Another Year Older . . . and Wiser . . . Hopefully!

Look who's coming down the beach on the arm of a gorgeous older man. It's LORI LEGER, that Louisiana dynamo who heads up Cajun Flair Publishing! Take it away Cajun Girl...And Happy Birthday!

By Lori Leger
It's finally fall here in the south. More importantly, it's October, my favorite month. I have so many wonderful memories associated with this month . . . football games, homecoming parades, festivals attended with family and friends. We get our first break from the oppressive heat and humidity down here. It's a chance to open my windows, let the cool, dry breezes replace the filtered air-conditioning. A chance to enjoy the changing colors in the beautiful fall landscape.

October is also my birthday month. In December of last year, just after I'd cut one more notch in the "creeping ever closer to sixty" belt, I realized that the characters in my previous series are closer to my children's ages than my own. For the most part, they were about thirty-something-year-old men and women looking for love or advancement in careers. They are wonderful characters--they really are. Unfortunately, as I flipped the calendar on my fifty-seventh year of living, I was reminded that I have little in common with them.

As I age, I change, as do my priorities, tastes, opinions, etc. Yes, I realize it's socially unacceptable to openly admit one's age, but isn't that an unrealistic attitude? I accept that my author shot, taken several years ago, is the best I'm ever going to look. I've chosen to embrace my age. I'm a mother, and a grandmother . . . I've earned these lines around my eyes, dammit!

So what's an aging author to do?  She changes her writing style. 

It all started while writing the last installment of the Cathryn and Zachary stories I created for the Seasons of Love anthology series.

Cathryn's mom, Ellen, widowed but still a very vibrant woman, begins dating again, and eventually remarries. At the end of Full Circle Christmas, Zachary's father, John Michael, makes an appearance and sees an old classmate of his, one he'd had a crush on back in junior high. I had so much fun writing the subplot stories of these characters, because I could relate to them easier. I decided to run with it.
Thus, the birth of a brand new series in a baby boomer style genre, Prime of Love. Book one, "Running Out Of Rain", continues with John Michael Ferguson's story, as well as his old classmate, Cynthia Ellender. 

The story deals with the loss of spouses, of parents, of siblings, and the reemergence of old friendships and new loves.

While I don't have erotically described sex scenes, the heat is still present. The older characters, namely John Michael's dad, J.D. Ferguson, add a great deal of humor to the stories in this series, something I'm getting better at writing. 

So, if you're looking for something just a little different, check out my Prime of Love series.

Eventually, all storms break for a little sunshine . . .

Prime of Love Series Book 1: Running Out Of Rain

Which led to Book Two, "Hanging On To Hope", the story of John Michael's first cousin, Clay Andrews, who meets Cynthia's younger sister, Allie Sarver. 

Sometimes you need to lose all hope in order to find true strength . . .
Prime of Love Series Book 2: Hanging On To Hope
So, embrace your "maturity", and accept that books about mature relationships don't necessarily have to rule out romance, or passion, or love.

As a matter of fact, loving after fifty has never been so damn good.

Fall at the Beach with Pat White

Help me welcome PAT WHITE to our humble blog!

I can still hear the sound of the waves

What's happening in the Pacific Northwest Pat?

Fall is an amazing time of year in the Pacific Northwest.  My family and I decided to spend part of our fall at the beach in Oregon.  There’s nothing like the sound of waves crashing up on the shore, or the smell of sea air or… stalking seagulls. Yep, you read that right.  The seagulls got awfully chummy as they tried to talk us out of our picnic lunches.

We had a blast playing football on the sand and catch-me-if-you-can with the waves.  Oh, and the nighttime campfires were amazing. My mouth is watering at the memory of the S'mores… yum!
The clouds blocked our sunset but still...

Anyway, I love so many things about the beach, and find the ocean both relaxing and creatively stimulating.  I dreamt up three new books while lying on the sand ignoring Fred the seagull’s death ray glare (after a while we just started naming them). However, those stories will have to wait a bit.  I have a book deadline for my alter ego, Hope White.

So, not only do I write YA thrillers and contemporary romances as Pat White, but I also I write romantic suspense as Hope White.  Christmas Undercover is out this month featuring rogue FBI agent Sara Vaughn, and Will Rankin, single dad of two little girls.  While on a hike in the mountains, Will finds Sara in a wounded and disoriented state.  When he tries to help, she thinks he’s an assassin hired to kill her and threatens him with a gun! Talk about a rocky start to a relationship.  Christmas Undercover received a 4-star review from RT Bookclub Magazine and is the fourth book in my search-and-rescue series.  However, you don’t need to read the first three in the series to enjoy this charming tale of a hardened agent learning to love and trust again.

I’m excited to announce the redesign of my contemporary romance covers for the Ringside Romance series.  Just in time for the holidays, the first book in the series is free!  It's a novella titled The Perfect Match.  Two of the books in the series were named Top Picks from Romantic Times Bookclub Magazine, and the third received a 4.5 star review. The Ringside Romance books are set in the crazy world of professional wrestling, featuring well-muscled hunks and the women who try to tame them. 

The holidays are closing in fast, and along with this wonderful time of year comes added stress—what to buy hubby for Christmas, Thanksgiving Dinner conflicts with Da’ Bears game, oh, and I have not one but two book deadlines.  I think October is a good month to practice relaxation in preparation for the holiday season.  What do you do to relax?  I love going to the beach, but it’s 3 hours away so…  I’m open for suggestions!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Pat White aka Hope White

Christmas is Coming - Like it or Not!

Join Maddy and Hunter for a very special holiday wedding! Marriage Under Fire, featuring an exclusive wedding scene never before released, is part of Criminal Christmas, a collection of 8 holiday suspense stories. The box set is now available for pre-order for just $0.99 and be the first to read these thrilling romantic suspense stories on November 9.

Share in the anticipation as Grayce, Davis, Hollie, James and the entire Grayce Walters crew plan a ceremony overflowing with all the love, romance and fellowship of the season.

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Christmas isn't all Peace on Earth this Holiday Season in 8 Outstanding Suspense Stories of Murderers, Stalkers, Terrorists, Thieves, and Kidnappers. Criminal Christmas puts the Danger in the season of Mistletoe, Christmas Trees & Goodwill. Snuggle up by the fire with our books and enjoy Christmas like never before. This fabulous set is comprised of 6 Novellas (including never before published!), 1 Short Story and 1 Full Novel!
Deadly Holiday - Novella
It's four days before Christmas and the characters you grew to love in The Deadly Series are struggling with life-threatening problems. When a five-year old boy testifies against his father, then disappears without a trace, the town struggles to find him. But an impending blizzard threatens to halts the search just before Christmas. Deadly Holiday is an action-packed thriller you don't want to miss.
The Old Man's Back in Town - Short Story
A sizzling, suspenseful SHORT STORY wrapped in a puzzling mystery that will leave you hungry for more. **It's "Groundhog Day" meets the modern day Old West!**
Holiday Justice - Novella
A Justice Team Holiday Novella! When his Justice Team partners, Mitch Monroe and Caroline Foster, discover a Santa sneaking around behind the restaurant, Grey and Mitch uncover a theft ring that's leaving kids without toys and families without a reason to celebrate.
Christmas Interrupted - Novella
Christmas in snowy Carnation, Washington seems like the idyllic get away until Jamey Dunn has a prophetic dream of his father's house burning to the ground on Christmas Eve. Jamey and his wife Tina race to Carnation to prevent the tragedy that will take Pops' life and discovers something is strange about the new neighbors.
Marriage Under Fire - Novella
Marine veteran Maddy Jeffers never expected her most demanding and daunting mission would come off the battlefield. Ordered to infiltrate a Seattle terrorist cell, Maddy must pose as a loving wife to Major Hunter Hines. The undercover role begins to feel all too real when Maddy falls hard for the rugged, macho Marine.
The Twelfth Day - Novella
Years ago, Sabrina Spencer was the lone survivor of a serial killer's attack on her family, her testimony putting the killer behind bars. When she begins receiving daily packages containing bizarre gifts related to the Twelve Days of Christmas, Sabrina suspects her new love is behind the twisted countdown to the twelfth day.
Christmas 911 - Novella
When mother-to-be Corrine Landry stops off to purchase a gift for her niece on Christmas Eve, she finds herself in the middle of a crisis situation. Luke Oliver is about to end his final twelve-hour shift as a 911 dispatcher. After answering a desperate plea from a frantic pregnant woman, he suspects this particular call could change his life--maybe forever.
The Way Evil Does - Novel
When novelist Rebecca Reis interviews convicted serial killer, Thomas Eisenbrey in the Washington State Penitentiary she finds herself having strange feelings for the psychopath. Nicknamed the Hunter, Eisenbrey is crafty, aloof, and has somehow wheedled his way into her mind. When he escapes, Rebecca is terrified--who will he hunt next?