Archive | August 2014

First Choice, Second Chance by Lynn Rae



Conscientious Emily Fontaine is on a mission to prove her marketing and public relations skills. When she volunteers to restore a historic statue, she isn’t prepared for her attraction to one of her fellow committee members.

Paul Ellison has stayed out of circulation since his wife’s death, but once he meets Emily, he can’t resist her quiet allure, despite the difference in their age.

When the statue which brought them together is vandalized, and both Paul’s daughter and sister strenuously object to their burgeoning relationship, Paul and Emily realize the sacrifices they’ll have to make for each other. Will Paul have a second chance at love?

First Choice, Second Chance

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About Lynn Rae

Lynn Rae makes her home in land-locked central Ohio after time spent in the former Great Black Swamp, beside the Ohio River, and along the Miami and Erie Canal.  With professional experience in fields ranging from contract archaeology to librarianship along with making donuts and teaching museum studies, Lynn enjoys incorporating her quirky sense of humor and real-life adventures into her writing (except the naughty bits).  She writes sci-fi, contemporary, and historical romances.


Special Guest Author Regina West About The Long Way Home

CoverFrontAge Is Just A Number

A while back, I read an article that middle-aged Hollywood actresses have difficulty finding work. Once they can no longer play the main role of the twenty-something hot girl, they have to wait until they’re old enough to play the background role of her mother. A similar thing is happening in the book market with Young Adult and New Adult being the hottest genres around.

Well, love and romance don’t die the moment a person turns thirty. I didn’t want my work to follow this trend, so my main characters, Twilah and Aidan, are in their forties. Together, they rebuild their lives and find plenty of love and romance along the way. I think you’ll enjoy their journey.


“Can I ask you something?” Twilah said then, her shoulders relaxed for the first time since Aidan got there, the grease still smudged across her forehead.

“I suppose so.”

“I saw you a couple of weeks ago over at the Tar & Feather. Do you remember that?”

He frowned, wary of where this was going. “Yeah, I remember.” For God’s sake, how could he forget?

She ran her dainty fingers through her long blonde hair as she sifted through her thoughts. Then she stood to her full height, her eyes on his, and squared her shoulders. “I am not my father. Make sure you remember that.”

No kidding. “Somehow I don’t think you’re gonna let me forget. See you, Ms. Dunn.”

As he backed out of the driveway, he stole a glance at one of the few women who had ever surprised him. She was in over her head, that was for sure, and she needed him, a fact she hadn’t denied. She needed him.

The Long Way Home

Twilah Dunn has it all—an exciting life in Los Angeles and a thriving ad agency she owns with her fiancé. Then she learns that her estranged father has died and her business partner is sleeping with her best friend. In one day, her perfect life unravels and the city she calls home is now anything but.

She returns to her hometown in North Carolina determined to sell her father’s horse farm in order to buy back her business from her cheating fiancé. But when she sees the farm’s dilapidated state, she can’t bear the thought of selling it that way. Against all reason, she puts her fast-paced, metropolitan life on hold and hires local cowboy Aidan Perry to help restore the farm to its former glory. She’s heard the rumors of his dark past, and she’s wary of mixing business with pleasure—again. But soon she can’t keep her mind, or her hands, off of him.

Can Twilah push through her fear and love Aidan? Will his past prove too dangerous? Has she really left LA behind or will it continue to haunt her?

About the Author

Regina West comes from a long line of romance readers. Anytime her mother and grandmother had a moment of quiet, they immersed themselves in whatever paperback romance they’d picked up that week. So it is fitting that Gina has chosen romance as her favorite genre for both reading and writing.

#15She grew up in North Carolina, spent a few years moving around the U.S., but has settled in beautiful Colorado. She spends her days working for a non-profit organization and her evenings hanging out with her two smartypants boys. In the middle, she manages to squeeze in writing, editing, classical guitar and knitting. Currently, she’s working on a six-book paranormal romance series.

One day, she hopes to leave winter behind forever and retreat to Tahiti to live in a yurt and while away the hours writing and sipping umbrella drinks.

Where to Find Regina West:

Hot Prospects Contest

Sponsor: Valley of the Sun Romance Writers

Looking to sign your first book contract, switch from a small press to a large publisher or simply explore another genre of romantic fiction? Turn up the heat on your writing career with the Hot Prospects Contest.

GRAND PRIZE: The grand prize winner of the contest will have their entire manuscript (400 pages, Courier, 12pt, Double spaced) reviewed by two professional editors at Novel Needs.

Announcement by a former winner:

“After finaling and winning the hot prospects romantic suspense category with my entry The Gilded Cuff, Lauren Plude from Grand Central made a three book offer for my series. I just wanted to extend my thanks and gratitude to your chapter for hosting the contest and bringing in such great final judges!  Thank you!” ~ Lauren Smith


$25 for Valley of the Sun RW chapter members
$30 for non-chapter members

Chapter website has PayPal capability.


  • Postmark Deadline: September 1st, 2014
  • E-Submit Deadline: Midnight, September 1st, 2014


The Hot Prospects Contest is open to any work that is not under contract and is unpublished at the time of entry.


3-5-page synopsis and up to the first 25 pages of story (30 pages max). Entry or synopsis may be shorter, but neither may be longer than specified.

Final round judges

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  • Editor—Esi Sogah, Kensington
  • Editorial Director – Angela James, Harlequin Carina Press

Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal

  • Editorial Assistant –Kristine Swartz, The Berkley Publishing Group
  • Editor—Amy Stapp, Tor /Forge

Romantic Suspense

  • Associate Editor- Lauren Plude, Grand Central Publishing
  • Editor -Tera Cuskaden, Samhain

Contemporary Long/Single Title

  • Editor at Large – Sue Grimshaw, Random House
  • Editor—Cat Clyne, Sourcebooks

For More Information, entry form, and rules, see website at For questions please email Those entries that do not final will be returned approximately October 30th, 2014 to help those who plan to enter RWA’s Golden Heart.

Lena Jakes and Lisa Heartman
Valley of the Sun Hot Prospects Co-Chairs