Dylan McAthie is an ass and known for his temper tantrums. I know, I know, I wrote him. He is what I made him. *sigh* My only excuse is I’m an over-indulgent author.

He was not amused when I, the author, took control and decided on a cover without his input. He states he would never wear a hipster plaid shirt. And has threatened to impose severe writer’s block on the next book, in which he makes an appearance.
So I did what most authors do… I caved. May I now present the new, improved, Dylan-Approved cover! He likes that is shows off one of his best ASSets.

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At seventeen, music legend Dylan McAthie ran away from his Alabama home to chase his dreams. Years later, he’s forced to return—coming full circle to escape the nightmare his life has become. Hounded by paparazzi and plagued by the aftermath of personal and professional loss, Dylan craves some quiet anonymity so he can regroup and sort out what lies ahead.

Hired by his estranged brother, Jennifer Adams knows exactly who Dylan is. She grew up next door to his family and has followed his career. But the surly, overbearing man she’s caring for as a private-duty nurse is far from the charming boy she remembers. Nevertheless, she’s determined to be professional, do a good job—and not fail at her first time getting away from home.

As her patient heals, his demeanor softens, and their interactions grow less antagonistic. Soon their chemistry is undeniable—and inappropriate—leaving the inexperienced Jennifer thoroughly confused. Adding to the turmoil, scandal finds Dylan once again, threatening all the progress he’s made and putting Jennifer at risk as collateral damage.

It’s up to Dylan to fix what his fame has so easily broken and find a way to move forward with his life. But will his resurrection mean the death of any relationship with Jennifer?

Releasing soon! Add it to your TBR list on GOODREADS!


Project Purse Dump- KaLyn Cooper


I should probably be thrown out of the Girlie Girl Club because I don’t carry much in my purse. Given the opportunity, I don’t even carry one. I often stuff cash in a front pocket with a Chapstick or lipstick on the other side and I carry a very small, leather pouch for credit cards.

Years of long distance traveling has taught me that a purse can get stolen so quickly and weighs you down. By the end of the day, your shoulders ache. I also have a tendency to leave it hanging on the back of a chair so more than once I’ve revisited a restaurant in search of the darn thing. Fortunately, I’ve only lost it once. So I often don’t take one with me when I leave the house.

Unless I’m carrying.

Yes, I have been known to carry a gun in my purse. And yes, I have a Handgun Carry Permit. And yes, I know how to use it. I hope I wouldn’t hesitate to do so if a life-threatening situation should arise. I am a shooter and can often be found on the range. To see a picture of the gun I carry, visit my blog site listed below.

So, on to the contents of my purse:

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Let’s talk about the purse itself. I only buy unembellished Coach leather purses. I have some that are over twenty years old that still look good and function well. I rotate them out summer and winter, thus the dark brown one currently in use.

Two leather-bound checkbooks. Although I do more banking online than with a written check, sometimes you simply need to write a check. After the second move, Macho Marine and I decided we needed a stable bank account for his direct deposit but in those days, a local bank was always necessary. Thus the one has been in existence for over thirty-five years and the local account.

That non-descript medicine bottle contains: at least two migraine pills for Macho Marine, he can never find his when he needs them; two daily meds for Favorite (only) Son, just in case; and a few mega Motrin for me. The Tylenol is also for MM because he forgets his all too often when we travel. Is there a picture of our family dynamic forming here?

Business cards. You never know when you’ll run into a Romance reader.

Pens and a small pad of paper. Even though I most often use the app on my phone, I never know when I’ll need to write a note or make a list. I love office supply stores the way MM loves old hardware stores. I could spend hours looking at all the pretty paper, interesting office gadgets and pens that I might need and all too often purchase. They have to be ultrafine point and pretty as well as functional. But never pink or purple and never ever write in those colors. See, I could so easily lose that Girlie Girl card.

Glasses case and lens cleaner. I wore contacts for years and still do on occasion but prefer my glasses these days. I switch to prescription sunglasses when I go outside. Maybe I should try transitional lenses.

Wallet. Again Coach because they last so long and again leather. I guess I’m a natural materials person when it comes right down to it.

Not pictured but should be mentioned: Sometimes I will also have a receipt or two that I stuff into the back compartment but not today. Writing is a business and it keeps my CPA happy when I have the receipt from lunch with my author friends. I also shove my cell phone into the exterior pocket but I needed it to take the picture.

Pretty boring stuff for the most part.

But there is one more item I often carry. It’s deadly and I didn’t want it plastered all over the Internet. To see what it is, please visit my blog

Dec 11 - KaLyn Cooper -  Headshot

KaLyn Cooper’s romances blend fact and fiction with blazing heat and heart-pounding suspense. Twenty-two years as a military wife has shown her the world, and more than thirty years in PR taught her that fact can be stranger than fiction. She leaves it up to the reader to separate truth from imagination. She, her husband, and bird dog live in Tennessee on a micro-plantation filled with gardens, cattle, and quail. When she’s not writing, she’s at the shooting range or paddling on the river.

Be sure to check out her book Christmas in Cancun and two upcoming releases Captivated in Cancun December 28th and Claimed by a SEAL Kindle Worlds Hot SEAL Cancun Crossover Novella releasing January 26th

For all books by KaLyn Cooper, please visit her website You can find her on Facebook and Twitter.


Author Spotlight: Cecilia Dominic, Author of The Perfect Man

PerfectMan-A72lgI’m excited to welcome the amazing Cecilia Dominic, author of The Perfect Man.


How far will she go to find her perfect man? How far will he go to be one?

When Karen Hardeman sets foot on the Foothills University campus, it’s her first step toward proving her abusive ex wrong. Just her luck, her first writing assignment in Intro to Romance sends her in search of the perfect hero—a quest she’s never managed to conquer.

Worse, her professor forces her to collaborate with the most overconfident, annoying guy in the class.

Seth Sayers is also at Foothills to find new direction—preferably one that takes him far away from the family drama that’s followed him since his father’s death. He didn’t mean to humiliate Karen by rewriting her manuscript from the hero’s point of view. He blames the painkillers the ER doctor gave him after stitching up a wine-induced cut on his hand.

As their collaboration progresses, Karen begins to trust Seth with her manuscript, then maybe a little piece of her heart. But Seth’s half-brother resurrects Seth’s suspicions about his father’s death. Until he finds the truth, he can’t be the hero in anyone’s life. Even his own.

Warning: Some alcohol consumption. Okay, writer amounts of alcohol consumption. There are also some adult situations, but nothing too explicit. It is a romance-writing class, after all.

Take it away, Cecilia!

Thank you so much for having me today, Nancee! These were fun questions.

 What qualities do you think define the perfect man? Include characteristics, habits and looks.

I have always been drawn to the somewhat geeky guys. It worked out. Hubby’s a software developer, and we met our freshman year of college. We shared a computer in our first class together – how sweet is that? I do tend to be drawn more to dark-haired guys than to blonds or redheads, and glasses are optional. No beards, please, but a little scruff can be fun as long as he shaves it off before kisses get serious. I also like a guy who can make me laugh and who is intelligent and creative. Geeky artists – swoon. Finally, he has to be truly considerate of others, which pretty much excludes alphas.

How do real men differ from our romance heroes? (you can be specific, for ex. My DH will pat his stomach and tease,”Why would anyone want a six pack, I’ve got the whole keg!” lol)

Oh, wow, this is a tough one, but I love your husband’s answer. Yes, the effortless fitness thing is definitely a fictional construction, as is the hunky guy who never has trouble motivating himself to work out.

I think real men are more like our beta heroes. They have insecurities and foibles and are typically aware of them. Sometimes they’re even hyper-aware, which causes problems. Or seeking out therapy. You don’t ever see romance heroes going into therapy, or at least I haven’t so far unless there’s an inappropriate relationship with the therapist, which annoys me. I admit, although I love an alpha hero, the beta ones tug at my heart strings!

Did music, television or movies influence your writing of A Perfect Man? If so, any particular song, television show or movie?

I had playlists for Karen and Seth that I would have on whenever I was writing in their point of view. Karen’s was heavy on girl power stuff like Melissa Etheridge, and Seth’s had a melancholy tone with Coldplay and U2. Perfect for your characters!

If you had the perfect dream cast, who would portray Karen and Seth?

Oh, I would love Zooey Deschanel as Karen. She’s got the right amount of goofy for her, and I’ve always thought she’s just adorable. As for Seth, he’s tougher. Maybe Ian Somerhalder? He looks like he could pull off the feel of the character, that is, nice and trying to find his strength so he can navigate this world where life isn’t fair but there are moments of joy to find. Love those choices!

How does your real life writing experience compare to your heroine’s experience as a romance writer? Did you draw on any real life experiences?

I took both the best and worst of my writing habits and mixed them up for my characters.

Both of them have times when the writing is flowing and others when they’re stuck. That was the main similarity between my process and theirs. Like Karen, I tend to be a pantser, but I do like to do character interviews and background sheets like Seth. I don’t think either would like what I have to do for publication, come up with a proposal and synopsis.

Thank you for stopping by!

About the author:

Cecilia Dominic wrote her first story when she was two years old and has always had a much more interesting life inside her head than outside of it. She became a clinical psychologist because she’s fascinated by people and their stories, but she couldn’t stop writing fiction. The first draft of her dissertation, while not fiction, was still criticized by her major professor for being written in too entertaining a style. She made it through graduate school and got her PhD, started her own practice, and by day, she helps people cure their insomnia without using medication. By night, she blogs about wine and writes fiction she hopes will keep her readers turning the pages all night. Yes, she recognizes the conflict of interest between her two careers, so she writes and blogs under a pen name. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia with one husband and two cats, which, she’s been told, is a good number of each.

Where you can find Cecilia Dominic:

Web page:

Wine blog:


Twitter: @RandomOenophile


A Perfect Man is available at the following or anywhere books are sold:

Samhain Publishing:


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