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Madeline Hunter is a nationally bestselling author of historical romances who lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and two sons. Her books have won two RITA awards and seven nominations, and have had three starred reviews in Publishers Weekly. In a parallel existence to the one she enjoys as a novelist, Madeline has a Ph.D. in art history and teaches at an East Coast university.

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I have always written when I can, morning or night. When I first started, it was always at night after my sons went to bed. However, I know…more
Hi, Martha!
I have always written when I can, morning or night. When I first started, it was always at night after my sons went to bed. However, I know it goes easier if I write in the morning. My brain is just fresher then. The one time it is never easy is between about 3 and 5 pm. Then it is like swimming through mud.
When I gave up the day job, I expected to be soooooo productive with that extra time. While it picked up, I did not become the writing dynamo I envisioned. I am still adjusting. I do think that I have better focus now. Setting aside the day job grief has energized me in new ways. It has affected my creativity more than my productivity, I think. I am playing with ideas and new projects in ways I never would have before. (less)
Madeline Hunter I have to tell you, I'm not sure I believe in writer's block. I guess it happens in rare occasions, perhaps when a writer has experienced some…moreI have to tell you, I'm not sure I believe in writer's block. I guess it happens in rare occasions, perhaps when a writer has experienced some emotional trauma or medical problem. For most of us, what we call writers' block is really a serious case of procrastination that has fed on itself. The only cure is to place one's butt in the chair and start writing. (less)
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Sinful in Satin (The Rarest...
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By Possession (Medieval #1)
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“I never hated you. My anger was never with you, but with the little hell my heart had put me in. The anger always passed. I never regretted loving you. If I had gone to my grave never kissing you or touching you, I still would not have thought it a wasted love.”
Madeline Hunter, The Romantic

“I did indeed say you could have lovers. But I never promised that I would not kill them.”
Madeline Hunter, Ravishing in Red

“You will have to forgive me, Major Woodruffe. I am new to marriage, and perhaps more given to jealousy than some of the more experienced husbands that you know. It is possible that you seek only friendship with my wife. If, however, you entertain any other--"
-Sebastian to Woodruffe
"I assure you that such a thing is the furthest thing from my mind."
-Woodruffe to Sebastian
"Come now, Major. We are both men. Such ideas are never far from our minds at all. But if you do anything that causes me to think that your mind dwells long on that particular idea, I will thrash you, I will ruin you, and I will probably kill you.
-Sebastian to Woodruffe”
Madeline Hunter, Ravishing in Red


Which book would you like for BOM for December?

Prisoner of My Desire by Johanna Lindsey Prisoner of My Desire, by Johanna Lindsey

Spirited Rowena Belleme must produce an heir--or incur the dangerous wrath of a ruthless stepbrother, who stands to forfeit his ill-gotten wealth. And the magnificent Warrick deChaville is the perfect choice to sire her child--though it means imprisoning the handsome knight...and forcing him to bend to her amorous whims.


Vowing to resist but betrayed by his own virility, noble Warrick is intoxicated by Rowena's sapphire eyes and voluptuous beauty. Yet all the while he plans a fitting revenge--eagerly awaiting the time when his sensuous captor becomes his helpless captive ... and is made to suffer the same rapturous torment and exquisite ecstasy that he himself has endured.
  8 votes 22.2%

Her Bodyguard by E.E. Burke Her Bodyguard, by E.E. Burke
Passion and ambition collide when a woman embroiled in a bitter war between a powerful railroad and rioting settlers hires a bodyguard to protect her from a killer.

Brought together by Fate, the wealthy businesswoman and penniless drifter find unexpected love in the midst of danger. But the secrets he hides will tear them apart—if they survive.

Her Bodyguard is part of the series Steam! Romance and Rails, featuring stories from America's golden age of steam railroads.

Back Cover Blurb:

For America “Amy” Langford, investing in the Border Tier Railroad isn’t about chasing riches. The savvy businesswoman is after bigger stakes: influence, respect, success her father didn’t live to see.
Rioting settlers and underhanded competitors can’t stop her, but a killer might. When a stranger comes to her rescue, she trusts her instincts and hires him as her bodyguard.

Buck O'Connor has put his violent past behind him, but being a wanted man dictates a life of deceit. So what’s one more lie? He becomes Amy’s protector so he can secretly thwart her railroad’s progress to help his cousin avoid financial ruin. A great scheme—until he falls in love.

While Buck hides his true purpose, Amy lies to herself about her growing feelings for her bodyguard. But the price for deceit is steep, and secrets from the past could destroy their future, if they survive.
  8 votes 22.2%

Heart of a Knight by Barbara Samuel Heart of a Knight, by Barbara Samuel
Britain, 1351. After an arduous exile to flee the darkness and danger sweeping her lands, Lady Elizabeth D'Auvers returns home to Woodell Castle, yearning only for her looms and her quiet life. To her astonishment, she finds the castle and farmlands thriving, thanks to Lord Thomas of Roxburgh, a knight errant whose size and strength offer protection to Elizabeth's castle and its people. Yet chilling thoughts trouble her mind--for there is something mysterious about this man.
  7 votes 19.4%

By Possession (Medieval #1) by Madeline Hunter By Possession, by Madeline Hunter
A Common Lady
For years she had thought he was dead. Yet when Addis de Valence strode into Moira Falkner's cottage, there was no mistaking the sharp planes of his face, and the scar she herself had helped to heal. The young squire who had once been her hero was now her lord, a hardened man who returned to claim the son she had raised as her own. But Moira couldn't deny that Addis roused a passion she never thought to feel--and a perilous hope for a future that could never be....

An Uncommon Love
Addis returned from the Crusades to find his lands usurped by his stepbrother, and his country on the brink of rebellion. Determined to reclaim his birthright, Addis could not afford to be distracted by a woman--even one as tempting as Moira. Yet the only living part of his contented past lay in Moira--and his desire for her was more dangerous than his deadly battles with the king's men. By law, Moira belonged to him...but possessing her heart might be far more difficult.
  7 votes 19.4%

A Big Sky Christmas by William W. Johnstone A Big Sky Christmas, by William W. Johnstone
From the masters of frontier fiction comes a holiday tale set in the very heart of America--a Western saga of courageous souls coming together, with a little help from the Jensen family.
  3 votes 8.3%

Texas Tango (Texas Montgomery Mavericks #2) by Cynthia D'Alba Texas Tango, by Cynthia D'Alba
Their wedding might be fake, but there’s no faking the mutual attraction.

Texas Montgomery Mavericks, Book 2

Dr. Caroline Graham is happy with her nomadic lifestyle fulfilling short-term medical contracts. No emotional commitments, no disappointments. She’s always the one to walk away, never the one left behind.

But now her great-uncle is gone and her grandmother is on her deathbed, more concerned about Caroline’s lack of a husband than her own demise. What’s the harm in a little white lie? If a wedding will give her grandmother peace, then a wedding she shall have.

Travis Montgomery has one dream left—to build the ranch he and his wife planned before he lost her to cancer. There’s just one thing standing between him and the last bit of acreage he needs—a last living heir who has one traveling foot out the door…and an unusual request that challenges his determination to never again place his heart at risk.

The land he wants in exchange for a faux marriage. Everyone wins. Until things start to snowball…and the hearts they stand to lose are their own.

Warning: This book contains a tortured widower who doesn’t want a wife and an independent doctor who doesn’t want a husband. Hot stuff between the sheets and failed efforts to avoid emotional involvements.
  3 votes 8.3%

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