From Mai Tais and Mayhem

Mai Tais & Mayhem:

Torn between Cameron Mason, tiger-eyed and handsome, and Dugan Trevally, sexy and dangerous, Tessa Diamond must first face the possibility that one of them could be a thief, and even a murderer.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Wild Western Romance from Ilona Fridl Here Today

We have the lovely Ilona Fridl with us today.

First of all, I'd like to thank M. S. for letting me guest on her blog.

You’re very welcome, Ilona. Do tell us about your new release, That Monroe Girl. It's set in the famous Tombstone, Arizona, is it not?

Indeed, it is. My new book, That Monroe Girl, was released last Friday. Since I was a child, I loved westerns. Glued to the TV in the fifties and sixties, I think I saw all of them at one time or another. Some of these classic TV stations have brought them back. Yippee! So I guess it was natural for me to write a western romance/mystery. It's set in 1883 Tombstone, Arizona Territory. I visited Tombstone one time on a family trip and was impressed how they preserved the old part of town. Many of the buildings I saw are depicted in the book and I took pains to study the tourist map to make sure I got the places right. I had a lot of fun with the story and hope you'll enjoy it as much as I did writing it.

The Wild Rose Press (February , 2016)
67,000 words, 268 p.
Western Romance, M/F, Spicy


Cat Monroe arrives in Tombstone, Arizona searching for her father and brothers, who left Virginia for the West right after the Civil War. With the help of newspaper reporter Jake Spencer, she finds her family and a whole peck of trouble. She's falling for the newspaperman, but she discovers his family and hers are feuding over water rights. When her father finally accepts that she is his daughter, he wants to marry her off to a rich neighbor who has a dark past.

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Excerpt (G): They Meet

They both requested tea and perused the board listing the bill of fare for the day. When the waiter returned with the teas and lemons, the ladies told him they had decided on the Beef Wellington, and he left them. Cat poured some of the tea into her china cup and added sugar and lemon. She stirred and set the spoon on the saucer with a clink. “Lovely place, for a frontier town.”
Edna made a face. “Not bad. However, I saw many saloons on the way in. That usually encourages rowdies.”
“It certainly does,” came a voice from behind them.
Cat turned and regarded a handsome young man with dark sparkling eyes. His blue-gray suit, clean starched collar, and dark blue vest with a watch chain drawn across it proclaimed him to be a gentleman of some sort, certainly not a “rowdy” or a cowboy. “Do you make it a habit of eavesdropping on people?”
He grinned. “In a way.” He held out his hand. “I’m Jake Spencer, reporter for the Tombstone Epitaph.”
She shook it. “Epitaph?”
“Newspaper. I was checking the new arrivals in town. May I sit down?” He pulled a small notepad and pencil out of his jacket pocket.
Cat was mildly amused and curious. “Please. I’m Catherine Monroe, and this is my traveling companion, Edna Harper.” Edna gave him a curt nod and raised an eyebrow in Cat’s direction with a “would your uncle approve” look.
His face registered surprise and concern. “Monroe?”
“Yes. Is there something wrong?”
The smile immediately came back. “No―nothing wrong. How long are you going to stay here?”
“I don’t know. Perhaps a week or so.”
“Are you here to visit anyone special? It’s odd to see two ladies traveling alone.”
“No.” Cat was feeling slightly uncomfortable. “You’re questions are verging on personal.”
“Not at all. We ask all visitors this.” He raised an eyebrow. “Your answers could be deemed suspicious.”
Cat puffed up. “It’s really none of your or your newspaper’s business why we’re here.”
“Then I take it this isn’t a leisurely excursion of the West. You’re obviously from the South.”
Cat had had enough of his prying. “Yes, we are.” The waiter was on his way with their food. “It was lovely to meet you, Mr. Spencer, but our meal is here.”
He rose and gave a slight bow. “I see. I hope you ladies have a pleasant stay. Miss Monroe. Miss Harper.” He pocketed his notepad and pencil and left.

About the Author
Ilona Fridl Author

Ilona Fridl was born in sunny California where she spent the first twenty years of her life. Dreaming up stories took up a lot of her time. She then followed her parents to Wisconsin where she met her husband, Mark. They started a locksmith business, but there were still stories in her head. Finally, she started putting them on paper―actually, a computer. The rest is history. She has an adult daughter and a granddaughter.


Saturday, February 6, 2016

Pre-Order The Penhallow Train Incident Right Now!


The Penhallow Train Incident is now AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER at these fine online bookstoresHere are the links:

The story:

In the sleepy coastal Maine town of Penhallow, a stranger dies on a train, drawing Historical Society Director, Rachel Tinker, and curmudgeonly retired professor, Griffin Tate, into a spider’s web of archaeological obsession and greed. With the help of the victim’s rival, they set out to locate the Queen of Sheba’s tomb. Their plans are stymied when a tug of war erupts between the sheriff and a state police detective who want to arrest the same man for different crimes. It’s up to Rachel to solve a mystery that includes two more murders, if she wants to unlock the soft heart that beats under Griffin’s hard crust.
The Queen of Sheba

Get your order in now before the rush!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Triptych Featured at Book Goodies

Three women, three men, three spirits guarding a dangerous river. A tale of lost artworks, jealousy, sex, larceny and genius set high above the mighty Potomac.

My romantic suspense Triptych is showcased today at Book Goodies:

You can also read my interview here:

Saturday, January 30, 2016

We Won!

Exquisite Christmas: 21 Romance Authors Share Holiday Stories & Recipes was voted NUMBER EIGHT in Anthologies at the 2015 Predators and Editors Poll--a very prestigious poll. See it here: Also check out the lovely comments voters left,

"Beautifully edited with a host of heart-warming stories and great recipes. Just the right read for the holidays!"

"Magical stories that uplift and nourish the spirit."

"Great stories and wonderful recipes."

"I love reading the stories that come out of EQ!"
Exquisite Christmas is still available! Here's the Amazon link:

Friday, January 29, 2016

Surprise Me--Short, sexy, exciting romance from Anita Kidesu

Sometimes a fantasy is better left undiscovered…

Please welcome Anita Kedisu and her lovely short story from the Wild Rose Press, Surprise Me. This is in the Candy Hearts Romance series, correct?

Yes, it is, and thanks for having me, M. S. 

Series Candy Hearts Romance
The Wild Rose Press (January 27, 2016)
Imprint: Scarlet Rose
Length: Rosette
Word count: 18,678; 89 p.

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Josie and Carson Sandberg are on the cusp of being empty-nesters. With a cross-country move and Carson's busy work schedule, there hasn't been much time to connect. When gifted with a romantic getaway and challenge that says "Surprise Me," the two embark on a trip that reveals secret desires and more. But sometimes a fantasy is better left undiscovered.

Excerpt: The Invitation

   “Follow you home?” he asked, calculating in his mind how long it would take before he could get her in bed.
   “I have a better idea.”
   “I can’t wait to go home to make love. Let’s go parking.”
   Carson swallowed around the lump in his throat. “Parking? That’s for kids. We haven’t gone parking since…”
   She chucked him under his chin. “I know. Since high school. But, surprise, I want to go parking.” She tugged on his earlobe. “Fumble in the dark. Sex in the back seat. Steam up the windows.”
   Grabbing her hand, he headed for the parking lot. His cock pulsed to the beat of his pounding heart. If this was her idea of how to begin their Surprise Me week, then they were off to a good start. “Whose vehicle?”

Whew! Exciting. Do you have any other books with Wild Rose?

Yes, my full-length erotic romance, South Seas Seduction, was released in March.

About the Author

From the time she was a teenager, Anita would sneak her mother's romances and read them until all hours of the night. She never thought about creating one herself, but fell into it with a few friends. On an over-long road trip, they started talking about their favorite authors and why they like their books. To kill time, they started making up their own characters and plot. From that point on, Anita had story ideas and characters filling her head. Finally, to shut them up, (or so she thought), she started writing them down, surprised at how erotic her characters turned out to be.
Anita Kidesu

Now, in between being a pharmacist, taking care of her two cats, and spending time with her family and friends, she writes. Her stories are about love and romance on the edge. Her first book, South Seas Seduction, an erotica with The Wild Rose Press, was released in March of this year.