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Seasons of Love Series – Book 3 – SWEET SUMMERTIME LOVE

Book Three of the Seasons of Love series, published by Cajunflair Publishing

SUMMER LOVIN’ – Garden gnomes are mysteriously appearing at Ella’s townhouse complex. When Jim, a sexy as hell detective with ulterior motives  agrees to help her solve the whodunit, their mutual attraction takes them from gnomes to ninety in record time. ~ Karen Sue Burns

DO-OVER SUMMER – The summer starts out on the wrong foot for Jewel Price, bookstore owner on Daniels Island.  Infatuated with the visiting celebrity novelist, Matt Cross, Jewell soon finds herself in too deep with a man who might be interested in her for all the wrong reasons. ~ Kim Hornsby

STILL LOVING CAT – Zachary has waited twelve years to marry the only girl he’s ever loved. Two weeks shy of their much anticipated wedding day, an accident has Cathryn waking in a hospital, with no memory of the last year of her life.  Can Zach love her enough to make her remember why she left a fiance and the picture perfect lifestyle she thought she had in Dallas? ~ Lori Leger

THE LAST BLIND DATE – Mimi Goodenough has no idea what’s in store for her as she zips herself into her satin evening gown having agreed to one last blind date. Her best friend has good intentions, but even she didn’t see this one coming. The evening starts with sexual tension and dangerous sparks with a man she can hardly resist. Derek Black isn’t just any blind date. Charming and handsome, yes, but something is amiss. From the glittering lights of Seattle to the shadowy foothills of the Cascade Mountains, hang onto your stilettos, Mimi! In one evening, she finds romance and danger on a champagne-fueled thrill ride. ~ Carmine Valentine

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Flying High with Jimmy Thomas and InD’Tale reviewers at the Romance Novel Convention

It’s official…I LOVE to fly! 

Honestly, I was terrified that I’d be one of those people who’d be air-sick. Not so, as a matter of fact, I particularly enjoy the take offs, landings, any sign of turbulence, and when the plane makes the sharply angled turns. FUN! Wish I could afford to do it more often. 

And Vegas. What can I say? It was exhausting! I developed a serious case of cankles on the second day and didn’t see my ankles again for the rest of the week. The flight home was painful for my legs and feet. But, it was fabulous too! I hated to leave because I’d just begun to relax and see a few things, such as the sights and sounds of Fremont street at night. It’s one giant party, with fabulous light shows overhead, street vendors, live bands, people dressed up as everything from the Transformers to Gerard Butler in 300, to Rick James and Michael Jackson. Of course there are always Elvis look a likes and girls dressed in feathers.It’s amazing! I saw a few poor souls holding cardboard signs claiming to be homeless and asking for donations so they could eat…or not…who knows?  Mostly though, I saw couples, walking hand in hand, families with toddlers in strollers, older people experiencing it for the first time, like myself, and security guards…cops. Lots and lots of cops…both men and women, there to make their presence known and ward off any signs of trouble. Honestly, I was alone, and felt completely safe and comfortable. The place was lit up like it was daytime, except when they toned down the lights for the light show. It was awesome and I want to go back with my hubby.

As far as gambling is concerned…it’s not my thing. My soul sista/roommate, Arlene, kept saying “You’re in VEGAS, you have to gamble a little!” Poor thing, she did mostly everything alone because I was busy with convention things all day and by the end of the night I was too pooped and in too much pain to do anymore walking. She left two days before I did, so didn’t get to see me actually put a $5 bill into a penny machine and play for a whole hour. Whoo Hoo, big spender! 

Romance Novel Convention #1: Fabulous! Jimmy Thomas did an awesome job, considering it was his first and in my opinion, tried to take too much of it on himself. NOBODY can do that by themselves. But he’s promised that next year’s will be more organized, bigger, and better. Knowing what I do about the man, I totally believe him and will attempt to do everything I can to attend next year’s July convention. 

I didn’t have a chance to attend as many classes as I wanted to…sometimes there were two or three I wanted to attend going on at the same time. Sometimes I’d take someone else’s place as a volunteer so someone else could go to a class. This convention was all about networking and meeting people for me and getting my name out there. I believe I accomplished my goal. And by golly, they WILL know how to pronounce my last name at the next convention! I lost count of how many times I said “It’s “Lay’-jhay … not Lee-ger!”

The entertainment set up by Jimmy Thomas was amazing! An Elvis tribute artist who is professional enough to be the first one invited to perform inside the gates of Graceland. The voice, the gold lame jacket and skinny black slacks, the hair, the dance moves…all amazingly similar to the KING of pop. Such a talent. Acts included quick change artists and magicians, singers, and Julian Mora of International Men of Steel, performing an awesome show to Jon Bon Jovi’s “Wanted, Dead or Alive”. What can I say? The crowd went wild! A costume ball with two huge props: one a gorgeous dress make of damaged pages of discarded books from a local library. The other, a huge opened book, a “Once Upon a Time…” page with gorgeous scenery on the opposite page. Both were exquisite pieces of artwork. The costume party was so much fun and ALL the guys danced their feet off with us gals…even Chief Running Bare-Chested Jimmy Thomas. It was actually the first time any of us got to see him cut loose a little and have some fun. Did I mention it was a family affair for him? Both his younger brother, Billy, and his mom, Cynthia, were also in attendance and working their bums off with everyone else. I mustn’t forget to mention “Big Mike” Michael O’Hearn, a previous holder of the Mr. Universe title. Yes, I got pictures with him…:D.

 And then there were the Casanova Suitors, mingling with us all week, pitching in, helping, being perfectly adorable gentlemen. All four of the guys were so friendly and talkative. Jimmy certainly knows how to pick them. They called bingo…even played strip bingo one day, which I’m sad to say, I missed. I heard they stopped at the briefs or boxers. They performed live, acting out scenes as someone narrated from three different excerpts of books. It was laugh out loud hilarious!  They danced to “Open Arms” and “Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy” to the delight of everyone in attendance. They answered questions, smiled for us, flexed for us, and put up with dozens of screaming women judging their handsome, though well-covered derrieres. There could only be one winner, alas, and Shawn Cunningham was voted Mr. RNC Casanova while the others congratulated him.

I met the charismatic board of InD’Tale review magazine, including the fabulous T.J. McKay, it’s president/owner. InD’tale hosted the first ever RONE’ award ceremony, which I was honored to be nominated for. The first anthology, Hearts, Hearths & Holidays, published by my Cajunflair Publishing company, was up for an award, and though we didn’t win, we got certificates for First Honorable Mention…which is equivalent to first runner up. Not too shabby but I’m determined to win next year. Speaking of winning, my sweet-as-can-be friend and fellow Ass Cheek Angel, Kellie Kamryn, won for her book, The Perfect Score, in a different category and I was honored to go up and accept for her. It couldn’t have gone to a more worthy author and Mama Angel is so unbelievably proud of Baby Angel!

All in all, I came back with super positive feelings for the RNC convention and Jimmy Thomas, as well as the lovely ladies of InD’tale magazine. I will be pinching pennies to try to go again next year, when I’ll attempt to get my hubby to go with me. I think I could have a blast with him in Vegas, don’t you?

Until next time,

Lori

Click this link to see a video of my week at RNC in Vegas!

http://youtu.be/6Z0HaXJ0sD8

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The badge provided by InD’tale review magazine for being chosen 1st runner up!

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Me with the Elvis tribute artist opening night. Never had to leave the Convention Center at the Golden Nugget.

 

 On Screen…

The book on screen…

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Next year’s conference date is set!

 2013 RNC Logo

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L-R: Michael Hendrickson, Michael Mecucci, Julian Mora, Shawn Cunningham and Justin Tatum

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Jimmy Thomas (Left), Billy Thomas (Right), Mike O’Hearn (Top)

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After almost 47 years, my soul sista and I finally took a trip together…we had the BEST time!

Seasons of Love Series – Book 2 – Spring Promise

Spring Promise_front_800SECOND TIME AT LOVE – When a divorced couple has a longshot meeting in Las Vegas, sparks fly to reignite their smoldering feelings for each other. Will their rekindled feelings crap out, or result in a jackpot? ~ Karen Sue Burns

STAYING INN – A young widow trying to recover from her painful past, falls for a charming guest at her bed and breakfast. The promise of new love seems within reach until she learns of her mystery man’s hidden agenda. ~ Alicia Dean

HIS FOR ONE NIGHT – Left with staggering school loans and medical bills, Erin spends one evening as a rich man’s escort in order to free herself from debt. Will a single night in the company of the man of her dreams lead to more than she bargained for? ~ Trish F. Leger

LOVING CAT – After twelve years in Dallas, Cathryn ‘Cat’ McDaniel is home with two successful careers under her belt, but minus one fiance. Her first night back finds her in a close encounter with Zach, her best buddy since grade school, and the real reason she can’t commit to any other man. ~ Lori Leger

Seasons of Love Series – Book 1: Hearts, Hearths & Holidays

Seasons of Love Series - Book 1: Hearts, Hearths & Holidays

A CHILD WAS BORN (Jessica Ferguson) – When a cowboy bearing gifts crashes a BFF Christmas Retreat, he gets more than he bargained for . . . the gift of a lifetime.

BELLS WILL BE RINGING (Lori Leger) – With a looming medical diagnosis threatening their happiness, one couple is determined to celebrate the greatest gift of all…

BLUE CHRISTMAS (Alicia Dean) – When heartbreak derails a bride-to-be’s holiday cheer, will a sexy, self-proclaimed Grinch restore her Christmas spirit…and her faith in love?

THE CHRISTMAS STAR (Karen Sue Burns) – Under the glow of a magical Christmas star, two lonely people find each other and learn the true meaning of the holiday.

SHOTGUN SANTA (Jennifer Jakes) –The last thing she expected him to steal was her heart…

THREE WEEKS BEFORE CHRISTMAS (Trish F. Leger) – Through courage and perseverance one woman teaches an Earl the true meaning of the season.

TWO GIFTS FOR THE PRICE OF ONE (Kellie Kamryn) – A gift from her father brings Alyssa the chance to give herself the gift of love.

Sarah Smile

Sarah Smile

Book 2 of Halos & Horns series

Now that her abusive ex-husband is out of her life, Sarah Richard is savoring her freedom. Surrounded by people who treat her and her babies like family, the three of them are thriving. Though occasionally haunted by nightmares from her violent past, she struggles to put it behind her. With a loving surrogate family, good friends, and a new career, all she lacks is a man in her life. The question is, will she ever be able to trust another man with her and her twin daughters’ hearts?

Dr. Tanner Collins is running from his own sordid past. The man has left a trail of women from one end of Louisiana to the other, and through half the state of Texas. Even when this bad boy tries to be good, he has women throwing themselves at him at all hours of the day and night. When his admiration for Sarah turns into something stronger, he keeps his feelings in check, knowing he’ll never be near the kind of man she deserves.

When Tanner rushes to Houston to be with his parents during his father’s illness, he’s forced to deal with hidden resentments toward his upper crust parents. At some point he accepts the fact that situations aren’t always as obvious as they seem on the surface.

Note from the author:

The Halos and Horns series is filled with new characters you’ll love, along with frequent appearances of old favorites from my La Fleur de Love series. Enjoy!

~ Lori Leger ~

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