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Sunday, July 21, 2019

The Accidental Branding of a Highland Hussy

I've been invited to join the Romance Gems blog. I will have one post a month, and I wanted you to be able to share in the fun! There will be giveaways and chances to discover new authors every day. I don't want you guys to miss out on any fun or exciting things I've done, so I'll make sure to keep you guys up to speed with everything I'm doing. I've written 6 posts so far, and my favorite has to be this one:

The Accidental Branding of a Highland Hussy


Once upon a time, there was a baby author who loved Highlander Romances so much, that she read any book with a man in a kilt on them. At one point, she created a Twitter account specifically to join in Man Candy Monday. This was a night where all of Romancelandia would join in to post stock photos of hunky men. For Laura, it was reserved for men in kilts only, and she was known for finding the best of the kilted men. She teased on twitter that she was a hussy for those Highlanders. What she didn't know, is that she would become so well known by that name, that she would be forever branded the Highland Hussy.

When someone says that they're "on brand," it usually means that whatever it is they are doing is exactly what one would expect from them. They are conforming to the image that is associated with that brand. And my brand is, you guessed it! Highlanders! I write Scottish Romance...with a twist!

Check out this post for more about my books

Hi I'm Laura Hunsaker, the Highland Hussy, and I write Scottish Time Travel Romance. Except when I don't.

I had an idea that just wouldn't leave, and after a major case of writer's block, I decided to take someone's advice and just play around. The goal was to not stress about my work in progress, but rather just write something, anything, new. In the Romantic Suspense I've written called Dark Past, there's nary a Scot to be found! As an author, I really wondered long and hard about what to do about that, since I typically write in such a different genre. As a reader, I thought about several well-known authors who write in several genres, and it's neither confusing nor annoying. So this Highland Hussy has written a Romantic Suspense without any Highlanders LOL.

You can buy Dark Past at all major ebook retailers.

Amazon  |   Barnes & Noble  |  Kobo   Google Play Books  |  Smashwords

I can't wait for everyone to meet Kate and Kyle, and let's hope readers won't mind reading an FBI hero and barista heroine written by a Highland Hussy.


Some secrets won't stay quiet...

The small town was supposed to be safe... 

Kate Landry is tired of running. Thinking she's safe, she settles in the small logging town of Chester, California to manage a cafe. She may be keeping a low profile, but she's hoping to return to a normal life. 
When FBI agent Kyle Donovan visits to Chester to stay with a friend, and to recover from his latest case, he never expects to meet sexy barista Kate. 

But someone is following Kate... 

Kyle worries he brought trouble to her door, while Kate worries her dark past is coming after her.

With danger lurking around every corner, her safe haven isn't as safe as she'd thought. Kate will finally have to trust someone enough to tell him her secrets. Secrets that may just get them killed...


Monday, July 1, 2019

Blog Highlight: Addicted to Books

Every now and then, I feature a book blog here. Today I'll highlight Addicted to Books.

Marie lives in Sweden, collects rubber ducks, and loves reading! Addicted to Books is an eclectic mixture of books she loves, places she visits, and dreams of Scotland.

I'll add a couple of links to a post where she interviewed me.

And a nice review of Dark Past. 





Thanks Marie and Addicted to Books, for all you do. Authors would be lost without Book Bloggers! And on that note, if you want to nominate a blog to be featured here, mention in the comments, or shoot me an email!




Thursday, May 30, 2019

Dark Past is Out in the Wild

It's been a month since Dark Past released, and I wanted to thank you all for making this past month so wonderful! :)

I'll post all the links below.

Amazon Kindle

Barnes and Noble 

Kobo

Google Play Books  (FYI it's discounted on Google Play for some reason)

Smashwords

Goodreads




The small town was supposed to be safe... 

Kate Landry is tired of running. Thinking she's safe, she settles in the small logging town of Chester, California to manage a cafe. She may be keeping a low profile, but she's hoping to return to a normal life. 
When FBI agent Kyle Donovan visits to Chester to stay with a friend, and to recover from his latest case, he never expects to meet sexy barista Kate. 

But someone is following Kate... 

Kyle worries he brought trouble to her door, while Kate worries her dark past is coming after her. 
With danger lurking around every corner, her safe haven isn't as safe as she'd thought. Kate will finally have to trust someone enough to tell him her secrets. Secrets that may just get them killed...

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Pre-Order Dark Past

Hi everyone!

I have fantastic news! Dark Past is up for pre-order! I hope you're as excited as I am for Kate and Kyle's story!

Release Day is April 30, 2019


The small town was supposed to be safe... 
Kate Landry is tired of running. Thinking she's safe, she settles in the small logging town of Chester, California to manage a cafe. She may be keeping a low profile, but she's hoping to return to a normal life.
When FBI agent Kyle Donovan visits to Chester to stay with a friend, and to recover from his latest case, he never expects to meet sexy barista Kate.

But someone is following Kate... 

Kyle worries he brought trouble to her door, while Kate worries her dark past is coming after her.
With danger lurking around every corner, her safe haven isn't as safe as she'd thought. Kate will finally have to trust someone enough to tell him her secrets. Secrets that may just get them killed...
 


Amazon  |  Barnes and Noble  |  Kobo  |  Google Play Books  |  Smashwords
Saturday, March 16, 2019

Book Signing 2019!

It's so exciting to have such an amazing library system in my city. The Local Author Showcase is coming up March 23, 2019 and I'll be signing the last few copies of Highland Destiny and new copies of Icing the Puck! If you happen to be in Vegas next weekend, I'd love it if you stopped by!
Last year was a blast! I sold out of all my books and met some amazing new readers! My time starts at 1:30, so if you get the chance, come on by!





Friday, February 22, 2019

Icing the Puck in Print!

As you know, I've been writing Hockey Romance as Kenzie MacLir and I wanted to share with you all that Icing the Puck is now available in print!

The link is to both the kindle and paperback options.


The New York Empires are back…this time three new players will find their HEA and maybe a little more.

Light the Lamp by Isabo Kelly 

Geneticist Dr. Ann Bell never thought she’d have a normal life or a normal relationship. She moves to New York hoping her “Devil’s spawn” half sister can help her control the fire curse that’s haunted her her whole life. Without help, Ann fears she’ll kill someone. Finding a confusing, handsome, overwhelming hockey player was never part of the plan. But when that man proves to be someone she could love, things get a lot more complicated for Ann. 

New York Empires defenseman Brody Evans never expects to find the woman of his dreams wandering the physical therapy center. He’s never met anyone like Ann Bell, and he wants more from her than any other woman before. But Ann’s keeping a secret that could tear them apart. For the first time in his life, Brody feels helpless. He’s a fighter, though, and Ann is a woman he’ll fight for, no matter what it takes. 


Crossing the Lines by Stacey Agdern 

Kayleigh Emerson knows that she shouldn’t get involved with a teammate of her brother’s. But the chemistry between her and rookie sensation Max St. Laurent is unmistakable. 

Max St. Laurent is captivated by the talented violinist who happens to be his captain’s sister. Unfortunately, he doesn’t need his unique combination of empathy and telepathy to realize there’ll be problems if he pursues her. 

But when mandatory English conversational sessions lead to a fake date that feels all too real, Max and Kayleigh must decide whether to cross the line between friendship and love. 

Change It Up by Kenzie MacLir 


Reiner Jahr is in his second year of playing for the New York Empires. As a boy from SetsÃ¥, Norway, he dreamed of nothing but winning the Stanley Cup, and with his stick-handling skills, it’s close to becoming real. But finding out he’s the son of a god isn’t something he’s equipped to handle, and when he runs into his sister’s best friend at an event for his team, he can’t keep his eyes off her. Suddenly hockey is no longer the only thing on his mind. 

Emma Chase loves her job with the local Special Olympics organization. Coordinating an event with the New York Empires has been a dream come true. Until she sees Reiner Jahr, her best friend’s big brother. Her teenage crush has developed into so much more. Seeing him again brings all her youthful feelings racing back. Their meeting sets in motion a chain of events that will forever change her. 

What can they do when changes happen both on and off the ice?

Friday, December 14, 2018

Why I Don't Write Firefighter Romance

I often get asked why I don't write Firefighter Romances, since I'm married to one after all. I had a hard time articulating why I can't. I recently tried to read one and I was so mad because it didn't feel realistic to me at all. There were no fart jokes, no crude humor, none of the things that remind me of the station. That's when I realized I can't write firemen because I would add in all those things and none of that is romantic. :)

So here in story form, is why I don't write Firefighter Romance:

Cap’s family walked in right as the food fight began. His wife was used to the guys’ shenanigans,
so she stepped out to the hall just as a pancake whizzed by her face. Her 5 year old son picked
it up and frisbeed it right back. His 7 year old daughter saw him heading towards them,
“Dadddeeeee!”


Captain Scott Johnson swung his princess up to his shoulders and asked if she wanted to
surprise the crew?


“Yeah!”


He pulled out some pop its and let her throw them on the ground. The firecrackers popped and
echoed throughout the kitchen. Every guy ducked and covered as their captain laughed.


A pancake that was harder than cement smacked him in the mouth, stopping the laughter.


He caught it before it hit the ground, and took a bite, “Good Lord, who made these! I think I
cracked a tooth!”


At that, his son came shrieking out of the kitchen, “Daddy! Someone farted and it stinks really
bad!”


“Was it you?”


His son smiled. “Maybe.”


His wife walked back in, “Is it safe?”


He kissed her cheek, “Cease fire!”


“Hey Jenn, did you bring those lemon squares?”


“Hi Jay, yep! Here ya go!”


“You’re the best!” He snatched the lemon squares and ran off.


“Share!” Jenn called after the thirty-five year old man who stole all the treats.


“Don’t worry, the guys won’t let him eat them all. They love your lemon squares.”


“Has it been busy today?”


“Not too bad, just a few calls.”


An alarm blared through the station, interrupting them. “Fire emergency. Structure fire at 123 Pine
St. Batallion…”
He spoke over the tones. “Sorry babe, gotta go!”


She sighed and watched the crew run out the door to the trucks. Her kids wandered back in and
sat in the kitchen. Jay was cleaning up and April walked in.


“You two weren’t called out?” Jenn asked them.


“Nah, not yet. Our rig isn’t needed. We're on Rescue.” Jay pulled out the lemon squares he’d stolen.
“April, wanna share before they all get back?”


“Save me one. I don’t ever want to look at sugar again.”


“Did you guys have another donut eating contest or something?” Jenn was thinking of the last time
they’d done that. It hadn’t ended well for anyone.


“Ugh no. Never again. I still can’t believe I ate 7 donuts. My blood sugar was through the roof!”


Jay was waving a lemon bar underneath April’s nose. “You mean you don’t want one of these? I
mean, look at all that lemony goodness. How can you resist.” It was gone before Jenn could blink.


“Holy shit you bit my finger!” Jay


“Boo beserved bit,” April said around her lemon bar.


“Jenn, help me out here,” Jay begged.


“Well, you kind of did deserve it.”


“Traitor.”
They all looked up as they heard the garage doors opening.
“That was fast.”


Jenn’s husband walked in. “It was a stupid trash can fire. They didn’t even need us. A neighbor
used his extinguisher before we got there.” It was just like her husband to be bummed out that there wasn’t a fire.


“Hey kids, want to play soccer in the barn?” The barn was what they called the garage. It was huge,
with thirty foot ceilings. It had to be to house the engines.


“I’ve got ‘em, Cap. Hang out with your wife.” Jay loved soccer.

“Yeah,” April chimed in. “We’ll keep them busy! Go smooch your woman.”
Jen laughed as the two left making kissy noises.


“Fun crew you’ve got.”
“They’re amazing.” Scott slipped his arms around Jen. “They know when to give us privacy.” He
gently kissed her.

“Mmhmm,” Jen leaned against her husband expecting another kiss when the sploosh of a water
balloon hitting them interrupted them.”

“Oh you’re dead, Jay,” Scott chased him down the hall.

Jen laughed and opened up her purse. She’d tucked away a couple of Nerf guns knowing
something like this would happen. Hiding them behind her back, she walked to the hall and called Jay’s
name. When he looked up, she tagged him in the chest.


“Oh it’s on!” Jay ran around to his locker, but before he could open it, Jen hit him in the back a
couple of times before handing her husband the other Nerf gun.

"That's cold, Jen; hitting a man when his back is turned." Jay had a smile on his face, so she knew she was forgiven. After, the man loved her lemon bars.


“I love you so much right now,” he smiled as he took off running after Jay.

It wasn’t the most romantic setting, but Jen didn’t care. This was her life, and she loved every
minute of it.

                                            *The End*