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A Note From Lynsay

I was thinking hard about what Christmas means to me and I can tell you what I think makes my holiday a success or not. Being with friends and family whom I love and whom love me. You can't put a price on that. Read on...

New Releases

June 8, 2010: The following e-books were released: Love is Blind, The Perfect Wife, The Reluctant Reformer, What She Wants, Love Bites, Single White Vampire and Tall, Dark & Hungry.

June 22, 2010: The following e-books were released: The Brat and The Chase

June 29, 2010: Harper Collins reissued Love Bites, Single White Vampire and Tall, Dark & Hungry. This is good news for anyone who has had difficulty finding a copy of these stories.

July 13, 2010: The following e-book were released: Bliss

July 20, 2010: The following e-books were released: Always, Sweet Revenge, The Switch, The Key, and The Deed

August 31, 2010: Born To Bite, the thirteenth book in the Argeneau/Rogue Hunter series, is here! Armand Argeneau has been living on a farm squirrelled away from public life for decades without anyone bothering him. Until now that is. Lucian has been kind enough to volunteer Armand to babysit Eshe d'Aureus in order to protect her from a rogue vampire out for revenge. At least that's the story he's told. In reality, Eshe was sent to Armand on assignment to find clues to explain his many wives' 'accidental' deaths. This installment of the Argeneau/Rogue Hunter series will also answer the unanswered questions from Nicholas's story, The Renegade Hunter.

November 30, 2010: Hungry For You, the fourteenth book in the Argeneau/Rogue Hunter series will be coming out this December. It involves the last of the Willan sisters, Alex, and one of Martine Argeneau's older sons, Cale. Alex is a successful chef and restauranteur trying to expand her business, unfortunately the new location's debut seems to be riddled with bad luck. Can Cale, a successful european chef . . . er . . . businessman, help her keep her business afloat and still keep her frazzled attention long enough to see him for who he really is . . . the love of her life?

Upcoming Releases

January 25, 2011: The Countess, the first book in Lynsay's new historical series called the Madison Sisters will be starting 2011 off right! A fairytale marriage Christiana did not have. As a matter of fact the best part about it was the abrupt ending when her husband, Richard (or Dicky as he liked to be called), died. Or at least that's what they thought when Christiana and her sisters put him on ice. Only he didn't stay dead AND he became nice... huh?! And now the new and improved Richard can't help wondering if Christiana's sweetness isn't all an act. That she's actually a money-hungry murderess with great acting skills.

February 22, 2011: The Heiress, the second book in the Madison Sisters series will be hard on the Countess's heels. You met Suzette in Christiana's story and now you get to hear her story. Suzette needs a husband NOW. No doddling, whining or even love required. Anyone would do and the poorer the better as she needs a potential husband who is happy and pliable so she can access her substantial dowry to help pay off her father's overwhelming gambling debts. Daniel seemed to fit the bill to a 't' and their obvious chemistry was an added bonus. Now the only issue would be to try to stay alive and keep their hands off each other long enough to keep Suzette's virtue intact until they make it to Gretna Green.

May 31, 2011: The Reluctant Vampire, the fifteenth book in the Argeneau series is set in the little town of Port Henry and involves one of Elvi's potential suitors from The Accidental Vampire, Harpernus Stoyan. Harper lost his lifemate, Jenny, during her turn and has blamed himself for her death ever since, so he's rather happy for the distraction when Tiny and Mirabeau arrive with a young immortal in tow. Stephanie McGill is a young newly turned, immortal who is being hunted by a mad no-fanger named Leonius. When Anders and Drina Argenis (Argeneau) arrive to help, Harper finds himself working with the beautiful young Spanish woman. But things get interesting when Stephanie decides to take on the role of cupid and bring Drina and a reluctant Harper together. How much trouble could a newly turned teenage vamp be?

The Countess Contest #16

The winners will get a signed copy of The Countess. Please email a photo of Christmas tree (like Lynsay's below) to by midnight on Jan 15 and we will pick a couple of winners to get a signed copy of The Countess.

Please note: These will be sent out as soon as we can get copies ourselves, but since we will not be getting ARCs for this title it means it will likely be a a week or two after the release date before the winners will receive them in the mail.

Christmas Crossword

Here's a crossword based on everything Christmas, including some of Lynsay's short stories from Christmas anthologies she's contributed to. Good luck! :-)

Argeneau Christmas Crossword

1 At Christmas we tend to get into the spirit of ______, not receiving. (6)
3 The shiny, thin strands that used to be very popular for decorating Christmas trees but is very bad if eaten by your pets. (6)
4 Jill (from Lynsay's story in Holidays Are Hell) was zapped by the molecular ____________ and as a consequence gained the ability to change her form into almost anything she wanted. (12)
7 The man Pru (from Lynsay's story in Wish List) was attracted to. (7)
10 The hero from Lynsay's story in A Historical Christmas Present. (5)
12 We are often in awe when we witness the _____ of Christmas. It's also something a magician performs. (5)
15 This is one of Santa's workers and also the name of a famous christmas movie featuring Will Ferrell. (3)
16 Santa wouldn't have been nearly as successful if it weren't for this woman's support behind the scenes. (8)
17 The white stuff that covers everything in the winter. (4)
20 The heroine from Lynsay's story in A Historical Christmas Present. (6)
21 How many French Hens are in Lynsay's story from the anthology A Historical Christmas Present. (5)
23 The most important thing about the holidays is spending time with our ______ ___ _______. (16)
27 Sands' first name. (6)
30 Odel's godmother's name from Lynsay's story in the anthology Mistletoe & Magic. (5)
31 We 'working folk' love these as we can sleep in and do whatever we like during them. (8)
33 It is sad to say that for some, Christmas is not so much a gift but a _________. (9)
34 Terri originally went by this name, ____ the house elf. (4)
35 The heroine from Lynsay's story in the anthology Mistletoe & Magic. (4)
36 Lynsay's administrative assistant's name who may be considered TERRIbly quirky. (5)

1 Cinderella got help from her. This can also be found in the title of Lynsay's story in the anthology

. (9)
2 The heroine in Lynsay's novella 'Run, Run, Rudolph' who was given the ability to change form into anything she wanted. (4)
3 Traditionally this is decorated to celebrate Christmas and is usually green. (4)
5 When someone gives a present to another person without knowing who the gift giver was it's called ______ _____. (11)
6 These are made of snow and some people throw them at others as a form of entertainment. (4)
7 Jill, the heroine from Lynsay's story found in Holidays Are Hell, became a _____ _______. (12)
8 The name of Lynsay's cat. (4)
9 Jill has a crush on this guy from Lynsay's story in the anthology Holidays Are Hell. (4)
11 We know Christmas is right around the corner when Coke's advertisements feature these creatures. _____ _____ (10)
13 What we all want to see under the tree and it is also part of a title of an anthology, which included Lynsay's story 'Three French Hens'. _________ _______ (16)
14 The first name of a Christmas character that's responsible for the frost we get. (4)
17 What we often put on the top of a Christmas tree and can be seen blinking in the sky at night. (4)
18 What we often adorn our doors with to make it more welcoming for the Christmas holidays. (6)
19 Brinna, the heroine in 'Three French Hens', was what type of maid? (8)
22 The name of the reindeer with the red nose. It is also part of the title of Lynsay's story in the anthology Holidays Are Hell. (7)
23 It kills plants that are left outside too long into th cold season. It can also refer to a person's icy manner. (5)
24 A sprig of this can be used as a Christmas decoration and could initiate a kiss from someone if you happen to be standing under it. (9)
25 It means to exercise good judgement or common sense and is also the name of Lynsay's heroine from 'All I Want'. (8)
26 Someone who is grouchy or contrary may be called this. It is also the name of one of Dr.Sueuss characters. (6)
28 It smells, it sticks out of your face and Rudolph was teased because of his. (4)
29 These can be found on deer, moose, caribou, elk and in light fixtures which one would normally use in a cottage. (7)
32 What we often put on the top of a Christmas tree and can also be found in heaven. (5)

NOTE: Lynsay's story entitled 'Three French Hens' was originally published in the anthology Five Gold Rings and then reissued in the anthology A Historical Christmas Present. Hence why the link for A Historical Christmas Present goes to the Five Gold Rings web page.

Argeneau Crossword Answers

Here's the answers to last month's crossword based on Lynsay's Argeneau characters at Christmas.Read on...

More Recipes For The Holidays

Here are some more great recipes from our last contest.Read on...


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