Thursday, June 23, 2011

A Beautiful Contemporary Romance From Lee Ann Sontheimer & Rebel Ink Press

Today at our Cyber Launch Party Blog, we're celebrating the release of Lee Ann Sontheimer Murphy's first contemporary romance LOVE NEVER FAILS.

Lee Ann is a Missouri native. Although she emerged from the old neighborhood in her hometown of St. Joseph, Missouri to make her home in the rugged Missouri Ozarks long ago, she retains nostalgia for the hometown.

Her first novel, Wolfe’s Lady, debuted from Evernight Publishing in December 2010 and her second, Love Tattoo, came out in March 2011 from the same publisher. She has three other novels due out in 2011 and two confirmed for 2012. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Paranormal Authors Guild, Missouri Writers Guild, and the Ozark Writers League.

She now lives with her husband, three children, and one feisty Jack Russell terrier in what passes for the suburbs in a small town.


LOVE NEVER FAILS by Lee Ann Sontheimer Murphy

Old love sometimes fades away...

When a late night phone call from the former love of her life interrupts both her sleep and her otherwise quiet existence, Caroline Cunningham finds she can’t refuse Reid Ramsay's request for help. As the call pulls Caroline back to her small hometown and into the heart of the search for Reid's missing brother, Caroline finds the feelings she thought she'd buried where Reid was concerned are indeed alive and well.

And sometimes it refuses to die...

Reid Ramsay is still in love with Caroline Cunningham. As they work together searching for Reid's brother, Reid and Caro finding themselves attempting to rebuild the life they once shared together. But their future remains uncertain. Before they can find the happiness they seek, each must work through the emotional baggage of the past and test the theory they desperately hope rings true.


WIN - Leave Lee Ann a question today at her Cyber Launch Party and your name goes in the hat for a copy of her new book and some Dove Chocolate! A great read and some chocolate - nothing better! Please leave your email address so we can contact you if you are today's winner - Good Luck!


  1. congrats on this new release and the other Love Scars

    will there more to your vampire series? I love me a sexy Vamp

  2. Lee Ann Sontheimer MurphyJune 23, 2011 at 9:56 AM

    Thanks! There will be (at least) one more in this series, Love Knots, upcoming!

  3. Congratulations on the release of Love Never Fails! Enjoy the cyber launch party ...

    Do you write in other romance sub genres besides contemporary and paranormal? What do you do when your muse takes a vacation without you?

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  4. Lee Ann Sontheimer MurphyJune 23, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    Thanks, Karen.

    I write about any flavor of romance. My next release (July 4 from Champagne) "Kinfolk" is romantic suspense and I have a time travel novel coming out in November. I also have a "sweet" short historical coming out from Astraea in July and a full length "sweet" novel with a lot of Christian elements coming out from Rebel later, "Miss Good Samaritan".

    I don't let my muse take a holiday now that I'm a full-time writer; too many bills to pay!

    Thanks again!

  5. Morning Lee Ann - sorry I'm late in welcoming you, but we had to get up before the sun this morning to drive the kid to OU for a journalism workshop and just now got to a computer.

    I love the cover of this book and really enjoyed the excerpts of it I read. I love second chances romances and know this one will be a great read.

    Tell us a bit about how your story came to be and is it difficult switching gears from contemporary to paranormal and from erotic to sweet - sounds like you cover all the bases!

    Enjoy your party here today - thanks for the prize (you had me at chocolate!) and hope LOVE NEVER FAILS is a bit seller for you!

  6. Thanks!

    This second chance at love story came about in a roundabout way. Although it's not based on my real high school long time boyfriend, I went to my husband's company picnic last summer and they had a car show. One of the cars - a mint condition GTO - was just like my old love's that it had me reminscing. Not long after that, I saw his dad at the local dollar store and we chatted. One of my daughters, a teen, was with me and that led to a thousand questions.

    So I wondered what might have happened if we had been given a second chance, if our love that we shared as teens might have rekindled into something more.

    I got the idea for a woman, Caroline, to receive a late night plea for help from the one time love of her life and because she still loves him, she goes home, no questions asked.

    As for switching gears, it is and it isnt'. WHen I'm writing first draft, if I really get into the story, then that's what consumes me. When it gets difficult is when I end up doing edits for a paranormal, writing something very different.

    My current WIP is a historical - with some unusual elements - set in 1925 and when I did the edits for Love Scars, it was a little hard - not to mention surrreal - shifting from one to the other.

  7. Lee Ann Sontheimer MurphyJune 23, 2011 at 11:28 AM

    The anonymous above is me!

  8. Super Congrats! sounds really good cant wait to read it.

  9. Lee Ann Sontheimer MurphyJune 23, 2011 at 11:38 AM

    Thanks, Regina!

  10. Congratulations on your new release Lee Ann!
    My question for you- do you listne to music while you write or do you write in silence? Do you find it easier to write in the early morning, during the day or the late evening?


  11. Lee Ann Sontheimer MurphyJune 23, 2011 at 1:33 PM

    I do listen to music when I'm writing - usually something that fits the mood of what I'm working on. I do a lot of my serious writing early in the morning - before my family gets up - and late at night.

    Thanks, Maria!

  12. My question was about changing from paranormal to contemporary but you've already answered this! Congrats on the new book - looking forward to reading it.

  13. Congratulations on your new release. This sounds like a very good book. Do you ever use people you know as inspiration for your characters? The Dove chocolate sounds so good but it's so hot where I live and the last time I got chocolate in the mail it was just one big lump.

    sstrode at scrtc dot com

  14. Lee Ann Sontheimer MurphyJune 23, 2011 at 2:51 PM

    Thanks, Karen.

    Thanks, Sherry. I don't use people I know totally as inspiration but I may use a few qualities or looks! It is hard to mail chocolate in the summer!! If you win we might have to work something else out!

  15. I know you can't answer this because it's part of the story but...Why did the aunt want the two of them apart? How could he not know she was pregnant? What ring? Dang, I usually don't read the excerpts because then I want all of the answers! Thanks for the giveaway!

  16. Lee Ann Sontheimer MurphyJune 23, 2011 at 4:58 PM

    Jen - all I can say is read the story!!!

    I also want to announce that my publisher for this book - Rebel Ink Press - just put it out in paperback and it's now available on as a paperback book!

  17. hi! how are you? congrats on the new release! sounds like a good book. what do you do if you get writer block?

  18. Congratulations!! LOVE NEVER FAILS does look like a beautiful read. I cry when a book moves me, do you ever cry while writing a particular scene?


  19. HI, your book sounds great. I have never read one of your books and never heard of Rebel Ink. How do you decide on a publisher?
    debby236 ay gmail dot com

  20. Lee Ann Sontheimer MurphyJune 24, 2011 at 8:26 AM

    Shadow - I seldom get writer's block but if I'm stuck on a scene or moving ahead, I go work on something else, a short story or another work in progress - I often have more than one started.

    Mary - yes, I have been known to cry writing some scenes. I suppose if I can evoke emotion like that in myself, hopefully it will affect the reader too!

    Rebel Ink Press is a small indie press, not quite one year old. I discovered them through another writer I met online who had her novels published with them. I checked out their website and liked what I saw. Right now I write for four different publishers - Evernight Publishing, Rebel Ink Press, Champagne Books, and Astraea. I really plan to narrow that field down.

    When I'm ready to submit, I do research into different publishers. I see what books they have published, what the quality of the books is, where they sell books (I always go with a publisher with good distribution), and other factors. What they publish is a factor too....Astraea, for example, publishes only "sweet" romance, meaning not sexy or erotic.

    I signed my fourth Rebel Ink contract this week so you'll see more of my work coming from Rebel - Witness Protection Program, In Love's Own Time, and Miss Good Samaritan are all upcoming with Rebel.

  21. Wow - that's great news Lee Ann - sounds like you're going to be one busy lady!

    Much success!