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Monday, May 21, 2012

Have You Supported the Arts Today?

This past Saturday, I visited with members of the Western New York Romance Writers, a local chapter of Romance Writers of America. I chatted with several members, some of whom made me think of the inherent difficulty of building a brand as a published author. In this virtual age, the golden days of publisher promotion are long gone (except perhaps for the big names), and the changing landscape of publishing requires authors to put their shoulders to the promotion wheel (in addition to turning out numerous titles every year). With this in mind, I'd like to introduce you to some authors:

 COLLISION by Cassandra Carr

Olympic medal winning figure skater Leah Fitzpatrick, dubbed “The Ice Queen,” is on the downslope of her career when she finds herself roped into a joint promo gig on the professional bull riders’ tour. She’s paired with “The King of Rodeo,” Brady Parrish, and although his looks could stop traffic, she’s got a future to worry about that doesn’t leave room for knocking boots with the sexy rider. No matter how hot he is.

Brady is at the top of his profession. He’s living the good life, and has no idea anything is missing until the cool Leah comes along. He sees something in her that hints at an underlying fire, and sets out to prove her nickname wrong. In the midst of their steamy affair, he falls hard. Blindsided by the potent combination of Leah’s beauty and vulnerability, Brady is determined to melt “The Ice Queen’s” heart.

To buy Collision, click HERE.

To learn more about Cassandra Carr, click HERE.

SCRUMPTIOUS by Amanda Usen

Joe Rafferty is just as mouthwatering as the food he cooks. But if he thinks he’s going to waltz in and take over her kitchen, he’s denser than a thick slice of chocolate-ripple cheesecake. Marly has invested too much of her life in Chameleon to hand off the restaurant to someone else—especially a cocky-as-all-get-out superstar chef.  But there’s no denying the man knows how to light her fire. Question is: Can she have the sizzle without feeling the burn?

To buy Scrumptious, click HERE.

To learn more about Amanda Usen, click HERE.


Philly Detective Nick McGraw's much needed vacation comes to a halt following his encounter with upscale spa proprietress Cassi Burke. Instincts tell the seasoned homicide cop Cassi didn’t kill the dead man at her feet. But Nick’s duty bound to deliver her to local police, never suspecting Cassi's brief moment of fame will make her the target of a psychotic stalker. Though intrigued by Cassi, Nick is not looking for forever, and he senses Cassi is a forever kind of girl. Attraction escalates, putting their feelings for one another, the silent threat to Cassi's life, and Nick's involvement in the unsolved murder case on a collision course.

To buy Deadly Reflection, click HERE.

To learn more about Nancy Kay, click HERE

WINDSWEPT by Cynthia Racette

When husband David is unfaithful and commits the ultimate betrayal by bringing his mistress onboard Windswept, Caroline’s world is shattered. He leaves her, and she is forced to rely solely on herself for the first time in her life. She has to be a single parent to her daughter, Lily, and must decide if she can forgive David for tearing her family apart.

As David and Caroline work to put their marriage back together, events and other people conspire against them. As their relationship begins to heal, the couple is caught in a horrific storm on the Chesapeake Bay. They want a chance to love again, but Mother Nature might have other ideas.

To buy Windswept, click HERE.

To learn more about Cynthia Racette, click HERE


Life is complicated enough when you're a teenage witch and working for you family's "Buggyman Pest Exterminator" business, going after paranormal pests in attics, walls, and barns. Then the Head Broom on the Paranormal Council tries to fix you up with her creepy vampire nephew. Your gorgeous cousin moves into town and is after your werewolf boyfriend. Plus you're ordered by the Paranormal Council to exterminate an infestation of cute little water dragons. As if that's not enough, demons are trying to take over the Western Gate!

To buy The Witch of the Western Gate: Dragon's Gift, click HERE.

To learn more about P.K. Brent, click HERE.

 RANDOM ACTS by Allison Stone

Second chances can have a terrible sense of timing. 

As a child, watching her mother always pick the wrong man left Danielle Carson wary of opening her heart to anyone—except Patrick Kingsley. But circumstances came between them and left Danielle with a broken heart. Now she buries the pain of what might have been by channeling all her energy into her career. When a family crisis brings her back to her hometown, she is forced to face the past—and the disturbing fact that her sister’s car accident was staged to mask a brutal beating.

A police officer and widower, Patrick guards his heart as fiercely as he guards his beloved daughter. Seeing Danielle again unexpectedly reignites their old flame, but no way will he introduce a woman into his daughter’s life. Certainly not one whose values on faith and family are so different from his own.
To buy Random Acts, click HERE.

To learn more about Allison Stone, click HERE.

RISK IT by Natasha Moore

On the outside, Amy has the American dream. Two busy kids, a job she loves, a big house thanks to her husband’s climb up the corporate ladder. What she hasn’t had in a long time…is sex. Sure, she’s too exhausted at night to think about it, but maybe Will’s long hours at work aren’t the real reason he rarely touches her anymore.

Feeling her marriage teetering on the edge, she rents the voyeur room at Paolo’s Playhouse. Maybe bringing back the memory of the one wicked thing they used to do together will relight the sparks. Will loves his wife, but she’s never been one to take chance—except for the time before kids, when they’d camp out in a club’s back booth, getting all worked up watching the dirty dancers. Their careers have seriously cut into their “us” time, and if she’s booked them a sexual playroom, it sounds like she’s serious about solving the problem.

When Will shows up way, way late, Amy wonders why she bothered, and if her plan to relight the flame has only made it painfully clear that it’s too late to try.

To buy Risk It, click HERE.

To learn more about Natasha Moore, click HERE.

We have such a treasure of artists in Western New York.

For those who don't know much about WNY, it has always been a haven for artists. Among many others, architects E.B. Greene, Louise Blanchard Bethune, and Frank Lloyd Wright, authors F. Scott Fitzgerald, Mark Twain, Leslie Fieldler, and Joyce Carol Oates, musicians Rick James, the Goo Goo Dolls, and Spyro Gryo, and actors/actresses James Whitmore, Katharine Cornell, and Lucille Ball had/have a WNY connection. Indeed, at the age of seventeen, I came to WNY to study with American poets Allen Ginsberg, Robert Creeley, and Joel Oppenheimer who'd found their own haven in WNY.


  1. Madeline,

    I enjoyed chatting with you on Saturday at the WNYRW open house. You are a fireball of energy and a pleasure to talk with. Your accomplishments are impressive and I hope to see you at more chapter meetings.

    Nancy Kay

    1. Hi, Nancy-

      It was my pleasure to meet you. I read your excerpt and thought your writing was clean. I look forward to chatting with you again in the future.

      Best, Madeline

  2. It was great seeing you at the WNYRW meeting, and I'm looking forward to seeing you again. It was fun catching up!

    Helen Jones

    1. Dear Helen,

      I feel the same way. It was great seeing you, and I'm looking forward to seeing you again!

      Best, Madeline

  3. Madeline,

    Thank you so much for featuring me and Collision. It was fun seeing you at the Open House and we hope to see lots more of you in the coming year.


    1. Hi, Cassandra-

      I'm delighted to feature the work of WNYRW members. I added a couple of more authors today, and if I may rely on you to pass this along to the group, I'd be happy to include anyone else who I might have left out unintentionally.

      Best, Madeline

  4. Madeline--

    It was nice to meet you at the open house and I hope you come to our meetings. Thanks for spotlighting my book Windswept.


    1. Hi, Cindy-

      I look forward to meeting you again in the future.

      Best, Madeline