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Gun For Hire ~ The Maui Heat Series by J.J. Montgomery

Please help me welcome J.J. Montgomery, a Wild Rose Press author, sharing her new release.  Sounds like a fantastic read!!

 

 

J.J. will be awarding 5 ebook of Gun For Hire to randomly drawn winners via rafflecopter during the tour. Please use the RaffleCopter below to enter. Remember you may increase your chances of winning by visiting the other tour stops. You may find those locations here.

 

BLURB:

The job should have been easy—patrol a swank beach that serves as a backyard for Maui’s rich, kick out the riffraff, and get a tan in the process. But rent-a-cop Samantha Winters didn’t anticipate a deliciously grumpy cop, Sergeant Grady Roark, who comes down to the beach to bust her chops and instead leaves her breathless…and wondering why the one man who could help her seems determined to thwart her at every turn.

Grady is keeping secrets from Sam that have him walking the line between attraction and duty. But when Sam becomes the target of a shadowy organization, Grady will have to choose between the law and the temptation of a woman who has him breaking every rule he’s ever known.

The job should have been easy, but when the bullets start flying, Sam learns nothing is as easy as it seems when you’re a Gun for Hire.

Buy Links:

Amazon | The Wild Rose Press

Excerpt: 

“Why John Deacon, Sam?” Grady’s hands tightened on the steering wheel.

I threw my hands up. “It could be Jesus Christ himself signing my paycheck and I’d still be doing it for the same reasons! The job works for my family. What is your problem with John Deacon? And don’t tell me nothing—you owe me more than that.”

“Maybe I’m just jealous.” Grady stared ahead. “Like you said.”

My stomach did a loop. “Don’t use your charm on me, I’m immune—”

“You think I’m charming?”

“Hell no, I don’t! And particularly not when you’re avoiding my question.”

“But you said I had charm.” He tilted his head and gave me a long, sly look from the corner of his eyes. His teeth flashed white from that tanned face and I nearly had to fan myself when I realized I loved the feeling of Grady teasing me.

I threw my hands up in the air. “I give up!”

He wanted to talk about confusing? All I knew about Grady prior to this day was that he was six-foot-two of gorgeous and about as warm as a polar bear on the North Pole in January. And now—

 

Author Bio:

J.J. MONTGOMERY writes romantic suspense novels with a sense of humor. Her heroines are as smart as they are smart mouthed and the men in their lives are just trying to keep up. Gun for Hire is the first book in J.J.’s Maui Heat Series.

If you’d like to know more, including info on her newest book, where she gets her ideas, and how it’s possible she can’t use Facebook, please visit her:

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“10 Moments That Changed My Life” by Judy Ann Davis ~ NEW RELEASE: Four White Roses

Please help me welcome author Judy Ann Davis, sharing her latest release and the…

“10 Moments that Changed My Life”

  1. In my senior year of high school, I was selected as a Rotary Exchange Student to Sweden and spent a year abroad traveling throughout Europe.
  2. After graduating with a journalism and communications degree, I worked for a television (WYOU-TV ) and radio station (WGBI Radio) in Scranton, Pennsylvania, creating commercials and continuity, preparing daily t.v. logs, and learning about the industry.
  3. I married my husband, Scott, and moved to Central Pennsylvania where I worked in education and industry writing technical and public relations materials.
  4. The birth of my first son in the middle of the coldest winter in December was a pleasant defining moment. A major in the Texas Air Guard and HC-130 navigator, he has been deployed five times, but has also managed to garner a degree from Texas A&M Law School.
  5. My birth of my second son on a sweltering day in August, two years later, was another spectacular event. My boomerang kid, a certified teacher and lawyer, is now an Administrative Law Judge for the State of Alaska.
  6. The day my husband presented me with a band saw was utterly awesome. I was able to start my own small woodworking business.
  7. When I received my first check for writing a short story for a literary magazine in Loveland, Colorado, called “Short Stuff for Grown-Ups,” I knew I had a chance at pursuing fiction. I framed the first dollar from that payment.
  8. When my first novel, Red Fox Woman, was accepted for publication in 2010, and was also selected as a finalist in the Best Book Awards from USA Book News as wells a finalist in the International Book Awards, my dream of being a fiction writer became a reality.
  9. Both my husband and I travel a lot with family so far away, but when we took a Viking cruise down the Rhine River, it was like a fairy tale come true. Castles, good food, and German beer!
  10. I sent in my DNA sample to Ancestry.com and received the results last week. My four grandparents emigrated from Poland, but Poland is bordered by seven countries and has been ruled by many other factions and countries over its long history. My results? Eastern European (Polish)…but 2% Finnish!

What a great list…I’m so envious of your Viking cruise. How cool. Thank you for joining me!

Just Released: FOUR WHITE ROSES – Can a wily old ghost help two fracture souls find love again?  A romantic mystery with comedy and paranormal elements!

Blurb:

When widower Rich Redman returns to Pennsylvania with his young daughter to sell his deceased grandmother’s house, he discovers Grandmother Gertie’s final request was for him to find a missing relative and a stash of WWI jewels.

Torrie Larson, single mom, is trying to make her landscape center and flower arranging business succeed while attempting to save the lineage of a rare white rose brought from Austria in the 1900s.

Together, the rich Texas lawyer and poor landscape owner team up to rescue the last rose and fulfill a dead woman’s wishes. But in their search to discover answers to the mysteries plaguing them, will Rich and Torrie also discover love in each other’s arms? Or will a meddling ghost, a pompous banker, and an elusive stray cat get in their way?

Excerpt:

“Okay, the blue shirt with the gray slacks doesn’t make you look as stiff and lawyerly-looking as the white shirt does,” Marlene said. “Too bad you don’t have any softer-colored shirts.” She dangled three other ties in her hand she had brought along with her.

Rich glowered at her. “Lawyerly-looking? Softer colored? Are they even words? All I want to do is not look like an affluent stuffy lawyer with a stick up—”

He stopped and looked over at his small daughter, then continued in an irritated voice. “I want to look dressy, but not straitlaced or smug. You know what I mean.”

“But you are a stuffy lawyer, and it’s no secret your bank accounts won’t bounce, you dolt,” Lulu said with a huff. “I thought you and Torrie were going out as friends.”

He looked at the elderly housekeeper. “We are. But I don’t want her to feel uncomfortable, and I want to feel casual, but well-dressed.”  He picked up a blue and white striped tie and held it to his chest. All three females groaned. He chose a darker blue one and the groans grew louder. He glared at them. “I’ll have you know some of these ties are pure Italian silk and cost a fortune. To some people, neckties are a symbol of success and authority.”

“Then send them back to Rome and let the Pope bury the lifeless-looking things.” Lulu rose. “They look like they should be on a corpse.”

Rich looked at Marlene. “Can you believe I’m paying her to insult me?”

Lulu snorted. “No, Perry Mason, you’re paying me to feed you, do your laundry, and oversee the household. The advice is free.” She headed for the door. “I’m going home, kids. See you in the morning.”

“I can’t wait,” Rich muttered and followed it with a dismal shake of his head.

Lulu paused and offered him a don’t-you-dare-tangle-with-me stare, then looked at Estella with a tender, warm, grandmotherly smile. “Your daddy doesn’t realize the only reason I take his grief is because I love to be with you, doll face. Tomorrow we’re making brownies and Perry Mason here is getting zip, zero, none, nichts, nada.” She headed out the door.

“Stop calling me Perry Mason!” Rich shouted at her retreating back. He heard her cackling laugh as she hustled toward the stairs.

“Okay, Sunshine.”

 

BUY LINK for Four White Roses:   https://www.amazon.com/Four-White-Roses-Judy-Davis-ebook/dp/B06XPBKY7F/

Visit her on:

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https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4353662.Judy_Ann_Davis

Bio:

With a degree in Journalism, Judy Ann Davis has written everything from copy and continuity for radio and television to curricula and technical materials for industry and education.

Over a dozen of her short stories have appeared in various literary and small magazines and anthologies, and have received numerous awards.

When she is not behind a computer, you can find her looking for anything humorous to make her laugh or swinging a golf club where the chuckles are few. She divides her time between Central Pennsylvania and New Smyrna Beach, Florida.

 

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Happy Release Day!! ~ All In For Love ~ 6 Stories ONLY #99Cents!!

I am SO excited to share this amazing anthology!!! I was originally a part of it, but I regretfully had to drop out because I couldn’t make the deadline. These ladies are creative, hard-working, and brilliant. And, their efforts have paid off. I’ve read at least parts of all the stories, and I enthusiastically recommend this boxed set.

Without further ado…welcome to LaBonne Chance Resort & Casino…

Six award-winning authors bring you six *sweet to sensual* romances filled with suspense, thrills and maybe even a ghost or two—for less than the price of a cup of coffee—99 cents!

Links

Buy Link https://www.amazon.com/dp/B071V94BWM

Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/allinforloveanthology/

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35052000-all-in-for-love

Webpage http://lucky6authorsblog.blogspot.com/  

What happens at La Bonne Chance, doesn’t always stay at La Bonne Chance. Are you ready to roll the dice?

Raising Kane by Kat Henry Doran

She’s Mallory Kane, committed to reporting the truth. He’s Kieran Pollack, slick media spin artist, protecting criminal justice system and those who serve it. Truth or fiction, either could bring them both down.

A few favorite lines:

“If you’d give me a few minutes of your time, I promise to make this all go away. C’mon, whaddya say?”

“I’d sooner walk through a nest of pit vipers than talk to any member of the Victory Police Department.”

A fun fact:

The hero’s mother, a veteran ED nurse, spends her weekly girls’ night out at La Bonne Chance Casino watching the Chippendale Dancers strut their stuff.

What was the most difficult thing about writing in conjunction with the other authors?

Nothing. I’ve done similar projects before both as an author and an editor. This was no different.

What was the best thing about writing in conjunction with other authors?

Learning where their minds go in terms of creating plot lines and the characters to go with them. That was lots of fun.

Find Kat here:

http://wildwomenauthorsx2.blogspot.com/

An Inn Decent Proposal by Sharon Buchbinder

Jim Rawlings takes the biggest chance of his life—bidding at auction for a once-grand inn. Genie King attends the hotel auction, never expecting another LBC employee to bid at the sale—much less the guy she had a major crush on in high school. Working together means Jim must share long-hidden secrets. Will Genie reject the man with a past? Or will she love the man he’s become?

A few favorite lines:

Just as she opened her mouth to respond, pitiful caterwauls pierced the cold air.

“That wasn’t me,” Jim said. “Was it you?”

She walked to the kitchen door and opened it. A rail thin black cat strolled in, sat in front of her and howled. Genie contemplated the noisy feline. “You chose poorly.”

A fun fact:

I based the chef’s character on two real life Culinary Institute of America and James Beard Award winning executive chefs. As a foodie and huge fan of their work, it was great fun to incorporate signature dishes from both of their menus in the seduction scene.

What was the most difficult thing about writing in conjunction with the other authors?

Email communication is a challenge for any project. While using emoticons is helpful, there is still room for error and miscommunication. If I were to do this again, I would want to have a conference call/SKYPE session where all the authors got on the same page, literally.  This is what my co-editor and I do with my best selling textbook in health care management. Any confusion or concerns are addressed in weekly meetings as the project rolls along. It also helps to keep both of us motivated and upbeat.

What was the best thing about writing in conjunction with other authors?

Having written several textbooks with over 40 contributing authors, I was comfortable with the process of sharing my work and getting feedback. Since I’d never done a fiction anthology with other authors, this was a great learning experience for my romance writing world.

Find Sharon Here:

Facebook: Sharon Buchbinder Romance Author https://www.facebook.com/sharon.buchbinder.romanceauthor

Twitter ID @sbuchbinder https://twitter.com/sbuchbinder

Instagram: https://instagram.com/sharon_buchbinder/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/sbuchbinder/

Blog http://sharonbuchbinder.blogspot.com/

Website http://www.sharonbuchbinder.com/index.html

Goodreads author page https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4417344.Sharon_Buchbinder

Link to sign up for Newsletter http://www.sharonbuchbinder.com/contact.html#newsletter

Perfect Odds by Lashanta Charles

Callista Brenner is determined to get her engagement back on track, even if the future groom isn’t as interested. Jayce Gilmore is determined to show her that she is worth so much more than a man who ignores her every move. Too bad she may not live to see it.

A few favorite lines:

“That’s adorable, little dove.

“What’s adorable?” I ask.

“That you think I’d be concerned about anything, especially another man, drawing you away from me,” he says.

Fun Fact:

I’m pretty sure I could be clinically diagnosed with having arachnophobia, but I can’t Google it to find out how true it is because Google will show pictures of spiders and I’m too scared of them to risk seeing them.

What was the most difficult/best thing about writing in conjunction with the other authors?

I combined these two questions because the answer is one in the same. The best and most difficult thing about working with the other authors is the different levels of creativity involved. We all have our opinions on how things should be and while that made for a great source of entertainment for readers, but it made it just as hard to work with each other.

Find Lashanta here:

https://www.randomlymeandyou.blogspot.com

https://www.facebook.com/authorlashanta

https://www.twitter.com/twiety01

Lashanta Charles
Author of Heart of a Savage
Blogger/Reviewer @ Randomly Me . . . & You
Facebook: Author Lashanta or Lashanta Charles
Twitter: @twiety01
Instagram: LashantaC

A Ghost To Die For – Keta Diablo

Rooney Fontaine must convince the brother of a ghost that his life is in danger. Now she’s running from hired assassins with a gorgeous man who makes her bones melt. Who knew danger could be so sexy?

A ghost, a quasi-medium and an alpha hero join forces to solve a murder. But someone wants to silence them forever.

A few favorite lines:

“What are you, some kind of weirdo with inhuman defenses?”

A ghost.

“What!”

You asked me what I am and I’m telling you. I’m a ghost.

Eyes wide, voice in  shriek mode, she fell onto the edge of the bed and glared at him. “You can’t be a ghost. I don’t believe in ghosts!”

Understandable. Neither did I until I became one.

* * *

“I know this is going to sound crazy to you, as it did to me at first.” God, this is much harder than I thought. “See, the thing is, your brother didn’t commit suicide. Two men tossed him off the balcony at the La Bonne Chance Casino.”

The Adonis look-alike rolled his eyes.

“He’s been wandering around the hotel for two months until-well, until he showed up in my room last night.”

“Thanks for dropping by Rooney Fontaine but I’ll thank you to haul your sweet little ass back into that car and get the hell off my land.”

He thinks my ass is sweet?

A fun fact:

I’ve always been fascinated by spirits (ghosts) so naturally, I think it’s fun to write about them. The ghost in this story, Stuart, had quite a sense of humor, despite being stuck in limbo–between heaven and Hell. He was desperate to solve his murder and finally found someone to help him. Rooney Fontaine didn’t believe in ghosts…until Stuart showed up in her hotel room begging for help. Hope you enjoy the adventure!

What was the most difficult thing about writing in conjunction with the other authors?

Getting everyone on the same page when it came to the long-term direction of the boxed set. But…these authors are great and were fun to work with. I think they’re all very talented writers too. Don’t forget to download ALL IN FOR LOVE to find out for yourself. Happy reading!

What was the best thing about writing in conjunction with other authors?

It’s always fun to choose a common theme and see what stories come out of it. Some will venture toward humor, some toward suspense and others murder and mayhem. But they all have one thing in common…events or happenings at a large casino. The other nice thing about writing as a group is help with promotion. As every author knows, marketing and promotion takes a toll on us. Some of that is relieved when you have others to help you. Go Team!

Find Keta Here:

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/ketadiablo. Amazon author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Keta-Diablo/e/B002BODURI/

For Money Or Love by Margo Hoornstra

She’s the one woman he can’t afford to lose.

Mega-millionaire Daniel Winston Montgomery will do whatever it takes to preserve his wealth, knowing his brilliant top assistant, Lindsey Carr, is essential to his firm’s continued success. Though, truth be told, he needs Lindsey far more than she needs him…

Computer brainiac Lindsey Carr wants more out of life than being no more than boring tech support and is convinced Dan and his company will survive just fine without her since he’s never required more from her than her superior analytical skills, except for that one time she won’t let herself think about…

Unwilling to let Lindsey go, Dan must fight to keep her in his life but, in a clash of priorities, will he choose money…or love?

A few favorite lines:

“You and this marvelous specimen.” Rita waited until Lindsey glanced up then met her eye to eye. “As a couple, are old news, right? That’s what you’ve said.”

“Absolutely.” Purposely lowering her voice, she mentally counted to five before she spoke again. “We did the dating thing for a while.” She shrugged one shoulder for effect. “It didn’t work for us.”

Lindsey took a small gulp of wine to avoid having to share more, and was relieved when Rita and Anne went back to hunk browsing. Trying her best to ignore the fact it was Daniel’s hunk they browsed, she gave up to give into her own thoughts about the man.  Bowing to a mutual attraction that became evident soon after they met, Lindsey and Daniel dated for a time. A very short time, consisting of a few casual dinners, a couple of movies.  That one night in….

A fun fact:

Through no fault of my own, I was once asked to get off the merry go round at a popular amusement park before the ride even started. I hope to use that life incident in a story someday.

What was the most difficult thing about writing in conjunction with the other authors?

The most difficult thing was to stay true to some of the details that would appear in all of the stories such as the color scheme of the interior of the casino, what the attendants’ uniforms looked like, and what named characters held what positions at the La Bonne Chance Resort and Casino.

What was the best thing about writing in conjunction with other authors?

The best thing for me was a pivotal plot point idea I got when one of the other authors had a murder in their story. I fed off that incident to ramp up the conflict between Dan and Lindsey, the hero and heroine in my book, and to bring Dan to his come to realize moment.

Find Margo Here:

Website:  www.margohoornstra.com

FB:                  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Margo-Hoornstra-Author/251502834867396

Twitter:           https://twitter.com/#!/MargoHoornstra

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3222492.Margo_Hoornstra

Amazon Author Page:

http://www.amazon.com/Margo-Hoornstra/e/B00504OMPA/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_5?qid=1393344784&sr=1-5

Take a Chance on Me by M.J. Schiller

She’s a dealer on a losing streak with love.

He’s a cop who will go all in to save her from the mob.

Can she take a chance on him when this could be her final wager?

A few favorite lines:

Five-Foot-Two-Eyes-Of-Blue. That’s what he’d been calling her for weeks.

How come you get to kiss the handcuffed girl?

A fun fact:

I had to run my gambling scenarios past four of my husband’s friends to make sure I had things straight.

What was the most difficult thing about writing in conjunction with the other authors?

Deciding anything and miscommunication.

What was the best thing about writing in conjunction with other authors?

It was fun to tie our stories together!

Find M.J. Here:

www.mjschillerauthor.blogspot.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/MJ-Schiller-Romance-Author/286382241460365?ref=hl

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/mjschiller/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/mjschiller

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/M.J.-Schiller/e/B009JOQFQQ/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

 

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May’s Featured Books – #Romantic Suspense #Paranormal Romance #Contemporary Western Romance

Looking for something new and fabulous to read? Try these…

 

A man surrounded by guilt, a woman surrounded by heartache.

Annie Alexander has spent the last years trying to get past her husband’s death in combat. Her organic farm is beginning to thrive. Her daughter, Caroline, is obsessed with all the farm animals. Their goat, Anita, is literally a pain in the butt. But just as Annie thinks she’s recovering her life, a visitor comes.

Major Andrew Meacham arrives on Annie’s porch one snowy night and turns her world upside down. Then he’s gone as quickly as he came, like a phantom.

Months later Drew Meacham returns to Annie’s bucolic farm—this time he brings trouble. Yes, he’s a danger, but he’s also Annie’s salvation, teaching her to love again. Will the danger that follows Drew destroy them all, or will he be the man that Annie needs.

Excerpt:

From the cellar, Annie Franklin Alexander heard her daughter, Caroline, yell over the sounds of the TV and Christmas Carols blaring from her iPod speakers. “Mommy, somebody’s at the door.” Of course, there was also barking from the dogs, Gracie and Spooky. They belonged to her brother and sister-in-law—two beautiful German Shepherds, one all-white female and one black male with white markings on his chest making him look like he was in a skeleton costume. Her brother, Kevin, dropped them off earlier while he ran some errands because he knew how much Caro enjoyed them. They were protective, which Annie appreciated, but sometimes very noisy.

“Well, open it! It’s probably Uncle Kevin come to get the dogs.” Annie yelled back. She was having one of those days. She promised her sister-in-law, Amanda, she would drop the vegetables off for next week’s Christmas dinner today, but she’d spent almost the whole afternoon helping Mrs. Baxter down the road with her canning. And when she and Caro returned home, her daughter insisted the Christmas cookie baking should start immediately. Now here it was eight o’clock in the evening, her daughter’s bedtime, and she was knee-deep in hay in the cellar, filling a basket with fall onions for a tart she hoped to make for dinner tomorrow. The promised vegetables for Amanda would have to wait. Annie was already so far behind on her preparations for the holiday she didn’t know if she’d ever catch up. In fact, it seemed the organizational app in her brain was completely fried.

Upstairs the barking ceased, the TV volume quieted, the iPod silenced… and then… a scream.

Annie turned and fled for the stairs, skidding on scattered hay, flinging herself up the steps, reaching the cellar door in record time. She pushed it open, raced across her kitchen and down the hallway, slowing only when she saw at the front door her seven-year-old daughter, still as a statue, looking up into the face of a man Annie had never seen before. The image actually was a bit festive—a snowstorm raging outside, the front porch twinkle lights making the snow caught in the stranger’s hair glisten like diamonds. But, what the hell? No one in his right mind should be out on a night like this.

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When hotel inspector, Tallulah Thompson, is called in along with her pug, Franny, to investigate renovation delays, she meets an extremely annoyed and dapper turn-of-the-century innkeeper. The only problem is he’s in limbo, neither dead nor alive, and Tallulah and the pug are the first to see him in a hundred years.

Cursed by a medicine woman, “Love ‘em and Leave ‘em Lucius” Stewart is stuck between worlds until he finds his true love and gives her his heart. When he first sees Tallulah, he doesn’t know what he’s feeling. Yet, her stunning beauty, and feisty attitude pull him in.

With the fate of Hotel LaBelle on the line, Tallulah with the help of a powerful medicine woman turns Lucius back into a flesh and blood man. She and Lucius team up to save the hotel, but Tallulah can’t help but wonder if he will ever let go of his past love and learn to love again.

Excerpt:

Every muscle in her body screamed for a hot bath. Tallulah cranked on the faucets of the claw-foot tub, plugged her cell phone in to charge, and stripped out of her travel clothes. She stepped into the steaming water and sank down into the bubbles, closing her eyes with a sigh of contentment. Franny plopped on the rug next to the tub and snored. An hour later, Tallulah awoke to a yapping pug and tepid bathwater. She stepped over the dancing dog, dropped her flannel nightgown over her head, and brushed her teeth while the little beast cocked her head and watched. “Let it never be said that a pug allowed its owner to brush their teeth alone.” Franny snorted.

 

The nightlight cast a small yellow glow when Tallulah opened the bathroom door, headed to the bed—and stopped. A drop-dead gorgeous mustachioed man with brown wavy hair falling to the collar of his old-fashioned suit perched on the edge of her four poster. The scent of cigar smoke and whiskey wafted to her on the breeze from the overhead fan, and his shadow stretched across the quilt in an extended parody of his height. Franny leaped at the man’s legs and barked. He reached down to pet the dog, murmured something, and she wagged her curly little tail. Rooted to the spot, heart thrumming in her throat, Tallulah debated running back into the bathroom and calling Will on her cell phone to get his butt up to the room and explain how this stranger got past her dead bolted and chained door. She took a deep breath. Flight wasn’t an option since he blocked her path from the room. Besides, she’d have to unwrap her pug from around his ankles or leave her here with the intruder. Not a chance. Time to put up a good fight. “Who the hell are you?” She wanted to snatch Franny away from him, but didn’t want to get too close to this stranger. “What are you doing in my room?”

 

The man’s dark, intelligent eyes widened and his eyebrow quirked. “You can see me?”

 

“Of course I can see you. I repeat. Who the hell are you? You’re sitting on my bed as if you own the place.”

 

“I’m Lucius Stewart. I do own the place. I’m the proprietor of Hotel LaBelle.”

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Nothing says bad judgement like trying to prove a superstition true…

Taylor Braxton, along with a few adventurous girlfriends, decides to test one such superstition on Valentine’s Day – the day Taylor’s ex-fiancé is to be married. A few bottles of wine help lower her inhibition and go a long way to giving her the courage to try to heal her broken heart. After all, Taylor reasons, what is the worst thing that can happen – the superstition of finding her true love might come true?

Sheriff Ryan Jones is used to getting calls about the odd dancing around the downtown fountain. When you live in Cupid, Texas, there were always some residents who believed if you dance naked around the fountain, you were guaranteed to find your true love. What he doesn’t expect is to find the lovely, but spirited Taylor Braxton confronting him at midnight – sans clothing. Unfortunately, a long-held promise and his badge stand between him and what he wants – Taylor.

Will the Cupid Superstition help Taylor and Ryan overcome the past and take a chance on love again? Or will a promise he made to her best friend, and his career, deflect Cupid’s arrow?

Excerpt:

Cupid, Texas

“Valentine’s Day. Today is the cheating snake’s wedding day,” Taylor Braxton said, flipping her blonde hair over her shoulder before taking a sip of wine. Her third glass of the evening. “I’d like to propose a toast to his new wife. May she never find him in her bed with someone else, like I found her in mine.”

The three women clinked glasses.

“Maybe it was for the best. After all, lawmen are known for being serial cheaters,” Meghan, one of Taylor’s best friends, said in her quiet librarian voice. She gave a shake of auburn hair, her emerald eyes filled with sympathy.

Still the same after all these years, Taylor wondered if Meghan ever raised her voice even during a climax. Did she scream with passion, or just say oh? And Taylor never wanted to know the answer to that question.

Yes, lawmen cheated, but many men were sleazebags who thought infidelity was nothing.

Kelsey, Taylor’s other best friend leaned in close. “Well, if you hadn’t found him locked in the arms of another woman, you wouldn’t have come back to Cupid.”

“True,” Taylor agreed.

Pushing her dark brunette hair back over her shoulder, Kelsey smiled. “I can’t believe we’re all here together again. Just like the old days when we were young and naive and so vulnerable. Now, we’re all grown up and–”

“Still single,” Meghan said with a sigh.

“Yep, no eligible man on my radar,” Kelsey admitted. “Who would want to date a woman with three pain in the ass brothers watching over her?”

Kelsey’s announcement surprised Taylor. Of the three of them, Kelsey was who she thought would walk down the aisle first. Instead, not one of them was wearing a ring, and frankly, she found it odd she’d come the closest to a honeymoon.

“I don’t want a man. I’m giving up. I’m going to remain single the rest of my life,” Taylor announced.

After her last attempt at love, the time to step away had arrived in the form of a revealed booty call.

“Oh yeah, that’s the life I want,” Meghan replied, sarcasm dripping in her tone. “Always the third wheel when you’re around couples. Every holiday your relatives asking if there is something wrong with you or have you tried online dating. Blind dates with your next-door neighbor’s son, who is so kind that he still lives with his mother.” She shivered. “No, thanks.”

 

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Author Interview with Miguelina Perez ~ New Release: The Vicar’s Deadly Sin

 

Today’s guest, Miguelina Perez, is sharing an interesting interview and her compelling new release. She’s a Yankees fan, but we won’t hold that against her. 😉  

 

Welcome, Miguelina…

Please tell us a little about yourself, where are you from?

I was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York to Puerto Rican parents. I currently live in Gaithersburg, MD. I live with my rescue, a beagle mix―more like a hound mix named Molly.

Where did you get the idea for The Vicar’s Deadly Sin?

A friend I worked with and I pretended we were living during Jane Austen’s time. We would email each other a story line that began as friends living in the coast of England and from there we were becoming involved in a mystery. The rest became the Vicar’s Deadly Sin.

Why did you choose this genre?

I love Jane Austen and Nancy Drew. So, I thought about two friends during the Regency period who fancied themselves the first female detectives. But because of society back then they have a hard time proving that they have what it takes.

Was there anything unusual, any anecdote about this book, the characters, title, process, etc. you’d like to share?

I have readers tell me they get angry with Margaret, one of my main heroines. I love that. Margaret is difficult, but once you get to know her you understand her plight.

What is the most difficult thing about writing a book?

Realizing that it takes time, effort and hard work. You can’t just give up, especially if you feel it is your calling.

What was the most difficult thing about this one in particular?

Well, I think research…even though I can’t call it a historical romance, I did stay true to the period and any historical people I mention in the book.

Are there any tricks, habits or superstitions you have when creating a story?

No, I mean I know people that do have one or more, but, I don’t. I believe in writing, writing, research and then writing some more until the book is finished. Then there is another phase of the writing which is edit, edit and then edit.

What book have you read that you wish you had written?

Great question and a hard one…Montana Sky by Nora Roberts.

Do you have another occupation, other than writer? If so, what is it and do you like it?

I am a Sr. Committee Management Specialist at the National Institutes of Health. I love my job. It took ten years to get it and now that I am there I am learning all sorts of things that goes with the position.

Do you collect anything?

I used to collect Barbies. Now I collect only the Hollywood editions.

What do you want readers to come away with after they read The Vicar’s Deadly Sin?

I want them to come away for appreciation of the work that went into it, the joy they got from ready about Margaret and Jane’s escapades and finally that they loved the book.

What genre have you never written that you’d like to write?

I have several stories that range in sub-genres. For example, I have one that is a science fiction, horror, and crime thriller. All of these fall in the genre of Romance.

If you were stranded on a deserted island and you could have 3 (inanimate) objects, what would they be?

Phone, laptop, and millions of books. I know I may not have electricity, so that is where the books come in handy.

Is there one subject you would never write about? What is it?

I don’t like non-fiction. I rather create worlds beyond one’s own imagination.

What do you want your tombstone to say?

She strived and while she was not financially success she lived life as she wanted to.

If you could be a character in any of your books, who would you be?

I would be Margaret in the Vicar’s Deadly Sin.

Have you written any other books that are not published?

I am currently working in the sequel to VDS called Angel’s Lust. It has nothing to do with sexual lust. But the lust for ageless beauty. As a matter of fact, I hope to get that one out by July.

If you could spend time with a character from your book, whom would it be? And what would you do during that day? (PG-13 please 🙂

Latham. He is my Mr Darcy in this book. I would spend the entire day with him: breakfast, lunch and dinner. Talk about our interests. Get to know him better.

What is the toughest criticism given to you as an author?

Typos. As a newbie with little to no budget you depend on book clubs, beta readers, and other author friends to read your manuscript in the hopes of catching typos and grammatical errors. But, it happens where they do tend to slip by.

What has been the best compliment?

The best compliment for me has been when a reader has questions about the characters and they tell me if they related to them or not.

Are your characters based off real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination?

From my imagination.

What do your friends and family think of your writing?

They think it is amazing and can’t figure out how I did it…create a whole world.

Who is the most famous person you have ever met?

I’ve been to Nora Roberts house several times for a picnic she gives each year to volunteers of the Washington Romance Writers. In pictures she uses for her books, she looks larger than life, but when you meet her she is humble and gracious.

How did you come up with the title?

I wanted something based on one of the deadly sins, so I chose greed and needed someone to die. Someone who needed money. So I thought a vicar would be such person.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? 

Yes, especially for women…don’t let anyone keep you from your dreams.

How much of the book is realistic? 

I tried to make it realistic in that I stuck with the way society treated women in 1815 England. I also mention things about the Prince Regent that were accurate as well as Napoleon’s defeat in the hands of Wellington.

How did your interest in writing originate? 

Since a kid I would make up stories not realizing that these stories were really talking to me to be written.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work? 

My favorite is Jane Austen. I love the way her stories make fun of society while bringing the reader romance.

Your favorite…

Movie: Pride and Prejudice

Music: Classical

Place you’ve visited: Toronto, Texas, Los Angeles, Florida

Place you’d like to visit: England

TV show from childhood: I Dream of Jeannie

TV show from adulthood: Grimm

Food: Chinese

Sports team: Yankees

Which do you prefer: Board games/card games or television? Television. Television gets me into trouble for I tend to watch more than I should, keeping me away from writing.

 

Thank you so much for joining me! I’m with you on the television watching. I love it! But, I am able to edit while watching, so I still try to be productive. 😀 Please tell us about your latest release….

 

Blurb:

A Touch of Romance…A Touch of Regency…A Touch of Murder…

Lady Jane Bartholomew and Miss Margaret Renard have been friends since the age of twelve. Together they share their dreams, hopes and a love for reading. However, it is their wild imagination and a penchant for solving mysteries that will test their abilities when the Vicar of Dover is found murdered.

The young ladies are joined by two gentlemen, also eager to find the murderer in order to prove to the ladies that detecting is a man’s job, though the gentlemen find their beauty, wit, and pride more troublesome than solving a murder.

 

Bio:

Ms. Miguelina Perez is a writer, and jewelry artist. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of the District of Columbia. As a jewelry artist one of her lariats was showcased in the San Antonio Express-News. She has won several awards including a critical Writing award for an essay on the gender roles of Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn and Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women.

Ms. Perez is the coordinator of the Lady Jane’s Salon Silver Spring’s – A satellite of Lady Jane’s NYC, the Silver Spring reading salon is devoted to celebrating romance fiction. LJSSS is proud to host debut authors to bestsellers of romance fiction, covering the full spectrum of the diverse and ever-evolving romance genre from traditional historical and contemporary romances to novels that cross over to science fiction, futuristic, fantasy, paranormal, and GLBT to name but a few.

Currently, Ms. Perez is working the sequel to the Vicar’s Deadly Sin, “Angel’s Lust” from her Seven Deadly Sins series and “A Hero of Her Own” a contemporary romance thriller, about a serial killer terrorizing New York. Ms. Perez is a member of the Romance Writers of America and two of its chapters: Washington Romance Writers and Maryland Romance Writers . As newsletter editor for WRW, she contributes articles about writing and author interviews.

Originally from Brooklyn, NY, Ms. Perez resides in Gaithersburg, Maryland and can be reached at: miguelinaperez@miguelinaperezauthor.com. You can also follow Ms. Perez via twitter at: @MPerezAuthor.

Contact links: Email: miguelinaperez@miguelinaperezauthor.com – Twitter: @mperezauthor – Website: miguelinaperezauthor.com

 

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Interview with Author Cj Fosdick ~ New Release: “The Accidental Stranger”

I am pleased to welcome Cj Fosdick who is sharing an interview and her latest release.


*** Cj’s first book was a Golden Quill Finalist and a Top 10 Finisher for Best Romance Novel in Preditors & Editors.

And…

The Accidental Stranger received an ‘excellence’ rating from InD’Tale Magazine and a fabulous review. Here is an excerpt from the review: (Only 23 out of 89 books in May earned that rating.)
“With fascinating twists and turns, leading up to a wonderful surprising ending the reader is kept well engaged by the deep and interesting characters that make up this unusual story. Well written and skillfully done. “The Accidental Stranger” is a page turner. Well worth reading!” Gwenellen Tarbet of InD’Tale Magazine, May issue

Give-away!!!! A Free eBook of The Accidental Stranger with comment and FB friend at https://www.facebook.com/cjfosdickauthor/

Please tell us about you and your book…

1. Novel Intentions? Who knew when I wrote a short story for a Writer’s Conference that it would lead to a book trilogy? My future publisher from WildRose Press was in the audience when the Laura Awards were distributed at the Women Writing the West Conference in Kansas City in 2013. The competition judge had submitted a page-long letter begging me to turn “The Teacup” into a novel. Seventeen months later, the story, now named “THE ACCIDENTAL WIFE,” was released in print and eBook by WRP, Amazon and several other distributors. Book two in the series, “THE ACCIDENTAL STRANGER” was released in January and book three in the Accidental Series is now a work in progress.
There was no question about the series genre. I was a fanatic reader of historical romance, suspense and family sagas and drew inspiration from the way Diana Gabaldon combined all in her time-travel “Outlander” series. (A heroine placed in a time-travel scenario is automatically conflicted as she is pulled into the emotional force of two worlds to discover the power of love.)

2. Any habits you use when creating a story? Long showers and water aerobics at a health club seem to lubricate the muse as I daydream about “what if “scenarios.

3. What book have you read that you wish you had written? Besides “Outlander” for obvious reasons, I also loved “To Kill A Mockingbird” by Harper Lee.

4. What do you dislike that most people wouldn’t understand? Eggs. I was born hating the sight, taste, texture and smell of fried or scrambled eggs.

5. What’s the main thing you could get rid of in your life that would give you more writing time? The easy answer would be television. More complicated would be the necessity for social media. (I’d love to have a clone or a PA who could put marketing on autopilot for me.)

6. What is the one word you would use to describe yourself? Emotional. What would others use to describe you? Curious or Talented?

7. Favorite book of all time? Like children, hard to choose favorites. Besides the two already mentioned, I loved “Gone With The Wind”—book and movie for history, romance, drama, and characters you loved…and loved to hate.

8. What do you want readers to come away with after reading your book? People in every era face the same conflicts and diversity and are empowered and changed by the forces of love.

9. Actors you would like in the main roles if your book was made into a movie? Aiden Turner (Poldark) and a red haired Jennifer Lawrence.

10. Would you rather have a bad review or no review? No Review would be less emotional.

11. Genre you’ve never written that you would like to tackle? More like an era—WWI or II.

12. Favorite quote? “Well-behaved women seldom make history.” (Same for book heroines.)

13. If you were stranded on a deserted island and you could have 3 objects, what would they be? A motorboat, GPS, and a case of Moscato.

14. What celebrity would you like to be stranded with? Actor Aiden Turner

15. Your most prized material possession? A bracelet of woven tail strands of my 3 favorite horses (now in horse heaven.) I raised and trained wild, domestic and rescue horses and gave summer riding lessons for years.

16. Favorites:
Movie—Last of the Mohicans
Music—Enya (Celtic)
Place you visited—Britain & Ireland
Place you’d like to visit—Scotland
TV show from childhood—Howdy Doody
TV show from adulthood—Survivor
Food—Fish/pizza/chocolate
Sports Team—Duo allegiance: Vikings & Packers
Which do you prefer: Board games/card games or TV? I love all three, but watch too much TV!

Thanks for joining us today, Cj! Ha, I also LOVE Gone with the Wind. And, I watch too much TV. AND, I love the Packers. Look at all we have in common! 😀

BLURB:

Jessica Brewster is being watched…and things go missing from the romote Wyoming home she shares with her toddler. In a freak accident, she shoots the bearded thief stalking her before she recognizes the mesmerizing green eyes that belong to the only man she ever loved.
Has Mitch bridged time to find her? In a race to save his life and change hers forever, she takes him into her home and heart. But his memory loss and puzzling clues curry doubt and expose mystery and danger. Is he truly her son’s father or an irresistible stranger in her arms?

EXCERPT:

I screamed as the gun exploded in my hand and fell to the ground. The bear moving toward Scout dropped, and I raced to scoop up my son before he toppled into the cold stream. Cradling my whimpering child, I ventured closer and could see at once that it was no bear I shot. A man in a bearskin poncho lay on his side. A mass of dark matted hair covered the side of his face that wasn’t blooming with blood, running down his cheek, pooling in his ear and staining his thick beard.
“Is he, is he dead?” I whispered.
Chuck fumbled for a pulse and we all started when he groaned and his eyes fluttered open.
Green! His eyes were green. The fear in them registered with me as he searched our faces. A flash of memories washed over me and my heart began to thump wildly. I set Scout down when my legs crumpled beneath me as I sagged in the snow and my bare fingers reached out to staunch the dripping blood.
So red against the white snow. His eyes, so…green. Every shade in a spectrum of emotion raced through me; joy, frustration…anger. I knew only one man who owned those eyes. Had he come back for me? Did I shoot the only man I ever loved?

BUY LINKS:

http://amazon.com/author/cjfosdick Amazon

http://bit.ly/2hbAuWN B&N Nook

http://catalog.thewildrosepress.com/1256_cj-fosdick WildRose Press

http://apple.co/2iKRozD Apple itunes

http://cjfosdick.com/buy-the-book Website

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April’s Featured Books – #Romantic Suspense #Paranormal Romance #Historical Romance #Kindle Worlds #Medieval Romance

Looking for something new and fabulous to read? Try these…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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