The news went out yesterday and I’ve shared it on my FB page so it’s time to share it here too! I’ve contracted another book to Entangled Publishing!!! THE HOOKUP HOAX is due to release in 2015! This will be my second Entangled Indulgence. The first is THE WEDDING HOAX and it’s coming soon this Fall!!! Squeee! Here’s the announcement that ran in Publishers Marketplace!

Heather Thurmeier’s THE HOOKUP HOAX, in which a determined bachelor must temporarily date his best friend’s little sister in order to earn the deed to his family’s cabin, but when his fake relationship leads to real feelings, he’s willing to risk it all to keep her forever, to Alethea Spiridon Hopson at Entangled Indulgence, by Jill Marsal at the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency (World).



Friday Reads — 2/25/14

I’m reading a couple of books this week.

1. Seal of Awakening by Traci Douglass. This is the third installment of her Seven Seals series. I loved the first two so I had to get this one too! Each can be read on its own so feel free to grab a copy of any of them and jump right in. I love the heroes in each book! And the premise of the series as a whole is really cool. So far, this book is just a good as the others!!

2. The Guard by Kiera Cass. This is actually a novella in the world of a bigger series. Currently I’m waiting for the last book in the series to be release and the wait is slowly killing me. LOL. So this little novella is scratching the itch nicely. Not much longer now and I can dive into that last book. *taps fingers impatiently*

Our family reads this week are:

1. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. My girls loved the first book. Then the first movie. Now we’re halfway through the second book and they can’t wait to read as a family each night! We try to do a chapter a night. I love this series to read on my own and to watch the movies. But I have to say, reading it out loud as a family to my kids has been the best!! I love answering their questions about the world and sometimes telling them that we know the answer but won’t tell them because we don’t want to spoil the books. I love their enthusiasm and excitement for reading each night! Awesome.

2. Falling for Rapunzel by Leah Wilcox. I LOVE this picture book. We read it again last night and even though it’s our 100th time reading it, it still makes us all laugh! Highly recommend. And now that I just went to Amazon to grab the link, I see she’s written another book! Waking Beauty! I may have just one-clicked that sucker. :)



Deadline Dishes — Orange Honey Zabaglione with Julie Shackman

Today’s Deadline Dishes is courtesy of Julie Shackman! I’m excited to try this recipe sometime since it sounds so delicious! And different. I can’t wait. But first, let’s find out a little bit about Julie!

I trained as a journalist but writing romance has always been a dream of mine. When I’ve not got my head in a book or drafting one, I write verses and captions for greetings card companies. Writing at home seems to be incredibly difficult for me – I usually require coffee, music and noise.

“Rock My World”  is my first contemporary romance novel . I have just finished writing my second novel and am polishing that at the moment whilst beginning to do some research for my third. These are also contemporary romances with a good dose of humour (hopefully!). I’m married, have two sons and live in Scotland.




Julie’s website

Deadlines. Blogs. Editing! Aaargh!

It’s great but hectic at times for all writers, so what better than Orange Honey Zabaglione for a quick and tasty pudding? (Thank you to the fab book Paul Gayler’s Great Value Gourmet)

  • You will need 2 large eggs, separated
  • 225g (8 oz) clear honey
  • Grated zest and juice of ½ orange
  • 4 tablespoons orange liqueur (this is an optional luxury!)

Mix egg yolks with honey in a large bowl, add the orange juice and zest (and liqueur?) and place over simmering saucepan of water. Whisk constantly until mixture thickens like custard and increases 3-4 times in volume.

Remove mixture from the heat and whisk occasionally until cool. Meanwhile, whisk the egg whites until soft peaks are forming. Fold them into the honey mixture until thoroughly blended.  Pour into four serving glass bowls and chill for up to four hours before serving. Enjoy!

I could imagine my protagonist, Ruby Cameron, savouring this on a spring day.  In my debut contemp romance “Rock My World”, reporter Ruby’s life is upturned by the arrival of a ghostly 80s rock singer, Stevie Vee.

Add her dashing and arrogant new boss, Matt Jardine into the mix and Ruby’s life will never be the same again!

Trying to juggle writing, deadlines and all other manner of “authoring” is not easy at the best of times, especially when you have a family – so recipes like this one are great to rustle up.

Would I have things any other way? No!

Hope you enjoy trying out this recipe and thanks to the great Deadline Dishes!

~Julie Shackman

Ruby Cameron is an ambitious reporter for a local paper where she is fed scraps of news, and lives with a man whose “idea of living dangerously is to leave the heating on when we pop out to the shops”. But after catching her squeaky clean boyfriend in flagrante delicto she ups sticks and moves into her own small home, only to discover the ghostly presence of a cheeky rock star who becomes her confidant as the dynamics of her small town, and her feelings about her dashing new boss, begin to throw up more questions than she can answer. Will Ruby discover who she really is, and perhaps more importantly, who she wants to be? 

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Reality TV Romances mentioned in The Guardian!!


What?!?! How crazy is that? I happened upon this article in The Guardian and imagine my surprise to find my own name and mention of my Reality TV Romance series!!! I couldn’t believe my eyes. But it gets better…

My name was used in the same sentence as THE HUNGER GAMES! Holy moly. I can’t even go there in my head. So, so cool. Check it out! I’m still in shock that someone would include my books in an article like this. Absolutely super cool moment for me. :)

“Apart from the print and screen phenomena of The Hunger Games, the American author Heather Thurmeier has written an entire series of romances based around talent and reality shows, utilising such scanarios as a heart-broken girl who goes on a dating show and finds her hated ex among the competitors.”

THE GUARDIAN ARTICLE (in full) — Click Here!!

Want to know what he’s talking about? Check out the Reality TV Romance series on Amazon, Nook, and iTunes!!






Yay!!! I’m so excited to finally see a cover for SURVIVE FOR MY LOVE! Without further ado, here it is!

Good, right? This is the continuation of Sara and Dane’s story in Escape to My Love, and I’m so, so happy with how it all turned out for them. Here’s the blurb for the book!

Sara and Dane have been living in a hidden bunker together for two weeks after fleeing for safety when cruise ships came into port carrying a virus along with their passengers. Her family should have reached the bunker within the first seventy-two hours and since they haven’t, Sara’s convinced they are at their plan B location. Now she’s willing to risk it all to find her family before it’s too late.

Dane isn’t convinced leaving the bunker is a good idea when the world outside is falling to crisis and chaos, but he’ll do whatever it takes to protect the woman who saved his life and stole his heart. The virus isn’t the only thing to fear outside the bunker. When roaming scavengers threaten to take more than just their supplies, Sara and Dane are forced to fight for their lives if they want to survive long enough to find her family and a future together in a new and unpredictable world.

Can’t wait to find out what happens? Check out the start of Sara and Dane’s story in ESCAPE TO MY ARMS.

Sara’s been preparing for this moment her whole life—she just never believed it would actually happen. With her bug-out bag and emergency food already in her truck, her only goal is to get to her family’s hidden bunker and wait out the pandemic that’s hit every major cruise ship port in the US. But her plan quickly falls apart. She’s out of gas, her route to the bunker is now a two-lane parking lot with no alternative in sight, and her only weapon is a pocketknife. For an experienced prepper, she’s made every rookie mistake.

Dane believes he’s safe in his cabin, off the beaten path and in the woods with his own source for water, electricity and an endless supply of food to hunt. After finding Sara stranded and alone, he’s suddenly not only providing for and protecting himself, but also the girl who wandered out of the woods and into his life. When looters come looking to take what he has, Sara and Dane’s only option is to make a run for their last hope—the bunker.

Can Sara and Dane find safety in each other’s arms and will they survive long enough to escape to a future together?

Get started on the story today and grab your copy at:      AMAZON         NOOK           DECADENT



Deadline Dishes — Skillet Lasagna with Tara Andrews

I live in upstate New York with my, supportive husband and two children – who make everything worthwhile, and at times challenging. J  My dream job is to write full time, but until then you’ll find me managing the business office of a community hospital.  In addition to work and family, I serve on the auxiliary of our local fire department – my husband is a volunteer firefighter (lucky me!).  I’m also a procrastinator (advanced-level) and recently discovered Pinterest, which could be dangerous.

Author Links:

Website:  www.taraandrews.net

Facebook: www.facebook.com/tara.andrews.author

Twitter: https://twitter.com/tara_andrews1

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/taraandrews1/

I’m not big fan of pasta – at least not served up with plain ole’ marinara.  Add a cream sauce and grilled chicken and that’s a different story.  I think it goes back to those days growing up when money was tight and spaghetti became a staple.  I’ve had enough to last a lifetime.  LOL.

Years later, I’m a mom in need of fast and financially friendly meals and pasta still fits the bill.  Not only that, but my kids Love (with a capital L) pasta—they’re still young yet.  They’d eat it every day if I let them.  So I’m always on the lookout for creative recipes to make things interesting.

Enter skillet lasagna.  I found this particular recipe on Pinterest recently and gave it a shot.  Kids loved it and it was super easy to make since it calls for a jarred sauce which cuts down on prep.  This is important because I work full time during the day and I need meals that come together 1-2-3 in order to have more time to write in the evenings.

Bowtie Skillet Lasagna (from: http://www.yummly.com/recipe/external/Bow-tie-skillet-lasgna-351107)

Serves 6.


  • 1 lb. Ground Beef
  • 1 lb. Mini Farfalle/Bow Tie Pasta (mini cooks faster!)
  • 24 oz Jar of Spaghetti Sauce  (my kids don’t like sauces with tomato pieces)
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • ½ tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Italian Seasoning
  • ½ cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese (I usually add a little more)
  • ½ cup Sour Cream
  • Parmesan Cheese, if desired


  1. In a skillet, brown the ground beef until fully cooked; drain.
  2. Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to package directions.
  3. After pasta is cooked, drain. Return to pot and toss with the olive oil.
  4. Add the spaghetti sauce to the pasta and stir.
  5. Next, add the cooked ground beef, seasonings, mozzarella cheese and sour cream to the pasta. Fold together and cook over low heat until cheese is melted.
  6. Serve and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese if desired.


Jill Malone has been looking for love for all the wrong reasons. A reality check has her signing up for a no-strings attached night to simply forget about forever after. The last thing she expected was to know her blind date.

Blake Anders doesn’t need help finding a date, but he’s tempted by 1Night Stand’s reputation of arranging exactly what a person needs. And he needs more. Though doubtful, he agrees to one night and hopes to discover his perfect match. He didn’t count on Madame Eve reaching deep into his past to give him a night with the woman he never forgot.

Fearing another broken heart, Jill works to keep herself from becoming attached, but Blake goes all in to convince her that he wants their long-overdue love to be more than a one-night stand…


Grab your copy at:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00I4C9AYI/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_ask_ENPuG.0CKKN7G

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/long-overdue-tara-andrews/1118414253?ean=2940148301806

Decadent Publishing: http://www.decadentpublishing.com/product_info.php?products_id=900&osCsid=0260br2srhmg72gn6v0il4lvp2

All Romance eBooks: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-longoverdue-1409270-149.html



Editing Tips

So you just got your first set of edits on your manuscript. Congratulations!!! You’re officially in the trenches with the rest of us. :) Currently, I’m knee deep in edits on 1 novella, awaiting edits on a second novella as well as 1 novel, and I’m writing my 13th book. The To-Do list of a writer is always long!

Anyway, back to editing. Yay! One of my favorite parts of the writing process. I love this stage because now is when I really make a book shine, with the help of an excellent editor, of course. The end product is *always* better than it started out. That’s why having a good editor—one who sees your work, really gets your style and voice—is so important. (If you’ve gotten an editor that you don’t click with, don’t panic, there are tips for dealing with that too, but that’s a topic for another day. Rest assured, you will survive and so will your book! For now, let’s just assume all is well in editor/author world, since it usually is.)

You’ve gotten an email and it’s from your new editor. Yay! But also holy shit! Excitement, nervousness, self-doubt, nausea ;) — It’s all normal! You swallow your nerves and open the file. And then you want to faint.

Maybe you see a mountain of track changes on the righthand side of your page. Maybe you see a bunch of colored and underlined words. Maybe the first sentence after your Chapter One heading used to be the first sentences under your Chapter Two heading.

Holy edit monster!

Breathe. It will be okay. I promise.

Here are a few easy steps I use to tackle edits, even the really difficult ones:

  • Breathe. No really. Take a breath. This is all a part of the process. Every single writer in the history of writing will have to deal with edits at some point or another and they all lived to tell the tale after. You will too. Okay. Moving on.
  • Read any big picture notes you were given from your editor. Maybe your hero has moved past alpha and into asshole territory. Maybe a secondary story line just clutters up the book and doesn’t add anything worth keeping it. Maybe there’s a gap in the plot you didn’t realize or continuity problems. There are any number of big picture issues that could come up. Take a few minutes to read the notes,  more than once if you have to.
  • Walk away. You might be upset. You might think your editor has popcorn for brains. You might think the changes are too big and you can’t possible do them! Just walk away for a bit. Let that big picture stuff sink in. Those notes are going to marinate in your brain while you do other things. In an hour, or a day, you might even see that your editor is right. Holy shit! LOL. It happens. :)
  • Move on to line edits. That’s all the track changes bubbles you see on the right side of your once-beautiful document. Work through those changes as you’ve been told to by the editor. Every publisher has a slightly different way they like to work through edits so if you’re not sure, ask. Your editor would rather take the 2 seconds to answer your questions then have to redo the document because it’s not how it’s supposed to be. In most cases, you’ll accept or reject the editor’s suggested changes. Simple, easy, and strangely satisfying.
  • “But I don’t want to!” It’s your book. Your work. Your words. And you have to be proud of it when it goes into a reader’s hands with your name on the cover. Sometimes, an editor will suggest a change you really don’t want to make. Maybe it changes the meaning you intended. Maybe it changes the essence of who the character is. Maybe you just really like the word scrumptious and feel justified using it 5 times in one paragraph. If you really can’t get on board with a change, then leave it alone and include a comment about why. Don’t just ignore suggested revisions! If you’re going to fight for scrumptious to stay, your editor needs to know why. But you might just find that if you think about it for a minute, your editor is right and maybe they saw a flaw that you didn’t. This is why we have editors! They see the things our tired eyes have missed. They see the things that we love but that readers will say, “What the hell?” to.
  • Go back and read your big picture notes again. Depending on the notes, you may have been able to work on these at the same time as your line edits. But if not, go back now, read the notes again, and get to work. Often a change I was dead set against now seems completely logical and I wonder how I didn’t see it myself. If not, now is the time to discuss it with your editor. Talk it out. It doesn’t mean they’re going to change their minds about the edits you need to do, but talking to your editor can help you work through any lingering questions or reasons why something needs to be changed or fixed.
  • Send that baby back! You’ve done it. You’ve survive your edits without the world crumbling around you. Treat yourself to something nice, an evening out, a delicious dessert, a couple of hours to read a book for fun that you didn’t write yourself! Go on, you deserve it.

Rest up! You’re going to need all your strength back for when the second edits come in. Just sayin’…

Are you an experienced writer with editing tips of your own? Leave your tips in the comments! 





Deadline Dishes — Green Enchiladas with Laura Chapman


Today I’ve got the fantastic Laura Chapman with me to share one of her awesome deadline recipes. But before we get to the recipe, let’s find out a little bit more about Laura!

Chapman found a way to mix her love of romance and humor as a women’s fiction blogger and author. A 2008 graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Laura studied journalism, English and history. She spent four years traveling the country as a writer/photographer, and currently works in communications. Born and raised in Nebraska – in a city, not on a farm – she is a devoted fan of football, British period drama, writing in bars and her cats, Jane and Bingley. Hard Hats and Doormats is her debut novel.






And now it’s time for the deliciousness! Yum. I can’t wait to try this recipe.


March is the month of St. Patrick’s Day, which means I’m often looking for ways to slip a little green into my meals. As a pescetarian – vegetarian who eats fish occasionally – it’s important for me to work some protein into those same dishes. And as a writer, it’s absolutely crucial dinner is something I can throw together quickly and re-heats up well.

That’s where my Green Enchilada comes in to play. Made out of kale, spinach and black beans, this dish has plenty of protein, fiber and other nutrients that give me the energy I need to balance a writing career with a full-time job. It’s also delicious.

Here’s what you’ll need to make this recipe:

  • 2 ½ cups frozen kale
  • 2 ½ cups frozen spinach
  • 1 can black beans
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 10 corn tortillas
  • 1 can enchilada sauce
  • 1 cup mozzarella (or whatever cheese you’d like to use)

Pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, defrost your frozen veggies. While that’s going on, chop up your onion and set it aside. Once the vegetables are heated, mix in the black beans, onions and sour cream. I prefer to use a light or low fat sour cream when cooking to cut out a few calories. You could also try subbing a Greek yogurt, but make sure it is plain.

Toss the tortillas into the microwave for a few seconds to soften them. Corn tortillas are brittle, especially if you store them in your fridge, and this will make them easier to work with.

Scoop large spoonfuls of the filling into the corn tortillas leaving enough room to fold the tortillas like a blanket around a baby.


Line the filed tortillas in a 9 x 17-inch baking dish. Pour the enchilada sauce over the top. Sprinkle the cheese over the top. I use a skim mozzarella for the same reason I use the light sour cream.

Place the pan in the center of your oven and bake for half an hour. This is the perfect amount of time for me to sit down and tackle some marketing or write a couple of pages before the timer goes off.

Depending on how your cheese looks, you may want to turn it to broil for the last minute or two of baking to give the cheese an extra bit of melt.

You can do whatever you like for serving sizes. I prefer to cut it into 10 pieces, casserole style, because this is a hearty enough meal to leave me full. I typically serve this with a side of chips and salsa – I love chips and salsa – but it goes equally well with Mexican rice, beans or a salad.

I hope you enjoy this recipe!

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Lexi Burke has always been a stickler for following rules and procedures. As a human resources manager for a leading Gulf Coast chemical company, it’s her job to make sure everyone else falls in line, too.

But after losing out on a big promotion–-because her boss sees her as too much of a yes-woman––Lexi adopts a new policy of following her heart instead of the fine print. And her heart knows what it wants: Jason Beaumont, a workplace crush who is off limits based on her previous protocol.

While navigating a new romance and interoffice politics, Lexi must find the confidence to stand on her own or face a lifetime of following someone else’s orders.

Who says nice girls have to finish last?

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Deadline Dishes — Chocolate Cake with Nancy C. Weeks!

Hi Heather,

Thanks so much for inviting me on your lovely blog today so I can share my absolute favorite recipe. Who doesn’t like a great slice of chocolate cake? Well, the one I brought is my family’s favorite. I have made this recipe more times than I can count for all kinds of occasions. It’s a toss in a bowl and mix type of cake. It taste so much better than any cake mix from a box and just as easy.  Believe or not, I have even mailed it to college kids across the country, and according my kids, it arrives tasting like I just made it.

Now a little about me:

I spend my days creating happy-ever-after romantic suspense novels with a unique supernatural element. I have been reading romance novels non-stop since college where I met and married my hero. We spent the next several years honeymooning and working overseas. Thirty-three years later, we still hold hands under the table. My son is off on his own now and my daughter is almost through college. Most days, you can find me typing away at the kitchen table now called The Mommy Cave. In the summer, I spend my day outside airing out my brain writing away as the local bird population keeps me company.

Writing has become my second passion. Next week, March 10th, I’ll be release the third book in my Shadow series called In the Shadow of Malice. I’m so excited about this new book I can’t sit still. The cover and blurb are below for just a little tease. In the meantime, try out this cake. I promise you will love it.

You can find more about me here:

(Oh, by the way, for a free read of Chapter One from In the Shadow of Malice, check out my blog.)




Twitter: @NancyCWeeks



The Best Everyday Chocolate Cake Ever

  • 2 C sugar
  • ½ C butter (one stick)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 C milk
  • ½ C cocoa powder or 4 squares of unsweetened chocolate
  •  2½ C flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 C very hot water

Melt chocolate in microwave for 1 minute.  In a mixing bowl, mix butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla.  Add chocolate slowly.  Add flour, baking soda, baking powder, alternating with milk.  Mix well for about 2 minutes.  Slowly add the hot water.  This batter will be very liquidly.  Mix until well blended.  Pour into a buttered 13×9-inch baking pan or 2 round cake pans. Bake at 350F for 30 minutes.  Cool before frosting if you have time.  It is wonderful warm too.


The Most Wonderful Chocolate Frosting in the World

[It takes all of 5 minutes. I suggest you make a double batch, one for the cake and one for your spoon] 

  • Bring to a boil:
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 4 Tbs. cocoa or 2 squares of unsweetened chocolate
  •  ¼ C of milk
  • Optional: ¼ tsp almond extract

Pour over 1 pound of powdered sugar.  Mix well and pour over cake.  The cake can be served warm or once cooled, the frosting will taste like fudge.

Now that you have  a delicious new chocolate cake in the oven, stop over to Amazon and grab your copy of Nancy’s newest book!!

Adam Blake, ex-CIA operative, has gone to great lengths to keep his identity a secret from his maternal grandfather, who controls the most brutal crime syndicate in Eastern Europe. The moment he lets his guard down, the unthinkable happens and his best friend, the mother of his child, is tortured and murdered. To protect his daughter, he must seek the help of his father’s family—who has no idea of his existence. What Adam could have never foreseen is the unusual attachment between his daughter and her most unlikely protector.

After months of living in an emotional vacuum after her roommate’s murder, Calista Martin takes a chance and befriends a handsome regular at the diner. What is supposed to be just a ride home hurls her headlong into Adam’s world of murder and revenge. To add to an already explosive situation, Adam’s traumatized little girl refuses to release her hold on Calista. Knowing what it’s like to lose a loved one, Calista insists on staying with Adam to protect Anna.

After Calista risks her life to protect Anna, Adam begins to see the waitress from the diner in a different light. But the Vasnev threat is heating up and Calista, while willing to help him, really doesn’t trust him. Can he find a way to eliminate his enemies to become the father Anna deserves and the man Calista needs—or will he fail again, taking his future out of his hands forever?




Ode to…

Every night I fall asleep knowing you’ll be there for me the next day.

Dawn breaks and sunlight streams in my windows.

The kids come in for their morning cuddles. Wiggling, chatting bodies wake me far earlier than I want.

And yet, I know you’re there too, waiting, ready, supportive.

You call me from my slumber, tell me it’s time to rise.

And as I begin my day, it’s you I turn to.

You surround me with warmth.

You are bold, yet sweet.

You encourage me to go on when I want to stop.

You fill me with energy.

You are the bringer of ideas. My sounding board. My creative counterpart.

It’s you I want the moments when I just need to sit and contemplate.

You are my strength when I am weak.

You are my rock.

Oh, coffee, how I love you so.


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