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Friday Fragment Contest – #Giveaway #FunGame #BookLovers – March 3, 2017

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Happy Friday and welcome to my weekly contest –

Below you will find three different books, by three different authors, and beneath each, you will find three different short excerpts. Only one excerpt is from the listed book. Using the form at the bottom of the post, enter your guesses as to which excerpt is correct for each book. Once a month, I will draw a name from all those who attempt a guess on this game, AND on my Facebook SpotaLie game (check it out here: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorAliciaDean/) The winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card.

The February winner of the $25 Amazon gift card is Mary Anne Landers…congratulations, Mary Anne!

And, the winner of Ruth Kaufman’s ebook giveaway is Nancy Burgess, who will receive a free copy of At His Command. Congrats to Nancy!

Each week, the first person to guess all 3 correctly receives an additional entry. (TIP: Click on each link and read the blurbs for a better chance at guessing correctly) – Remember, you get an entry just for guessing!

In addition to filling out the contact form, we’d also love it if you would comment, whether it is about your guesses, the books, the authors, etc. (when we offer extra giveaways, commenting is the only way to enter.)

Have fun!

Terms and Conditions: No purchase necessary to win. There is no limit on how many times one entrant can win. You do not have to guess correctly to be entered in the monthly drawing.

 

*** The game runs from the day it’s posted through the following Friday morning when the next post goes up, so feel free to send your guesses in and comment any time during that week. In order to stay up to date on each post, follow my blog by signing up in the column to the right. 

 

Extra Giveaways!!! 

From Nicole Fitton: A $5 Amazon gift card awaits one lucky reader. The winner will be chosen at random Please leave a comment in the comments box to be in with a chance of winning. Good luck!

From J.J. DiBenedetto: Ebook or audiobook set of all three Jane Barnaby Adventures books

 

Book 1:

Forbidden Colours by Nicole Fitton

Buy Link https://www.amazon.com/Forbidden-Colours-Nicole-Fitton-ebook/dp/B01N0BXSYV/

Contact Link – www.nicolefittonauthor.com

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Snippet A:

Even though buried, her memories continued to breathe under the mountain of life she’d lived. Dare she even speak of them? Their place of residence had become an unmarked grave in her history. Her family had a right to know, after everything that had happened. His world was dark and full of shadows; where would she begin? For over 25 years she had told no one. Now she was being drawn back into his world. It was a time she wanted to forget. The tie that had been bound to her so tightly was about to be broken.

Snippet B:

“It really is good to see you.” His eyes flickered upwards and there it was bam right between her eyes– delight, this time unmasked and blatant. She felt ashamed, a double-dealer. It was not supposed to be like this. It was supposed to be crisp white linen, clear blue cloudless skies. Instead it was clandestine iron ore that left a stain on your hands. Anne of Green Gables would not approve. She sat hands clasped together unable to make eye contact. It would only take a split second for Tony to understand.

Snippet C:

Well that was very bold of me wasn’t it, she thought, not sure where this confident version of herself had come from. Maybe it was the shopping, maybe the shopping made her bold! It was a type of therapy after all! ‘As long as I’m not intruding?’ ‘No no, please intrude away, intrude as much as you like… I mean….’ Stuttering and blushing again, the man must think I’m a bloody moron. Thankfully there was no evidence of the oversized biscuit…at least he won’t think I’m a glutton as well, that’s one blessing.

 

Book 2:

Finders Keepers by J.J. DiBenedetto

Buy Link: http://books2read.com/FindersKeepers

Find J.J. Here: http://www.writingdreams.net

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Snippet A:

“What do you want me to do? I had one idea, and it’s a good idea but you keep screaming at me not to do it, so tell me what you do want!” What Jane wanted was for Sheryl to move over and let her take the wheel, but that wasn’t exactly a viable option at the moment. As a plan B, the only thing she could think of was the next exit. A couple of minutes ago, it had been twenty kilometers away, but at their current speed, surely they’d covered at least half that distance.

Snippet B:

This was a bad idea. How many horror movies had she seen in her life? Was going down into the basement ever a good idea, in any of them? Did it ever end well? Jane knew the answers, but she went down the stairs all the same. She tried to step softly, but they creaked anyway. Whoever was down there had to know they were coming. She continued down regardless, and when she got to the bottom, she called out, “Tishy?”

Snippet C:

“You know that expression ‘if looks could kill’ really is just an expression, right? You can stare at me like that all night if you want, but I’m not changing my mind.” When she’d told him her new plan, Jane had worried, just for a moment or two, that Tom might try to grab the wheel or do something else equally drastic. She wasn’t sure what would have happened if he had; fighting for control of the car with a hostile passenger had not come up in her Driver’s Ed classes back in high school.

 

Book 3:

Decades of Love by Sin City Romance Writers (Lynn Crain is one of them.)

Buy Link: http://mybook.to/DecadesofLove

Find Lynn Here: https://www.facebook.com/LynnCrainAuthor

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Snippet A:

Hell, who was she kidding? Once she got back, her life would be anything but well-ordered as she’d be unique, being someone who had successfully time-travelled. Unfortunately, that would all be kept within the confines of the Time Travel Bureau as the world could never know how they were kept safe from the Desmond Draeggers of the world. They’d even made her sign a non-disclosure document before MI6 would let her step inside their damn time travel device.

Snippet B:

“That’s all for now and it’s most of what I know. But we all share the same concerns as I’m sure you have. Javed has the specifics on our next contact. And please don’t get mad at me for the unconventional way I have instructed him to give those orders to you. It was necessary.” I turned to look at him suspiciously. “What is she talking about?”

Snippet C:

She stared at him and again noticed his eyes. Like the sky in Nevada – blue, deep, and endless. She could watch them all day, but the force of his hand nearly knocked her on her ass. She blinked several times and remembered where she was. Her throat constricted, and it was everything she could do not to puke. Her eyes darted around her for a moment or two, as her mind rearranged the morning into the right scenario. The slap was probably the best thing he could have done for her.

*** The book is on pre-order right now for an incredible $0.99. We plan to do giveaways the week of release (Feb 28 through March 6.) More details can be found on the Sin City Romance Writers Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SinCityRomanceWriters/

…thanks for having me!

 

 

Correct answers & winner of the extra entry from last week:

The first person who guessed correctly was Kristina Oden, who wins an additional entry in the March  contest. Congrats, Kristina!

Last week’s answers:

Book 1 – In Your Arms: Correct Snippet: B

Book 2 – My Once & Future Love: Correct Snippet: C

Book 3 – Soul Seducer: Correct Snippet: B

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Friday Fragment Contest – #Giveaway #FunGame #BookLovers – February 24, 2017

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Happy Friday and welcome to my weekly contest –

Below you will find three different books, by three different authors, and beneath each, you will find three different short excerpts. Only one excerpt is from the listed book. Using the form at the bottom of the post, enter your guesses as to which excerpt is correct for each book. Once a month, I will draw a name from all those who attempt a guess on this game, AND on my Facebook SpotaLie game (check it out here: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorAliciaDean/) The winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card. Each week, the first person to guess all 3 correctly receives an additional entry. (TIP: Click on each link and read the blurbs for a better chance at guessing correctly)

In addition to filling out the contact form, we’d also love it if you would comment, whether it is about your guesses, the books, the authors, etc. Have fun!

Terms and Conditions: No purchase necessary to win. There is no limit on how many times one entrant can win. You do not have to guess correctly to be entered in the monthly drawing.

 

*** The game runs from the day it’s posted through the following Friday morning when the next post goes up, so feel free to send your guesses in and comment any time during that week. In order to stay up to date on each post, follow my blog by signing up in the column to the right. – ***Since a winner’s name will be drawn on Tuesday, February 28th, any guesses after that will be counted in the March drawing. The correct answers will still be posted Friday, March 3.

 

Extra Giveaway!!!

One lucky commenter will receive a FREE Ebook of Ruth Kaufman’s AT HIS COMMAND

 

Book 1:

In Your Arms by Shannyn Schroeder

Buy Link:  https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01DRXCGGM/

Find Shannyn here: http://www.shannynschroeder.com

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Snippet A  

He opened the door and strode in. She had the radio on and he knew she couldn’t hear him. He leaned against the wall in the hallway at the epicenter of the apartment and waited. She wouldn’t be able to go anywhere without seeing him. Within a minute she emerged from her bedroom wearing a skimpy robe while reading the label on a jar. Although he hadn’t moved, it was like she felt his presence and looked up. Everything froze. Her eyes widened. Then she screamed, threw the jar at him.

Snippet B

“Something tells me I should be worried about a chick who carries duct tape in her trunk.” She suddenly realized how bad that sounded and laughed too. Nothing about this day was going right. “I have it for emergencies, not to tie up my captives.” He crossed his arms, causing his shirt to tighten on his biceps and drawing her eye to a tattoo peeking out. He smiled and added, “Maybe I should take your picture to let my friends know who I’m with in case I disappear.” Oh, man. He was cute. She didn’t want him to be cute.

Snippet C

His breathing was slightly faster than normal. At least he had the excuse of lifting weights. All she’d done was walk down the stairs and ogle him. He bent and she shivered as his body lowered. He grabbed the basket and held it to the side. She tilted her face up. He stared into her eyes, but then his gaze traveled over her whole face, landing on her mouth. The look was so intense that she could almost feel the phantom pressure on her lips.

Book 2:

My Once & Future Love by Ruth Kaufman

Buy Link: http://amzn.com/B01DC8XXNM

Find Ruth Here: www.ruthkaufman.com

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Snippet A  

Adrian straightened, his desire to leave evaporating despite the awkward situation. The glazenwright was beautiful, with a delicate oval face, high cheekbones and a small, straight nose. He knew he was staring, but didn’t want to stop. There was something compelling about this woman aside from her lovely face, which was all he could see. Her heavy, serviceable black cloak and headdress concealed the rest. Her expression captured him. Not the simpering moue of court women, nor the lustful gleam of barmaids or the respectful, downcast eyes of servants. She radiated a quiet confidence he found enticing.

Snippet B  

He and his eight men sat alert, deep enough in the forest to avoid being seen while maintaining a clear view of the road through leafless branches. Nine armed men could frighten travelers. ‘Twas best to let them pass. Each man watched, each horse sinking deeper into chilling mire as a mud-covered, black palfrey plodded over the rise in the road, its long mane whipping in the frigid winds. “No rider,” Martin, the scout, murmured. “Look again,” Nicholas replied. At first he too had thought the horse was riderless. Now he could see a woman collapsed on the animal’s back.

Snippet C  

“It’s a bit late for such a warning.” Her smooth skin was ashen. A ribbon held thick auburn hair off her oval face, but a few long waves tumbled over her shoulders to tease his hands. She drew herself up as if gathering her composure. Many women would’ve collapsed by now, after receiving and helping a wounded stranger, then hiding him from soldiers who could return at any moment. He admired her strength of will. And her fine features, straight brows framing those golden eyes he couldn’t seem to look away from, her delicate nose and lips. Stunning, but thin.

Book 3:

Soul Seducer by Alicia Dean

Buy Link: https://www.amazon.com/Soul-Seducer-Alicia-Dean-ebook/dp/B01M6YGVI3/ 

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Snippet A:

Finally, she forced her eyes open and found herself staring at a water-stained ceiling. When she turned her head to the left, she saw a window covered by thick drapes with a sliver of light showing between the panels. She scowled. Where was she?

“You’re awake.”

She gasped. The voice came from her right. It was coarse, deep and staticy, as if filtered through a speaker. She turned her head toward the voice and knew immediately she was in trouble. If she weren’t in trouble, the man sitting next to the bed probably wouldn’t be wearing a hooded sweatshirt and a Friday the 13th Jason Voorhees hockey mask.

Snippet B:

She lifted her lashes, staring up at him, wanting to lose herself in his glittering blue gaze. Wanting to feel his hands on her body…his full, sensual lips on hers. Wanting to be swept away in whatever madness this was. It felt so strange, yet at the same time, exhilarating, compelling, irresistible…dangerous.

Yes, dangerous. Gulping in a breath, she stepped back. His touch fell away, breaking the strange hold he had on her.

“You! It was you there that night. In the alley…” Her breath came in short gasps as the odd yearning was replaced by fear. “Then again, at the hospital.” She shot her gaze around the room. “Where’s the other one? The blond guy? Who the hell are you?”

Snippet C:

Eyes tightly closed, she pressed her back to the desk, praying the robbers hadn’t heard her scream. I’m going to die…I’ll never see Emma again… Panic built in her chest, and her breathing sped up. I can’t die, please don’t let me die…

No! She would not die. She would survive. She had to.

She tried not to look again, but her gaze was drawn against her will. Sophie’s body lay half-in, half-out of the chair. Her eyes were open. Blood was smeared on her pale yellow blouse. A shudder raced over China’s skin.

 

 

Correct answers & winner of the extra entry from last week:

The first person who guessed correctly was Stacey Dixon, who wins an additional entry in the February contest. Congrats, Stacey!

Last week’s answers:

Book 1 – A Time to Heal: Correct Snippet: A

Book 2 – Remedy Maker: Correct Snippet: B

Book 3 – Saving Casey: Correct Snippet: C

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Friday Fragment Contest – #Giveaway #FunGame #BookLovers – February 17, 2017

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Happy Friday and welcome to my weekly contest –

Below you will find three different books, by three different authors, and beneath each, you will find three different short excerpts. Only one excerpt is from the listed book. Using the form at the bottom of the post, enter your guesses as to which excerpt is correct for each book. Once a month, I will draw a name from all those who attempt a guess on this game, AND on my Facebook SpotaLie game (check it out here: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorAliciaDean/) The winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card. Each week, the first person to guess all 3 correctly receives an additional entry. (TIP: Click on each link and read the blurbs for a better chance at guessing correctly)

In addition to filling out the contact form, we’d also love it if you would comment, whether it is about your guesses, the books, the authors, etc. Have fun!

Terms and Conditions: No purchase necessary to win. There is no limit on how many times one entrant can win. You do not have to guess correctly to be entered in the monthly drawing.

 

*** The game runs from the day it’s posted through the following Friday morning when the next post goes up, so feel free to send your guesses in and comment any time during that week. In order to stay up to date on each post, follow my blog by signing up in the column to the right.

 

Last Week’s Extra giveaways!!

The winner for both the following prizes is…ELF! We had several entries, but she is the only one, other than the participating author, who commented. So…congrats, ELF! Please email me at Alicia@AliciaDean.com to claim your prizes

Ann Raina’s For the Love of Jazmin (#2 series Jazmin & Ethan)

From Linda Nightingale, a $5 Amazon gift card

 

Book 1:

A Time to Heal by Bettye Griffin

Buy Link: http://ganxy.com/i/112371

Find the author here: http://www.bettyegriffin.com

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Snippet A:

When he walked through the waiting room he saw the woman in the cat costume jump out of her seat and begin walking toward him, almost as if she’d been waiting for him. Ignoring her, he kept walking. “Excuse me,” she called. He stopped and turned, part of him annoyed as he wondered what she wanted with him now, and another part—a very specific part—trying not to notice how sexy she looked in her black cat costume. She’s bad luck, he told himself, just like any other black cat.

Snippet B:

“Wait a minute,” Faye said. “This guy you’re so looking forward to seeing at your reunion. He’s an UNDERTAKER?” “Yes…what’s wrong with that?” “What’s wrong with that? Come on, Robin. If you don’t care where your man’s hands have been, you might as well start dating a gynecologist. They make a lot more money.” “It’s a decent, honest living. Besides, before you call someone else’s profession disgusting, Faye, maybe you should look at your own. You spend all day treating skin ulcers and wounds. Is Godfrey ever reluctant to touch you because of where YOUR hands have been?”

Snippet C:

“Part of me can’t believe you’re that little girl I used to help teach English to,” he murmured. She raised her chin in defiance. “I haven’t been a child for a long time, Devin. I’m a woman now.” He raised her hand to his lips. “Yes,” he said. “And I’m a man. We’re obviously attracted to each other. What do you suppose we should do about that?” She didn’t waver. Instead, her eyes firmly locked with his, she replied, “The same thing men and women who are attracted to each other have been doing since the beginning of time.”

Book 2:

Remedy Maker by Sheri Fredricks

Buy Link: https://www.amazon.com/Remedy-Maker-Sizzling-Paranormal-Centaurs-ebook/dp/B008S29WT2/

Find author here: https://www.amazon.com/Sheri-Fredricks/e/B008L3T50Y/

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Snippet A:

For a moment, he mulled if anything over one hundred years was old for a Centaur, and if that were the reason for his bedtime boredom. Doubtful. As long as my heart keeps beating, I’ll never be too old for this. Maybe bored, but never too old. So, why did life lose its luster for him? Moreover, when? As he pounded into Adelpha, Aleksander reminded himself he’d been raised to be a warrior. He prided himself at having worked into his position of Head Palace Guard. If not a soldier for Queen Savella, then what? Gigolo?

Snippet B

Tilting her head with care, he sucked in a breath and froze. “What is it? Snake bite?” Samuel raised the brass lantern higher and leaned over for a better view. Rhycious tapped his thumb against her neck. Designs a few shades darker than her natural color marred the creamy complexion. The millennia old skin formation carved its way into his painful memories. It started behind her ear, an inch wide at the hairline, and extended to the other side. The words choked out of him. There was no use trying to hide his revulsion. “Wood Nymph.”

Snippet C

Hunters. She was sure of it. Without their long, scoped rifles and camouflage clothing, they were hard to pick out. Nevertheless, those men monitored her closely and it gnawed at her sense of security. Abelia needed to make a getaway—the sooner, the better. In broad daylight, there was nowhere to shimmer without running the risk of someone seeing her. People filled the park, the sidewalks. Humans were everywhere. “You’re okay.” She gasped in surprise, and her gaze flew to his. As much as she’d like to believe this handsome male, she was definitely not all right.

Book 3:

Saving Casey by Liza O’Connor

Buy Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01722VH7I

Find author here: http://www.lizaoconnor.com/p/liza-oconnors-books.html

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Snippet A:

Brendon came to a halt and his whole body tensed as he stared further down the crowded corridor. “You were right about Gar showing up.” The entire time she’d known him, absolutely nothing seemed to faze her apartment-invading locust. She’d screamed and threatened him a thousand times, and at best, he would make her a cup of tea. At worst, he’d laugh at her. Yet today, the mere sight of his brother in the distance stressed him.

Snippet B:

Carrie turned and faced him. “Trent, I don’t want you to buy my clothes!” He smiled as if he thought her protest silly. “I don’t mind. I buy women things all the time, far more expensive than a dress.” “But I mind. My boss shouldn’t buy me clothes.” With a heavy sigh, he shrugged. “Okay, you can pay for it.” God! Why couldn’t she get through to him? “That’s my point. I probably can’t afford a hair comb in this shop.” He grimaced. “Yeah, avoid those. One of them costs almost as much as my car.”

Snippet C:

Upon settling down on the toilet, she noticed the floor to ceiling mirror facing her and screamed at the sight of the creature within in it. Short black hair spouted about its head, black circles surrounded both eyes and swirls of black flowed down the cheeks. Black lips stretched in horror as if in a nightmare. Pulling up her pants, she moved closer to the mirror. She was a ghoul, an honest to God ghoul!

 

 

Correct answers & winner of the extra entry from last week:

The first person who guessed correctly was ELF, who wins an additional entry in the February contest. Congrats, ELF!

Last week’s answers:

Book 1 – The Secretary’s Bodyguard: Correct Snippet: C

Book 2 – Morgan D’Arcy: A Vampyre Rhapsody: Correct Snippet: C

Book 3 – Raw Silk: Correct Snippet: B

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Friday Fragment Contest – #Giveaway #FunGame #BookLovers – February 10, 2017

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Happy Friday and welcome to my weekly contest –

Below you will find three different books, by three different authors, and beneath each, you will find three different short excerpts. Only one excerpt is from the listed book. Using the form at the bottom of the post, enter your guesses as to which excerpt is correct for each book. Once a month, I will draw a name from all those who attempt a guess on this game, AND on my Facebook SpotaLie game (check it out here: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorAliciaDean/) The winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card. Each week, the first person to guess all 3 correctly receives an additional entry. (TIP: Click on each link and read the blurbs for a better chance at guessing correctly)

In addition to filling out the contact form, we’d also love it if you would comment, whether it is about your guesses, the books, the authors, etc. Have fun!

Terms and Conditions: No purchase necessary to win. There is no limit on how many times one entrant can win. You do not have to guess correctly to be entered in the monthly drawing.

 

*** The game runs from the day it’s posted through the following Friday morning when the next post goes up, so feel free to send your guesses in and comment any time during that week. In order to stay up to date on each post, follow my blog by signing up in the column to the right.

 

Extra giveaways!!

(Comment to enter – names will be drawn and winners announced next Friday, Feb 17)

Ann Raina is offering a free ebook of: For the Love of Jazmin (#2 series Jazmin & Ethan)

Linda Nightingale is offering a $5 Amazon gift card!

 

Book 1:

The Secretary’s Bodyguard (#1 series Jazmin & Ethan) by Ann Raina

Buy link — http://www.extasybooks.com/The-Secretary-‘-s-Bodyguard/

Find Ann here: https://www.facebook.com/ann.raina.7

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Snippet A:

Sidarra breathed her well-known scent and relished her warm hands on his chest and her tongue in his mouth. Deep down something stirred, a hidden emotion, a wish to be fulfilled, a memory he cherished. He closed his eyes and saw Yisnia in the woods of Ethisan, lifting her dress to find her naked beneath. The desire she had woken in him those days and nights in his small hut lived in him, was part of the memory they shared.

Snippet B:

Kyra took a deep breath. Oliver was such a bad influence! She could imagine Julian too well without clothes. She wanted to perish the thought, but it returned in a loop. “Do you think that Mrs. Bickerham is at her binoculars right now?”

Oliver laughed. “You mean after the demonstration of my domination over Gregory she’ll wait for me to take down Julian?” He wiggled his brows. “Nah, that would be your show, not mine.”

“Not mine, either. Locking up Julian in the kennel, yeah, right. Forget it,” she warned when he turned to continue the daydream.

“But just think of it.”

Unable to stop him, she sighed. Only with a gag. Oh, hell, he might like that.

Snippet C:

She helped him out of his jacket and shirt. The sleeves were bloody.

Jazmin winced. “You were shot! Oh, my god!” She took his face in both hands. “Captain, this isn’t nothing. Come, sit down on the bed. Let me have a look at it.”

“Jaz, it’s all right. The medic already stitched me up. Nothing—”

“If you say nothing to worry about one more time, I’ll give you something to worry about.”

Ethan smiled. “Okay, do what you have to do.” She directed him to the bed and he lay down slowly. He was exhausted suddenly, and Jazmin’s warm hands were consoling. He melted on the warm covers and his eyes closed all by themselves.

 

Book 2:

Morgan D’Arcy: A Vampyre Rhapsody by Linda Nightingale

Buy link;   https://www.amazon.com/Morgan-DArcy-Rhapsody-Linda-Nightingale/dp/1509209093/

Find Linda Here:  http://www.lindanightingale.com

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Snippet A: 

The most beautiful man in the world froze with his hand on the door. “Please don’t. This is a misunderstanding.” He blew out a long breath. “However, if that is what you want, I must advise you that Mayfair Electronics, 21 Dover Street, London, W1S 4LT will accept return of a flawed unit for a full refund.”

“Stop! You sound like a robot.” Her fisted hands struck the air.

He didn’t flinch. “I am a robot. That’s why this is an inane conversation.”

“Inane? I find you with another woman in the bedroom, and this conversation is silly? Oh, no, Christian. Did you invite her here?”

Snippet B:

From The Night Before Doomsday:    I groaned in the exquisite pain of desire. My mouth opened, taking her tongue inside, dominating the kiss. Desire was death, a living rigor mortis. As my feverish hands explored her body, she moaned and whispered. Thought sizzled to fog. Spellbound, I kissed her lips, her eyes, her cheeks. When I pressed my mouth to her velvet throat, she shivered in my embrace, and I was lost.

The walls of my house closed in on me. Folding Magdalene in a wing, I lifted her and took her into the garden. Here darkness and my wings would hide our sin.

Snippet C:

“Morgan, I really must go.” She hesitated. “John will be here in a few minutes.”

“John,” I spat. Indeed, the man was top of my hit list. “How is the pregnancy progressing?”

“I’m fine.” She sighed, but her hard tone softened somewhat. “Goodbye.”

Her voice trembled. Was she crying? My heart ached to think of her in tears.

“I love you,” I said. “And it isn’t goodbye.”

Book 3:

Raw Silk by Lisabet Sarai

Buy link: https://goo.gl/ZrwNNO

Find Lisabet here: http://lisabetsarai.blogspot.com

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Snippet A:

The elegance of my hotel room compensated to some extent for its modest size. Gold-fringed tiebacks held the brocade drapes on either side, revealing lace sheers. Outside the tall windows, a wrought iron balcony protruded over the narrow street. The bed was barely double width, but piled high with fluffy feather pillows. Art Deco curlicues of gleaming brass twined at the head and foot.

Before I’d met my Master, I would have admired the furnishings for the quality of the materials and the exceptional taste that had influenced their selection. Now all I saw were bondage possibilities—the headboard, the steel rings securing the tiebacks, even the balcony rails.

Snippet B:

“Having second thoughts, little one?” He flicked her earlobe with his tongue and sent electric currents streaking down to her sex. Although the gesture seemed playful, his tone was serious, without his characteristic mockery.

She turned her back to the dawn, seeking his eyes. “To be honest, yes.” The ache under her sternum made it hard to speak. “Last night, everything seemed so clear. This morning…”

“This morning you have doubts.” He combed his fingers through her curls, massaging her scalp. “Ah, pet! When I woke to find myself alone in our bed, I knew you’d been thinking too much.”

Snippet C:

The Domme’s face was gorgeously exotic, high cheekbones and a wide, crimson-painted mouth. One forgot all that beauty, though, when captured by the woman’s eyes. They were an icy emerald green. Like jade knives they penetrated her soul. She felt hopelessly weak and exposed, frightened and guilty. At the same time, they made her secret parts ache. She had a sudden urge to run to the woman, begging forgiveness, offering herself for punishment. Still, she remained transfixed, frozen in the Mistress’ gaze like a rabbit before a snake.

Finally, Mistress Clara nodded, as if satisfied. She gestured toward an empty table near the platform.

 

 

Correct answers & winner of the extra entry from last week:

The first person who guessed correctly was Mary Anne Landers, who wins an additional entry in the February contest. Congrats, Mary Anne!

Last week’s answers:

Book 1 – Training Tessa: Correct Snippet: B

Book 2 – Lily and the Gambler: Correct Snippet: A

Book 3 – Prey for Me: Correct Snippet: B

 

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Friday Fragment Contest – #Giveaway #FunGame #BookLovers – February 3, 2017

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Happy Friday and welcome to my weekly contest –

Below you will find three different books, by three different authors, and beneath each, you will find three different short excerpts. Only one excerpt is from the listed book. Using the form at the bottom of the post, enter your guesses as to which excerpt is correct for each book. Once a month, I will draw a name from all those who attempt a guess on this game, AND on my Facebook SpotaLie game (check it out here: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorAliciaDean/) The winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card. Each week, the first person to guess all 3 correctly receives an additional entry. (TIP: Click on each link and read the blurbs for a better chance at guessing correctly)

In addition to filling out the contact form, we’d also love it if you would comment, whether it is about your guesses, the books, the authors, etc. Have fun!

Terms and Conditions: No purchase necessary to win. There is no limit on how many times one entrant can win. You do not have to guess correctly to be entered in the monthly drawing.

 

*** The game runs from the day it’s posted through the following Friday morning when the next post goes up, so feel free to send your guesses in and comment any time during that week. In order to stay up to date on each post, follow my blog by signing up in the column to the right.

 

Book 1:

Training Tessa by Debra Doggett

Buy  Link:  https://www.amazon.com/Training-Tessa-Debra-Doggett-ebook/dp/B01GAF0EYK/

Find Debra Here: www.onefoolsjourney.com

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Snippet A:

His voice was low and full of everything that scared her about his kind, full of everything that drove her need and her body to a panting want that curled her toes. It made her mad enough to bite.

“You’ve got trouble and I’m the one you come to?” She folded her arms across her chest and looked him up and down with a sneer. “From your reaction, I guess I came to the right place.”

“And you can go straight back out the door you came in too.”

“Not until we talk.” She cocked her chin up.

Snippet B:

As his hand slid over her shoulder, his fingers nudged her dress down, letting the fabric glide to the top of her dress, though careful not to expose her. He leaned in close, and for a moment she thought he might kiss her. Then his fingers dipped below her bodice to caress her breast and her breath caught in her throat. She could not find words to protest, couldn’t make her mouth move to tell him to stop. He removed his fingers and she sighed.

Snippet C:

“So now you propose that I strip my clothes off and let you have at me with all the skill your people devote to

such things?”

He paused to stare at her. Something twinkled in his eyes that was part lust and part amusement. “And is that what you think I want to do with you, have at you?”

She folded her arms across her chest. “Of course. That’s the reason we’re in this godforsaken place, so that you can get your hands on me and dazzle me with the supposed skill you have in luring women into your bed.”

Book 2:

Lily and the Gambler by Linda McLaughlin

Buy Link: https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B01MYMEKMD/

Find Linda Here: http://lindalyndi.com

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Snippet A:

Cupping her chin, he stared at her, his eyes full of half promises. “Oh, hell, I may get my face slapped for this, but…” His hand moved to the back of her neck as he lowered his head and captured her lips in a kiss that stole her breath away.

For a moment, she closed her eyes and gave herself up to the kiss. Then a door slammed somewhere in the house, reminding her of where they were. She pushed him away. “How dare you?”

He gave her a lazy grin. “What’s that old saying? Nothing ventured, nothing gained?”

Snippet B:

A laugh burbled up from her throat and her cheeks warmed at the reminder of his kiss. She hadn’t expected such a romantic gesture from him. It wasn’t as if he were born a gentleman. Perhaps she needed to change her assumptions. She’d expected boorishness from him simply because of his birth, not taking into account that he’d been educated in the same schools as her brother. She’d best start thinking of her prospective bridegroom as a social equal.

Lud, was she such a snob?

Snippet C:

Scant minutes later, Mr. Chaplin led her outside to a closed traveling carriage standing in the inn yard. He must be a gentleman of some means, she mused, to have his own carriage. He supervised the loading of their luggage then held out his hand to help her into the carriage. As she stepped up, the wind caught her veil and blew it upwards. For a second she had a clear glimpse of his startled face.

He had seen the bruise.

Book 3:

Prey for Me by TR Fischer

Buy Link for Prey For Me: https://www.amazon.com/Prey-Me-Colorado-Tempest-Book/dp/099649362X

Find TR Here: www.TRFischer.com

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Snippet A:

“Enrique, this is Skylar.”

A man behind the counter got to his feet. Not the same sandy blond from the day before. This guy had dark hair, darker eyes. His yesterday-morning shadow was split by a brilliant smile that probably got him whatever he wanted whenever he wanted it. Gorgeous.

Suddenly the smile fell away and his golden-brown face darkened like the sky in a sudden summer storm. Skylar’s steps faltered at the onslaught of black emotion that emanated from this man. She blinked, filled her lungs, struggling to make sense of it. A set-up gone south?

Enrique said nothing.

Snippet B:

Patrick crouched behind Lacy in the open cargo area behind the driver’s seat. The muzzle of his gun jabbed the nape of her neck. She followed his commands until she neared the end of Center Street. They were headed out of town. Her gut told her not to go. But her gut didn’t have a solution for the weapon aimed at her brain stem. On the other hand, if she did as he said, she would end up dead. Or worse.

As Lacy ferried herself closer to that fate, fear somehow gave way to reason. Why wait? And why give Patrick the reins?

Snippet C:

“Hello.” Tara wanted to say more but her brain shorted out. This guy was not from Pine View. He looked like he’d stepped out of a magazine. Rugged and clean-cut at the same time. His wavy blond hair was longer than most businessmen wore theirs, but his jeans and button-down shirt weren’t the kind a laborer could afford. They looked as though they’d been tailored to fit. His sleek leather jacket probably cost more than she made in three months. Must be a tourist who took the wrong exit.

He flashed a slightly crooked smile that made her breath catch.

 

 

Correct answers & winner of the extra entry from last week:

The first person who guessed correctly was once again Elf – Who wins an additional entry in the February contest. Congrats, Elf!

Last week’s answers:

Book 1 – A Year of Light and Shadows: Correct Snippet: B

Book 2 – Immortal Savior: Correct Snippet: A

Book 3 – The Captain and the Cheerleader: Correct Snippet: A

 

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Friday Fragment Contest – #Giveaway #FunGame #BookLovers – January 27, 2017

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Happy Friday and welcome to my weekly contest –

Below you will find three different books, by three different authors, and beneath each, you will find three different short excerpts. Only one excerpt is from the listed book. Using the form at the bottom of the post, enter your guesses as to which excerpt is correct for each book. Once a month, I will draw a name from all those who attempt a guess on this game, AND on my Facebook SpotaLie game (check it out here: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorAliciaDean/) The winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card. Each week, the first person to guess all 3 correctly receives an additional entry. (TIP: Click on each link and read the blurbs for a better chance at guessing correctly)

In addition to filling out the contact form, we’d also love it if you would comment, whether it is about your guesses, the books, the authors, etc. Have fun!

Terms and Conditions: No purchase necessary to win. There is no limit on how many times one entrant can win. You do not have to guess correctly to be entered in the monthly drawing.

 

*** Normally. the game runs from the day it’s posted through the following Friday morning when the next post goes up,. However, since we are approaching the end of the month, this week’s game will only go through Tuesday, January 31, 2017. I will announce a monthly winner from entrants to this and my SpotaLie Facebook game on Wednesday, February 1, 2017. Good luck!!

The winner of last week’s extra giveaway of a $5 Amazon Gift card is…Elf! Congratulations! Please contact me at Alicia@AliciaDean.com to claim your prize!  AND….Elf was also the first to guess all three snippets correctly, so she wins an additional entry in the January contest!

Book 1:

A Year of Light and Shadows by Helena Fairfax

Buy  Link: (ONLY 99 cents!) https://www.amazon.com/Year-Light-Shadows-anthology-ebook/dp/B01MFB15C2/ 

Find Helena Here:  https://helenafairfax.com/

 

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Snippet A:

‘I think Paul’s in love with you.’
‘What?’ Kate sat up straight, her disbelief ringing round the room. ‘Are you crazy? In love! He’s so damn polite and stiff. In fact, he’s so bloody polite it’s intimidating. You’ve got it way, way wrong.’ She shook her head vehemently, staring at Orla. Her friend was normally so astute about people.
‘I’ll leave you to read it.’ Orla stood. ‘Tell me then if I’m wrong.’ .

Snippet B:

I arranged myself on his warm shirt, legs bent, hugging my knees. Léon stretched his sun-browned legs in front of him and leaned back against the cliff. His warm skin smelled of the sea. Although he’d barely spoken, I had the impression still that he was filled with a pent-up joy. I, too, was bursting with rapture. The shining sea, the warmth, and above all, Léon beside me made it almost impossible to organise my thoughts. I tried to calm the fluttering starlings, keeping my gaze away from his warm, damp limbs and resolutely on the waves.

Snippet C:

‘You know you can stay.’
She thought she detected a tremor in his voice. She lifted her head swiftly to find his eyes steady on hers. The light had been falling gradually, dusk seeping slowly through the kitchen window. The flickering candles gave Jean-Luc’s face a sepia glow that lit Sophie from within with a sudden rush of warmth. Filled with wild longing, she leaned forward. Jean-Luc reached across the table to take her face in both his hands, trapping it there.
‘Stay with me.’

Book 2:

Immortal Savior by J.G. Sauer

Find J.G. Here: https://www.facebook.com/JG-Sauer-145724772218876/ 

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Snippet A:

God, she couldn’t breathe. Exhaustion threatened to drop her in her tracks, her lungs burned with it. Perspiration ran down her face in rivulets, mixing with mascara and stinging her eyes. But she didn’t stop running, couldn’t afford to slow her pace for one instant.
The tall, thin, smartly dressed woman darted up the deserted backstreet; her stunning Jimmy Choo’s tapping out a wild tattoo on the cement as she raced along. She took time only to send a frantic glance over her shoulder through the darkness every few seconds. Yes, she knew better than to stop moving.

Snippet B:

Their eyes met, and she strolled toward him slowly, taking her time and gauging his mood. She stepped right up into his personal space and paused for a full ten seconds, drawing out the tension that was beginning to simmer. “Do you know what I’d really like right now, Evan?”
She ran her tongue around her lips—which grabbed his undivided attention—and smiled inwardly.
He adopted a casual stance, but continued to stare at her lips. “Not a clue what you want. Enlighten me.”
Liar, she thought. Surprise dawned briefly on his face when she leaned in closer and whispered, “My car keys.”

Snippet C:

Eyeballing the shirt she was wearing—his shirt—that ended well above her knees, he ran his tongue over his teeth. Raising his eyes, their gazes met. The look he gave her had her pulse picking up speed.
“Nice shirt,” he said, strolling toward her. When he reached her, he lifted her chin with a finger and settled his lips on hers. “What do you have on underneath it,” he murmured against her lips as his other hand began to gather the shirt material against her leg.
“Not a thing,” she replied, melting into him and returning his kiss.

Book 3:

The Captain and the Cheerleader by Elaine Cantrell

Find Elaine Here:  http://www.elainecantrell.com/

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Snippet A:

Susan finished her soft drink and tossed the can into a nearby recycling bin. “I could make Kurt ask me out if I wanted to.”
“Yeah? Prove it. Get him to ask you out. I’ll bet you fifty dollars you can’t do it,” Robin taunted. “All he’s interested in is football.”
Melissa Taylor, Susan’s best friend, cleared her throat. “How long would she have to get the date?”
“Two weeks ought to be enough for an old pro like Susan.” Robin snickered as her gaze swept around the lounge. “Would the rest of you like to get a piece of the action?”

Snippet B:

Scooping up a handful of pebbles, she made her way down the wall. The last pebble didn’t drop where she wanted, so she stooped down to pick it up. Something promptly bit her. Bit her and latched on to her ankle and refused to let go. Snake!
Shrieking, she ran toward the front yard. Oh, thank goodness! Cade was in the front yard. “Snake,” she screamed. “It’s eating me alive.”
Cade’s face blurred as she streaked past him. “Aimee!” he yelled.
The snake bit harder. Aimee howled and ran faster, making circles in the yard. This time Cade tried to grab her as she rushed past him. “Help me!” Aimee screeched.
Cade took off after her, but Aimee put on an extra burst of speed when the snake bit her again. He finally brought her down not far from where they’d tied the horses. It scared Princess, who jerked her reins free and galloped away.
“Snake,” Aimee panted. “Get it off.”
Cade rolled onto his back and laughed. And laughed and laughed. “It’s a briar, not a snake.”

Snippet C:

She wasn’t alone in the bedroom. She saw a shadowy
figure silhouetted against the drapes, and Julianna supposed he must have made a noise that wakened her.
She broke into a cold sweat. Should she scream or pretend to be asleep? She quickly made her decision as the figure approached the bed. “Buck, help me,” she screamed.
She had hoped that the noise would frighten the attacker away, but instead he crossed the room in two big strides and grabbed her. Julianna struggled mightily, but the bedcovers hampered her, and the intruder was a strong man.

 

 

Correct answers & winner of the extra entry from last week:

As mentioned above, Elf was last week’s winner!

Last week’s answers:

Haunting at Spook Light Inn by Alicia Dean  Correct snippet: “C”

The Highlander’s English Woman by Ruth A. Casie – Correct snippet: “B”

A Taste of Tragedy by Kim McMahill – Correct snippet: “A”

 

 

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Friday Fragment Contest – #Giveaway #FunGame #BookLovers – January 20, 2017

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Happy Friday and welcome to my weekly contest –

Below you will find three different books, by three different authors, and beneath each, you will find three different short excerpts. Only one excerpt is from the listed book. Using the form at the bottom of the post, enter your guesses as to which excerpt is correct for each book. Once a month, I will draw a name from all those who attempt a guess on this game, AND on my Facebook SpotaLie game (check it out here: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorAliciaDean/) The winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card. Each week, the first person to guess all 3 correctly receives an additional entry. (TIP: Click on each link and read the blurbs for a better chance at guessing correctly)

In addition to filling out the contact form, we’d also love it if you would comment, whether it is about your guesses, the books, the authors, etc. Have fun!

Terms and Conditions: No purchase necessary to win. There is no limit on how many times one entrant can win. You do not have to guess correctly to be entered in the monthly drawing.

 

*** The game runs from the day it’s posted through the following Friday morning when the next post goes up, so feel free to send your guesses in and comment any time during that week. In order to stay up to date on each post, follow my blog by signing up in the column to the right.

*** Extra Giveaways!! – 

Alicia Dean will draw the name of one commenter and that person will win a $5 Amazon gift card.

Book 1:

Haunting at Spook Light Inn: A World of Gothic ~ Oklahoma by Alicia Dean

Buy  Link: https://www.amazon.com/Haunting-Spook-Light-Inn-Oklahoma-ebook/dp/B01GNGTU96/

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Snippet A:

His tone was friendly, but I wasn’t fooled. His interest was business. I wondered if he had more questions or was just trying to get a read on me, see if I’d lied about Josie. I hadn’t. But I was probably going to. I couldn’t let the cops at her now. She was too fragile.

Even knowing his interest wasn’t personal, I was self-conscious about my appearance. I wore a sweatshirt and Royals’ cap, no make-up. My mother hated it when I “dressed like a vagabond,” so I did so more often than not when I knew I’d see her. Now that I’d run into Brody, my plan to annoy my mother had back-fired.

Snippet B:

Slivers of moonlight filtered through the leaves of the oak trees above Emily’s head. Thick fog floated on the ground, leaving only the tops of the phony headstones they’d set up showing. The fog was phony too, but it looked so real, the effect was downright spooky—as was standing in the woods with Michael Myers. Even though she knew Caster was beneath the mask, a little quiver of fear raced over her skin. She gave a breathless laugh. “Okay, let’s do this.”

“I’m ready,” he said, his voice muffled beneath the mask.

She turned her back to him, and he slipped an arm around her waist.

Snippet C:

I wasn’t aware I’d made a conscious decision, but I found myself parking the golf cart at the edge of the woods, at the mouth of the trail that led to the carriage house. What was there that Declan didn’t want me to see? I felt a little guilty, but I pushed it away. If he had something valuable, it wasn’t like I was going to steal it. And if he was hiding something criminal, the authorities had a right to know.

As before, I tried both doors. As before, neither of them opened. I checked all the windows, this time using the flashlight on my cell to try to penetrate the interior gloom. Nothing. Definitely something covering the windows.

 

Book 2:

Title: The Highlander’s English Woman

Amazon buy linkhttps://amzn.com/B01LXYHNGS

Find Ruth Here:   http://ruthacasie.com/ 

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Snippet A:

He put his pen down and sat back, his casual manner indicating he wasn’t in any hurry. A glint of humor lit his eyes. An easy smile lifted the corners of his mouth. The thrill of his obvious interest in her buoyed her spirits. Her smile broadened, it was the polite thing to do, although polite never entered her mind.

Snippet B:

“We’ll rest when we get to the other side.” He turned to Laura on her palfrey. “You’ll ride across with me.”

Laura gave him a cold stare. “I assure you, I can handle my horse crossing a river.”

“I’m sure you can. However, it’s all about size,” he smirked.

She tilted her head and sucked in a quick breath at the double meaning of his words.

“My horse,” he said in a husky voice. “Where is your mind, m’lady? He stands several hands higher than yours.” He straightened in his saddle. A flash of heat ran up her neck.

Snippet C:

He caught her around her waist and brought her face to his. How he adored the passion in her violet eyes. They asked for more. He answered with a searing kiss and teased her mouth open with his tongue. She didn’t protest. Instead she moved closer molding her body into his, fitting like a key in a lock. Encouraged, his tongue swept her mouth and he reveled at the sweet taste. When he released her she stood in the crook of his arm, her head on his chest. His cheek rested on her hair. Quiet and content, he savored the last few moments while the sun rose over the edge of the hill.

 

Book 3:

Title: A Taste of Tragedy

Find Kim Here:  http://KimMcMahill.blogspot.com

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Snippet A:

Devyn scrambled out of the gully and cut across the raised ground above the bend in the creek. Inching out toward the edge, she peered over and spotted her target. His back was to her. She had a clean shot, but this time she was determined to get answers and dead men couldn’t talk.

Snippet B:

Grace Talbot gripped the steering wheel of her white four-wheel-drive truck. Every muscle in her body tensed as she leaned closer to the windshield, straining her eyes, searching the blowing snow for the reflector poles, which lined the road, or for any tire track, which would indicate someone else had driven through recently.

Traveling the remote rural Wyoming road in a blizzard was risky, and she would have avoided such a stupid act if her Uncle Moss wasn’t in the hospital fighting for his life  and Butch, his only hired ranch hand, wasn’t dead.

Snippet C:

“Try to get some sleep. We can’t afford to have a sniper with the shakes. I’ll wake you in a few hours and then I’ll get some rest.” Deuce wrapped his arms around her tighter and rested his chin on her shoulder, his cheek brushing hers, wondering how many times he could hold her this close without taking more.

 

 

Correct answers & winner of the extra entry from last week:

No one guessed correctly last week. 🙁 (As far as I could see. If you think you did, please email me at AliciaMDean@aol.com and I’ll double check)

Last week’s answers:

Dance Toward The Light by Linda Carroll-Bradd  Correct snippet: “C”

Everything His Heart Desires by Patricia Preston Correct snippet: “C”

The Mad Monk’s Treasure by Kris Bock Correct snippet: “A”

 

 

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Friday Fragment Contest – #Giveaway #FunGame #BookLovers – January 13, 2017

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Happy Friday the 13th and welcome to my weekly contest –

Below you will find three different books, by three different authors, and beneath each, you will find three different short excerpts. Only one excerpt is from the listed book. Using the form at the bottom of the post, enter your guesses as to which excerpt is correct for each book. Once a month, I will draw a name from all those who attempt a guess on this game, AND on my Facebook SpotaLie game (check it out here: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorAliciaDean/) The winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card. Each week, the first person to guess all 3 correctly receives an additional entry. (TIP: Click on each link and read the blurbs for a better chance at guessing correctly)

In addition to filling out the contact form, we’d also love it if you would comment, whether it is about your guesses, the books, the authors, etc. Have fun!

Terms and Conditions: No purchase necessary to win. There is no limit on how many times one entrant can win. You do not have to guess correctly to be entered in the monthly drawing.

 

*** The game runs from the day it’s posted through the following Friday morning when the next post goes up, so feel free to send your guesses in and comment any time during that week. In order to stay up to date on each post, follow my blog by signing up in the column to the right.

 

*** Extra Giveaways!! – 

Linda Carroll-Bradd will draw one name from those who guess correctly and the winner will receive their choice of any title from her backlist.
 
Kris Bock will draw one name from all those who comment and the winner will receive a copy of One Week in Your Arms, Book 1 in the series. 

***** Last week’s winner:

Kristina will receive a copy of Callie Hutton’s Seducing the Marquess! Congrats, Kristina!! Callie will be emailing you.

 

Book 1:

Dance Toward The Light by Linda Carroll-Bradd

Buy  Link: http://a.co/daDRwlS

Find Linda Here: Facebook

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Snippet A:

The low rumble of galloping horse hooves reached his ears. The sheriff caught a quick movement and watched as the westbound stagecoach came into view past the blacksmith shop. He stilled. The four-horse team ran wild, tossing their heads and kicking up dust clouds. The coach zigzagged down the center of town, the groan of leather harnesses and the creak of wheels getting louder.

Hell. Instinct pushed him to action. Quinn sprinted to the middle of Main Street and unholstered his gun. Waiting until the horses were close, he aimed his gun over the roof of the jail and fired.

Snippet B:

The wide smile and bright flash that lit her eyes gave her face a gamine look. One that hit him square in the chest. Needing to pull his attention from the surprise of that reaction, Kell glanced to where she pointed and made note of the sign proclaiming Othmann Dry Goods-Hardware-Meat. “I aim to walk my horse over. Do you need help with the buggy?”

“No, but thank ye. I’m quite able to handle this small conveyance. On me family’s dairy farm during me growing years, I handled draft horses pulling heavy wagons.”

Snippet C:

Turning from the window, she tucked the duster into its space on a low shelf and spun away, walking on tiptoes before dropping her boots flat. Could she do a back bend in this dress? Bracing apart her legs, she raised her hands over her head, arched her spine, and then leaned backward. Her muscles protested against the unaccustomed strain, forcing her upright again. Oh, phooey. She was too out of shape to do this simple acrobatic move.

What is there to do?

 

Book 2:

Everything His Heart Desires by Patricia Preston

Buy Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01EE09ZNO

Find Patricia Here:   www.patricia-preston.com

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Snippet A:

I caught a whiff of his cologne. Polo Red. It didn’t seem right for Santa to smell sexy. I wondered if he had really been dumped on Valentine’s Day and who he was and what he looked like beneath the costume.

Yet another part of me liked that he was Santa. For now, I wanted him to be Santa. Ever since Adam had broken my heart, I had been cautious when it came to men. I had dated a couple of guys but I had kept my distance. I glanced at Santa. I felt safe with Santa. What girl wouldn’t?

Snippet B:

He bristled. “How much do you know about babies?”

“I’m clueless when it comes to babies. I don’t know anything about them.” She dipped a chip in the cheese before she lifted her gaze to his face. “But I do know a baby should have a mother and father if at all possible.”

His blue eyes narrowed. “I suppose that should be you and Dallas Peyton.”

Oh, shit, he’s Googled me. She took a moment to eat the chip. “No.” She dabbed her mouth with the napkin. “Not me and Dallas.” There was no her and Dallas, but that was a well-guarded secret.

Snippet C:

She was fine, and he was available. So there you go.

“I’ve heard we’re going to have great weather this weekend,” he said, throwing some bait her way. He tapped the elevator handrail. For the first time ever, he wished the elevator would move a little slower.

She batted those baby blues at him. “There’s a storm coming.”

A storm? He had watched the weather report on TV before he left his house. Sunny autumn weekend, high in the seventies, no rain. “I don’t think so.”

“Oh, I’m fairly certain of it,” she insisted, lowering her lashes.

 

Book 3:

The Mad Monk’s Treasure by Kris Bock

Buy Link: https://www.amazon.com/Monks-Treasure-Southwest-Hunters-Book-ebook/dp/B00SKJU7BA 

Find Kris Here: http://www.krisbock.com/ 

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Snippet A

 She leaned forward and ran her fingers over the grainy photograph. With that one image, everything seemed to fall into place. This was the clue. It had to be.

 She fumbled in her desk drawer for a magnifying glass and studied the symbols in the photo more closely. At a glance, they looked like your standard Indian petroglyphs. You could find them throughout the Southwest, tucked away in caves or scattered among boulder fields.

 But this was different.

 If she was right—and she had to be right—these symbols were a map.

Snippet B:

 The house creaked again, followed by a rhythmic sound – like footsteps. Jenny jerked upright, her ears straining. Had she heard a voice?

 She shook her head. She must still be half asleep, dreaming. Imagining her grandparents were still here. Wishful thinking.

 Downstairs, a door closed. Jenny clutched the blanket. Imagination be damned. She was not alone.

 For a long moment, she sat frozen. During her ten years in New York City, she had never been burglarized or mugged. It seemed impossible that such a thing should happen now, here, in an off-season art camp five miles outside of Jemez Springs, New Mexico.

Snippet C:

I tried to focus on this one moment, the physical sensations of my aching body as I lay on the hard, damp ground. The cold against my bare calves, the lump of rock pressing into my shoulder. That focus helped keep me grounded in the present. Never mind that this present wasn’t a place I wanted to be. I had to deal with reality. But I didn’t have to also deal with nightmares. Not now.

 

 

Correct answers & winner of the extra entry from last week:

The first person to guess correctly was: Mary Anne Landers! Congrats, Mary Anne

Last week’s answers:

Dancing for the Devil     Correct snippet: “A”

A Demon’s Witch   Correct snippet: “B”

Seducing the Marquess   Correct snippet: “A”

 

 

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Friday Fragment Contest – #Giveaway #FunGame #BookLovers – January 6, 2017

Welcome to my weekly contest –

Below you will find three different books, by three different authors, and beneath each, you will find three different short excerpts. Only one excerpt is from the listed book. Using the form at the bottom of the post, enter your guesses as to which excerpt is correct for each book. Once a month, I will draw a name from all those who attempt a guess on this game, AND on my Facebook SpotaLie game (check it out here: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorAliciaDean/) The winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card. Each week, the first person to guess all 3 correctly receives an additional entry. (TIP: Click on each link and read the blurbs for a better chance at guessing correctly)

In addition to filling out the contact form, we’d also love it if you would comment, whether it is about your guesses, the books, the authors, etc. Have fun!

Terms and Conditions: No purchase necessary to win. There is no limit on how many times one entrant can win. You do not have to guess correctly to be entered in the monthly drawing.

 
*** The game runs from the day it’s posted through the following Friday morning when the next post goes up. In order to stay up to date on each post, follow my blog by signing up in the column to the right.

 

*** Extra Giveaway!! – Callie Hutton is offering a FREE copy of Seducing the Marquess to one lucky winner! To be entered, simply leave a comment. One name will be drawn and that person will receive a signed print book (USA Residents Only), or an ebook for overseas residents.

 

Book 1:

The Dream Catcher by Marie Laval

UK Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dream-Catcher-Dancing-Devil-Book-ebook/dp/B017D73N0Q/
US Link: https://www.amazon.com/Dream-Catcher-Dancing-Devil-Book-ebook/dp/B01ACM5KDW/

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Snippet A:

‘Take me to your master immediately,’ she started in a voice as cold and steady she could manage, ‘so I can ask him to have you whipped for your insolence.’

     There was a collective gasp from the people around them. Not looking in the least impressed, the man crossed his arms on his broad chest and arched his eyebrows.

     ‘Really?’

     She took another deep breath.

     ‘That’s what I do to disrespectful servants on my estate, and I can assure you they stop smirking after five lashes.’ That was an outrageous lie, of course, but no one here was to know.

Snippet B:

Who did the woman think he was to summon him to her room like that? A lackey, probably. His lips twisted in an angry snarl as he climbed the stairs two by two. Madame Norton might live in a ramshackle manor house on the bleak, windswept Devonshire moorland, but she was still a Beauregard on her mother’s side and a member of the English gentry by marriage. He should have followed Martin’s advice and stayed at the club a while longer.

       He walked down the draughty corridor and drummed impatient fingers on her door.

      ‘Who’s there?’  A timid voice answered from behind the door.

Snippet C:

  ‘A diversion? That’s a mild way of putting it,’ he sneered. ‘The girls’ dancing was… ahem… striking, to say the least. Ask that poor old man who collapsed.’ He drew in a deep breath. ‘Anyway, where did you learn to dance like that?’

    She lowered her eyes, snapped a leaf from a nearby bush and tore it into tiny pieces that spiralled to the ground. ‘Malika taught me, in secret. She always said I was good enough to be one of them.’

     She was right, her dancing had been entrancing, mesmerising, but he wasn’t going to tell her.

 

Book 2:

A Demon’s Witch by Tena Stetler

Link:  http://amzn.com/1509203087

Find Tena Here:  www.tenastetler.com

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Snippet A

She raised her arms, about to send the yoga mats back to their proper place when the heavy wooden front door creaked open. Piper rushed toward the door, teeth bared and a growl rumbled in her throat. Summer whirled around and yelped as Devlin ambled into the room, black hair tousled and glistening with melting snowflakes. His nonchalance at the dog’s approach surprised her as he slowed to a stop. Piper sniffed around him, backed up a few inches, then stood at alert in front of Devlin.

“You scared the bejeebers out of me.” Summer held her hand to her chest as her heart thundered.

“What are you doing here?”

Snippet B:

Angie chortled. “Not him silly girl.”  She raised an eyebrow and grinned at Willow. “The owner, Bruce is his name, I believe.  Now he’s hot.”

Willow scowled and her eyes widened.  “Oh, Angie, that’s not smart.  I’ve heard about him, tall, dark, handsome and mysterious.  Just your type, but he’s not human.  The faery realm’s heard tell of him, he’s dangerous and vicious.  He rules the western hemisphere with an iron fist, keeping magic folk honest and in their place.  One misstep and you’re history.”  She drew an index finger across her throat then flopped her head to one side.

Snippet C:

She sliced her arm through the air. Unseen forces slammed Mr. Green to the ground. His eyes glowed an eerie green. Pain erupted in Pepper’s head. He was drawing on her magic. Suddenly, a rainbow shower of knife-sharp feathers zoomed out of the cabin door, across the air, and sliced through the man’s clothes, pinning him to the ground. Red and blue flashing lights reflected against the cabin’s wet exterior. The sirens’wail echoed all around her, and Kaylee’s scream broke through the chaos, then everything went black.

Lathen slammed on the brakes as he turned into the driveway behind the police vehicle

 

Book 3:

Seducing the Marquess by Callie Hutton

Link: http://calliehutton.com/book/seducing-the-marquess/ 

Find Callie Here:  www.calliehutton.com

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Snippet A:

“Suppose a woman wanted to not do all those things? Suppose she wanted to sit in Parliament? Or visit Tattersall’s on a Tuesday for the auctions, or visit White’s, or a gaming hell?” Her voice rose as all the things she had been denied that she never knew she cared about bubbled to the surface.

He opened and closed his mouth several times before he spoke. “You want to go to a gaming hell?”

All the air left her lungs and she felt deflated, like a balloon that had a pin stuck in it. Of course she didn’t want to go to a gaming hell. What she wanted was to have her husband make love to her like he had his mistress.

Snippet B:

“Dare I hope you saved a dance for me?”

Why did this man affect her so? She should hate him for what he did to her, but instead she melted at his touch and got lost in his eyes. “Yes, I believe I have one or two left.” She smiled, irritated at the breathless sound of her voice.

He reached for the small card dangling from her wrist. “A waltz, perchance?”

“I’m sorry, my lord, but all four are taken.” Heat rose from her middle to spread to her face. She fought the urge to hurry to the French doors and gulp in air.

He turned the card over. “Lord Carstairs won’t be able to take his waltz, so you may put my name in his place.”

Snippet C:

“Actually, I was waiting for you to finish with Mrs. Morehead so I could speak with you in private.”

“I have nothing to say to you, my lord.” She was really beginning to feel the chill and was afraid her words came out a bit stuttered. He stood, shrugged out of his jacket and, before she could protest, he dropped it over her shoulders. Immediately the warmth from his body and scent of his soap, combined with another musky smell, encompassed her.

“This is hardly proper.”

He grinned. “Is it more proper for me to sit comfortably and watch a lady shiver with the cold? I think not.”

 

 

 

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A Plethora of Holiday Stories for 99¢ Each! – Plus, a $20 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

I’m happy to share several holiday stories that are on sale for only 99 cents. With TWENTY-SIX 99 cent books, you get enough reading material to take you all the way through the cold, holiday season. AND, some of these bargains are multi-story sets. So, settle in, get cozy, shop, and enjoy!

**** The first 5 commenters will win their choice of any 3 of these holiday stories!!

As a little bonus, I am giving away a $20 gift card. All you have to do to enter is sign up for the Novel Notes Authors Newsletter. It’s a multi-author newsletter, from myself, Kathy L Wheeler, Diane Burton, and Leah St. James, with great bargains, fun articles, and book recommendations. Each month we give away a $25 gift card. Click on the image to be taken to the sign up page. Once you receive your ‘Please confirm your subscription’ email, forward it to me at AliciaMDean@aol.com and I will enter you in the contest. (I will verify that the winner actually confirmed their subscription)  Winner will be drawn on December 17th. 

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Now, for the holiday bargain books: (Click on the covers to be taken to the Amazon buy page. Make sure they are actually 99 cents…I cannot guarantee they will be)

 

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An anthology of 8 Christmas Romantic Suspense stories. My story is The Twelfth Day:

A decade ago, she was the lone survivor of a serial killer attack on her family. Now, two weeks before Christmas, someone is sending her threatening messages related to the 12 Days of Christmas. Is her new love behind the twisted countdown to Christmas day?

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Being dumped by your gorgeous fiancé is bad enough no matter when it happens, but he did it at Christmas time! Marley thinks she’ll never get over it, but Rob Travers disagrees. He sets out to win Marley’s heart, well aware that when she finds out about his past, she may turn her back on him forever.

Find Elaine Cantrell here: http://www.elainecantrell.com

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Are you on the Naughty List? Thirteen Naughty Holiday stories to warm up
your winter. Including paranormal, historical, sci-fi, and contemporary
romance from bestselling authors!

Find the Naughty Literati here: http://naughtyliterati.com/

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Naughty Chances: Take A Chance On Romance. Seven naughty winter stories
including Fantasy, Futuristic, Historical, Holiday, M/M, M/M/F,
Military, Paranormal, and Shapeshifter romance from bestselling authors!

Find the Naughty Literati here: http://naughtyliterati.com/

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When spirited Victorian debutante Felicity Reginald masquerades as the ghost of a willful 18th-century beauty at a Christmas house party, she never imagines the danger and romance that will follow–and neither does dashing, obstinate Sir James Darrington.
Find Amanda here: www.amandadewees.com

 

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While waiting to purchase another house for her Christmas Village collection Sara falls and hits her head. Transported to a fantasy world she falls in love with a man in her dream. Is she willing to give up real life to be with him? Or should she trust that he’ll be there when she wakes up?
Find Elysa Hendricks here: http://www.elysahendricks.com
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It’s beginning to look at lot like Romance in this charming story of an unlikely minister, the woman he loved but left behind, a special child and a town that might finally bring them all home.

Find Annie Jones here: https://www.facebook.com/anniejones.author

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On Christmas Eve, a snow storm, a little boy, and a kitten bring together two lonely, damaged people.

Find Elysa Hendricks here: http//:www.elysahendricks.com

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When the holidays get you frazzled, relax with a bit of murder and assorted mayhem in 13 cozy holiday mysteries from bestselling and award-winning mystery authors Lois Winston, Joanna Campbell Slan, Neil Plakcy, Annie Adams, Jenna Bennett, Nancy Warren, Sara Rosett, Camille Minichino (also known as Ada Madison, Margaret Grace, and Jean Flowers,) Nancy Jill Thames, Linda Gordon Hengerer, Joyce and Jim Lavene, and Teresa Trent. Includes link for free bonus material crammed with recipes, craft tips, projects, and more.www.loiswinston.com
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As the eldest daughter, Lady Estella must protect her sisters so that they will marry well. When a strange knight arrives demanding a wife, Estella has to step up. Even though he has a hidden agenda, is she smart to risk her heart as well?
 
Find Dana Here: www.dana-dangelo.com/ 
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Seventy years ago, a collie mix brings two hearts together in war torn Italy. Will their story help their grandson find his own Christmas love? 
 
Find Aubrey Wynne here: Aubrey Wynne

 

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It’s the season of second chances in this heartwarming, contemporary holiday romance where two single parents find each other—and another chance at love—in the most unexpected of places!

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It is the event of the season—on Twelfth Night, the Dunsmuirs have invited the cream of London society to celebrate the marriage of Lady Claire and Andrew Malvern. Captain Ian Hollys brings his fiancée Alice Chalmers to London to attend and to meet his family—people who cannot see past her flight boots to the woman who stands by his side as an equal.
 

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When a happy-go-lucky reindeer-liberator is stranded, half-frozen, at Three River Ranch, the lonely sheriff who arrests, er, rescues her finds his quiet Christmas hijacked by a blizzard, a crackling fire, candles, carols, and an irresistible stranger…who might be a felon.

Find Roxanne Snopek on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RoxanneSnopekAuthor
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Heartbroken and confused, Brinn Bartoli returns to her hometown to run her family’s bakery. Tyler Emerson’s ex-wife left him and their daughter for a big-city life and another man. Can Christmas Magic help Brinn & Tyler find their way to a forever love?
Find Maggie Here: www.maggiemarr.net
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Valerian Caine leaps at the chance to take on his human form, even though he’ll be transported ahead a hundred years–after the duel that killed him. He has until Christmas Day to end the family feud he launched and ensure the happiness of the Caine and Sevaric descendants.. But standing between him and his goal is the obstinately unhappy and acerbic Gwen Sevaric–and his surprising desire to be forever the one who makes her smile. 

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Jasmine Landers is about to be married for the first time to the man of her dreams. Handsome groom Monte Davis is on a business trip in the northeast. Guests have arrived and food has been prepared, but will Monte make it in time for his Christmas Eve wedding?
Find Jamie Jones here:  http://jamiejonesauthor.com/
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Jasmine & Monte Davis have built a home together as well begun building a life, but the illness of Jasmine’s only living relative has cast pallor over the season. Will Jasmine’s Christmas spirit be broken? Or will the true meaning of giving touch their lives?
Find Jamie Jones at: http://jamiejonesauthor.com/
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A prodigal son’s trip home for Christmas leads to the discovery of startling family secrets, someone in need of his protection, and the realization that he never stopped loving his best friend’s widow.
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Marti Bell is facing the prospect of a very unmerry Christmas. Reluctantly, leaving her married lover she travels toward ice, snow, and judgmental family until a magic Santa sends her to a surprise destination in the warm waters of the Caribbean.
 
Find Amber Polo Here: http://amberpolo.com/ 

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Gemma and Chris were childhood best friends until their lives took separate paths, both leading to heartache. Fifteen years later, a surprise reunion at Christmastime offers them a second chance at happiness.

Find Susan here: www.susanrhughes.weebly.com

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During a raging snowstorm, ER doc Jake Whitloch finds a woman consumes his thoughts despite that two carat diamond sitting on her ring finger.

Find Laura Haley-McNeil here: https://www.facebook.com/LauraHaleyMcNeil/

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Dahlia, a Santa’s Elf, has 21 days left before Christmas to create the best toy in the world without using magic or revealing her true identity. Liam, an up-and-coming financial analyst, swore off women after getting dumped by the love of his life. Will their Christmas fling get her unstuck, or will she turn her back on her beloved career for her heart, and will Dahlia be a welcome distraction, or will she turn Liam’s life upside down? 

Find Beth Barany here: http://author.bethbarany.com/

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On a cold December day Bethany Miller and her son arrive in Riverton. She hopes the Miller family will be a Christmas blessing for Michael. She’s less hopeful about what this homecoming will be for her. Then she sees Luke Kalli and wishes she hadn’t come here at all.

Find Alice here: http://www.aliceorrbooks.com

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A desperate bachelor enlists his neighbor to pose as his wife to appease his mother, whose dying wish is to see her son married—and producing grandchildren. At first, his plan appears to be a success. That is, until he discovers Mother has a few deceptive plans of her own…

Find author here:  www.deniseannettedevine.com

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She escaped to the mountains to avoid Christmas and the memories of her ex-boyfriend. What she didn’t expect was the danger lurking outside her log cabin, or the sexy landlord who would become her savior. As the danger increases, will she survive the season and allow love to restore her holiday spirit?
 

There you have it…a humdinger of a bargain…grab them while they’re on sale. And Have a VERY Merry Christmas!!!

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