Thursday, June 26, 2014

Our June Salon!

We had a great summer evening at Lady Jane's Salon RDU!  We are loving our new venue, the fabulous,  ever-evolving menu and all of the wonderful folks who come out to LJS RDU!

Caren Crane started us out, giving us a treat--a special sneak peek at her soon-to-be-released, Baby Steps.

Heather McCollum, founder of one of our very own charities, the Shout Against the Whisper Campaign, read next, giving us an adventurous scene from her brand new Crimson Heart.

And one of our own directors rounded out the night!  Ava Stone charmed the crowd with another sneak peek--of her much anticipated A Scandalous Deception!

We had a great time visiting with old friends and some new ones too!  Hope to see you all in August!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

This June at the Salon...

Happy Summer from all of us at Lady Jane's Salon Raleigh-Durham!

We hope you can join us this month as we welcome authors Heather McCollum, Caren Crane and our own Ava Stone!As a quick reminder, we have moved to our new location at Another Broken Egg Cafe in Morrisville. Click on the link for address and directions.

HEATHER McCOLLUM will read from her latest release CRIMSON HEART, part of her  Highland Hearts Novels...

Elena has spent her entire life hiding her family name while walking the thin line between lady and servant in a Protestant household. Keeping the secret of her lineage has been a success for years, but now, with a new, fiercely Catholic queen on the throne, Elena’s Protestant caretaker is being targeted. And when Bloody Mary discovers Elena’s true identity, she must not only flee to Scotland for her freedom, but also for her life.

Highland warrior, Searc Munro, has secrets of his own. In a family of healers, his own dark, killing magic must never be known. But when his father’s life is threatened, Searc unleashes his lethal power to save him. With his clan’s suspicious glances and whispers plaguing him, he sets off alone, only to find another use for his magic in saving a beautiful lass being attacked in the forest.

Teaming up as exiles, Elena and Searc head toward Edinburg to find refuge. Yet, with a series of ritual killings haunting the city and a traitor attempting to assassinate Scotland’s regent, suspicion turns to Searc. As word of another British heir reaches the country, the two must find a way to trust each other, despite their secrets, before it’s too late.

Reading for the first time at the Salon, CAREN CRANE shares with us her soon-to-be-released novel BABY STEPS, from her Cross Springs Series...

Connie Burns knew one thing for sure: she never wanted kids. After 15 years of marriage, though, lots of things have changed. Her best friend moved out of state, remarried and is having a new baby. Connie is also dealing with the realities of life with lupus. All the changes make her rethink having a baby, but her husband and her doctor are against it. Both encourage her to test the waters by being a foster parent first to see how it goes, since stress is the worst thing for her lupus. Not only is Connie a typical "type A" personality, but she has a high-powered career, a bedroom-sized closet full of shoes, a penchant for perfection and a compact sports car. Though she's not exactly primed for motherhood, she readily agrees to foster.

When four-year-old Desi  is placed with them Connie's life turns upside down and her heart is quickly lost. But parenting isn't for sissies and this little girl comes with more baggage than most. Desi's mother is in hospice dying of cancer. Not only does Connie face traumas like hosting a birthday party for a 5-year-old, she also has to learn on the fly how to help Desi deal with a new school, a new family and the devastating death of her mother. As they take Baby Steps toward building a life together, Connie has to learn that life is messy, shoes aren't mission critical, and an imperfect life can be full of extraordinary surprises.

And rounding out the night, AVA STONE will read from her soon-to-be-released A SCANDALOUS DECEPTION, the latest in her Scandalous Series...

Everyone knows Lady Felicity Pierce has been widowed the last three years, except she hasn't been. Lissy escaped the clutches of her dangerous husband but lost any chance for a happy-ever-after in the process. No one can ever know the secret she keeps hidden, the secret she wishes she could forget. Her harrowing escape would be for naught should anyone ever learn the truth. If only her husband had been the man she thought he was. If only he'd been more like Fin...

Phineas Granard, Viscount Carraway, might still be nursing a broken heart, but he has responsibilities that require his attention. Responsibilities to England and to his late-finace's family which never seem to end. But looking after Lissy is an exercise in futility. She's flightily. She's impetuous. She can drive the sanest man mad. And she's keeping something from him. If only she trusted him enough to love her, to keep her safe, to share the secret that haunts her.