The Human Condition and Sisterhood

There’s something to be said about a sense of belonging, whether it’s with your loving partner, or a group of ladies with like-minded interests, who’re the best friends ever. So, I’ll try to make this post short and sweet.

Regarding The Authors’ Billboard and Our Sisterhood: We applaud each other’s triumphs (and there are many), offer heartfelt comfort and empathy when we’re experiencing life’s downward slides or chaos and, as a community, we all have each other’s backs.

About Social Media: I’ve met some darn fine people over the course of my journey through social media, and I’d be remiss if I didn’t say so. My dearest hope is I will have the honor of meeting all of you individually someday. So, let’s start planning!

About the human condition, in particularly my man: I am That Person who was glad to see 2018 depart. I’d hoped 2019 would bring less sorrow and more joy for my hubby, but it doesn’t look too promising. Even so, I’m extremely grateful how my sisterhood has supported my man and me during these last trying months.

So! What DOES Zippity-Doo-Dah really look like? Here’s a sample of the awesome sets The Authors’ Billboard has created for our fans, with many more to come this year. It would take me way too long to list them all, so please enjoy a titillating taste of what’s in store for you.

Available for Pre-Order Now! A Night She’ll Remember.

Look Out!

Lives change as passions flare when nine USA Today Bestselling Authors share tales of intrigue, hints of suspense and new romance guaranteed to keep you reading.
Second chances, broken engagements, accidents, misled information and opposites attract are just some of what you’ll find within the passion-filled pages of A Night She’ll Remember.
Jacquie Biggar — Skating on Thin Ice — Will a killer accomplish the greatest hat trick of his career?
Cynthia Cooke – All Bets Are On — The stakes are high, the odds are stacked against them but for the these two, winning is everything.
Leanne Banks- Princess in His Bed – Searching for her lost brother, a princess finds a soulmate and mentor in the strong-willed Wyoming rancher.
Susan Jean Ricci – Speeding into Love: Book Three of The Triplets Trilogy — Being sentenced to community service isn’t how Eva planned her Miami getaway, but the handsome state trooper was a stickler to duty.
Mona Risk — Can’t Forget You — Can they forgive each other, live in the present and create a new future?
Jen Talty — His Deadly Past – An Injured NY State Trooper. A Physical Therapist. A Destination Wedding. And one deadly lie
Stacy Eaton – Tempt Me Too — That first love never Fades…
Patrice Wilton — Wedding Blues — What should be her happiest day might turn into her greatest heartache.
Taylor Lee — Ruby — Chloe Harper, Code Name Ruby, didn’t know how to explain her association with Noah Walker, the stunning black undercover agent. Particularly to Stuart, her unwitting fiancé.
Stephanie Queen — Already Gone — If Dr. Vicky didn’t save the cartel leader’s lousy life, he’d make sure her family suffered.

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Speeding Into Love: Book Three of The Triplets Trilogy – Coming Soon, so Please Stay Tuned.

How about some Winter Love to warm you up? Grab some hot chocolate and give this set a gander:

Sweet and Sassy in the Snow: Find Your Winter Romance!

Spirit me away from icy loneliness, shelter me with warm hugs, and cover me with soft kisses!

Find forgotten (or new) passions in this box set of winter and snow-themed romances by award winning novelists. From Navy aviators to bad boy escorts, lawyers and park rangers to exotic dancers, join our troupe as they battle betrayals and kidnappers, strong emotions and challenging weather to survive and find comfort in each other’s arms.

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Oh, by the way, my five star rated Romantic Suspense Story, EVASION: Do No Harm has just been uploaded to Kindle Unlimited – Free or Just 99 Cents!

As the daughter of a Native American chief, Remi soon has to rely on ancestral instinct to save herself.
In the public eye, her marriage to Dr. Marshall Wagner is one to be envied, but their intimate life is a farce –
her husband is enjoying forbidden sexual adventures elsewhere.
Turnabout is foul play. With Marshall’s dark secret about to be exposed, Remi’s life is endangered.
When she’s abducted by one of his enemies, watch out for Remi as she digs deep to assure her survival – she’s about to become a real a badass.

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One last thing and so important: Please be sure to check out our Authors’ Billboard Monthly Contests for free ebooks, gift cards, and paperbacks. March is going to offer another Rafflecopter, so don’t miss out!

Sweet dreams and thanks for checking in!

When Authors Chat It Up

The jokes on social media that January 2019 seems like it’s never going to end are plentiful, but happily there’s a positive light here at Mimi’s Gang, just a few days away.

The heads up: We at The Authors’ Billboard have been ultra-busy brainstorming since the Holidays for 2019, planning entertaining anthologies with happily-ever-after’s and super cool contests designed with our readership in mind.

Our new anthology SWEET AND SASSY IN THE SNOW: Find Your Winter Romance! is on pre-order status NOW, and goes live January 31 – a set you’ll eagerly look forward to reading. Free on Kindle Unlimited or just 99 cents.

What’s it about?

Spirit me away from icy loneliness, shelter me with warm hugs, and cover me with soft kisses. From Navy aviators to bad boy escorts, lawyers and park rangers to exotic dancers, join our troupe as they battle betrayals and kidnappers, strong emotions and challenging weather to survive and find comfort in each other’s arms. Sweet and Sassy in the Snow: Find Your Winter Romance!

https://www.amazon.com/Sweet-Sassy-Snow-Winter-Romance-ebook/dp/B07MQS5K5K

My story for this anthology is called DRIFTING INTO LOVE: The Triplets Trilogy, and the first of a new three story set I’m working on for other anthologies, and also available as stand alones.

What’s it about?

After a precocious pooch wanders into Zoey’s yard during a blizzard, she discovers an unconscious forest ranger hurt in a snowmobile accident. After a successful struggle back to her cabin, the two are stranded with no cell service, and only each other’s company to pass the time until help arrives.
Will placing trust in the handsome stranger provide the solace Zoey seeks once her secrets are revealed? Does confronting the past together enable the young woman to reconnect with the family she hasn’t seen in a decade?

Exclusively on Amazon:

Pre-order here: https://www.amazon.com/Drifting-Into-Love-Triplets-Triology-ebook/dp/B07N5LXB63

As for me, marking my personal goals for 2019 after the Holidays were lost in the zero zone – “My muse took a hike, it was riding its bike – I thought it left town, hadn’t felt it around.”

Then, after chatting it up with the other ladies in our group, I felt rejuvenated. Long story short, there’s something to be said for being associated with a collection of caring, enthusiastic ladies with similar aspirations in mind. SUffice to say, I am blessed!

Speaking of hearts, please keep in mind we have several romance anthologies available containing full length books and novellas from NY Times and USA TODAY Bestselling authors for Valentine’s Day!

Exclusively on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0792GQPM8/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i7

Unforgettable Valentine

Exclusively on Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Unforgettable-Valentine-Hearts-Love-Unforgettables-ebook/dp/B0797ZPS36

One more thing: Did you know we’re running a giveaway? Are you interested in winning gift cards, print books, or free eBooks? To find out more details on this month’s contest, click here! https://authorsbillboard.com/

Good Luck, Ladies!

The Snowball Effect #WritersGroup #LoveandSupport #mgtab @jacqbiggar

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The Benefit of a Writer’s Group

A few months ago Mimi Barbour, creator of The Authors’ Billboard, a group of over thirty bestselling romance writers, came up with the ingenious idea of setting up box sets varying in size from six to eight books and enrolling them into the Kindle Select program.

The hope was to gain new readers, and of course sales, of our individual books. We started out with two or three sets, just to see how they would do.

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There was such a fantastic response from our readers, three more followed. Then three more, then… well, you get the picture 🙂

As quick as we could put them together, they were getting read; to the tune of millions of pages read (Kindle Select’s method of determining how much to pay authors from a fund Amazon adds to each month)

Amazon KENP Rates of Major Stores

 

It has proven to be a snowball effect, benefiting the group in ways we never expected.

 

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We’ve become stronger as a group.

Friends who have each other’s backs. We support and promote new releases. Celebrate achievements. Share information. Build on our successes. And commiserate our failures.

No matter what, we know there’s someone who will listen when we need advice.

If you ever get the opportunity to join a writer’s group, I highly recommend giving it a try!

If you’d like to meet our group and have some fun at the same time, stop by November 29-30 at our 2nd Annual Christmas Bash on Facebook. There’ll be plenty of chatting, games, and giveaways! You don’t want to miss the party, we’d love to meet you there!

 

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And here’s a listing of our #boxsets: available for a LIMITED TIME!

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Love, Christmas

Unforgettable Romances: Unforgettable Heroes

Unforgettable Heroes: Unforgettable Passion

Unforgettable Christmas: Gifts of Love

Kiss Me, Thrill Me

Dangerous Encounters: Love on the Edge

Rebels, Rogues, and Romantics

Sweet and Sassy

Sweet and Sassy Christmas

Love on Fire

Sweet Heat

A Christmas She’ll Remember

 

Vengeance rules her life… Maggie’s Revenge by Jacquie Biggar #RomSuspense #MilitaryRomance #mgtab @jacqbiggar

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DEA Special Agent Maggie Holt is fierce, smart, beautiful– and in over her head.

Maggie has been working undercover 15 months when she is taken by Chinese-Mexican cartel leader, Chenglei. She tries to escape with 8 other women and is captured and brutally punished.

Adam O’Connor is angry and frustrated. It’s his fault his partner, and one-time lover, is missing and no matter how many leads he chases, they don’t bring Maggie home.

An unexpected break in the case sends Adam south to Texas. His old SEAL Team Chief, Frank Stein, offers his home and his help in the search effort.

Will these two strong men find Maggie? And will their decades old friendship be destroyed by their love for the same woman?

Read the exciting continuation of the Wounded Hearts Saga this December!

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she scared him. Magdalena Holt had the power to rip his safe, secure world apart and Frank wasn't sure he could handle the fallout.

Excerpt

Maggie wiped the sweat dripping into her eyes and scowled at the still-too-damn-hot sun taking its sweet time to dip behind the hills. She looked at the other women hunkered under the Humvee to grab what shade they could, and sighed. They were bruised and bloody, but alive. That’s all she could ask for right now.

Well, that and a tank of gas would be nice.

And a cool shower.

A steak dinner.

Her own bed.

Maybe she was hallucinating.

She laid the rifle across her thighs and leaned against the massive tire of the truck, one of the only spots she could touch without getting burnt. Someone with a sense of humor must have a plan for her, otherwise how could she have escaped a Mexican prison after months of captivity, get shot and survive it, then outgun a truckload of banditos and still be able to sit here boiling to death?

“You should join us,” Olga called, her voice raspy. “It’s safer under here. You don’t look so good, my friend.”

Maggie tried to make her smile reassuring, though the pain in her side was getting progressively worse. She’d glanced at it a few minutes ago and been dismayed by the redness surrounding the wound. “Soon. I need to do a reconnaissance of our friends over there first. I’m just getting up the energy.”

She hated how weak and dizzy she felt. They had neither the time for her to fight through an infection—and unless one of the ladies knew some desert secret—nor antibiotics to help the healing process.

Thank goodness, the men had not been trained troops. It took only moments for the firefight to end, with no injuries to the women. Maggie hated to kill them, but there was no choice. It was them or her. The grenade blast had done a good job of creating chaos among the men. They’d jumped from the truck, fearing another blast, and then it was a simple matter to pick them off from there.

She used the butt of the rifle to climb awkwardly to her feet and trudged through the sand toward the carnage, stiffening at the sound of steps behind her. She turned and frowned. The women trailed her, Olga in the lead brandishing a piece of lead piping that had been lying on the floor of the Humvee.

“Go back,” Maggie cried. “It’s too dangerous. At least until I make sure they’re…”

Olga reached her side and clasped a hand around her waist, careful to avoid the wound. “You can barely stand,” she whispered, for Maggie’s ears alone. “Do not be so brave, you’re stupid. We need you to get out of here. I need you,” she added.

Maggie gulped tears of gratitude. They may be in the middle of a war, but she’d made a friend for life.

She nodded. “Okay, let’s do this.”

***

Chenglei poured his tea and ignored the foot soldier sweating in his doorway. The child he’d been training lay sobbing quietly on the floor at his feet. Her leg was red and angry-looking where the hot liquid had spilled. She’d been warned on the proper etiquette; he never repeated himself.

It was a sign of weakness.

And Chenglei refused to fail.

“Tell me, how is it your militia cannot manage to capture five scrawny women? This is beyond my understanding.” He glared at the soldier. “Did I not make myself clear? I want them,

dead or alive. Why could your fools not accomplish this one small matter?”

The man wiped a shaky hand over his brow, then resumed Parade Rest position. “I am sorry, señor. I lost good soldiers today. The woman, she has training. My men were not expecting a firefight. They did their best under the circumstances.”

Under the…

Chenglei sipped his tea and tried to calm his nerves. The girl’s sniveling wasn’t helping matters. He gave her a shove with his toe. “Go to your room. I do not wish to see you again this night.”

She hiccupped and lifted her head, eyes red, cheeks flushed. She would be a beauty one day; if he didn’t kill her first.

“Go,” he snarled, some of the fury churning within escaping despite his control. He took a deep breath and let it out slowly.

Once.

Twice.

There, see. The monster who beat at the doors of his mind did not rule him, he was its master. Just as he was the ruler of his fate. And one stupid American woman was not going to change that fact. He waited until the child slipped out of the room before addressing the captain.

“You are right. The woman—the one with dark hair—she is a spy.” The soldier stiffened. Chenglei hid his satisfaction. “She is here to destroy the cartel. We must do whatever is necessary to stop her. Do you understand?”

The man gave a sharp nod, the light of retribution shining out of his dark eyes. “. I will round up another team, and this time, she will not get away.”

Bueno,” Chenglei murmured. “Bring her back alive, if you can. I do not care about the rest; your men may do as they wish with them. But Señorita Holt and I have business to finish; I want her returned to me.”

The captain bowed and backed out of the room, closing the heavy brass-plated door behind him. Chenglei had a love of beauty and was careful to surround himself with only the very best of everything. The wall-hangings dated from the sixteenth century, as did the Aubusson rug he sat upon, legs crossed. The rich greens and golds pleased his eye and the silkiness of his robes gratified his skin.

Success.

He’d made something of his life; he wasn’t about to let some gringa federal agent take that away from him.

I’m so excited to share Maggie’s book with you. Her story began way back in #2 of the Wounded Hearts series, The Rebel’s Redemption (soon to be available in Audible format), and quickly became a fan favorite. It’s taken me a while to give her journey the attention it deserves. Her voice has haunted me for long enough, it’s time to tell the tale!

When writer’s say they work in solitary, that’s not strictly true. At least, it isn’t for me. My characters live in my mind. They argue, dream, demand, ask for advice, rule my heart and my pen.

While I’ve written a few standalone novels, I have to admit I favor writing in a series. I like building a world and filling it with strong, interesting people readers can connect with, have empathy for, fall in love with.

If I can do that, I’ve done my job 🙂