insemination at New Born who specializes in sperm storage.

As for the handsome and powerful sheikh, I believe Tariq would be at the top of my list. He’s incredibly handsome and his loyalty to his father, his brother’s memory and his country definitely puts him at the top. Tariq is aware that he must rise to the cause of someday being the ruler of his country due to the recent death of his beloved brother. He’s committed to finding a wife so he searches in his own country and neighbouring regions with no luck. He’s determined to return to the US, continuing the search of finding a wife.

One evening he watches a television broadcast featuring Future Born and Madison Whitney is speaking about sperm storage and its use for the future. Just watching her stirs a need in him, and as fate would have it, they meet at his lawyer’s cocktail party. Madison seeks him out in an effort to get rid of an unwanted guest. Immediately Tariq realizes who she is, and he acts on his attraction later that night in the garden. Things get out of control and when they are interrupted, he believes himself to be a fool; she’s as consumed by lust as he is but in the end she resists and denies all. Tariq realizes he is no closer in finding a wife or producing an heir. And the woman, who spent some time in his arms, can’t be trusted. He contacts his lawyer to arrange to have his sperm stored for future use.

Fate steps in again. Madison has arranged to be inseminated and becomes pregnant with the donor she chose? Did she really? No! For some reason which is not known to Madison, she receives the wrong sperm. Tariq has been informed of the mistake and that he’s going to be a father and Madison is the mother. There is only one thing to do, marry this feisty woman for the sake of their unborn child and he realizes is will be hard to convince her! When the news is dropped like a bomb, Madison bristles, no way will she marry this proud sheikh. However, Tariq has other ideas. Their journey is an incredible one; from their getting to know each other, to their marriage and what fate delivers them. The Sheikh’s Defiant Bride is just another wonderful Sandra Marton love story.

Sincerely, there is so much I want to share but that would be unfair to the reader. You’re just going to have to trust that this first book in The Sheikhs Tycoon series is so worth reading. Sometimes when you least expect it an incredible story unfolds with so many lessons and this is no exception. Their journey and the love they both realize, just wonderful!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Share the Love

From Vamps and Scamps by shilohwalker.....quoted from Karen Knows Best Blog

If you are like me, you have a multitude of romance novels sitting on the bookshelf, doing little more than offering fond memories, looking pretty, and gathering dust. As I tried to make room for my newest purchases one day, I thought there had to be a better use for all these wonderful books.

After all, they are not merely love stories and are certainly not rescue fantasies. They are rich narratives of women overcoming conflict, discovering their own power, falling in love, and being rewarded with optimistic, emotionally satisfying endings. And shouldn’t all women enjoy the same treasure of words filled with inspiration and empowerment—or, if nothing else, a pleasant diversion from day to day life?

Of course they should.

Then it occurred to me: why not donate romance novels to women in crisis? Mass-market paperbacks are considered to be inexpensive but are still not in the budget for everyone who might enjoy them. How better to encourage literacy—an incredibly valuable skill that benefits not just women but the families they support—than by providing engaging reading material? Doesn’t everyone deserve the pleasure of a good story with a happy-ending?

With the help of Ann Bleakley, my friend and co-founder, Share The Love was born.

It’s simple: we will collect gently used romance novels and pass them onto non-profit organizations that provide assistance to women in transitional periods of their lives—homeless and domestic violence shelters, prisons and recovery half-way houses—and that help them establish independent lives.

We hope you will join us—one story at a time—in offering encouragement, inspiration, and enjoyment to women.

Thank you,

Maya Rodale
Ann Bleakley

How to Give
Do You Want To Share The Love? Here’s how you can participate right now:
1. Get a box.
2. Start filling it with romance novels you’ve read, but don’t imagine re-reading.
3. Send the box to one of the following locations or check back here to see if we’ll be doing a collection in your area.

Share The Love
c/o Maya Rodale
511 Avenue of The Americas, #90
New York, NY 10011-8436
(212) 924-4002
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Share the Love
c/o Ann Bleakley
P.O. BOX 19313
Minneapolis, MN 55419-0313

We’ve checked out your shipping options, and are of the opinion that USPS parcel post is the best. If you want to ship UPS, be sure to include the phone number on the label.
The fine print: Unfortunately, your donation does not qualify for a deduction on either federal or state taxes.

How to Receive the Love
Would your organization like to receive donations of romance novels?
Share The Love donates romance novels to non-profit, non-denominational organizations devoted to helping women live independent, self-sufficient lives. If that describes your organization, and you are interested in receiving romance novels, please email

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

READY AND WILLING - Elizabeth Bevarly


For this reader, Ready and Willing was my first Elizabeth Bevarly book and it certainly won’t be my last. The story was warm, charming with a cast of unique characters set in Louisville, Kentucky,the famed Kentucky Derby with an additional surprise, a ghost in the form of a riverboat captain.

Silas Summerfield has returned to his former Victorian home in order to save his nephew Nathaniel’s soul. Silas and his portrait end up in the home of Audrey Magill who has set up her home and millinery shop in the Summerfield home. Silas ghost appears to Audrey and informs her she is the only person who can save his nephew and pleads with her to meet with Nathaniel and reveal those conditions before its too late.

Audrey and Nathaniel share a common thread, they were both raised as only children…..Audrey with older and loving parents and Nathaniel in a meager home by a single mother. For Nathaniel it’s always been important to achieve….not only with his career and standing in the community but increase his wealth; the new deal he is working on will achieve that goal and then some. However, Silas knows that his soon to be partner is an evil man and it’s only Audrey that can convince Nathaniel to give up the deal with the end result - saving his nephew’s soul.

For Audrey, this whole mess of soul saving is interrupting her new business and just the sight of Nathaniel threatens her sanity. Audrey’s only goal is her new business not having a sexy man in her life nor spending any time with him. She is still mourning the death of her husband who passed three years before and she fights her attraction to Nathaniel every step of the way. For both of them neither are interested in a relationship nor finding love.

I loved Elizabeth Bevarly’s humor and how she showcased her charming characters and some of the history of Louisville. As a baby boomer, I vaguely remember during the late ‘60’s the television series, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir and this brought back fond memories. Audrey and Nathaniel’s journey in finding love and getting his soul back is one you definitely won’t want to miss.

Book Description:

When widow Audrey Magill stumbles onto a portrait of a nineteenth-century riverboat captain, she thinks it will add just the right touch to her new hat shop. What it really adds is the ghost of Silas Summerfield, who insists he needs Audrey to help save the soul of his great-great-however-many-greats grandson, Nathaniel. Now, in addition to scrambling to open her shop in time for the Kentucky Derby, she has to try to convince a complete stranger that he’s in danger of losing his soul

Wildly successful businessman Nathaniel Summerfield knows a nutcase when he sees one, and Audrey Magill—attractive as she is—certainly qualifies. Does she really think his latest business deal could jeopardize his soul? He’s worked too hard to let paranormal mumbo-jumbo get in his way. But then strange things begin to happen to him, not the least of which is his inability to get Audrey the nutcase out of his mind. Talk about being haunted…

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