Love At First Fight, picking the right fight

Love At First FightIn relationships, there are always fights. Arguments. Disagreements. Sometimes small, sometimes not. But the most important thing is knowing which fights to go into swinging and which ones to take the hit so you can end it quickly.

Through Love At First Fight, Andie and Cody don’t fight. They get along well, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t fights. Cody’s a smart man, and he knows which fights to pick, and which ones to let go.

Excerpt from Love At First Fight

Pauline shot her daughter an icy glare. “You’re making a mistake, Andrea. You know it, and I know it. Cody hasn’t said anything so we know he agrees as well.”

Andie shot him a pleading look, but he didn’t have a chance to argue before Pauline pressed on.

“Our guests like the inn as it is. Our guests have not complained. They aren’t going elsewhere. We are busy. And you’re spending money needlessly to ruin the inn.”

“I’m not trying to ruin it, Mom.”

“Well, that’s not what I see. This is our family’s legacy.”

Andie sighed. “I know. And I’m trying to ensure it will be around for the next generation.”

Pauline’s eyebrows dove into her hair. She huffed indignantly then stormed out of the room, slamming the door when she left the house.

Andie’s shoulders slumped and her breath left her on a shaky exhale.

“Are you alright?”

Andie jumped at his question, as though she’d forgotten he was in the room. She pasted on a smile that Cody knew was fake. He knew what Andie looked like when she smiled. A real smile. One that turned the blue pools of her eyes into the darkest of night skies. Instead, her eyes were overflowing with sadness. Sadness that kicked him in the chest and demanded he do something about it.


“I’m sorry, Cody. I need to pack this stuff back up and get some dinner. Everything is fine. Thanks for showing us what you have for the kitchen. I’ll, um, I’ll see you later. Do you mind seeing your self out?”

Cody nodded, wishing he could pull her into his arms and kiss away everything that upset her.

But he couldn’t. He had no right.

She turned away from him, her shoulders slumping as she studied the items that covered her bed. Cody turned and left the room, feeling defeated as he walked down the stairs.

He landed in her kitchen and looked around the room. He knew he couldn’t give her the kitchen Pauline ordered. The cabinets would be nearly impossible to change, but he could do more. He could make it better. Make it right. Make it Andie.

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Q&A Sunday: Inspiration

Welcome back! I have a question from Rachelle to answer today!

What books did you read that inspired you to become an author?

I’ve always been a reader. I grew up with my nose in a book. I read everything from RL Stine to The Babysitter’s Club to Michael Crichton to John Grisham. Romance? Nope. Not growing up.

Eventually I started reading chick lit. Emily Giffin was one of my favorite authors when I was in college. I loved the modern stories of people falling in love. I guess I’ve always been a romantic, but romance novels didn’t interest me for a long time.

Four years ago, my kids were finally at an age where I could sit and read a book again. That was when I finally found true romance. The first book I read was Simply Irresistible by Jill Shalvis. At that point, I was starting to think about writing, and it really pushed me to take the plunge.

As I kept reading other contemporary romance novels, I found that I truly loved it. I loved reading it, and writing it, and I knew I found my calling. I love every last bit of it, and I’m very lucky to have found a career I love as much as I love writing romance!

Thanks so much, Rachelle, for your question! If you have a question, send me an email (mary (at) maryethompson (dot) com) with Q&A in the subject, or post it in the comments below, and I’ll answer your question right here on the blog!

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#FiveOnFriday with Ashley York

Please welcome Ashley York back today! Check out her novel, Curse of the Healer!

Curse of the Healer

After the death of Brian Boru in 1014, a legend arose of a healer so great she could raise a man from the dead, with a power so strong it could make any warrior the next high king of Éire…and to steal it away from her, he need only possess her. 

Fated to be a healer…

Aednat has spent her entire life training to be the great healer, knowing she must remain alone. When she meets Diarmuid, the intense attraction she feels toward him shakes her resolve to believe in such a legend. If she gives in to the passion he ignites in her, can she settle for being less?

Destined to be his…

Diarmuid of Clonascra is renowned for his bravery in battle. Only one thing daunts him: the prospect of taking a wife. The safest course would be to keep his distance from Aednat, the bold, headstrong healer who’s far too tempting for his peace of mind. But his overking orders him to protect her from a group of craven warriors intent on kidnapping her to steal her power.

What starts as duty for Diarmuid quickly transforms into something more. Aednat’s power might be at risk, but so is his closed-off heart.

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Ashley’s Bio:

Aside from two years spent in the wilds of the Colorado mountains, Ashley York is a proud life-long New Englander and a hardcore romantic. She has an MA in History which brings with it, through many years of research, a love for primary documents and the smell of musty old libraries. With her author’s imagination, she likes to write about people who could have lived alongside those well-known giants from the past.

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Twitter: @ashleyyork1066

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Love At First Fight, release day

Release days are always my favorite days. Seeing my baby out there in the world. Being able to share it with you. And moving on to the next project. I love it. It’s always hard to say goodbye to characters I love, but that’s one of the reasons I love writing series. Those characters keep coming back. I get the chance to see how they’re doing and watch their lives change with each new book.

And answer some old questions.

I think that’s one of the big things with Love At First Fight. We knew Andie in both Love The Wine You’re With and Never A Bridesmaid, Always A Bride. She was inconsistent at times. And she and Alyssa had a lot of competition and jealousy. Getting into Andie’s head, we finally understand that a bit more.

But of course, she has to have a guy who gets her. One who sees past the person she lets everyone see. One who wants her for who she really is. I love Cody for that!

Excerpt from Love At First Fight

Andie had always hated women who played the scared child card. Pretending to be afraid, or unsure of themselves, to get the attention of a man. As she sat in Cody’s lap, after burying her face in him during most of The Shining, she wanted to hate herself.

But she couldn’t.

For the first time, she understood the power of letting a man have control. Of turning him into the aggressor instead of having to do it herself. She’d allowed many men to chase her over the years, but she always kept the reins of control firmly in her grasp. She was the one who decided if there was going to be a relationship, even though the men pursued her, and she was always the first to want out. But it had never given her the satisfaction she felt when Cody’s raw desire slapped her in the chest.

He liked being the big, bad guy who protected her from the scary movie. He liked her being a little timid about kissing again.

And she liked that.

The timidity was new for her. She knew she liked Cody. A lot. More than she’d ever liked another man, just like Kristen guessed. It was powerful and invigorating, but also terrifying and borderline nauseating. She was careful to leave her other relationships first before things got more serious than she was interested in. With Cody, she could see it getting serious. Very serious. Serious enough that she would have to tell him all the things she never told anyone.

But she didn’t want to worry about that with him nestled between her thighs. He felt a-fucking-mazing against her core. He was holding her back from getting the full impact of him, but she knew his resistance would fall away just like hers had.

He tilted her head to the side with one rough palm and pulled her gently toward him. When their lips met, it wasn’t a fast and powerful kiss, but a soft and sweet one. One that made her feel wanted, cherished, desired. She knew he wanted her, but she was grateful he wasn’t pushing for more. His hands remained on top of her clothes, not under. Hell, she’d practically had to force him to touch her in the first place.

Damn. She wished he wasn’t such a gentleman.

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#FiveOnFriday with H.O. Knight

Please welcome H.O. Knight here today! I think you guys are going to love her, and her book!

When you get writer’s block and need inspiration, how do you get through that?

I turn to my evil twin, whom I ate while we were still in our mother’s womb.  That, or my cat, Mangus.

Did you always know you wanted to be a writer?  

I had a sneaking suspicion when I graduated from college and didn’t want to get a real job.

Why do you like to write about disasters?   

All kidding aside, I love to put my characters in difficult situations and then see what they’re capable of.  It’s interesting to watch them make decisions that change them into people they never would have become, otherwise.  Traumatic events can push people apart or draw them closer, you know?  I also like to imagine what life would be like if all of our modern conveniences were snatched away.  Since I love flush toilets and air conditioning, I’m sort of hoping that doesn’t ever happen.

Do you ever write people you know into your books?  

As a matter of fact, I do.  My cat, Mangus—an 18 pound tuxedo kitty who looks more cow than cat.  He was the inspiration in my Yellowstone Series for the heroine’s adored pet, Moo.  Moo likes to flatter her the same way my cat likes to flatter me—by turning his butt to her face and wiggling his tail.  High praise, indeed!

Any final words?

Yes!  Muse of Fire, the third and final book in my YA apocalyptic Yellowstone series, debuts on Tuesday, June 6.  Book 1, Life After Chocolate, is on Amazon right now for 99-cents, so if you’d like to take a low-risk look at what my YA’s are like, now’s a great time!

Life After ChocolateBLURB:

Life After Chocolate, by H.O. Knight

Until that day, I’d never heard of a super-volcano…

I didn’t know how good I had it. All I had to worry about was college in the fall and avoiding Connor Falk, the guy I stupidly bared my soul to. Then the Yellowstone volcano blew. Now half the country is buried under a thick layer of ash, the temperature is falling, and crops are failing worldwide. My prepper grandfather used to be an embarrassment, but it’s his stores that keep us alive. For now our family is safe—or are we?

My name is Emmaline Dohring, and this is my story.


H.O. Knight doesn’t go for billionaires with helicopters or country club fellas who sip Moscow Mules by the pool. She likes her men Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to know.  She began reading romance when she was thirteen and apocalyptic fiction during college.  She’s combined her love for the two genres in her Young Adult Apocalyptic Adventure/Romance (the Yellowstone Series), which is set during a catastrophic worldwide event.

Ms. Knight lives in the Mid-Atlantic with her own bad boy and dreams of one day leaving that snow behind forever.

H.O. Knight







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All are available on Kobo, iBooks, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon (links below): 

The Yellowstone Series

Life After Chocolate

A Pocket Full of Ash

Muse of Fire

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