Kelly Maher
Facebook Group

If you’re on Facebook and would like to interact with other fans of mine and the romance genre in general, I’ve created group called Kelly Maher’s Bibliophile Coterie. The group is currently set to “Closed” but I reserve the right to switch it to “Secret” if needed. Feel free to email me at kellymaher at gmail.com if you have any trouble accessing the group!

#ReadWritePlan August 2016

I’m going to be participating in the #ReadWritePlan “blog hop” during August. It’s been planned by Alexandra Haughton and Lindsay Emory. I’ll probably be participating mainly on Instagram, but with the possibility of a few posts here as well. Everyone’s welcome to participate and the schedule is below!

Schedule for #ReadWritePlan blog hop for August 2016

1. Calendar
2. Desk space
3. Stickers
4. Washi
5. Pens
6. Planner
7. #BeforeThePen
8. Planner/Org bag
9. Organization hack
10. Best app
11. Stationery
12. Fave kid book
13. Fave adult book
14. To-do list
15. Study/Writing beverage
16. Long-term planning
17. Current notebook
18. I’m inspired by…
19. Today’s workspace
20. Music to work to
21. Dream retreat location
22. If $ were no object…
23. Favorite mug
24. Daily spread
25. Doodles
26. Can’t live without…
27. Out in the wild
28. #BeforeThePen
29. Study/Writing snack
30. What’s in your bag?
31. Vision/bulletin board

#ListifyLife July 2016

Huge catch-up for the month of July!!

Week 3: FAVORITE SUMMER DRINKS

1. Mimosa
2. Water
3. Cold can of pop
4. Vodka Lemonade
5. Homemade Lemonade

Week 4: THINGS I DO TO RELAX

1. READ!
2. Watch GREAT BRITISH BAKE OFF
3. Bake
4. Watch favorite movies
5. Call my family
6. Nap
7. Hang out with friend
8. Knit/play with yarn

Week 5: FAVORITE FOODS FROM THE GRILL

#ListifyLife July 17th FAVORITE FOODS FROM THE GRILL 1. Burgers 2. Brats 3. Corn 4. Yup, that's pretty much it!

A photo posted by Kelly Maher (@kellymaherauthor) on

1. Burgers
2. Brats
3. Corn
4. Yup, that’s pretty much it!

Week 6: THINGS I DO THAT PEOPLE THINK ARE WEIRD

1. I skip watching romantic movies and tv shows despite loving the romance genre.
2. I’ve eaten nearly the same thing for my weekday breakfast for the last four years.
3. I can knowledgeably talk about events that no one else specifically remembers even though they know it happened.
4. I can spout out some truly trivial bits of trivia with little prompting.

Week 7: FAVORITE BEACH READS

1. Latest Anne Calhoun
2. Latest HelenKay Dimon
3. Latest Jayne Ann Krentz/Amanda Quick/Jayne Castle
4. Latest Stephanie Laurens
5. Latest Nora Roberts/JD Robb
6. Latest Nalini Singh
7. Whatever new-to-me author I’m binging on

#ListifyLife Summer 2016

This summer I’m participating in the #ListifyLife “meme”. My initial posting will always go out via my Instagram feed and cross-posted to Twitter. I’ll follow it up here as time allows and may do multiple posts if I need to catch up. So far, I’m having lots of fun with my paper notebooks and colored pens!

Be sure to search the hashtag on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for the lists of other people participating!

Week 1: WHAT SUMMER IS TO ME

#ListifyLife for June 19 "What Summer Is to Me"

1. Birthday! (Upon family birthday, upon family birthday, upon family birthday…)
2. Sunburn
3. RWA
4. Fireworks
5. Swimming
6. The Olympics (TM, (R), whatever)
7. Air conditioning so cold you need to carry shawls and gloves to wear in it.

Week 2: MY FAVORITE PLACES TO SHOP

#ListifyLife for June 26 "My Favorite Places to Shop"

1. Target
2. Kobo
3. HerRoom
4. Willow (DC boutique)
5. Bed, Bath, & Beyond
6. Williams-Sonoma
7. Sur la Table
8. Marshall’s/TJ Maxx
9. Specialty food stores/farmer’s markets
10. Nordstrom’s
11. Papyrus

RT in Las Vegas

I mentioned in my last post that I would be attending the RT Convention in Las Vegas in disguise as alter ego. Well, alter ego can’t have all of the fun! I will be doing a grab bag giveaway throughout the conference. The way that it will work is that I will post a picture of myself with my location in the conference to both my Twitter and Instagram accounts (cross-posted from Instagram to Twitter) with the #RT16 and #kellygrabbag tags. The first person to find me within 10 minutes after I post my picture will draw a number from the gift bag I will have on me. The number the person draws is associated with one of the following digital prize packs. In addition to the digital prize packs, each winner will receive a goodie bag with a stylus pen and an “I ❤ UPPERCASE HOTTIES” button.

Digital Prize Packs:

  • 1 copy of Blizzard Bliss
  • 1 copy of Blizzard Bliss
  • 1 copy of Sweet Heat, Volume 1
  • 1 copy of Sweet Heat, Volume 2
  • 1 copy of Sweet Heat, Volume 3
  • 1 copy each of the Sweet Heat Collection (3 volumes)
  • 1 copy each of the Sweet Heat Collection (3 volumes) and Blizzard Bliss
  • 1 copy each of the Sweet Heat Collection (3 volumes) and Blizzard Bliss and a $10 gift card/certificate to the winner’s online bookstore of choice (that offers gift cards/certificates)
  • 1 copy each of the Sweet Heat Collection (3 volumes) and Blizzard Bliss and a $10 gift card/certificate to the winner’s online bookstore of choice (that offers gift cards/certificates)
  • 1 copy each of the Sweet Heat Collection (3 volumes) and Blizzard Bliss and a $25 gift card/certificate to the winner’s online bookstore of choice (that offers gift cards/certificates)

The nitty gritty details:

  • No purchase necessary.
  • I have no idea how to calculate your odds of winning as it depends on your paying attention to Twitter/Instagram and you happening to see when I post, how many other people are doing the same and are interested in winning, and how many prize packs are left each time I announce the giveaway is open.
  • The grab bag will contain 10 pieces of card stock with the numbers 1-10 written on them. I have associated each number with one of the above described prize packs by writing each prize pack on a piece of paper, drawing one of those out of a bag, and then drawing one of the pieces of numbered card stock out of a bag. The number you draw is the prize pack you will win.
  • You must provide me with a valid email address, preferred book format, and online bookstore (if applicable) so I may email you the book file(s) and gift cards (if applicable) within 5 business days after I return from the conference (April 25, 2016).
  • By providing me with your email address to claim your prize, you are not giving me permission to add you to either of my mailing lists. When I send you the book file(s), I will include information on how to sign up for the newsletters, if you are interested in doing so.
  • I will never sell or give your contact information to another party.
2016 Conference Season Begins!

There’s about three weeks left to the start of the RT Booklovers Convention in Las Vegas. I’m attending the conference, but as my alter ego, so you’re interested in meeting me, tag me on Twitter as @kmmaher. There may be some surprises if you keep an eye out!

After I get back from Vegas, I’ll be attending the WRW In the Company of Writers Retreat. About a week and a half after *that*, alter ego’s POW is sending her to Book Expo America in Chicago. I’m really looking forward to seeing what’s new and hot in publishing.

The weekend after BEA is the Chicago Spring Fling conference which has a booksigning that’s open to the public. Other participating writers include Robyn Carr, Christina Lauren, Courtney Milan, Beth Kery, Christie Barth, Julie James, Jade Lee, Laura Kaye, Sarah M. Anderson, Sonali Dev, and so many more!

After I recover from that whirlwind of activity, I’ll be attending the RWA conference in San Diego. I’m not participating in the book signing, but you should totally attend if you’re in the area! There will be over 500 authors signing (list of participating authors to be posted in May), and I’ll be working with the WRW Powers That Be to help set up a fun treat with our participating authors.

One more event that I’m attending in my librarian capacity is open to registration is the WRW Readers, Bloggers, and Librarians luncheon. It will be held Saturday, October 8th at the Maggiano’s in Tyson’s Corner, Arlington, VA.

There are a couple of other events that I may be making an appearance at, but I’ll wait to post details when they’re confirmed 🙂

Valentine’s Rewind 2016

Huge thanks to Tamsen Parker and Rebecca Grace Allen for organizing the Valentine’s Rewind Blog Hop!

I’ve written a follow up story to Amuse Bouche which was first published by Ellora’s Cave in March 2011, and was republished last October as part of Sweet Heat: Collected Stories, Volume 1 (on sale at all retailers for $1.99 until the 15th!). I hope you enjoy this peek into Tommy and Liana’s life together!

Petit Four

Tommy slowly lifted the icing tip away from the small iced cake, letting a stream of chocolate fall in a straight line down the side. A second later, he looped two more ribbons across the top and set the bag down. A glance at the clock told him he had twenty minutes before Liana was due home. He placed the plate of petit fours in the fridge to help the decorations set and wiped down the counters.

All he had to do was keep her out of the fridge for the night. A monumental task, but he was up for it. He grabbed his phone off the charging stand and sent her a quick text for the first stage of his plan.

He could picture her grumbling as she read it, but he knew she’d do as he asked. As he headed out of the kitchen, he tossed the rag into the sink. He ran down his mental to do list and prayed the night would run like a well-oiled machine and not like a night in the kitchen when full plates fell on the floor, roasts burned instead of seared, and the Times restaurant reviewer was in the front getting coughed on by the waiter who should have damn well known to call in sick.

Stopping in the middle of the loft, he realized his mind was running off track which didn’t help with his blood pressure. He closed his eyes and drew in a few deep, measured breaths as the therapist Liana had forced him to go to had taught.

Focused on the tasks before him once more, he took a quick shower, dressed in the clothes he’d laid out earlier, and straightened up his bedroom. He’d thought about being schmoopy and carpeting the bed with wine red rose petals, but since she was banned from the kitchen, the first place Liana would go was there to drop her stuff. Instead, he strategically set out candles in the living area. Not enough to raise her suspicions, but he removed a couple just to make sure.

Right on cue, he heard a key in the front door. “Hey, babe. Everything okay?”

He grinned at her as she pulled her hat away from her hair, running her fingers through the wild curls. Walking over, he pulled her chilled hands into his and kissed her. “Everything’s good. Tonight’s for relaxing.”

She smiled against his lips. “It’s Valentine’s Day and we both had promo events today. I was hoping we could get some cooking in tonight.”

“Maybe later. I’ve ordered dinner and it should be here in half an hour. Why don’t you drop your stuff in the bedroom and I’ll throw on a movie.”

She opened her bag. “I stopped for one. Here.”

When he saw which one, he smacked a kiss against her lips. “Have I told you that you’re the best?”

“Not in the last twelve hours. Back in a moment.”

He popped the spy movie he’d missed when it had been in the theaters into his player and turned on the TV. When Liana came back out, the previews were playing. They settled onto the couch, his arm around her back and her head resting in the hollow of his shoulder. The opening credits had just finished when the buzzer for the front door went off. He paused the movie and went to answer.

“What dishes do you want to use?”

“Stay there. I’m serving you tonight.” He would never tire of the exasperated looks she shot him when he tried to do things for her. “Valentine’s Day. You know, the day where I’m supposed to wait on you hand and foot?”

“Like you don’t try to do that every other day of the year as well.”

“How about actually indulging me on this day, then?”

“Fine. Hurry up so we can get back to the movie.”

He tipped the delivery woman and brought the dishes into the kitchen, and plated them. The executive chef at the restaurant he’d ordered from was a buddy of his, so there were a few extra touches included.

Back in the living room, Liana was lighting a couple of candles that she’d moved to the coffee table in front of the couch. “I figured we might as well have some mood lighting.”

He pressed a kiss to her forehead. “You read my mind.”

Setting the plates down, he unfurled the included napkins with great fanfare and laid one down on her lap. She laughed. “Are you practicing for being a waiter again?”

“Only for you.” He sat back down next to her and held the remote up at the TV. “Ready for dinner and a movie?”

She picked up her plate, saluting him with her fork. “I am.”

He restarted the movie and began tucking into his own dinner. After they’d finished their meals, they curled into each other again for the remainder of the show. When the end credits finished rolling, he slipped his arm out from behind her. She stretched her arms over her head. “Another movie?”

“Dessert first. Back in a moment.”

In the kitchen, he pulled the champagne out. Wrapping a towel around the cork head, he thought he managed to silence the tell-tale pop. He poured it into the waiting flutes, and then removed from the fridge the plate he placed in there earlier. He tidied the presentation, and then grabbed the box he hidden in the silverware drawer, putting it into his back pocket. The champagne and plate of petit fours went onto a serving platter and he carried it all into the living room.

Liana sat up in her seat. “Tommy, what did you do?”

He set the platter in front of her. The petit fours were arranged in the shape of a heart, and she reached out a finger, stopping only a millimeter from the bottom point. He got down on one knee and pulled the box from his back pocket, opening it in front of him. “Liana, you bring a sweetness to my life I’d never thought to experience. Will you marry me?”

Tears formed in her eyes and she held her fingers up to her mouth. His heart stuttered as the silence lengthened. Sweat beaded at the base of his back and his knee began to creak. Fear began overwhelming his brain, and he started to push up, until she reached out and grabbed his arm. “Yes, Tommy. I’ll marry you.”

All of the air in his lungs rushed out and he damn near passed out. She wrapped her arms around his neck and whispered the words again in his ear. “I’ll marry you.”

~~~~~

Thanks for revisiting the world of Tommy and Liana with me! As soon as I get home from the day job, I’ll check in and respond to any comments. The next stop on the hop is Jeanette Grey. Be sure to comment on each story to be eligible for the massive giveaway at the end. Thanks for joining us for #ValentinesRewind! ♥

Image advertising the Valentine's Rewind Blog Hop giveaway, featuring 13 book covers from authors Alexis Anne, Amber Belledene,  Audra North, Jeanette Grey, Jodie Griffin, Nicole Helm, Rebecca Grace Allen, Tamsen Parker, and Teresa Noelle Roberts, as well as the image of an Amazon gift card.

Special Guest: Lynne Silver

I’d like to welcome special guest, Lynne Silver! Lynne is a friend of mine from the Washington Romance Writers, and was one of the featured authors at the WRW Readers and Bloggers Luncheon back in October. She’s appearing here as part of the Lady Smut blog tour. Lynne’s latest series feature a group of heroes in the DC area and the third book, IN DEEP WITH THE FBI AGENT, releases January 12th. You can find Lynne at her website, on Facebook, or join her newsletter. I asked Lynne some questions, and an excerpt follows!

Headshot of Lynne Silver Interview:

A. What was your favorite aspect of research, or interesting tidbit you came across, for your Alpha Heroes series?
Nothing stands out as an interesting bit of knowledge, but I will say that every time time your email inbox pops up with a message from the FBI, you do shiver a bit. And then you say, oh yeah, I WANTED that email.

B. You have a fireman, a Secret Service agent-turned-bodyguard, and an FBI agent starring in this series. Did you have a favorite? If so, who and why?
Don’t tell my firefighter or secret service agent this, but I have a total crush on Sam Cooper, the FBI agent from In Deep with the FBI Agent. Mostly he’s a computer geek who works on the Cyber Action Team. So he’s a hacker working for the good guys. I go for brains over brawn every time.

C. Washington, DC features prominently in the series. Do you have any insider tips for visitors to the US capital?
Oh, no, don’t get me started on my city. We’ll be here all day. Insider tips are to explore lots of the neighborhoods of DC, not just the Mall. If on the mall, eat at any of the food courts in the museums EXCEPT for the Air & Space museum. That’s just the worst. Nightime is the best time to view the monuments. Don’t miss the Korean war memorial. Do go see the National Building Museum- best gift shop in DC. And remember to walk left, stand right on any metro escalator or risk being tackled. And most, most important…PAY ATTENTION to the roads signs. Many roads (Rock Creek, Connecticut Ave) switch directions during rush hour. I don’t want to hear you were in a head-on collision.

D. What do you love best about writing romance?
I love the romance writing community. It’s super supportive and filled with amazing strong women. (and some awesome men)

E. What are your top three recent reads and why?
Bourbon Kings by JR Ward, Cure for the Common Break-up by Beth Kendrick, and Walk through Fire by Kristen Ashley.

F. What’s your favorite Thanksgiving dish?
My mom’s stuffing…mmmm…

Cover for Lynne SIlver's IN DEEP WITH THE FBI AGENT. Features a blond white man, wearing aviator sunglasses and a white dress shirt, sleeves rolled up, and unbuttoned down to his waist, showing off a very ripped chest, and a untied red tie. The background is of what appears to be a sunset with purple on the top third, grading down through red and yellow to orange, and a skyline in the background. EXCERPT:

She stood on one foot at a time to pull off her heels then balanced as she slid on the white ankle socks. “There’s a look for you,” she said with a grin, knowing a short, tight black skirt was not that cute with socks, but her competitive nature demanded it. She wasn’t going down without a fight, and a girl needed proper footwear.

“It’s a good look,” Sam said, with a husky bent to his tone. Casey caught the direction of his glance and noticed he was staring at her legs intently.

“Yo, eyes up here,” she called and purposely leaned forward on the high-top, knowing her cleavage would be in direct line of sight. Sam followed orders, moving his gaze from her feet toward where he meant to stop on her face, but he got distracted by the boobies.

Excellent. This game was in the bag. As long as his brain was halfway on her tatas, he’d be useless.
Only Sam wasn’t like normal men, damn him. He caught on to her game almost immediately and his eyes narrowed. He stepped closer and held out his hand.

“Help me?” he said. “Roll up the cuff once.”

She swallowed and eyed his tan, muscular forearm. It was as if he’d read her internal checklist of turn-ons, and strong forearms with a sprinkling of hair was at the top of her list. Challenge accepted. It was on. She stood and reached for his shirt cuff, making sure to brush every inch of bare skin visible along his wrist as she folded the cotton over. She maintained eye contact with him, not looking to inspect her handiwork, but watching his Adam’s apple bob.

“Next arm,” she murmured and let her fingertips run across his palm, down to his wrist to roll up the next sleeve.

“Thank you,” Sam said and turned to get his ball for his turn.

“My pleasure,” she said, emphasizing the word pleasure.

He tossed the ball with graceful form, too graceful for someone who claimed never to have played the game before. She was going to have to up her moves. After Sam stepped out of the way, it was her turn to get her red ball to toss. She made the most of retrieving the ball by waiting until Sam was a few feet behind her, and then she bent at the waist, making sure to aim her ass in his direction. From her position, she called, “Oh, my bad. I picked up the wrong color.” She stood, swiveled, got the correct ball and then bent again, smiling into her chest at his barely disguised groan.

Before she tossed her ball, she gave him a sly look. “I forgot I have the red balls, while yours are blue.” She released the ball with precision owing more to her cockiness than her athletic prowess and then sauntered back to where Sam was awaiting his turn. “Your move.”

Love it? You can pre-order it from:

Amazon : Barnes and Noble : Google Play : iBooks : Kobo

Lynne’s Bio:

Romance author, Lynne Silver, writes the popular Coded for Love series and other hot contemporary romance novels, such as Love, Technically. Before writing romance, she wrote fiction of a different sort, drafting press releases for technology corporations. Washington DC is her home (non) state, where she resides with her husband and two sons. She is represented by literary agent, Jessica Alvarez of Bookends LLC.

Stalker Links:

Newsletter
Facebook
Website

Guest blogs and Instagram

This past Thursday, I was over at The Bookpushers talking about newsletters and why I personally like them. If you comment via the Rafflecopter system on what *you* like to see in them by tomorrow evening (the 15th), you’ll be entered to win one of five sets of the Sweet Heat series (1, 2, 3). On December 8th, I’ll have guest posts at both Wicked Lil Pixie and Deanna Raybourn. I’m still deciding on what to write about, so if there’s anything in particular you’d like to hear me talk about, leave a comment below.

On the Saturday, the 28th, I’ll be hosting Lynne Silver here as part of a blog tour organized by Lady Smut to celebrate connections made at the Washington Romance Writers Luncheon back in October. Now, Lynne and I have actually been friends since I moved to DC four years ago, and I’m looking forward to talking with her about her new Alpha Heroes series from Grand Central’s Forever Yours line.

Finally, I’ve joined Instagram!! This actually took some doing as I’ve been trying to join for a few months now and could not figure out why it wouldn’t let me sign up. Let’s just say that I’m sideye-ing some connections made between various accounts of mine and alter ego’s that I’m pretty sure I didn’t actively connect. However, I did the necessary workaround last night and got myself set up. I’m looking forward to posting pictures from an upcoming family trip (sans family members actually being in the pictures), a knitting project I’m working on as part of the Maryland Romance Writer’s fundraising auction, and a foodie project that a few other romance writers are also participating in! I will also try to post some pictures of holiday decorations in and around DC 😀

Sweet Heat: Collected Stories, Volume 1 Available Now!

I’m so ecstatic to announce that Sweet Heat: Collected Stories, Volume 1 is now available! It is currently available at:

  1. All Romance eBooks
  2. Amazon
  3. Barnes & Noble Nook
  4. Google Play
  5. iBooks
  6. Inktera/Page Foundry
  7. Kobo
  8. Scribd
  9. Tolino (Deutschland)