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Meredith’s Mistake by Amelia C. Adams

Thursday, March 30th, 2017
 

 

Amelia C. Adams has lived many lifetimes, and is
currently enjoying this stretch as the author of sweet and clean Western
romance. She is the author of the Kansas Crossroads series, the Nurses of New
York series, and contributed two books to the American Mail-Order Brides series
– with ideas for many more. You can learn more about her and her books on her 
website 

 

 

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The summer Meredith turned eighteen was filled with romance and laughter – two young men sought her hand, and she chose the one she thought would make her the happiest. He certainly was the most handsome, and the wealthiest, and could offer her the most pleasant life. But that turned out to be a mistake . . . one she would regret for a very long time.
In a strange twist of fate, now she’s being given a chance to set things right. Will she be able to live down her past, or will her
foolishness keep coming back to haunt her and keep her from ever being happy
with the man she loves?
 
 
 

 

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Snippet:
Luke ate a hearty
meal, but Meredith only picked at hers. The butterflies in her stomach had
turned into lead weights. She could hardly wait until she could excuse herself
from the table. As soon as the dishes were stacked and the water to wash them
was on to boil, she grabbed Luke’s hand and dragged him outside.
“What’s all the
rush?” he asked with a chuckle as soon as they were out of earshot of the
house.
“Don’t you have
any idea how badly I’ve needed to talk to you? You’re my best friend—I need
your advice.”
He leaned on the
fence that surrounded the property and rested his foot on the bottom rail.
“What’s going on?”
Now that the
moment had come, Meredith wasn’t entirely sure where to start. “Well, you
remember Mr. Bingham.”
“Of course. He’s a
hard one to forget. A fancy suit and a lot of bravado.”
“He’s more than
that,” Meredith protested. “He’s smart and attentive, and he’s . . . well, he’s
interested in me.”
Luke turned to
face her. “What do you mean, he’s interested in you?”
Meredith felt heat
coming to her cheeks. “When we were outside on the porch last night, he said .
. . he said he’d like to get to know me better. As in, to get ready for
courtship.”
“But . . .” Luke
shook his head. “I’m not quite sure what to say to that, Meredith. I always
thought . . .”
When he didn’t go
on, Meredith prompted him. “What?”
“I just always
thought that you and I would get married someday.”
Meredith couldn’t
possibly have been more surprised. His words hit her chest like she’d been
kicked by the cow. “Us? Luke, are you crazy?”
“Apparently I am.”
The muscles in his jaw worked, and she could tell that he was struggling not to
say even more.
“I don’t mean to
be harsh. I just never thought of us that way. You’re my best friend, a
brother, someone I can always talk to. I assumed you felt the same way.”
Luke shook his
head again. “Funny how two people can see the same thing in such different
ways. I’m in love with you, Meredith. I have been pretty much since the first
day we met. There was something about you that just spoke to something in me,
and I thought that someday, it would all come together. Maybe I should have
talked to you about it, huh? Made sure we were on the same page?”
Meredith leaned on
the fence and buried her face in her folded arms. This was horrible. This was
absolutely horrible. How much time had Luke wasted on her when he could have
been out with other girls, girls who could return his feelings? She felt sick
inside knowing that she could never give him what he wanted. All they could
ever be was friends, and this conversation might change that too. Everything
would be awkward between them now.
“I’m sorry,
Meredith. Maybe I should have held my tongue.” He touched her back, much the
same as he had so often over the years, but now it held more meaning. “I’m happy
for you—I really am. If Mr. Bingham is the right man for you, I’ll wish you
well.”
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Jessie’s Bargain by Kate P. Dawson

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017
I am a stay at home mom, who loves to read and write clean historical romance. I enjoy thinking back to a simpler time, a time when men
and women were true heroes. I also believe that a good romance can be told without needing to know all of the details;)
All of my stories will tell of people who find true love, and who find their happy ever after. Sometimes the road might be rocky, but that
makes it all worthwhile!
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Cora left England for a new life in America as a mail order bride – only to find the man she’s come to marry has been killed in a gunfight.
She has a sister in Kansas, but how can she get there?
Jesse needs this job driving cattle to Kansas so he can marry the woman who’s given him an ultimatum – buy land and settle down, or she’ll
marry someone who will.
But, his cook’s been killed in the same gunfight, leaving him without anyone to drive the chuckwagon. His right hand man, an old cowboy with a soft heart, has a solution for both Cora and Jesse – one he might not like.
Dressed as a boy, Cora heads off with a team of cowboys, led by a man who isn’t happy about her being there. Kansas is a long way away…and a lot can happen before they get there.

 

 

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Pulling her
shoulders back and lifting her chin, she put her gloved hand out to him.  “Well sir, since you haven’t properly
introduced yourself to me, my name is Cora Murphy.  I’ve traveled all the way from England to
meet and marry a man named Patrick McClintock.
I just stepped off the stagecoach when the fight broke out, and am now
left awaiting the arrival of my future husband.”
As she
spoke, she watched his face turn red at the reminder of his lack of
manners.  But as she continued, she
noticed his eyes cringe when she mentioned the man’s name she was to marry.  He quickly whipped his head toward Shorty,
before looking back at her.
“My
name’s Jesse Atwell, ma’am.  And, I’m
very sorry to have to tell you this, but the man you are to marry is lying over
there on the street with a bullet in his back.”
 
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Kizzie’s Kisses by Zina Abbott

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017
Zina Abbott is the pen name used by Robyn Echols for her historical romances. Robyn currently lives with her husband in California, USA,
near the “Gateway to Yosemite.” 
 
She is a member of Women Writing the West, and American Night Writers Association. She enjoys any kind of history including family history. 
 
When she is not piecing together novel plots, she pieces together quilt blocks.
  
 
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Running from hostile Indians attacking Salina, Kansas in 1862, feisty Kizzie Atwell, Grandma Mary’s oldest grandchild, runs into freighter Leander Jones traveling the Smoky Hill Trail. He is as interested in her as his stallion is in her mare. The two join forces to prevent the Fort Riley Army captain from requisitioning their beloved horses for the cavalry. Avoiding
bushwhackers and fighting off a thieving bullwhacker binds their bargain.
In 1865, at the victory dance held at Fort Riley to celebrate the end of the Civil War, Kizzie is asked to participate in a fund-raiser to
aid the Sanitary Commission helping injured and sick soldiers. It involves
chaste sweetheart kisses in exchange for tickets purchased by officers and guests. As a contract freighter for the Army, Leander is invited. Much to Leander’s chagrin, before his chance to claim his kiss, Kizzie’s uncle steps in and puts an end to the kissing game.
Is Leander out of luck, or will the bargain Kizzie and Leander made three years earlier to save their horses lead to a more romantic bargain sealed with a kiss?

 

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Snippet #1
          Kizzie could tell
packing the wagon had used up what little reserve of energy Mima had still
possessed. She had watched as her mother had crawled into her wagon box next to
Meredith and, with a sigh, had leaned back against a stack of bedding. Jessie
had climbed into the seat to drive the wagon, settling the shotgun at his feet.
          Kizzie gritted
her teeth as she recalled how he had barked an order at her just as she had
finished handing the jug with the willow bark tea to Grandpa. “Kizzie, make
sure the barn and corral are clear then catch up and get in the wagon. We’re
leaving now.”
          Jesse was her
younger brother. Who was he to give her orders?
 
 
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Grandma’s Wedding Quilts

Monday, March 27th, 2017
Kate Cambridge is an emerging author of Sweet Historical Romance
and Sweet Contemporary Romance. She is a hopeless romantic, strong supporter of women’s rights, and loves to create stories that inspire, and characters who
seem real long after “The End.”
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The
greatest inspiration is often born of desperation.
 

One year ago Hannah Quinn scored her dream job, and now the fate of the museum she loves will rise or fall on her next exhibit. But wait…
there’s a problem. She doesn’t have a clue what her next exhibit will be!
When a trunk with two quilts is donated to the museum, Hannah’s boss thinks she’s wasting her time chasing down the history of the quilts,
regardless of their beauty; but Hannah persists. She knows there’s something special about these quilts, and a story that demands to be told.
Little does Hannah know, her friend Callum, a researcher and consultant, plays an unexpected a role in her investigation that leads to
questions and discoveries that threaten the foundation of all she holds most dear.
Will her desperation to discover the story of the quilts cause her to lose the very thing she loves the most – or will the secrets she uncover lead her to more than she ever dreamed?

 

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“There it was, that musty smell that
filled Hannah Quinn with excitement. It was the same aroma that drifted off the
pages of books that hadn’t been opened in centuries. To her, it signaled an
opportunity to time travel, a chance to obtain knowledge that might have been
lost for centuries
— a story waiting to be told.”
 
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Perfect Scents…

Monday, March 20th, 2017
PERFECT SCENTS 
by Virginia Taylor
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pub Date: 9/26/2017
Two unsuspecting lovers stumble upon the blueprint for love . . .
Calliope Allbrook takes a job in
lovely, sunny Adelaide, Australia, hoping to lose herself in her work
as a balm for her broken heart. And if it weren’t for the handsome
hunk renovating the house next door, Calli would never even have
looked up from the garden she is designing for her latest client. But
rugged Kellen Dee is just the cure the beautiful heiress needs. After
all, he has no idea who she is, so he certainly won’t see her as a
meal ticket. Then there’s the fact that Kell’s deliciously
sexy—and incredibly good with his hands . . .
From the moment Kell takes her in his
arms, he knows Calli is more than just a fling. Then the blue collar
bachelor learns he’s not sharing his bed with just any woman, but
the wealthy daughter of the man who could make Kell’s construction
business a success—and Kell the kind of well-heeled man worthy of
Calli’s love. But he’ll have to be careful his ambitions don’t
trip up his heart . . .
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After training at the South Australian
School of Art, Virginia worked in an advertising agency. This segued
into re-training as a nurse/midwife before meeting the man of her
dreams, marrying and producing two children.
Over the years Virginia has been a
theatre set painter and designer, but now she fills her days as a
full-time writer.
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Fade The Ragnarok Prophecies Book 1

Friday, March 17th, 2017
Fade
The
Ragnarok Prophecies Book 1
By
A.K. Morgen
Genre:
New Adult Paranormal Romance
 
What
do you do when you realize nothing in your life is what you’ve
believed it to be?

 

 


When
Arionna Jacobs loses her mother in a tragic accident, her world is
turned upside down. She’s forced to leave her old life behind and
move in with her father. Dace Matthews, a teaching assistant at her
new college, is torn in two, unable to communicate with the feral
wolf caged inside him.
When they meet, everything they thought
they knew about life unravels. Dace has intimate access to Arionna’s
mind, and something deep within her fights to rise to the surface.
They don’t understand what’s happening to them or why, and they’re
running out of time to sort out the strange occurrences around them.
Their meeting sets an ancient Norse prophesy of destruction
in motion, and what destiny has in store for them is bigger than
either could have ever imagined. Unless they learn to trust
themselves and one another, they may never resolve the mystery
surrounding who they are to one another, and what that means for the
world.

 

FADE
is available from Curiosity Quills Press at
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US
,
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and Noble
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and
Kobo.
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Fall
Ragnarok
Prophecies Book 2
 
How
do you save someone who doesn’t want to be saved?
Those
called to stand guard against the end are broken, and Sköll and Hati
run free. Now Arionna Jacobs and Dace Matthews face a threat unlike
any before. Ragnarök is coming and they aren’t strong enough to stop
it.
Arionna
thought she understood sacrifice, but she never counted on her
destiny tearing Dace apart. Ever since she nearly died, he has been
consumed with guilt. Now it threatens to turn him into the monster he
always feared.
It’s
up to Arionna to stop him before it’s too late, but the path to hell
is paved with good intentions, and Dace is hurtling toward
self-destruction. This time, Arionna isn’t sure she can save him from
himself. Can she convince him to let the past go, or is her true
destiny to sacrifice her heart in exchange for the lives of the
people she loves?
FALL
The
Ragnarök Prophesies: Book Two

is available at
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Flame
The
Ragnarok Prophecies Book 3
 
Who
do you trust when betrayal threatens to destroy everything you hold
dear?

 

 


When
Arionna Jacobs fled town in a desperate bid to save Dace Matthews,
she never expected the chaos she would leave in her wake. Now her
closest friend is dead, and another is missing, forcing Ari to return
to face the devastating consequences of her actions and the broken
boy she left behind.  
 

 

Her problems are only just
beginning.  

 

 

Even as her bond with Dace grows stronger,
Arionna finds herself weakening when Freki’s cage shatters. Fighting
the wolf for control is tearing her apart piece by piece. And at
every turn, she finds that those she’s put her faith in aren’t who
they seem, bringing her face to face with Sköll and Hati. As the
depth of their betrayal is revealed, Freki spirals out of control,
and Arionna must face her greatest fear: losing herself to the fierce
wolf within.  

 

 

The world balances on the edge of a blade,
and one wrong move will destroy it all.  

 

 

With few allies
she can trust and little choice left, Arionna must decide between the
lives of her friends and her own future with the alpha she loves.
Will she be able to stand firm for the sake of the world, or will she
falter in the face of defeat? 

 

FLAME
The
Ragnarök Prophesies: Book Three

is available at
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can add it to your TBR list on Goodreads
here.
 
 
 
A.K.
Morgen is the Amazon Bestselling author of the Ragnarök Prophesies
series. She lives in the heart of Arkansas with her childhood
sweetheart/husband of thirteen years, and their six furry minions.
When not writing, she spends her time hiking, reading, volunteering,
causing mischief, and building a Spork army. Ayden graduated
summa
cum laude

with her Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and Forensic
Psychology in 2009 before going on to complete her graduate degree in
CJ and Law. She currently puts her education to use in the social
services and CJ field. 
 

 

Ayden
also writes New Adult and contemporary romance under the penname
Ayden K. Morgen.


 

 

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The Eyewitness

Thursday, March 16th, 2017
The
Eyewitness
By
Nancy Weeks
Genre:
Mystery, Crime Thriller, Romance
 
Fans of TV’s Blue
Bloods will love this dynamic new suspense series.
Maryland
PD forensic scientist Emersyn D’Azzo has an explosive past with her
father’s younger, sexy partner, Detective Alec Pearce. Then an
ill-timed kiss destroys the thin line of trust between her and her
dad, just before tragedy strikes and someone guns down her father.
The
fatal bullet turns out to be tied to the ongoing spree of random
sniper kills across the state, but Emersyn knows this wasn’t a
random act of violence and is determined to find the killer.
To
do so, she’ll need to rely on help from Alec, whom she doesn’t
quite trust but just can’t resist. When they discover a connection
to a decades-old disappearance of a college student, their
investigation takes a deadly twist. Can they learn to trust each
other with their hearts to save their lives?  
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Ted
edged in closer. “You can take a few moments for one dance.” He
eyed Tessa. “You don’t mind if I borrow your sister, do you?”
But
I do.”
The
deep, masculine voice sent an arousing jolt right into Emersyn’s
core. And damn it to hell, her mouth went dry, making it impossible
to swallow. She fingered her straw then took a deep drink. This time
she welcomed the burning chill against her lungs. Detective Alec
Pearce had a knack for showing up at her worst moments. Why the hell
was he here?
Ted
moved away from her as if he’d been burned. “Alec, good to see
you.”
You
do know you’re hitting on my partner’s daughter, right, Ted?”
Just
asking her for a dance.”
Emersyn
glanced between the two; she actually preferred Ted’s company to
the man who seemed to go out of his way to make her crazy.
Alec
reached for her hand and set it in his palm. “Actually, she
promised this dance to me. They’re playing our song.”
The
muscles in her body tensed as her fingernails dug into his skin. “I
don’t—”
Music
is on, Em. Shall we?” His other hand went around her waist, and he
gave her a swift yank.
Jerkball,
let go,” she hissed in his ear.
His
grip tightened. “It’s just one dance. Play nice.”
Alec
escorted Emersyn to the small dance floor near the bandstand. Every
instinct in her wanted to slap his arrogant expression right into
next week, but that would make a scene. It was what half the bar
expected the instant he got within striking distance. They were all
waiting for her to let loose. But this was a new day, a new diploma,
new job, new Emersyn. Emotions in check.
My
name is Emersyn. I would think you would remember something so
simple.”
Alec’s
face lit with a grin as his arms brought her close and their bodies
began to move to the music. She shot a glare at Tessa, pleading for
her to do something. Instead, her sister, the traitor, took another
sip of Emersyn’s drink, lifted it in a toast, and rotated in her
seat.
A
chuckle came from deep in Alec’s throat. “Tessa likes me. You can
thank me now.”
I
can also knee you where the sun doesn’t shine.”
He
lifted her chin with his thumb. “Now that wasn’t nice. I
sacrificed a night with that blonde”—he nodded to a beautiful
woman sitting at the end of the bar—“just to keep Lecher Ted from
hitting on you … again.”
What
makes you think I needed rescuing?”
Oh
please, Tessa, make the creep go away. I’m ever so sweet and don’t
want to hurt the poor jerk’s feelings.”
She
yanked out of Alec’s hold, but he was ready and moved her back into
his arms without missing a beat.
Relax.
I’m teasing.”
You
are such an ass.”
His
lips brushed over her ear. “Enjoy our moment, Em.”
Impossible.
They had more layers of misunderstanding between them than her
mother’s chocolate cake, heated words that couldn’t be unheard
and arguments with no closure.
After
her father had mentioned at dinner that Alec was joining them for
dessert, she’d jumped at Tessa’s offer to buy her a drink at the
tavern. It was the perfect place to hide out. A lone wolf like Alec
wouldn’t be caught dead in the crowded, noisy bar. But here he was.
She’d run but not far enough.
I’m
sorry I missed your graduation ceremony, but I have a little
something for you,” he whispered.
You
didn’t need to do that.”
I’m
proud of you.”
The
words sounded so genuine. “Dad seems resigned to the idea of me at
least working alongside cops, if not as a cop.”
Joe
doesn’t want you anywhere near the job. But you found a way around
that. Instead of crawling in the gutter looking for the worst mankind
has to offer, you’re picking through what they left behind.”
She
halted in the middle of the dance floor. “You think that’s why I
became a forensic scientist?”
I
didn’t mean it like that.”
Then
what did you mean?”
The
music stopped, and they stood still, glaring at each other. Our
thing. “I can’t do this tonight,” she said, dropping her hand
to her sides. “Thanks.”
For?”
Saving
me from another go-around with Ted.”
Do
you want me to talk to him?”
I
can take care of myself.”
For
once, there was no comeback. Instead, he eased her against him and
tucked her hand over his heart. “Dance with me, Emersyn.”
That
sexy, got-to-have-you-now voice was back, and her other four senses
came out to play. Being close to Alec Pearce, taking in his spicy,
clean soap scent, feeling the strength of his arms around her wasn’t
an awful feeling. Confusing? Hell yes, but her body sure enjoyed it.
It’s just a dance, right?
She
lowered one hand to his hip and brought the other around his neck,
her cheek resting against his. Alec tightened his grip around her
waist as he spun them around the dance floor. The move put their
bodies in sync, and there was no mistaking the effect she had on him.
Her lips brushed against his skin, sending shock waves through her.
He
sucked in a breath and tilted his head. Their gazes held for what
seemed like an eternity. He was so damn gorgeous, his deep brown eyes
with a hint of gold, lush lashes, and a dusting of five-o’clock
shadow on his square jaw that she ached to feel rubbed against all
her soft places. As if he read her mind, his mouth caressed her
bottom lip. He waited, expecting her to pull back. Need took over,
and she lost her mind.
 
Nancy
C. Weeks has loved happy-ever-after romances since her early teens.
While still in college, she met and married her hero. She spent the
next several years honeymooning and working overseas. Today, she
lives in suburban Maryland with her husband of more than thirty
years. With her two grown children out of the nest, she enjoys
spending her days writing suspenseful happily-ever-after adventures
outside on the deck as the local bird population keeps her company.
When she is not writing, Nancy loves to blog about fascinating
people, both real and fictional. The one quote that kept her dream
alive:
Many
of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were
to success when they gave up. ~Thomas Edison~
 
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Cover Reveal

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

I have been so excited for this day! It’s the day I get to reveal the brand new cover of my next book!

Last year, The Soldier’s Bride won the Kindle Scout Publishing Award and that set me on the path to continue the Music Box Romance Series with characters that I fell in love with years ago.
Now The Soldier’s Bride is a Whitney Award Finalist and on a special sale for $1–so all this celebration means that the next book didn’t want to be left out.

Carve Me a Melody is now available for preorder and here is the absolutely gorgeous cover designed by the ultra-talented, Kelli Ann Morgan.

I can’t wait to get the hardcopy, how about you?!
Here’s a little about this story:

World War II has ended but the scars
of the war have carved deep grooves in Sophie Wright’s heart. Now a widow with
two young children, she returns home to Aspen Falls and meets Leland Halverson,
a handsome carpenter who appears interested in her, but afraid of a
relationship. 
Leland wishes he was worthy of the
beautiful Sophie, and he adores her two children, but his past still haunts
him. Sophie knows that Leland fell apart after his little girl died and his
wife left him, but she doesn’t know the real reason why.
Meanwhile, David Alexander, a
decorated bomber pilot has returned to Aspen Falls, and Sophie catches his eye.
Confused by the two vastly different choices of men, Sophie searches for
answers from a heart that has betrayed her before.

 

When Sophie discovers a message
inside a music box that Leland once owned, the pieces start to fit together.
The enchanting melody urges her to share the secrets of her heart so that she
can understand his. Leland knows the tune from the music box well and if he can
find the courage, he’ll carve a melody for Sophie from the solid wood
surrounding his heart.

Carve Me a Melody will be released on May 23, 2017 and you can preorder your copy today, right here.
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Storm Ketchum Adventures in North Carolina’s Outer Banks

Monday, March 13th, 2017
Port
Starbird
Storm
Ketchum Adventures Book 1
by
Garrett Dennis
Genre:
Mystery, Historical Adventure
 
Mystery,
History, and Adventure in the Outer Banks!
~
WHERE IS PORT STARBIRD? ~
Find
out in this quirky tale set in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
In
this quirky low-key murder mystery/adventure, Storm Ketchum, a
damaged emigre to the coastal town of Avon on North Carolina’s Outer
Banks, likes to mind his own business and isn’t any kind of detective
– until he’s forced to become one by extraordinary circumstances. On
the verge of losing his modest waterfront home to an unscrupulous
developer, Ketch stumbles onto the scene of a crime that might expose
the perpetrator of an unsolved murder and enable him to save not only
his own home, but also the similarly threatened bohemian boatyard
community he’s inexorably drawn into. And in case Plan A fails, he’s
hard at work on a Plan B that’s both laudable and pitiable. Together
with his loyal dog, a salty charter boat captain, the sketchy
denizens of the boatyard, and an alluring scuba diving instructor who
may or may not have a hidden agenda, Ketch struggles to make sense of
his new reality, while trying to save some of the things that really
matter along the way.
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Port
of Refuge
Storm
Ketchum Adventures Book 2
 
~
WITCHERY & MAYHEM IN THE OUTER BANKS ~
Welcome
to PORT OF REFUGE – another light and quirky island mystery steeped
in Outer Banks culture, from the author who took you to PORT
STARBIRD.
Storm
Ketchum, a damaged emigre to Hatteras Island on North Carolina’s
Outer Banks, generally prefers to stay close to home and mind his own
business – but he unexpectedly finds himself entangled with a
cult-like coven of modern-day Roanoke Island witches when a relative
of his paramour meets an untimely end on church property. Is the High
Priestess of the Croatoan Covenant Church really in contact with the
departed spirits of the Lost Colony of Roanoke Island? Are the
members of her church really from both this world and the next? Or is
she just a con artist preying on gullible Wiccan acolytes – and is
she a killer? A desire to provide closure for the family drives Ketch
to once again call on his amateur sleuthing skills to conjure up
answers to these and other questions, in the process risking the
physical and spiritual well-being of both himself and the one he
loves.
Join
Ketch, his loyal dog Jack, and his Kinnakeet Boatyard friends as they
embark on a bewitching new adventure in the picturesque Outer Banks,
where intrigue continues to cast its spell on them all.
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The
Port Fee
Storm
Ketchum Adventure Book 3
 
“ENGAGING
AND QUIRKY MYSTERY, HISTORY, AND ADVENTURE!”
Underwater,
everybody can hear you scream, but they can’t tell where you are…
Ketch
is at it again in the magical Outer Banks of North Carolina, in this
new adventure from the author of PORT STARBIRD and PORT OF REFUGE.
It’s
a picture-perfect summer afternoon on a pristine beach near a ghost
seaport on an uninhabited island. What could go wrong? But things do,
when two bodies wash ashore and Ketch stumbles upon clues that lead
to the sunken treasure of an old-time buccaneer off Portsmouth
Island. Ketch isn’t the only one who has an interest in the treasure,
and it exposes both him and his adversaries to unexpected obligations
and consequences. It seems everyone has to pay the port fee…
Good
guys and bad guys, boating and diving, a dash of romance, and a
mysterious otherworldly presence all come together in THE PORT FEE,
Ketch’s most challenging adventure to date.
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Garrett
lives in upstate New York, where he and his wife serve as
housekeeping staff for two rather spoiled dogs. He has graduate
degrees in biology and computer science. After a career that ranged
from testing experimental drugs (legal ones, and not on himself!) to
developing computer operating system software, he decided to retire
from the real world and try his hand at writing fiction. Garrett
lived in coastal North Carolina for a while some years back, and the
current focus of his writing is a place that’s very special to him,
the Outer Banks region of North Carolina, which he still visits as
often as possible. There are now three books in his Storm Ketchum
Adventures series of quirky Outer Banks suspense novels, plus two
short Storm Ketchum Tales. 
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Unsevered by Traci Sanders Pre-Written Guest Post

Friday, March 10th, 2017
Unsevered
by
Traci Sanders
Genre:
Romance, Supernatural
 
“Five
stars have never made me feel like this. Where are my Kleenex?”
Allaina Daniels

A
gripping story of love found, lost, and rediscovered in a magical
way.
Jewel
has met the man of her dreams … the one person with whom she’s
meant to spend eternity. Harley is charming, charismatic, and
although he can’t carry a tune in a bucket, he’s the most
gorgeous man she has ever laid eyes upon—especially in his U.S. Air
Force uniform.
Just
days after the couple returns from their honeymoon, Harley is called
to active duty in the Middle East. Jewel is heartbroken but
determined to adapt to her new life as a military spouse and support
her husband. Her plan is short-lived when Harley is killed in action
just days after his deployment.
Unable
to cope, Jewel withdraws from her family, friends, and the world
around her, until Harley visits her with a message from the beyond.
Will
Jewel surrender to the dark side to be with her true love, or will
she discover that sometimes people are put in our paths for reasons
beyond our understanding?
 
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Burned By Kimberley Patterson

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017
Burned
By
Kimberley Patterson
Genre:
Suspense, Mystery
 
Pay
attention to the signs that are all around you,” Sarah’s mother
used to say. Sarah never listened until her world turned upside down
in the wake of her mother’s death. When sifting through the fiery
ashes, signs begin to appear, giving her the feeling that the
accident was less of an accident and more of foul play. While Sarah
struggles to understand the images haunting her dreams, she finds
herself losing a grip on reality.
Based
on true events, Sarah unravels the mystery surrounding her mother’s
death, and, in doing so, uncovers an internal darkness capable of
murder. 
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Horses
were one of my first loves, and writing soon followed. As a child, I
spent hours writing poems, and short stories (about horses). My
parents realized that I was horse-obsessed and decided to buy me one
after taking riding lessons for two years. I think they hoped that
all of the hard work, and hours spent mucking stalls would help me
give up this expensive hobby. They were wrong. Writing is still a
passion of mine, although now I primarily write fiction. My first
novel, Red Rock, was published in 2010, and big surprise, there are
horses in it. My second novel, The Three Month Plan was released
August 2013.
Other
Loves: My family, yoga, skincare and makeup, sushi, and raising money
for pediatric cancer. I have two rescue dogs and would have more if
there weren’t zoning restrictions. I’m always trying something
new, as I tend to get bored very easily. Thankfully, my love of
driving around with the gas light on fuels some excitement. I love
novels with happy endings, and am a hopeful romantic. My latest
obsession is browsing Netflix, and I can name all 50 states in
alphabetical order in under 30 seconds. Do I feel a wager coming on?
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Sweet Southern Hearts…

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017
Sweet Southern Hearts
Author: Susan Schild
Publisher: Lyrical Press

 

Genre:
Contemporary Women’s Fiction

 

 

Susan Schild welcomes you back to the offbeat
Southern town of Willow Hill, North Carolina, for a humorous,
heartwarming story of new beginnings, do-overs, and
self-discovery…

 

 

 

When it comes to marriage, third time’s
the charm for Linny Taylor. She’s thrilled to be on her honeymoon
with Jack Avery, Willow Hill’s handsome veterinarian. But just like
the hair-raising white water rafting trip Jack persuades her to take,
newlywed life has plenty of dips and bumps.
Jack’s
twelve-year-old son is resisting all Linny’s efforts to be the
perfect stepmother, while her own mother, Dottie, begs her to tag
along on the first week of a free-wheeling RV adventure. Who knew
women “of a certain age” could drum up so much trouble? No sooner
is Linny sighing with relief at being back home than she’s helping
her frazzled sister with a new baby…and dealing with an unexpected
legacy from her late ex. Life is fuller—and richer—than she ever
imagined, but if there’s one thing Linny’s learned by now, it’s
that there’s always room for another sweet surprise…

 

Susan has an undergraduate degree from James
Madison University and a master’s degree (MSW) from The University
of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has used her professional
background as a psychotherapist and corporate trainer to add
authenticity to her characters.
Susan is a wife, a stepmother,
and a dog lover. She and her family live near Raleigh, North Carolina
where she is busy finishing up the third novel in the Willow Hill
Series.

Susan, what inspired you to write this book?

  1. The Need for Heartwarming and Funny Stories: With so much troubling news and hyped up reporting out there, I wanted to write heartwarming, life affirming and funny books because I think a lot of readers are longing for that right now. Sometimes, the news is so disturbing that I can’t read it online and don’t want to watch it on television. Many of my readers probably feel the same way. Readers have said they’ve been encouraged and uplifted by my books, and that makes me happy. We all need to be reminded that if we work hard, try to do the right thing, have faith and press on through trouble, everything is going to be all right.
  2. Give Readers a Friendly Neighborhood to Visit: In creating Willow Hill, I imagined two women sitting on a front porch in Adirondack chairs having a glass of tea or wine, a dog at their feet, and maybe a baby on a shoulder. They’d be looking out over rolling green fields and talking about their lives: their men, their work and their families. They’d be doing what women friends do so well, reassuring each other, offering each other advice and laughing together.

In Willow Hill, readers can visit with Linny and the gang, bright, warm, loveable characters to whom they can relate. My readers tell me they feel like they’ve made new friends with my characters, and that was exactly my intent.

  1. A Clean Read: My books have no explicit scenes, violence or language that might offend a reader. Readers who prefer clean reads may not want to get engaged with a book and then come upon a scene that made them uncomfortable. I am not judging other writers or readers with other preferences. I just wanted readers who prefer a clean read to find stories that suited them, with no surprises.
  2. Older Women and Men Rock: See # 3 above. I did want my characters to be age forty and over and still have a zest for life, be blossoming, having fun, getting into scrapes, and falling in love. It’s what I see around me in my friends and family, and what I know is real.
  3. A Different Package than You Expected: A theme in my books is that happily ever afters often don’t come in the packages you’d expected, especially when folks are older and may have had to deal with hard realities like being widowed, divorced or having other life losses.

While Linny dreamed of a white picket fence life, she unexpectedly falls for Jack, a lovely man who’s been married before and who comes with a reluctant stepchild and a too attached ex-wife. She’s living in an old farmhouse instead of a suburban neighborhood. Her life is busy to the point of chaotic and she now has seven dogs. None of this was what she thought her happily ever after would look like, but Linny loves her life and her new little family.

 

Five women navigate life, careers, children, family, and the men in their lives.

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017
40
Something
by
Shannon Peel
Genre:
Chick Lit, Contemporary Fiction
 
Five
women navigate life while juggling careers, children, family, and the
men in their lives.

 

Charlie
is bored with the family tradition of Sunday Dinner so she brings a
friend her family won’t approve of to spice things up a bit. Will
this friend go too far and cause too much damage?
Rose
only wants to do what is right and keep her family safe. How can she
do that when the world is so dangerous and her teenagers so willful.
Will helping a friend invite trouble into her perfect world?
Lindsay
loves to have fun and enjoys the company of men. She is a modern
playgirl who will stop at nothing to get a man’s attention. Will she
find what she’s looking for or something unexpected?
Sophie
wants to keep the peace and keep everyone happy, especially her
ex-husband, so her children will live with her full time. Will she
lose the children if she can’t afford to take care of them?
Justine
wants to escape her perfect life, she just doesn’t realize it. Will
she find the passion that is missing or will she continue to hide
behind her computer screen?  
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Peel grew up in Enderby, BC where her family’s root run deep. Growing
up where television was either non existent or very limited she
relied on books & imagination to escape into the world
beyond. 
 

 

She
went to UBC to study and earn a general studies BA with a
concentration in Political Science and Economics. Macro analysis of
world events, social justice and human motivations became a passion
of hers. This passion is a driving force in all her stories, which
have political, economic, and social justice undercurrents. 


 

After
a career in the financial field she decided to stay home and raise
her two children until school age. In 2007 she return to the
workforce as a sales / marketing / advertising professional. She
currently resides in BC’s Lower Mainland with her two teenage
children. 


Shannon
Peel is a creative, intelligent professional with a 20 year proven
track record in sales, marketing, customer relations, project
management, presentations, and communication. 
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When Jack Trumps Ace

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017
When
Jack Trumps Ace
by
Debbie De Louise
Genre:
A Romantic Comedy Jewel Heist Novella
 
 
Jackie
Riordan’s in trouble . . .
When
her jewel-thief father is caught in the middle of a heist, Jackie
makes her getaway to his ex-jail pal’s apartment. a man called Ace,
who lives in an upscale neighborhood of Chicago. What she doesn’t
count on is falling in love with him and becoming his partner in
crime. She also doesn’t expect to compete with Ace’s old flame or
deal with his cat Roxie who causes her allergy attacks.
All
bets are off . . .
After
Jackie discovers clues left by her father which lead her to a
treasure that Ace may have stolen, she contemplates her next move.
Should she trust Ace and believe her father gave him the money, or
head home to her mother, a religious hypocrite who would have no
qualms about ratting out her own daughter to the cops?
Things
that sparkle aren’t always Diamonds . . .
Before
Jackie can decide who the good guys really are, she finds herself
atop the Willis Tower carrying her father’s ashes in her pocket and
aiding Ace in the largest jewelry heist of his life. Things go
terribly wrong, and Jackie’s only choice seems to be to walk away
from Ace or face imprisonment. 
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De Louise is an award-winning author and a reference librarian at a
public library on Long Island. She is a member of Sisters-in-Crime,
International Thriller Writers, and the Cat Writer’s Association.
She has a BA in English and an MLS in Library Science from Long
Island University. Her three published novels include Cloudy Rainbow,
A Stone’s Throw, and Between a Rock and a Hard Place (Solstice
Publishing, 2016) that has been on the Amazon bestseller list for
cozy mysteries. Debbie has also written articles and short stories
for several anthologies of various genres. She is currently working
on the third Cobble Cove mystery and a psychological thriller. She
lives on Long Island with her husband, daughter, and two cats.
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Can a Princess be handicapped?

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017
Just in time for Valentines and for your favorite lady, a new clean, young adult, medieval fantasy romance hit the market today. “A Golden Princess,” book three in A Royal Romance Series of Anna del C. Dye is a stand-alone story. You will find an array of characters, fears, love, endurance and heroes, between its pages. Enjoy!

About the book:

Small for her age, Princess Nyala is determined to be noticed and someday rule with fairness and valor in Kaloma. All changes when she looks upon the stars and they predict her accident. After she awakens to a broken body, her father takes to his goblet and she steps into power in her kingdom at sixteen.

Her father said that no man would choose a half-broken princess. Is that how Prince Nicolao sees her after the accident? Her heart is unsure and out of fear she keeps him away to avoid a broken heart.

As soon the other kingdoms in the land determine the predicament of the Royal House of Kaloma, they too will prey on her vulnerability to steal her kingdom. She will have to confront new foes or lose it all.

What other said about the book:

Review by Roseanne Wilkins: A Golden Princess is a story about overcoming hardship and finding true love. This story is a clean romance suitable for pre-teens. I enjoyed the story of love and loss and finding love again through hardship. There aren’t many tales put in a medieval setting that involve strong female characters, especially characters who are physically challenged. Much of the relationship-building between the main characters is told in past perspective after Princess Nyala is injured. Moments are lived through her memories. When Nyala accepts her injuries and moves forward, the story takes off. It was good to read a story where the main character has to face a life very different from what she had planned. I love happily-ever-after’s, and Anna del C. Dye knows how to deliver.

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Anna Del C.’s previous book “Kingdom by the Sea” will be on sale at $0.99 from Feb. 10 to the 16
 
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About the Author:

Anna del C. Dye was born in Valparaiso, Chile amongst some of the world’s most famous beaches. She grew up the middle, after her twin, Elena. Her mother died when she was six, but Anna was lucky enough to find a new mother in her husband’s mother whom she loves dearly. Anna accredits her mother-in-law with teaching her many things in life.

After meeting Rodney, a native of Idaho, in her hometown, Anna traveled to Utah on Christmas Eve and married him two weeks later. An article about their love story, Why Me? was published in spring 2010 by Covenant in the book Angels Round About. Anna and Rodney reside in Taylorsville, Utah and are the parents of three princes and a princess.

Early on in her life, Anna showed an affinity for sewing and took classes that rewarded her with the opportunities of doing costuming for the cast of four musicals, and a movie, which she enjoyed immensely. She is in charge of the costumes for the Elf Court in Utah’s own Fantasy Con. She is fluent in both English and Spanish.

Anna is an accomplished, multi-award winning author. She received the Editor’s Choice Award from the International Library of Poetry. Second place for the first page of A Kingdom by the Sea. Bronze medal for Elfs in a Conquered Realm.  Her short story entitled Amerine—Fairy Princess won an award in the Oquirrh Writers contest and was published by Kalkion Magazine. Her article, A New American Mother, was published by Desert Saints Magazine. Other articles about family and relationships have been published frequently in the MOMS CLUB® of Salt Lake Valley-West.

She is the author of The Silent Warrior Trilogy and four other books in her Elf Series. Anna has also published an electronic book for sixth-graders name Emerine’s Nightmare. From her new A Royal Romance Series, A Golden Princess is the stand alone book three of this series.

Anna holds a yearly Book Drive in her community and has given more that 250 books to 6 different Elementary Schools and another 1000 to 3 different Senior Centers in Utah.

 

The links:

Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MZH8G6J/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1486191291&sr=1-1-fkmr0&keywords=A+Golden+Princess+by+Anna+del+C.+Dye

Smashwords:

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/701539

Exit Signs for you and me…

Thursday, February 9th, 2017
Exit
Signs
by
Patrice Locke
Genre:
Romantic Comedy
 
Researcher
Tracy Price is trying to find a dead writer and forget a live
musician.
Rock
star Jesse Elliot is sure Tracy is demented, and she believes he
wouldn’t recognize the truth in a lineup of Bibles. Their only hope
is to stop trying to read each other’s minds and start speaking
their own.
Anyone
who has ever had a crush, felt betrayed, or been forgiven will
appreciate Tracy’s struggle to claim the life she never knew she
wanted. 
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Jesse lunged toward me. It was too late. I had already launched. He reached out but
didn’t connect. Instead, I broke the trajectory of my upper body by
grabbing him at chest level and sliding down. He was pushed backward
into the table, which stabilized our ungainly host-parasite tableau.
He softened my landing so that physically I was fine, but my pride
was ready for intensive care. 
Heaped at his feet, like a demented penitent, I hugged his knees, my face pressed flat
into his thighs. I might as well stay down. What’s worse? To
stand up and face you, or remain here, nestled between your legs?
What do you think?
Then, the finishing touch: I erupted into
nervous, snorting laughter. He guessed there was no serious injury. 
It’s nice to see you, too. You are okay, aren’t you? Can you stand?” He
reached for my arms to unwrap them from his legs and help me up. I
jammed my eyelids together to conjure up a do-over, but no such
luck. 
I would have to deal with it. 
He held my elbows in his hands. “I guess we were both in a hurry to see each other.” 
I do appreciate your attempt to lighten the mood, but you are standing SO close. I
can feel your body heat. Or is that mine? By the way, you smell tart
and fresh, like a lime.
 
I stared at his shoulder. My dignity meter was stuck on empty. 
Enthusiastic greeting. Thanks for that.” He was blatantly amused. 
It was nothing.”
I stepped backward to regain a semblance of independence. Don’t
mock me. But, you did go to all the trouble to bring your hair. And
your eyes. I might forgive you for witnessing my disgrace. That
hair.
 
 
 
As
a journalist, Patrice Locke wrote a lot of stories with unhappy and
even tragic endings.
Facts are facts, and a writer doesn’t mess with facts.
But fiction is another world. Patrice began writing novels, where she can
control the endings and make them as happy as she wants. The best
thing about fiction, she says, is having time to think before her
characters speak, so they can say the things most of us only come up
with after the perfect moment has passed.
She loves to write, read, and watch romantic comedies where life always
turns out the way it should. Her only obsessive relationships are
with semicolons and Oxford commas.
Though she doesn’t like to brag, Patrice is an award-winning artist. She won
a gold and diamond watch when she was 13 for decorating a turkey
drumstick bone to look like Batman. Alas, that was her last
recognition in the fine arts.
Patrice lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, not far from her daughter Kaitlin,
eight hours from her son Trevor, and way too many miles from amazing
grandsons Alexander and Zackary.
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Cursed by the Fountain of Youth… how?

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

 

Holly Kelly is a mom who writes books in her spare time: translation–she hides in the bathroom with her laptop and locks the door while the kids destroy the house and smear peanut butter on the walls. She was born in Utah but moved around a bit, living in Kansas, Texas, and Hawaii where she studied marine biology. She’s now back in Utah–“happy valley”. She’s married to a wonderful husband, James, and they are currently raising 6 rambunctious children. Her interests are reading, writing (or course), martial arts, visual arts, creating Halloween props, and spending time with family.

 

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For centuries, countless adventurers have searched for the Fountain of Youth. Those who found it thought they would gain eternal life. Instead, they find themselves murdered by its guardians. There was, however, one, lone survivor—Fae Miller. As an infant, she not only survived the Fountain, she took its power.

Twenty-two years later, Fae is hiding in plain sight at a local college. She’s is determined to leave the past behind her and live a normal life. But for one dying man, the search for the Fountain of Youth continues, and he is leaving a trail of blood and mutilated bodies in his wake. Unfortunately, that trail leads directly to Fae. Her only hope is a young, new college professor, also known as Special Agent Nick Chase of the FBI. Nick is determined to do two things: keep Fae alive, and keep his relationship with his student professional. Both of these jobs prove difficult—especially when love and magic get involved.

 

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Snippet:
 
“I wouldn’t call eternal youth a
curse.”

 

It can be. There is no fear as
universal as the fear of death. Men will kill to stop it. They will do the most
heinous and terrible things to avoid it. And giving you the power to grant
eternal life will make you forever a target. 
 
 
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Can a human heart overcome a demon soul?

Friday, February 3rd, 2017

Brandon Gray is the pen name of Braden Bell (Brandon writes YA fiction; Braden writes for middle grades). Braden holds a Ph.D. from New York University. He and his family live on a quiet, wooded lot in Tennessee, where he teaches middle school theatre and music. An experienced performer, Braden enjoys reading, gardening, and long summer afternoons writing in his hammock. His most notable skill is being able to eat a full rack of BBQ ribs with one hand on long drives.

 

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Can a human heart overcome a demon soul?

 

When soul-eating demons overrun his world, Kaelis, a young seraph warrior, uses the Queen’s ring to open a portal in space and flee with the infant heir to the throne, landing on earth. Unbeknownst to him, the demon leader, Nsark, follows through the portal, determined to devour the soul of every last seraph, especially the Queen’s heir. After Kaelis hides the baby, Nsark creates the ultimate weapon by fathering a half-human, half-demon: a soul-stealer’s child. 


 


Sixteen years later, an awkward teen named James struggles to fit in with his peers. In a last-ditch effort, he joins the school play, where he meets Lucy. Something deep draws them together, and their friendship reveals their hidden pasts: one is an angel, one is half-demon. Lucy and James find themselves pulled into an age-old war between their peoples. Hunted by relentless enemies, and grappling with deep-seated instincts and strange new powers, they must fight for their lives, their souls, and each other.

 

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Snippet:
His rich baritone voice crescendoed in a dark laugh, pulling her gaze back to the stage. Backlit by slanted beams of light, his black curls gleamed. Gray eyes blazed so bright they were almost silver. High, sharp cheekbones soared above full, powerful lips. The cape draped over his broad shoulders, following his tapered form to the floor. Something fierce and powerful seethed inside him like a midnight storm. Was it just acting? Or was the role of Dracula opening a window into what was really inside him? Acting or not, something about James called to her.
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There’s nothing to discuss…Choose your weapon.”

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

Donna Hatch, author of the best-selling “Rogue Hearts Series,” is a hopeless romantic and adventurer at heart, the force that drove her to write and publish seventeen historical romance titles, to date. She is a multi-award winner, a sought-after workshop presenter, and juggles multiple volunteer positions as well as her six children. Also a music lover, she sings and plays the harp, and she loves to ballroom dance. She and her family recently transplanted from her native Arizona to the Pacific Northwest where she and her husband of over twenty years are living proof that there really is a happily ever after.

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When charming rake Tristan Barrett sweeps Lady Elizabeth off her feet, stealing both her heart and a kiss in a secluded garden, her brother challenges Tristan to a duel. 
The only way to save her brother and Tristan from harm—not to mention preserve her reputation—is to get married. But her father refuses to allow his daughter to marry anyone but a titled lord. He demands that Elizabeth marry Tristan’s older brother, Richard, the Earl of Averston.
Now Elizabeth must give up Tristan to marry Richard, a man who loves another, a man she’ll never love.

 

 

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Snippet:
“Get your hands off my sister!” a voice snarled.
Tristan snapped his head back and stepped away. Alone, Elizabeth wobbled on her feet.
Her brother, Martindale, stalked into view, bristling like an angry dog.
With his hands held out, Tristan faced Martindale. “My lord, we were merely—”
“None of your lies, Barrett.”
Other voices made exclamations of delighted horror. Elizabeth faced a nightmare; most
of the houseguests stared at her, including one of London’s worst gossip, Lady
Einsburgh. Naturally they would assume the worst. Heat crawled up Elizabeth’s
neck and burned her cheeks. She’d never live down the humiliation. Closing her
eyes, she clamped her mouth shut to avoid screaming at the injustice of it all.
She’d only desired a few moments alone with the man she loved. Instead, she’d
been caught in an intimate embrace in a dark garden. Gossipers would spread an
exaggeratedly sordid tale all over England. She’d be utterly ruined.
Immersed in his role of haughty marquis, Martindale snarled, “Consider your second, Barrett. Tomorrow you shall receive my challenge.”
Elizabeth’s heart stalled. A duel? “No, Martindale. You can’t do this.” Elizabeth’s protest
died on her lips as her brother rounded on her.
“Silence! You’ve behaved like a common whore.”
Elizabeth recoiled as if he’d slapped her.
Tristan stiffened. “Hear now, that’s no way to speak to the lady. I give you my word,
it was merely a kiss.”
Martindale let out a scoff. “And I should trust the word of a known rake?” He turned to Elizabeth,
his eyes boring into hers. “You’ve brought disgrace upon the family.”
Tears burned Elizabeth’s eyes. Martindale was right. Only Tristan could save her from
shame. She turned to him, silently pleading for rescue.
Tristan glanced at her, his expression unreadable, before returning his attention to
Martindale. He lowered his voice. “Let us go inside and discuss this in
private.”
“There’s nothing to discuss. You’ve compromised my sister. Choose your weapon.”
 
 
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Swan and Shadow

Monday, January 30th, 2017

Kathryn Olsen (aka Kaki) has been to 17 countries on five continents. 


After an illustrious upbringing in Massachusetts, she studied English at Brigham Young University. As a result, she’s been known to find theological flaws in zombie lore and Peruvian sacrifice metaphors in Superman movies. 


When not working a desk job or overanalyzing media, she enjoys writing about anything from possessed iPhones to dragon-smuggling androids and has been called upon to lecture on writing by various organizations. 


Her debut novel, Swan and Shadow, was published in March, 2016.


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“Aislin is cursed. A regular college student at night and a swan during the day, Aislin can only break the curse by finding her true love. But when her beloved discovers the truth, will his fear override their love? This modern adaptation of Swan Lake will help you discover what love really means.”
 

 

 

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The summer before we
turned thirteen, Aislin and I got to spend a whole month away at camp. It was
one of those all-purpose places that had a name worthy of Thoreau or a
retirement home. The camp had something for everyone, from hiking to skits, but
they stuck Aislin and me in different cabins and we rejoiced. Aislin was in
Bunk 3 with Jill and Bekah, who taught her how to sail and talk to boys. I was
in Bunk 9 with girls who wanted to try makeup and fawn over Derrick Ferrell.
They traded diving lessons for eyeliner tips.
New friends aside, we
couldn’t stand ignoring each other, so we ate dinner together and teamed up for
canoeing. We once swapped bunks and would have gotten away with it if Aislin’s
counselor hadn’t noticed that I had been cured of my hay fever.
Just after the Fourth
of July, disaster struck. Aislin’s counselor pulled me aside to ask where she
was. I hadn’t seen her and the same went for her friends and counselors. I
headed to my bunk after dinner in case my sister turned up there.
Shortly after dark,
Aislin started throwing rocks at my screen. I snuck out of the bunk and found
her hiding behind a birch tree. She was crying and naked and promised to tell
me everything if I could bring her some clothes and a tampon. I brought both of
them without asking questions and while she got changed, I sought out Nina, her
counselor.
Aislin told the
higher-ups that she’d gone skinny-dipping on a dare and someone had swiped her
clothes. Terrified that someone from camp would see her, she’d hidden in the
woods until night. Nina was sympathetic to the awkward teenager, but
skinny-dipping and going MIA were both against the rules. Aislin got kitchen
duty for her infraction and got told that the next time, parents would be
called.
Once we were alone,
Aislin told me that she’d spent all day with wings and the conviction that
she’d gone bonkers. I had no reason to doubt her, but I witnessed her
transformation the next day to prove that it wasn’t a hallucination. After
seeing my twin sister’s hands sprout feathers and watching her shrink to swan
size, I’d wondered if I was bonkers too.
When Aislin went
missing again, I knew exactly where to find her, but there was no way I was
telling Nina. So I shrugged miserably and said I hadn’t seen her that day.
The camp director
decided that both of us had problems with authority. My parents didn’t believe
that, but they didn’t argue when we were asked to leave camp early.
 
 
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