Happy Friday 13th! Today’s blog guest is Isabella Macotte. Welcome, Isabella.      
Lilly, thanks so much for having me as your guest!

So, Isabella, what do you do to relax?

Whenever I take a quiet moment for myself, a good book is always in the picture.

You can usually find me curling up in comfy sweats, a sturdy mug of hot cocoa and real whipped cream waiting for a sip, and a sleepy pup warming the side of my leg.
And the book: a romantic, fantasy-filled, humorous story, spiriting me away from a life filled with mundane but necessary tasks. A feisty heroine who knows her own mind and a hunky hero who thinks he knows what the girl wants all add to the fun.

I’ve always been grateful to the wonderful writers who’ve helped me escape to another place and time. Now, I’m honored and humbled to be counted in their ranks.

I write what I love to read: historical, sexy, funny, all tied together with paranormal elements. Hopefully romance readers will give me a chance to share in their world now. I’ve written The Heart Gem for each and every one of you.

And I can’t wait to read it. I love historical and paranormal romance. In my opinion, these two genres go together as well as milk and cookies!

Isabella Macotte grew up in Chicago and now lives in the Midwest. Ever since she can remember, she was reading. Not just fiction but everything she could get her hands on. Science, romance, history and paranormal. Especially paranormal…anything scary, creepy, or gory, she loves it. From light paranormal elements to terrifying monsters, she’ll make up a story to amaze or scare you.

Isabella Macotte writes the kind of romance she loves to read: a story with delicious dialogue, seductive encounters, a dash of the paranormal, and an irresistible hero you will never forget.

Passionate about books, Isabella keeps busy reading, writing and working in a library. But if a few moments remain at the end of the day, she spends them with a wonderful family and sweet bichon pup named Daisy.

Isabella’s The Heart Gem is now available from The Wild Rose Press. http://www.thewildrosepress.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=176_138&products_id=4797


In 1885, a proper Victorian woman’s place was in the home. Convention never appealed to Hallie Pinefoy.

But plans for financial independence through a successful doll-making venture have one impediment. She’s inherited a curiosity shop and a handsome business partner who’s proving to be a delicious distraction.

When Bremen Tyler inherits a shop in coastal England, he breaks from the mystical Ancestral clan to live a normal life. The only way to guarantee a permanent break is to marry his Heart Match, a perfect soul mate. Bremen recognizes the captivating Hallie as his true love, but she isn’t cooperating with his courtship.

If he can retrieve the stolen Heart Gem, an Artifact of Love, he can use it to prove their match. The surface of the Gem reflects the essence of a couple’s future life, but the risks are great. More importantly, will Hallie realize true love doesn’t need proof?

Hallie’s bottom shifted from Bremen’s lap onto the cold stone garden bench. Why was he stopping just when the moment was getting interesting? Then she heard the footsteps in the distance, rustling along the garden path. Her head still blissfully dazed, Bremen’s possessive hands moved to straighten the aquamarine gown’s bodice, which had drawn away completely from her breasts.
Clay’s face was an angry red, even in the dark night. She jumped at the intrusion and attempted to yank her hand out of Bremen’s, but his firm palm held on without releasing.
“Bremen Tyler, how dare you encroach on our relationship? Hallie and I have a long-established agreement among our families. You must honor this arrangement and withdraw your presence.” The shrillness of Clay’s voice reverberated through the grounds.
“I haven’t been informed of a promise or understanding. In fact, I have heard from the lady she is uncommitted. A state I’m determined to reverse.” Bremen’s deep voice was low and controlled.
“She would be committed to me if it were not for you. You are confusing her; she loves me but you are filling her head with promises and nonsense.”
“I have given Hallie neither false promises nor nonsense. She knows my true feelings.”
“She also knows my feelings and has said she will consider my offer.”
“If Hallie tells me it is you she wants, I’ll say no other word.”
“Hallie, tell him you will marry me. I believe my request was clear at supper,” Clay demanded.
“My love, make your wishes known, and we will visit the reverend directly,” Bremen countered.
Both men stared, waiting for a decision.