Wednesday, May 2nd


by Melissa Jones

Posted on May 2, 2012 at 8:55 AM


"Haven of Love Awareness Gala” promises to be a wonderful and powerful program featuring prominent and influential speakers who will speak to their direct experience with Karen Green-Evans and her outreach; and their witness to the impact the work the Haven of Love has made on the community.
The event also boasts a dynamic performance by renowned inspirational recording artist "Jenn Peterson".  The tickets are $20 (plus a nominal service fee) and can be purchased at
Saturday, May 12, 2012  at 7:00 pm 
The Hope Center
Conference Center
2001 West Plano Parkway
Plano, Texas 75075
4447 N Central Expy. Ste 115
Dallas, TX 75205
All the gifts featured on today’s show are available at Northpark Center.

Schools, local elected officials, businesses and others across Texas are invited to show their support for the students of Generation TX by doing one simple thing:  wearing their favorite college t-shirt on GenTX Day (Friday, May 4th).

In 2000, Texas set a goal of increasing the number of students participating in higher education by 630,000 students by 2015.  Currently, only 56% of Texas high school graduates enrolled in higher education in 2010. This remains well below the national average of 70%.  Research shows that First Generation students (students whose parents did not attend college) are less likely to enroll in higher education, and that these conversations can be particularly critical in showing them that college is a possibility for them.
in your area.

About Generation TX
Generation TX is a statewide, grassroots movement creating what’s next for Texas: a culture of college and career readiness that leads to the most successful generation ever.   For more information, please visit
 GenTX is an initiative of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board that is funded by the federal College Access Challenge Grant.
 Twitter: @GenerationTexas

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BEGUILING THE BEAUTY by Sherry Thomas (historical romance)
This is a rich, historical romance of love lost and rediscovered.

MY WICKED LITTLE LIES by Victoria Alexander (historical Romance)
#1 New York Times bestselling author Victoria Alexander’s captivating new English Victorian romance complete with her signature characters, wit, and warmth. In it, the daring Evelyn Hadley-Attwater must choose between her past as a spy and her life with a loving husband, ball gowns and elegant parties. Little does she know that Adrian Hadley-Attwater has some secrets of his own... NOTE: The hero and heroine break the mold in that they’re already married…

FIRELIGHT by Kristen Callihan (Spicy historical romance)
Link to a summary and a review

MY LORD VAMPIRE by Alexandra Ivy (paranormal/romance)
In the first of a mesmerizing trilogy, Alexandra Ivy, author of the Guardians of Eternity series, introduces the Immortal Rogues—three vampires duty-bound to protect their own kind even as they fall prey to mortal desires.

ORACLE'S MOON by Thea Harrison (Paranormal)
Set in an alternate contemporary world where shape shifters, vampires, elves, witches, djinn, oracles and other powerful otherworldly beings co-exist with humans. This hero is an ancient and incredibly powerful djinn and the heroine is a human oracle that has just come into her powers.

NIGHTFIRE by Lisa Maria Rice (Romantic suspense)
Avon Books associate editor Amanda Bergeron explains: “A tortured hero drawn to an innocent heroine: He knows he shouldn’t touch her/involve her in his world, but she makes him lose all vestiges of self-control. As much as he tries he can’t stay away. In her innocence she drives him to the edge, without realizing she has this power over him. There’s also the emotional element of her desire of him and her eventual ability to ‘change’/ ‘save’ him.” This is a common trope in erotica – in fact, Lisa Marie Rice is an internationally bestselling erotica authors who is famed for her steamy, angsty, passionate tales, such as NIGHTFIRE; HOTTER THAN WILDFIRE; INTO THE CROSSFIRE, which all feature ex Special Forces ops (Navy SEAL, Marine Force Recon, Delta Force). May Chen, editor at Avon Books, says, “Lisa Marie Rice’s heroes are all tortured and damaged, either from war or from a traumatic childhood/. They look to a young, relatively innocent young woman to make them feel new and whole again.”

DEADLY DANCE by Dee Davis (Romantic Suspense)

DESCRIPTION: As the intelligence officer for A-Tac, a black-ops CIA unit masquerading as Ivy League faculty, Hannah Marshall is used to working behind the scenes. But when a brutal murder hits too close to home, Hannah finds herself in the middle of the action, falling in love while racing to outwit a sadistic mastermind. A KILLER CLOSES IN. After the death of her A-Tac partner, Hannah doubts everything she thought she knew about love and loyalty. When handsome Harrison Blake joins the team, she's reluctant to trust him - or to act on her intense attraction to him. Then Hannah receives a podcast of a gruesome murder, and the only person who can help her find the killer is Harrison. Harrison has spent years trying to hunt down the cunning monster who killed his sister. Now investigating with Hannah, he faces a shocking possibility - his sister's murderer has resurfaced. As the danger escalates, Hannah and Harrison grow closer, the desire simmering between them ignites. And when Hannah disappears, Harrison has only one chance to save the woman he loves.

CIRCLE OF DESIRE by Carla Svrafford and ENSLAVE by Cathy Yardley (Spicy/ in the vein of SHADES OF GREY)
Bergeron notes, “As recent media coverage points out, the feeling of giving up control, being dominated in bed is a fairly common female fantasy. Most women would never really want it played out in a ‘Red Room of Pain’ fashion; but the fantasy is there…even if it is taboo.” Women are talking about this as they share their reading experiences – these are women who might have just finished The Help in their reading groups, but erotica is offering a titillating peek into another feminine vantage and a practice that may be wildly divergent from their own affairs. Cathy Yardley’s ENSLAVE also features a tormented, scar-ravaged hero’s obsession with a younger beauty who sacrifices herself to his BDSM fantasies. This modern take on a classic fairy tale is still exciting readers, and is a perfect follow-up read to 50 Shades of Grey. Domination fantasies are more common than one might think in erotic fiction – Avon Impulse recently published new author Carla Swafford (a “slush pile find” – this gem of a manuscript was submitted, without an agent, through the Avon Impulse website). Swafford’s first book, CIRCLE OF DESIRE features a tough heroine who has never liked being dominated until she meets the hero…yet because of their jobs (agents at rivaling assassin organizations), they're forced to work together and wind up discovering an emotional connection that further ignites their physical chemistry.

MARRIAGE BARGAIN by Jennifer Probst (spicy)
It's a spicy romance, as well as relationship imbalance. (hit the USA and NYTimes lists!)

SIMPLY CARNAL by Kate Pearce (Spicy/retelling of historical and vampire stories. Perfect for Twilight Fans)
Simply one of the best authors of historical erotic romance, Kate Pearce constantly exceeds readers’ and reviewers’ expectations. In the latest in her House of Pleasures series, a young widow receives an education in pure carnal pleasure. NOTE: Kate is this year’s RT Award winner for Best Erotica!

WHISPERS IN THE DARK by Maya Banks (spicy/romantic suspense)
This is steamy, action-packed romantic suspense novel from Texas author Maya Banks.

JUST DOWN THE ROAD by Jodi Thomas (Texas contemporary, sweet romance)
Wonderful, small town Texas contemporary romance from the “queen of Texas romance” about two wounded characters finding love.

QUINN by R.C. Ryan (western)
As a young boy, Quinn Conway was shattered by his mother's mysterious disappearance. Today, as the oldest of the Conway brothers, his only concern is protecting his family and their ranch. One look at beautiful, strong-willed Cheyenne O'Brien tells him she's also no stranger to tragedy. A series of increasingly dangerous "accidents" are plaguing her and her land, and Quinn can't stand idly by while a woman is in danger. Fiercely independent, Cheyenne isn't one to lean on others, yet she can't deny her attraction to the rugged rancher offering help. Soon, the passion building between them proves as wild and untamed as the land she loves-and just as impossible to resist. But a relentless enemy is about to make one final devastating move. To survive, Quinn and Cheyenne must put their cherished freedom-and their hearts-at risk . . .

OBSIDIAN by Jennifer L. Armentrout (Young Adult, good chemistry)
Obsidian (YA) with the sizzling hot relationship between Katy and Dae