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ivyleafHello! Welcome to my web page.  My name is Carol Goodman, a.k.a. award-winning romance novelist Carolan Ivey.  I’m closing in on my third decade as a freelance writer in a wide variety of industries, most recently specializing in compelling book blurbs, taglines, and marketing copy designed to sell your book. ALL genres, fiction and non-fiction.

My professional experience includes writing software manuals, technical documentation, and marketing copy, plus 10 years writing and editing blurbs as Samhain Publishing’s in-house “blurb wizard.”

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Recent Projects: A Marquess for Convenience by Bianca Blythe

51qqkyfgsklThe ton views widowed baroness Lady Madeline Mulborne as a renowned hostess of society parties. In reality, her flighty manner disguises an encyclopedic knowledge of art, a bone-deep distrust of men, and a dangerous secret.

Lord Arthur Carmichael, Marquess of Brighton, is at a crossroads. His wild reputation was the perfect cover for the spy missions he undertook for the Crown. Now, that reputation could keep him from settling into a cabinet position—unless he takes a wife.

Before he can embark on the dreaded wedding quest, he must complete one last mission: catch a thief who’s stolen four of five priceless French jewels. If the last one disappears, the fragile peace between France and England could be damaged beyond repair.

Whom should he encounter on the French Riviera but Lady Mulborne, who never forgave him for vanishing during their long-ago courtship. Arthur suspects her nimble fingers are adept at more than just fluttering a fan, because he knows of one item she’s already stolen: his heart.

Warning: Contains a mysterious baroness with a secret identity, a marquess who’ll bite the matrimonial bullet to get what he wants, and a marriage that’s anything but convenient.

Author Web Site
Blurb: The Blurb Wizard

Recent Projects: No Ordinary Fairy by Claire Davon

NoOrdinaryFairyMysterious. Magnetic. Deadly. And his only hope.

When the new guy in town blows into Pani’s pet shop, bristling with impatience as icy as the Wyoming winter, she knows instantly he’s not there to buy dog food. She also knows exactly what he is. A cougar shifter. An apex predator not unlike herself.

Rafe Anderson needs help, which isn’t easy for a cat to admit. Not only has his dog mysteriously vanished, so has his ability to shift. The only creature who can find both is Pani, a woman the local coyote pack warned him to avoid. But he’s desperate—and running out of time. The longer his cat is caged, the closer he edges to insanity.

As a Vila, a fairy with the power to enchant men, even to their death, Pani has never dared reveal her true self, much less fallen in love. But something about Rafe’s fiery green eyes and uncommon vulnerability calls to her. And his touch tells her the feeling is mutual.

Desire rolls over them like thunder, but their search uncovers a dangerous secret that could turn everything to ashes…and bring destruction howling down upon all shifter kind.

Author web site: Claire Davon
Blurb and tagline: The Blurb Wizard

Recent Projects: Aether Psychics series by Cecilia Dominic

AP1The scientific method: Love doesn’t obey it. Secrets skew the results.

After a dishonest woman broke his heart, renowned aetherist Edward Bailey buried the pieces under a strict routine built on solid, scientific predictability. Any deviation doesn’t just bother him—it short circuits his carefully cultivated balance.

A routine faculty meeting unexpectedly presents a twin challenge to his comfort zone. Not only does the beautiful Iris McTavish appear in her famous archeologist father’s place, Edward is forced to accompany her on an undercover expedition to find an element that will harness the power of aether.

Iris is determined to prove her worth as a scholar and scientist, and save the financially ruined house of McTavish without accepting an unwanted marriage proposal. But keeping her secret is difficult when she’s faced with Edward’s compelling gaze and unrelenting logic.

Amid clockwork spy devices, threats from a mysterious society who’ll stop at nothing to conceal their secrets, and plots from a guild bent on stealing them, Edward and Iris’s attraction sparks and gains momentum. But betrayal awaits them on the road from Paris to Rome—and the revolutionary discovery they seek could grind their hearts to pieces.

Warning: Contains a brilliant professor with a white-knuckle case of anxiety, a woman with an ahead-of-her-time spirit of adventure, real and made-up history, and a Grand Tour that serves up murder plots and secret temples along with wine, tea, and cream puffs. You may wish to pack your shovel along with your silks.


AP2Everyone wears a mask. But the deadliest secrets hide in plain sight.

Marie St. Jean’s supreme acting talent comes with a price: Every spellbinding performance extracts a piece of her soul. When she reluctantly steps into a role abandoned by another leading lady, she encounters the reason the other woman fled in terror—a ghostly spirit who promises to fix her affliction.

Violinist Johann Bledsoe pulls her heart in a direction she dares not go, but with the Prussians surrounding Paris, she is well and truly trapped.

Johann thought he’s left disgrace and his gambling debt behind in England, but a murder outside the Théâtre Bohème makes him fear he’s been exposed. Though his heart resonates for the ravishing daughter of Madame St. Jean, he knows that once the siege is over, he’ll have to keep running.

Under the baleful eye of steam-powered ravens, more murders drive Marie and Johann closer to the truth of what really lurks below the stage, and what dangers hang over their heads. Their only hope could lie in exposing their darkest secrets—and surrendering to the Eros Element in a way that could push them irretrievably close to the edge of madness.

Warning: Main ingredients include copious amounts of wine and decadent desserts. And drama. Mon dieu, lots of drama. May result in the uncontrollable urge to applaud even if you’re reading this in a public place.

Author web site: Cecilia Dominic
Blurbs and taglines by The Blurb Wizard

Recent Projects: Spare Change by Bette Lee Crosby

51nEJwKnQjLFrom award-winning, USA TODAY Bestselling Author BETTE LEE CROSBY, the first book of a gritty, small-town, family saga in the tradition of the finest Southern fiction.

A widow grieving her loss. A boy running for his life. A town defending them both.

Small-town gossip never much bothered Olivia Westerly. As a single career woman, she’s weathered her share. It’s easy to ignore the raised eyebrows over her late-in-life marriage to Charlie Doyle. But after he drops dead on their honeymoon, the whispers are salt on her raw grief. Especially when an orphaned,11-year-old boy shows up on her doorstep, looking for the grandfather he never met.

Behind Ethan Allen Doyle’s wary blue eyes lie heavily guarded emotions that unexpectedly tug on Olivia’s heart, and she finds herself wanting to win his trust. But when his murderous secret comes looking for him, the entire town embraces the lonely widow and desperate child—and shows its true heart when danger threatens one of its own.

A heartwarming tale of love, loss, and unexpected gifts, featuring a woman you’d like to call friend, a boy you will ache to hug, and a town you wish you could call home.

Author web site: Bette Lee Crosby
Blurb and tagline by The Blurb Wizard

Recent Projects: Destiny’s Plan by Victoria Saccenti

DestinysPlanFinalistIBAOne empty bus seat. Two aching hearts. A future written by Fate…

When Raquelita Muro’s overbearing mother rips her and her little sister away from their beloved Papa, one tiny, rebellious corner of Raquelita’s heart is grateful that the bus is crowded, and the only seat left is out of Mama’s sight. Next to a handsome young man.

Michael Buchanan’s beautiful traveling companion is more than something pretty to look at before he ships out for Viet Nam. Deep in her sad, whisky-colored eyes he glimpses a new dream to replace the ones he’s leaving behind. It breaks his heart to leave Raquelita in her tyrannical mother’s hands, but she gifts him with a token of love and a tender promise to exchange letters in secret.

But their first, shy “hello” has reached the ears of Fate. Fate is in the mood to see how far it can push two lonely hearts—to the brink of temptation, desperation, and despair—before they break. Perhaps beyond any hope of healing…

Author web site: Victoria Saccenti
Blurb and tagline: The Blurb Wizard

Recent Projects: Oh Danny Boy by Josie Riviera

51ocniqaw1lThis pot of gold could hold more than they bargained for…

Grand. Just grand. Clara Donovan’s failure to keep her brother from going off the rails—again—is a public spectacle. Including a handsome stranger who puts down his guitar case to help her talk Seamus down from Farthing’s tallest bridge.

Everything about Danny Brady reminds Clara how many times she swore she’ll never again be that pathetic, weak woman who got taken in by a good-looking man. Especially when, the next day, she walks into a new coffee shop in her little Irish town and discovers Danny’s secret.

Danny didn’t lie—technically—about his coffee shop chain. He’s just tired of women going after him for his wealth. Clara is a graceful, fiercely loyal, non-Irish Irish damsel in distress, a combination that tugs at his heart. A heart that’s spent its share of time in pieces.

Danny has never hesitated to go after what he wants, but melting Clara’s defenses will take more than hot tea and charm. He’ll have to prove he’s made of stronger stuff—even when her past threatens to tear her carefully reconstructed world to shreds.

Author web site: Josie Riviera
Blurb and tagline by The Blurb Wizard

Recent Projects: Hidden Heat by Leah Braemel

51OShAOSJdLThe masks we wear can hide our deepest desires…or reveal them.

Wedding rings, babies, commitment? No thank you. Working for a company that’s wall-to-wall, testosterone-fueled alpha males, Sandy Hallquist is in her element. By day, she’s the picture of calm, cool efficiency. Off hours, her inner adrenaline junkie is off the chain.

Troy MacPherson has a tongue that should be registered as a lethal weapon, yet he hasn’t said a word to her since the night he made her bed a ground zero of passion. Which is just as well…because if he even begins to form the “L” word with those lips, she’s outta there.

Troy MacPherson can’t afford to make mistakes, but he made big one when he gave in to temptation. In that one moment of weakness, he let Sandy glimpse the person he hides behind a mask that must never, ever crack, not if he’s to keep his double life a secret.

Sandy makes him yearn for things he can never have. Family. Stability. Love. Too bad they’re the last things on her must-have list. But by the time she realizes the heat between them is the spark of a home fire, he could disappear from her life. Permanently.

Author web site: Leah Braemel
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