Blog by VONNIE DAVIS -- International, Award-Winning Romance Author: Adventurous...Humorous...Amorous.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

The Golden Key Legacy by AJ Nuest

I'm so excited to announce the fabulous cover reveal for...
a fantasy romance serial novel from HarperImpulse

The Golden Key Legacy, Book I: A Furious Muse
~Available November 27, 2014~

Since the day of her birth, Princess Faedrah Austiere has been defined by he place within the kingdom. As the single heir to the half-blood gypsy king and his prophesied white queen, she is fiercely protected, shuttered inside an ivory castle and well-trained in the art of war. Yet neither her obligations as future queen nor the black infestation threatening her kingdom fail to hinder the mysterious pull of the antique armoire hidden in her parents' bedchamber. And stealing the golden key for a leap through time is the only way to confront the dark lord haunting her dreams.

One face. The image of one defiant, relentless woman has been stuck in Rhys McEleod’s head ever since he was old enough to paint her luscious curves on the canvas. But the day she walks into his life off the street—sexier than hell and itching for a fight—he’s not convinced she’s the same women he’s envisioned since childhood. That is, not until he spots the golden key around her neck—an object he’d never fully shown in any of his paintings.

Now if he could just persuade his lovely muse he’s not the enemy. Unless the elusive Faedrah Austiere learns to trust him, he’ll never have her in his bed—the one place he’s convinced she belongs.


The Golden Key Legacy, Book II: The Sacrifice
~Available December 18, 2014~

The second Faedrah Austiere walked into his life off the canvas, everything in Rhys McEleod’s world stopped making sense. Not only does her story sound like a Grimm’s fairy tale, evidently he’s been cast as the villain. If that isn’t enough, the mirror inside that old, beat up armoire at her uncle’s condo is supposedly a doorway to another world. Ever since the pathway opened, something inside him has seemed…off. If what his muse says is true, they are headed for an epic showdown, but he isn’t about to let her go. Nothing is more important than Faedrah’s protection, even if her parents refuse to accept him.  

Though certain their fates are bound by more than the golden key Princess Faedrah wears around her neck, it is paramount Rhys’ true identity be kept secret. Should news of his bloodline ever reach her kingdom, their entire quest to save her people could be lost. Their only hope to prove his loyalty is to steal the map to the dark lord’s Crystal Crypt. Yet her a plan endangers her beloved more than the accusations he faces in her kingdom and, to escape evil’s grasp, she and Rhys must take a leap of faith beyond her wildest imagination. 

The Golden Key Legacy, Book III: A Wizard Rises
~Available January 29, 2015~

The homecoming celebration held in honor of Princess Faedrah is fraught with perilous frustration. Her nightmares have returned thricefold and, to her horror, a horrendous blight has spread like a plague throughout the kingdom. Compounding her worries, Rhys’ arrival in her world has been welcomed with the exact horror-filled reaction she expected. Her beloved has been cast into the dungeons, and no amount of arguing with the king and queen will prove he’s her fated love.

Magical powers were supposed to be a gift, or so Rhys McEleod had always believed. Too bad the second he landed in Faedrah’s world the legacy he inherited slammed into his body like a weight. He’s got zero control and his constant visions of Faedrah fighting an evil entity aren’t helping. At least her parents made the right decision and stuck him away someplace safe. Until he can figure out his next move, prove himself an ally and uncover the clues to stopping Faedrah’s nightmares, he’s got no choice but to wait…and learn exactly what he’s become.

The Golden Key Legacy, Book IV: A Time of Reckoning
~Available February 26, 2015~

Rhys had one job to do. One measly errand that shouldn’t have been a problem, given the nature of his powers. But when an old enemy reappears, detailing the result of his actions, Rhys is forced to make a choice between a future with Faedrah or dying before his time. Frustrated and out of options, he agrees to her suggestion they to leap forward in time to the future…even though a good chance exists his powers will be nothing but a memory in his world. Flying blind on a wing and a prayer, they prepare to fight for everything they love against a wizard of insurmountable power.

Faedrah does her best to gather their closest allies. The sides are squared in a war to control the future of both worlds. With the stakes so high, only one advantage has been cast in their favor. The sigil of utmost protection inherent in Rhys’ signature. If not enough to thwart the evil awaiting at the Austiere gates, she could find herself imprisoned in the future, while her kingdom and all those she has sworn to protect are lost to the mists of time.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

If a Man Can Love a Kitten, Can He Love a Woman?

Senior citizens and pets are often featured in my books as secondary characters. I love them and feel they add a deeper layer to our stories. I think you can tell a lot about a character by the way he treats an animal. Take my hero, Quinn Gallagher in book one of my "Wild Heat" series -- How to Seduce a Fireman.

Quinn doesn't feel worthy of love thanks to his history as an ex-CIA operative. He won't allow himself to get emotionally close to a woman he knows who loves him. He's a  bit of a woman chaser, a user, but avoids any type of commitment.

Then Furball blows into his life. 
     Quinn scratched under the grey feline’s white chin and was rewarded with a loud purr. “Sorry I scared you earlier. We’ve got big changes ahead, buddy.” He rolled over for his owner to rub his white belly. “Cat’s aren’t supposed to like this.” His palm ruffled fur from the animal’s neck to groin. “Besides, I’ve got work to do.”
     Furball nipped the edge of Quinn’s hand. “You little grey bastard, and after the way I saved your ass too.” This was an ongoing argument between the two since the night Quinn found him scratching frantically on the outside of his sliding glass doors in the living room, drenched, wild-eyed and scared all to hell and back. A category two hurricane was blowing through and, the best Quinn could decipher, the hundred-mile-per-hour winds had propelled the scrawny kitten onto his second story balcony. How it had survived had been a miracle. He’d shown signs of malnutrition according to the veterinarian he’d taken him to as soon as the hurricane abated.
     That stormy night back in September, when Quinn slid open the door, Furball teetered in on his last leg of energy and collapsed as if he’d finally found home. The man, who’d never been allowed to own a pet as a child, wrapped the sodden animal in a hand towel—hell he’d been too small for a bath towel—and laid him across his lap while he watched a New England Patriots football game. During halftime, he’d fed the weakened kitten by dipping his pinky finger into warmed milk and allowing its roughened tongue to lick it off. A few minutes later, the power went out, and both cat and new owner snoozed on the sofa.
     Five months of constant feeding, deworming, flea dips and care had fattened the Furball. Someone had spoiled the feline, too, and Quinn had no clue who that bastard was. Surely not him. The trouble was the kitten’s harrowing experience in the hurricane had left him traumatized. He trembled during storms, seeking refuge in the crook of Quinn’s neck or in a pile of old beach towels he kept under the bed for the tomcat’s sanctuary, along with a stuffed toy or two.
He hand feeds Furball treats and allows him to sleep with him. So as an animal owner, how will he treat Cassie once he admits how he truly feels for her. No, he won't hand feed her treats, but he might care for and spoil her the way he does Furball.
Besides, Cassie's been crushing on Quinn for three years and she's determined to get her man. And we all know there's nothing more dangerous than a determined woman.

Sunday, October 19, 2014


They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. What about a woman? I don’t know about you, but if a man cooks for me…*swoon* garnish me with parsley, I’m his!

In my new book, ROCK SOLID, my hero, Maximo Vega cooks a delicious Italian dinner for Emily Baskins. I loved adding this extra facet to Maximo’s considerable charms. He seems to have many varied and, might I say, stunning talents!

So I thought I’d share one of Maximo’s recipes with you today. After starting with a fresh caprese salad followed by cacio e pepe, he served involtine di polo.  Here’s the recipe he learned at the knee of his Italian Nonna:   

Involtini di Pollo con Prosciutto e Fromaggio

(Stuffed chicken breast with prosciutto and parmesan)


3 whole, boneless chicken breasts

6 slices of prosciutto

6 tablespoons freshly grated parmesan

3 fresh sage leaves

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup milk

3 tablespoon butter

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 cube chicken bouillon, crushed

1 cup dry, white wine

Salt and pepper to taste

1/3 cup heavy cream

Split each chicken breast in half. Put one slice of prosciutto and one tablespoon of parmesan, plus half a sage leaf on each breast. Roll up and secure with a wooden pick. Dip each chicken breast in milk and roll in flour to lightly coat.

In a large skillet, melt butter with oil. When butter foams, add chick breasts. Cook over medium heat, turning often until golden brown on all sides. Add bouillon and ½ cup of wine. Season with salt and pepper and cook until wine is reduced by half.

Add remaining wine, reduce heat and cover. Simmer 15-20 minutes, turning chicken several times and adding a little more wine if sauce becomes too dry.

Place chicken on a serving platter. To skillet, increase heat and whisk in cream to deglaze the pan. Taste. Add more salt and pepper, if needed. Spoon sauce over chicken. Serve.

Yum! Maximo Vega is yummy on all levels! And wait until you read how he likes to eat his dessert -- aranci in salsa di marsala.

So are you the cook? Does your significant other do the cooking or surprise you with a special meal? Maybe you can take a page from ROCK SOLID and make Maximo’s dinner. I am!


MAXIMO VEGA is a “rock” star! The media proclaimed him 'The Sculptor for the New Generation,' but he’s a reclusive artist ensnared by fame. Driven and intense, his isolation only adds to his mystique. Couple that with his smoldering good looks and rich Italian accent… Fans sigh his name.

EMILY BASKINS is a gifted graduate student at the Stoddard School of Art. To land an internship at the Vega Studio is her golden ticket. All she has to do is follow the rules. And stay out of trouble. Two things Emily has never been able to do.

As Max becomes trapped in the glare of the limelight, he discovers his greatest muse. He teaches Emily to breathe passion into clay and give marble a soul. But is their fiery relationship as rock solid as they believe? Or will a lie shatter the illusion?                       


Maximo Vega gathered his composure. He wore a black T-shirt, gray across the shoulders with dust, worn jeans, and heavy boots under a thick leather apron that reached to his knees. Hanging his head and bracing his hands on his hips, he was a study in frustration. The sleeves of his shirt hugged defined muscles of steely arms. And his hands…they were artist’s hands. Sculptor’s hands. Beaten by stone and scarred by tools. They spoke of years of rugged, blistering work.

He was tall. His shadowed jaw, rigid with anger, cut sharply against the tanned column of his neck. Maximo slapped the chisel on his leathered thigh. “I pay you. You find me good hands! Not idiota!”

“I’m sorry, Maximo. He’s gone. You’ll never have to work with him again.”


The great artist’s gaze slid over Emily. His eyes stopped at the white-knuckled hold she had on the large black portfolio.

He waved a hand toward her. “What are you?”

Emily’s throat slammed shut.

“A new intern possibly,” offered Dante. “She’s here from the Stoddard School of Art.”

Deep brown eyes the color of rich coffee, no cream, speared her beneath frowning brows. He flipped his hand toward the portfolio. “Come. Show me.”

Emily shot a look to Dante. He gave her a tiny nudge, like a parent pushing a frightened child toward Santa’s lap.

“Come, come, come.” He snatched the portfolio from her numb fingers, unzipped it and laid it open across a crowded worktable. He used the rag in his hand to wipe the sweat from his lip as he flipped through photos and sketches of her latest works.

“Nice. Hmm. No.” A nod for this one. A shake of the head for another. “Yes. This one is good. Good.”

He looked away from her sketches and gave her a hard stare before looking down the full length of her and back again in a slow appraisal. Emily released the breath she was holding.

“Let me see your hands.”

She held them out and he grasped her wrists and examined first her palms before turning them over. “Cold,” he said just loud enough for her to hear.

The smell of the heat of his body and the spice of soap drifted past her.


He lifted a quick eyebrow. “Good.”








Lisa A. Olech is an artist/writer living in her dream house nestled among the lakes in New England. She loves getting lost in a steamy book, finding the perfect pair of sexy shoes, and hearing the laughter of her men. Being an estrogen island in a sea of testosterone makes her queen. She believes in ghosts, silver linings, the power of a man in a tuxedo, and happy endings.

(Recipe adapted from Biba’s Northern Italian Cooking) 

Sunday, October 5, 2014

How to Seduce a Fireman by Vonnie Davis

The heat is on…

Book 1 in the ‘Wild Heat’ series is out – the hottest new fireman trilogy of the fall!

Cassie Wolford has crushed on fireman Quinn Gallagher ever since he moved to Clearwater three years ago. There’s just one problem: he’s always made it clear dating is out of the question. But once a Wolford sets their sights on someone, that person doesn’t stand a chance! Cassie decides it’s time for Quinn to get a dose of his own medicine… and sets out to show him what he’s missing!

Quinn knows only too well what Cassie’s up to but he can’t give her what she wants. He isn’t good for anyone, much less someone as sweet as his angel. Fighting her off hurts like hell, but giving her false hope of a happy ever after would be damn cruel. That’s why he has to leave Clearwater.

Unfortunately, someone from his past has different ideas and when Cassie’s life is threatened this former CIA operative is staying put, prepared to crawl through hell and back to keep her safe.

And it looks like he might just have to.


Monday, September 29, 2014

Romance Writer Rachel Brimble is a Soft Rock Chick

I've got British romance writer, Rachel Brimble, visiting today. Rachel and her husband, who she affectionately calls Mr. B. and their two young daughters live in a small town near Bath in the UK.  After having several novels published by small US presses, she secured agent representation in 2011. In 2012, she sold two books to Harlequin Superromance and a further three in 2013. She also writes Victorian romance for Kensington--her debut was released in April 2013 and she has since signed for three more.

Rachel is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and Romance Writers of America. When she isn’t writing, you’ll find Rachel with her head in a book or walking the beautiful English countryside with her family and beloved black Lab, Max. Her dream place to live is Bourton-on-the-Water in South West England.

1. Rachel, which do you enjoy writing the most? Historical or contemporary? Explain why. 

I enjoy writing them equally for different reasons – my contemporary work is all set in the same fictional UK seaside town of Templeton Cove and I love going back there and revisiting the characters. The Cove is a real place to me and the fun mixed with suspense is a joy to write, I can’t imagine creating a new setting any time soon.

For my historical work, it’s the research and opportunity to travel back in time and feel as though I am writing a British period drama. I see my historicals very clearly as I write and become quickly immersed in a time gone by. Right now, I only write Victorian but hope to bring that forward to the Edwardian era soon.


2. Is there a book eating at your mind, in another genre perhaps, that you'd love to write? 

Not in another genre – I write contemporary romance, romantic suspense and Victorian romance…which is more than enough to juggle! Having said that, I have started a new single title romantic suspense, which will be darker than anything I’ve written before. I am very excited about it…especially because the writing is going easier than anticipated. Well, at least for now it is! 

3. What types of music do you enjoy the most? 

I’m an 80s soft rock chick! Give me some Heart, Def Leppard, Bryan Adams or Journey and I’m a happy girl J 

Rachel’s latest release is book three in her Templeton Cove series – here is the blurb and buy links for What Belongs To Her…available now!

She's ready to take back what's hers.
Since the moment a local crime boss claimed ownership of her family's fairground, Sasha Todd has dreamed of righting the wrong. Now it's time to act, and backing down from the man's estranged son is definitely not an option. After all, giving up her legacy to hot-blooded John Jordon means losing the chance to finally heal the wounds in her past.
Stopping John in his tracks—and resisting the sizzle between them—is Sasha's best defense. But there's more to him than she thought, which changes everything. With what matters most at stake, she'll have to risk a brand-new future with John, or walk away from the man whose heart belongs to her. 

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Our guest likes nothing more than connecting and chatting with her readers and fellow romance writers. Rachel would love to hear from you!