New Beginnings

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Not sure how it happened, but it’s March already. After the rough winter that’s something to rejoice over. Spring is just around the corner, a time of new beginnings. The flowers will bloom, baby birds will hatch, the grass will turn green again…and new romance books will spring forth. Yah!

For me, I have a few new beginnings happening in 2014. First, I’m thrilled to be one of the Embracing Romance authors. Finding myself surrounded by such talent is humbling and exciting.

Hi, I’m Sandra Owens, and I’m an author of Regency and contemporary romances. I love, love, love what I do. I’ve made some amazing friends because of what I do. I’ve received emails from fans that made me giggle with delight. Quite often, I pinch myself just to make sure I’m not dreaming.

In August, I’ll embark on a new beginning with a new publisher, Montlake Romance, when the first in a series of the men of K2 Special Services debuts. All ex-SEALs, each believes he is immune from love—or doesn’t deserve love. Silly men.

The first, Crazy For Her, is a contemporary romantic suspense, a 2014 Golden Heart® finalist. My hero, Logan, grew up on the wrong side of the tracks, fell in love with his best friend’s wife, and kept that secret buried deep. He has other secrets so dark, he long ago swore he’d never tell anyone. He just never expected a feisty redhead would jackhammer away all the walls he’d believed impenetrable.

Almost all romance authors choose a model for their hero and heroine so they can imagine them while they write. I always do, and here’s Logan and Dani from Crazy For Her. Truthfully, I have a little crush on Logan.

Crazy For Her - Logan Crazy For Her - Dani

Here’s an excerpt, and how Dani sees Logan.

Logan was still eye candy. That sure hadn’t changed. A little sigh escaped her lips. He must have heard because his dark brown eyes turned her way and he raised a questioning brow.

Strangely, the arrogant gesture put her at ease. He was still the Logan she’d once known and liked. She walked down the steps. “Nice bike. What is it?”

He moved next to her and eyed the motorcycle with a fond smile. “A Harley-Davidson V-ROD Muscle.” His gaze captured hers, and he grinned. “It’s very fast.”

And dangerous. Like him. She remembered he’d always been like this. Intense and focused.

If you like sexy, tortured heroes and the women who dare to love them, check out my Regencies, The Training of a Marquess and The Letter.

Tomorrow’s Embracing Romance spotlight is on the multi-published, talented Victoria Vane. I know you won’t want to miss Victoria’s post, so see you back here real soon.

We’re all about books and romance here at Embracing Romance, so I have a question. Have you read a book recently you couldn’t stop thinking about? What made it so special? The hero or heroine? The story? The author’s voice? Something else?

Follow Victoria Vane:

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VICTORIA VANE is an award-winning author of smart and sexy romance with works ranging from wild comedic romps to emotionally compelling erotic romance. Her books have received more than twenty awards and nominations to include the 2014 RONE Award for Treacherous Temptations and Library Journal Best E-Book romance of 2012 for The Devil DeVere series. She lives the beautiful upstate of South Carolina with her husband, two sons, a little black dog, and an Arabian horse.

14 Responses

  1. Hanny

    I never read contemporaries, dear Sandra, but now I think I must…

    • Sandra Owens

      Holly, that certainly is the more important part of this. I looked at him a lot while I was writing his story.

  2. Jenny

    I was lucky enough to read an early draft of Sandra’s first contemporary, and this Regency author has quite a knack for the modern world, too!

  3. Sandra Owens

    Hi, everyone, I’m going to thank you in advance for stopping by. I’m out of town and will be in meetings all day so I won’t be here to do that with each comment. So, thanks, stick around for a while and explore our site, then come back tomorrow as you’ll want to see what Victoria Vane has to say. Have a great day!

  4. carolcork

    Sandra, I don’t ready many contemporary romances at present but I think that is about to change! Love the excerpt and visuals. I’ll be picturing Logan and Dani (BTW, love the names) when I’m reading CRAZY FOR HER. 🙂

    • Sandra Owens

      Carol, just got home from my business trip and what do I see but a comment from one of my favorite historical book reviewers. I know you don’t read contemporary but maybe I can tempt you cause I think you’ll love Logan. It would be seriously fun to see what a historical only reader thought of Crazy For Her.

      • carolcork

        Sandra, I do have some contemporaries on my TBR that were highly recommended by Goodreads friends. I’m currently reading a suspense romance, Something About You by Julie James and enjoying it very much. I will definitely want to read your contemporary series, Sandra. 🙂

  5. KarenC

    Crazy for Love sounds sooo good – I love romantic suspense. There are books that stay with me awhile, usually due to a combination of the hero/heroine, the story, and the author’s voice. There are a number of books that come to mind that were read several years ago.

    • Sandra Owens

      Karen, I love romantic suspense too. I have to agree with you. The books that stay with me are a combination of everything you said. Have you read any of Pamela Claire’s contemporary romantic suspense books? She writes some pretty hot, tortured heroes.

  6. Sandra Owens

    Hey, Dawn. Love it when a Lucky 13 Golden Heart sister stops by. I hope the verra same thing for you with your Highlanders. 🙂