RELEASE DAY~ ZERO~ J. S. COLLYER…review and spotlight

Zero

 

{Zero is the debut sci-​​fi novel by J.S. Col­lyer}

Released August 2014 through Ama­zon and all good online stores.

9780992987107

Kaleb Hugo is every­thing an offi­cer of the Ser­vice should be: loyal, expertly trained, unques­tion­ing. He has done every­thing ever ordered of him and has done so with a pride that comes from know­ing you are fight­ing for the good of humankind… until the day that he made a deci­sion, as he has had to many times before, in order to ensure the best out­come for the Ser­vice, even though it was in direct vio­la­tion of regulations.

A bat­tle was won, but Hugo was con­demned and dis­hon­ourably dis­charged by Ser­vice com­man­ders for going against orders and risk­ing him­self and his unit to save an inhab­ited satel­lite that had been deter­mined as an accept­able loss.

Offi­cially, anyway.

Unof­fi­cially, Hugo was re-​​assigned to cap­tain the crew of the Zero, an eight-​​man craft that is clas­si­fied in all Ser­vice records as, at best, a pri­va­teer ship and at worse a smug­gling and bor­der­line crim­i­nal enter­prise ves­sel. What very few peo­ple in the Ser­vice know is that the Zero, and its crew, are con­tracted by the Ser­vice. Their role is to inves­ti­gate and infil­trate the less savoury and unac­knowl­edged lev­els of human soci­ety. They sell on, buy in, bar­gain, threaten and report back on every­thing the polit­i­cal lev­els the Ser­vice don’t offi­cially want to know.

The Zero’s rag-​​tag crew look to their com­man­der, Ezekiel Webb, as their leader and mid­dle­man between the reg­i­mented expec­ta­tions of the Ser­vice and the harsh and unpre­dictable demands of the under­world of colo­nial space. He knows he is not cap­tain mate­r­ial but has not man­aged to serve well under any that have been placed over him. Both Cap­tain and Com­man­der clash, but they will have to adapt and find a com­pro­mise if the Zero is to carry out her mis­sions suc­cess­fully and for the har­mony of the crew.

As the Zero is assigned mis­sions by Colonel Lus­combe, her crew is pulled deeper into an orbit-​​wide game of pol­i­tics, deceit and cor­rup­tion which will threaten to tear them apart and throw Human­ity back into a cycle of war and destruc­tion. To stop this and pre­serve the frag­ile peace, Hugo, Webb and the crew will have to over­come per­sonal tragedy, insur­mount­able odds and every cruel depraved twist of fate that the Orbit can throw at them.

As events esca­late out of con­trol, Hugo will have to go against every­thing he has ever believed in to save his crew and bil­lions of inno­cent peo­ple. The out­come is always uncer­tain, but for the crew of the Zero, it was always this way. What will tran­spire will decide not just their fate, but the des­tiny of the entire Human Race.

Goodreads link:  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22698602-zero

 

 Released August 2014 through Ama­zon and all good online stores.

Visit for more information: http://dagdapublishing.co.uk/product/zero/


MY THOUGHTS:

ZERO by J. S. Collyer is an interesting debut Sci-Fi novel. An interesting take on sci-fi. While, Sci-Fi is not my favorite genre, I found ZERO to be interesting as well as intriguing. The characters where engaging and entertaining.  Well written, with danger, adventure and excitement. A well thought out plot and characters. If you enjoy Sci-Fi, you will probably enjoy ZERO as well. I look forward to more from this author. Received for an honest review.

Rating: 4

Heat Rating: mild

Reviewed by: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

 

 

 

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Q&A WITH MARIE HARTE~ Author of: HOW TO HANDLE A HEARKBREAKER…with #Giveaway

Please welcome today’s guest, Marie Harte!!

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MBA&M: What or who inspired you to write Contemporary Romance?

I’m a huge reader, and I’ve always loved romances in general. I lean toward paranormal and futuristic when writing, but my muse doesn’t like me to get bored, so I switch genres to keep myself happy. I love the stories written by Jayne Ann Krentz and Nora Roberts in particular, because many of those revolve around family as well as romance. I write about families I’d like to be a part of.

MBA&M: Is there a story behind why you chose this particular setting, if so, please tell our readers?

My mother was living in Seattle at the time I wrote The Troublemaker Next Door (the first McCauley Brothers book), while I called Grovetown, Georgia (Augusta, GA) home. I loathe heat and humidity. Not saying Seattle’s not humid, but when I visited, it wasn’t hot. I loved the Pacific Northwest. I thought, if I could live anywhere, it would be the Pacific Northwest. And what better city than Seattle? Thus my story was set in the city I’d visit when seeing my mother.

MBA&M: Who would you say most influenced your writing and why?

The many, many authors I read growing up. From Madeline L’ Engle to Johanna Lindsey to Stephen King and Dean Koontz, David Eddings and Nora Roberts, and… There are so many more I can’t name without running out of room! I’m an avid reader, and I’ve always told myself stories. But I wanted to share those stories. I wanted to give other readers the same joy I received when reading my favorite authors. I lean toward romance, and though historicals aren’t my bag when writing, I’ll always credit Johanna Lindsey with getting me hooked. A Gentle Feuding was the very first romance I ever read, but certainly not the last.

MBA&M: What is the one thing that’s really makes you “cringe” where you hear or see it and why?

Poor spelling and grammar in a published book. Whether it be by traditional, small print or self-published authors, poor grammar is a no-no. It drives me nuts when authors don’t pay attention to their craft. There, their and they’re are three DIFFERENT WORDS. Note, this isn’t about stylistic choices, putting fragments or commas in where they sound right. I’m talking basic grammar. To is not a number—it’s a preposition! And yeah, I’m a grammar nazi. I admit it.

MBA&M: As a child, were you an avid reader, or did you start reading later in life?

I read out of the womb. LOL I’ve always been a big-time reader. Fantasies and horror when I was younger, then I gravitated to romances and westerns, science fiction, and then back to romance. Fiction first. I’m not a huge nonfiction reader, but I’ll read anything. Books are my life. 
Thanks so much for having me, My Book Addiction. I loved the questions.

Thanks for stopping by today~ We loved having you visit with us and our readers!!

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marie harteCaffeine addict, boy referee, and romance aficionado, USA Today bestselling author Marie Harte has over 100 books published with more constantly on the way. She’s a confessed bibliophile and devotee of action movies. Whether hiking in Central Oregon, biking around town, or hanging at the local tea shop, she’s constantly plotting to give everyone a happily ever after.

Visit http://marieharte.com and fall in love.

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how to handle a heartbreakerHE CAN’T GET HER OUT OF HIS HEAD
It’s lust at first sight when Brody Singer first lays eyes on Abby Dunn. The dark-haired beauty looks a lot like a woman he once knew, who died years ago. At first, Brody fears his attraction is a holdover from that secret crush, but Abby’s definitely different. She’s a lot shyer, a lot sexier, and despite her attempts to dissuade his interest, absolutely mesmerizing.

SHE CAN’T GET HIM OUT OF HER BOOKS
Abby isn’t having it. She’s still trying to put her last disastrous relationship behind her and overcome the flaws her ex wouldn’t let her forget. But somehow Brody isn’t getting the hint. It doesn’t help that when writing her steamy novels, she keeps casting Brody as the hero.
Brody is more than happy to serve as her muse and eager to help make sure her “research” is authentic. But when their research turns into something real…will she choose her own happily ever after?
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how to handle a heartbreaker~GIVEAWAY ALERT~

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*Prize sent directly to the winner from the publisher*

Thanks to Amelia, at Sourcebooks, we are offering 1 lucky commenter a chance to win a print copy of HOW TO HANDLE A HEARTBREAKER by Marie Harte.

Open to U.S. and Canada residents only!

Giveaway will run from August 15 until August 22, 2014!!

GOOD LUCK AND HAPPY READING!

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RELEASE DAY! SONG OF THE PRAIRIE~ VICKIE MCDONOUGH

Congratulations on your latest release……

SONG OF THE PRAIRIE

{Historical Romance}

[#3 in the Pioneer Promises series]

VICKIE MCDONOUGH

Song of the Prairie

Song of the Prairie is the third and final book of award-winning author Vickie McDonough’s Pioneer Promises Series. Set in 1870s Kansas, the action revolves around the Harper Stage Stop on the Santa Fe Trail and brothers Aaron, Josh, and Ethan Harper who run the family business. Reviews have been overwhelmingly positive for the Books 1 & 2 and early response to Book 3 is glowing with some, like author Amanda Cabot, asking for more:

“Vickie McDonough has outdone herself. Song of the Prairie is a heartfelt, heartwarming and at times heartbreaking story of the lengths a woman will go to protect a child. Turning the last page was bittersweet. Although I sighed in pleasure at the resolution of Janie and Aaron’s problems, I wished there were more than three Harper brothers so I could look forward to another prairie adventure.
More, please!

Song of the Prairie
by Vickie McDonough
Pioneer Promises #3

A Runaway New Mother…
Janie Dunn’s dreams of being an opera singer suddenly dim when, at her dying cousin’s request, she flees Boston with her cousin’s newborn son to protect him from his abusive father. She moves to Kansas to live with her brother, who poses as her husband to protect her identity, lest the baby’s father seek her out. But it’s hard living a lie, even more so the closer she grows to her neighbors on the prairie.

A Widower Missing His Children…
Aaron Harper lost his wife four years ago in a tragic accident. Without a mother to help raise and educate his two children, Aaron sent them to live with his brother and sister-in-law in Windmill, a few hours’ train ride from his family’s homestead, to attend the local school. Yet Aaron regrets seeing his son and daughter so rarely. He yearns to have them under his roof again, but without someone to educate them, it’s an impossible scenario.

A Past That Seems Irreparable…
Life takes a dire turn for Janie when her brother dies. The Harper family turns out to be the greatest blessing—particularly the handsome Aaron Harper, who keeps the farm running in her brother’s absence. But Janie knows his help is only temporary. Is a marriage of convenience to Aaron Harper the answer to both of their problems? And is Kansas far enough away from Boston that she is safe from the baby’s vengeful father? Or will he come after her and expose the secret she’s worked so hard to conceal?
ISBN: 978-1-62911-170-4; $12.99; Frontlist; Fiction/Christian/Romance; August 2014 Release

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VICKIE MCDONOUGHAbout the Author…..

 

Vickie McDonough is an award-winning author of more than thirty books and novellas. A member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, she served as treasurer of the organization for three years and also was treasurer for her local chapter. Her novel Long Trail Home won the 2012 Booksellers’ Best Award for Inspirational Fiction. Her books have also won the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Contest, Texas Gold, and the ACFW Noble Theme Contest, and she has been a multiyear finalist in ACFW’s BOTY/Carol Awards. She is the author of the fun and feisty Texas Boardinghouse Brides series from Barbour Publishing and author of Long Trail Home and End of the Trail, books 3 and 6 in the Texas Trails series by Moody Publishers, in which she partners with Susan Page Davis and Darlene Franklin. Vickie lives with her husband, Robert, in Oklahoma. They have four grown sons and one daughter-in-law, and are grandparents to a precocious eight-year-old girl. When she isn’t writing, Vickie enjoys reading, shopping for antiques, watching movies, and traveling.

For more on Vickie McDonough: www.vickiemcdonough.com.

www.songoftheprairie.whitakerhouse.com
For review copies, press kits, or to set up an interview with Vickie McDonough:
Cathy Hickling, chickling@whitakerhouse.com, 800-444-4484.

 

What Others Are Saying about…
…Vickie McDonough and the Pioneer Promises Series

CALL OF THE PRAIRIECall of the Prairie (Book 2)

Call of the Prairie pulled me in from the first pages. Readers will cheer for Sophie Davenport, a sheltered city girl, as she struggles to triumph over the challenges of prairie life.
—Ann Shorey
Author, the Sisters at Heart series

Vickie McDonough’s writing shines in Call of the Prairie, a beautifully crafted story of courage and strength—and a reminder that even when the fulfillment of our dreams seems impossible, God has everything under control. I found myself captivated by the town of Windmill and its people and felt the call of the prairie tugging at my heart.
—Carol Cox
Author, Love in Disguise, Trouble in Store, and Truth Be Told

With her signature vivid descriptions that bring the prairie to life and cast of engaging characters, Vickie McDonough gives readers a story that will linger in their hearts. More than just a delightful historical romance, Call of the Prairie is also a story of duty and determination, misunderstandings and mystery, life and love. Don’t miss it.
—Amanda Cabot, CBA best-selling author

Whispers on the Prairie, (Book 1)
Romantic Times RT Rating McDonough spins a pleasant and engaging pioneer family drama in her series starter. The Harper brothers fairly leap off the pages with their faith and humor, and readers will sigh happily when one brother finally captures the bride he secretly pines for. Who’s next?
—Reviewed by Carolyn Martin, July 2013

Do you enjoy Janette Oke’s books? If so, then Whispers on the Prairie by Vickie McDonough is the book for you! I haven’t read a prairie romance that I have enjoyed more than this one. I was entranced by this story and did not want to put it down. It’s overflowing with rich characters, deep spiritual themes, and lots of good old fashioned romance. Emotionally captivating seems like such an inadequate way to describe how this story drew me in but I can’t think of another description. Vickie brings about the sweetest and most gentle of romances that totally warmed my soul.
—Ann Payne, Stuff & Nonsense
www.duhpaynes.blogspot.com/2013/07/review-whispers-on-prairie-by-vickie.html
Against a backdrop of the growing pains of the post-Civil War United States, Vickie McDonough weaves a tapestry of words depicting life on the plains and the changes that were quickly becoming the norm. Her characters leapt to life in my mind and my heart, and they stayed with me long after I finished reading this wonderful tale.
—Lena Nelson Dooley
Award-winning author, Maggie’s Journey, Mary’s Blessing, and more

 

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Spotlight: BETTING THE FARM~ ANNIE EVANS~ *Mature content,18+ Please*

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Betting the Farm
by Annie Evans

ebook, 126 pages
Published August 13th 2014
by Ellora’s Cave
ISBN139781419991219

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22838940-betting-the-farm?ac=1

Clay Hearts, Book One

Fritz Carter has carved out a nice life in his hometown of Serenity, Georgia. Together with his brothers, they’ve made the family farm more successful than ever. Fritz wants for very little—save for the girl he’d loved in high school. The girl who’d left Serenity behind…left Fritz behind as well.
The girl who just sauntered into the local dive bar, looking all woman and hotter than ever.
Fritz would have to be blind not to want Kai back in his bed. He’d also have to be stupid to give her his heart. Not again. Not right away. They’ve both changed, and past hurts haven’t healed as well as either had thought. A few sultry summer nights in Kai’s arms don’t equal love…even if his heart says otherwise.

Purchase links:
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Annie Evans author picAbout Annie Evans:
A simple country girl who adores living in the South, I enjoy spending time in the great outdoors, biking and working out with my hubby, reading, and, of course, writing. I believe the most important thing you can do for a child, outside of loving them unconditionally, is to put a book in their hands. My favorite authors include Flannery O’Conner, Harper Lee, Gillian Flynn, Megan Hart, Cara McKenna, and Anne Calhoun, just to name a few. You won’t find me on social media much because I think that’s time better spent writing, but I’d love to hear what you thought of my books, so shoot me a line at annieevans.writerATgmailDOTcom.

Links:
Website: http://annieevans.net/
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/clay_hearts/

 


Betting the Farm_HiRes*Mature content, 18+ please*

Excerpt:

Kai glared at her cell phone lying on the bar in front of her, willing it to flash back with a text from her friend Grace. She was supposed to meet Kai at Sam’s thirty minutes ago. The last thing on earth she wanted to do was sit in a bar alone, especially overdressed like she was. She stood out like a fly in the sugar bowl. Although the alcohol was taking the edge off her temper.
What had ever made her believe she could move back to Serenity and her parents would stay out of her life? She must have been insane to think her mother could ever do that. God forbid. No, when she found out Kai had broken off her engagement to Phillip and was moving back home, her mother’s matchmaking wheels started spinning in high gear.
Her plan had been to stay in her old bedroom for a few months until she could find a place of her own, but she could already tell she’d be lucky to last a week. There was always the option of moving in with Grace, but her apartment was tiny and Kai wanted privacy too much to share minimal square footage. So the first thing on her agenda for Monday morning was to cruise town searching out “For Rent” signs and scanning the papers.
Earlier tonight at her cousin’s wedding reception, her mother had forced Trent Lathrop on her. Ick. How could he have a bald spot and a paunch at thirty? Every time he’d spoken, his garlic breath nearly knocked her off her chair.
As soon as the cake was cut, Kai hightailed it out of there and made a beeline for the closest bar before she was missed. Problem was she was on foot. Her stilettos were cute to look at and did great things for her calves, but they weren’t exactly conducive to walking long distances. Her poor pinched toes were crying in protest, begging to be set free.
Her phone’s screen blinked in front of her with a message from Grace.
Sorry, not gonna make it. Long day. Can u get a ride home?
That killed her buzz. Kai groaned and dropped her forehead to the bar. She couldn’t blame Grace, really. Kai was the one who’d slunk away from the wedding reception, where she’d had a ride home. And she’d asked Grace to join her for a drink knowing Grace had worked all day. To be upset with her would be unfair, so she’d just have to suck it up and deal with the dilemma.
Seth wandered back over after waiting on other customers. “Something wrong, Kai?”
“Grace isn’t coming and she was my ride home.”
“I’m sure you won’t have any trouble catching a lift with somebody here, but if you care to wait, I’ll drop you off. I go right by your folks’ place on my way home.”
“Thanks, Seth. I may need to take you up on that.”
She sent Grace a text telling her not to worry, she had it covered.
“Can I set you up with more shots? Since you’re not drivin’ and all.” Seth gave her a broad smile and added a wink for good measure.
“Sure, why not? I haven’t let my hair down in a long time. Too bad I’m doing it all by myself.”
Just as the words left her lips, Hoyt Tanner returned from a stroll around the bar. Obviously he’d struck out elsewhere and was back for another go at talking Kai out of her panties. He was about to be disappointed for the second time. All smooth, suave, wannabe cowboy with his crisp, too-tight Wranglers, pristine Stetson and roving hands. Every time he opened his mouth, Kai wanted to shove it full of cocktail napkins. Why couldn’t the boy take a hint?
Damn, it had been a mistake to act on her impulse. She should have stayed at the wedding reception and gotten drunk on champagne instead of Jack Daniel’s. Her mother would’ve crapped a gold brick, but then she wouldn’t be too pleased to know her only daughter was sitting alone in a dive bar down the street getting soused either. Nothing Kai ever did made her mother happy.
Seth sat three shot glasses in front of her and poured each one full of the amber-colored firewater. Without preamble, Kai swallowed her fourth of the night in one burning, unladylike gulp while silently toasting her mother. As soon as the liquor hit her stomach, heat spread outward like an atomic bomb had gone off. It crawled upward, warming her neck and face. She squeezed her eyes shut, hoping that when she opened them again they’d still focus, and with any luck Hoyt would’ve magically disappeared.
So what if she got a little drunk? Okay, a lot drunk. She wasn’t kidding when she told Seth it had been a long time, since before she graduated college, and of course, before she met Phillip.
Smart, handsome, proper Phillip Rutherford, with a pedigree the size of the Athens phonebook. Everything about him was perfect—perfect job, perfect hair, perfect smile, perfect family—and perfectly boring sex. Quick, missionary-style, orgasm-less sex. She’d gotten really good at getting herself off afterward while he showered. And Phillip always showered after sex.
Aside from being stupid enough to think she could live with “perfect” the rest of her days, what on earth ever made her think she could live with that in the bedroom? She should’ve been tipped off when they’d visited his parents one weekend and he’d refused to do it under their roof. It wasn’t as if he was going to make her scream with ecstasy or anything. Or he wouldn’t have a shower handy. For goodness sake, they lived like Rockefellers.
Hoyt’s hand gradually made its way down her back. Kai swallowed her fifth shot, gritting her teeth as it numbed her throat.
“So, sugar butt, I say you’n me ditch this place for somewhere a little more…private,” he said, giving her a pat on the ass with the last word. Her face grew hot and this time it wasn’t caused from the liquor.
Sugar butt?
As Kai readied to ask Hoyt to remove his big paw from her ass, a husky male voice spoke from behind and beat her to it. “Take a hike, Tanner, before I break every f**kin’ finger on that wanderin’ hand of yours.”
While her muscles automatically tensed, something akin to warm honey pooled in the pit of her belly. Her traitorous n*****s hardened to painful points beneath the thin fabric of her dress. The heat from his body touched her back and shoulders as if he were pressed against her, skin on skin. There was no mistaking that voice—rough and potent as the whiskey she’d just inhaled—or the way her senses reacted to its owner.
Fritz.
A little voice inside her head screamed run while you can! Meanwhile other body parts begged no. Stay. Touch.
“I believe the lady here might have somethin’ to say about that,” Hoyt replied.
Staring at the colorful wall of liquor bottles in front of her, Kai said, “Get lost, Hoyt.”
Out of the corner of her eye, she watched Hoyt’s mouth open to say something, then snap shut as his face turned as red as a beet.
“You’re an asshole, Carter,” he spat at Fritz.
“I’ve never denied that,” was Fritz’s cool answer.
Hoyt pushed away from the bar and stomped off.
Long arms stretched past her shoulders, trapping her between his body and the edge of the bar, while warm breath fanned across her exposed nape. His aftershave teased her nose, something spicy and masculine and all Fritz. But he didn’t touch her, and of course, a small part of her felt disappointed.
He murmured next to her ear, “Of all the gin joints in this town, you had to walk into mine.”
Kai couldn’t stop the smile pulling at the corners of her mouth any more than she could stop the tiny shudder that rippled through her body. God, let him stay behind me. Please don’t let me see that face because I’ll go under.
“That’s mighty ballsy, borrowing a line from Bogey,” she quipped.
Then he was there, close, propped on his elbow inches away from her. Kai took a deep breath and gradually raised her gaze to his face.
Damn. Just…damn.
The years had honed him from cute to fine. Ruggedly handsome. Almost too pretty for a man. He should be in one of those magazine ads for four-wheel-drive trucks—shirtless, sweaty and fixing fence.
Back then he’d worn his chocolate-brown hair longer, a bit shaggier. Now it was trimmed short and neat, but still made her palms itch to grab double handfuls. Eyes the color of Spanish moss studied her face, a trace of amusement dancing in their depths. Those soft, full lips Kai remembered all too well. The thick column of his neck disappeared into the collar of a plaid Western-style shirt. A few open snaps revealed a dusting of dark chest hair. His sleeves were rolled up to his elbows, exposing tanned, corded forearms. Broad chest, narrow hips, long legs. Maturity looked awful good on him.
“I don’t think he’ll mind. He’s dead.” Leave it to Fritz to be concise. Kai tried hard not to laugh.
“You know, I had Mr. Tanner under control.”
His eyes narrowed. “When? Before or after he touched your ass?”
“I’m quite capable of taking care of myself.”
He laughed and rubbed his jaw. “How well I know, Donnelly. How well I know.”
The corners of his eyes crinkled attractively when he smiled and Kai felt her stomach flutter. Lord Almighty, the man was still more potent than the eighty-proof alcohol patiently waiting in the last shot glass in front of her. He should come with a warning label—one look at him will melt your p*****s right along with your resistance. She gulped the liquor down, thinking she needed it to steel herself against the onslaught of raw lust threatening to overtake her. It was almost as if time had been turned back and she was eighteen again, completely smitten yet scared to death of the effect he had on her, body and soul.
Fritz leaned in close. “How many of those have you had tonight?”
“Not enough.”
One dark eyebrow shot up. “You’re not drivin’ I hope.”
Seth picked that perfect moment to butt into the conversation.
“Nope, she ain’t drivin’. I was gonna give her a lift home but maybe you could, Fritz, so she won’t have to wait on me to close up.”
Kai gave Seth the stink-eye but he just shrugged his shoulders.
Without taking his watchful gaze off Kai, Fritz pulled money from his shirt pocket and tossed it on the bar. “Close out her tab, Seth, and give us the rest of that bottle of Jack.”
She was being manhandled and it was starting to p*** her off. “I can pay my own tab, thank you very much, and I can find my own way home.”
Seth slid the bottle of whiskey across the bar and Fritz tucked it under his arm, then grabbed her elbow to help her stand. Kai snatched her arm away.
“I’m quite capable of walking on my own!”
“You’re gonna break an ankle in those damn shoes. Give me your arm, Kai.”
Kai spun around on the barstool and planted her feet on the floor. When she stood, the room tilted sideways and so did she. Fritz caught her around the waist with one arm, and if she wasn’t mistaken, snickered under his breath.
“Easy there, tiger.”
Once everything was somewhat level again, she shoved her shoulders back, put one foot in front of the other and wobbled out of the bar.

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Today’s guest with #Giveaway: BOUND BY THE BUCCANEER~ NORMANDIE ALLEMAN…Erotica Historical Romance *Mature content, 18+please*

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BOUND BY THE BUCCANEER

[Pirates of the Jolie Rouge Trilogy]

NORMANDIE ALLEMAN

{Erotica Historical Romance}

Please help us welcome today’s guest:

Bound by the Buccaneer by Normandie Alleman

WELCOME< NORMANDIE!!

What is the appeal of Buccaneers and romance for today’s readers?
The appeal of the pirate is timeless. The original “bad boy”, the pirate is “hard to get”, a perfect challenge for the woman who wants to catch that elusive fish and be the one to make him settle down and change his ways. Often at sea and living by his own code of conduct, a pirate doesn’t usually have time for significant relationships. Pirates are outlaws, yet we are sympathetic to them, partly because we can live vicariously through their adventures. We can sit in the comfort of our reading nooks and experience their risky quests for freedom, wealth, and excitement.
During the 1600’s there were certain standards as to how people were expected to behave. However, pirates had a healthy disregard for laws and convention. Pirates are rebels, and therefore the characters in Bound by the Buccaneer are liable to do things outside social mores. One of the reasons we read is to hear stories about people who do things we ourselves would not. Speaking of that, here’s a snippet of what happens when Frederica’s beloved Gaston tells her that he must share her with the three pirate captains with whom they have just formed an alliance.

 

Excerpt

“You did what?” A white fury had overtaken Frederica, and was now in a full-blown rage. “You agreed I would do what?” Her voice grew more shrill by the minute.
Gaston had taken her back to their cabin aboard the Ocean’s Knave and told her about his agreement with Pugwash, Chatham, and Appling. He seemed upset about the bargain too, his brow had a new crease and he looked weary. He sat on the bed as Frederica paced around the room trying to absorb the news.
“If you won’t agree to this, Freddie, we will not receive their protection. We will be sailing the Caribbean marked men, the prime target for every pirate ship on the water. Our crew is mighty, but one day we will find ourselves out-manned, out-gunned, or both.
We headed down this path because you don’t have the stomach for killing innocents, but there are consequences to every action. And the consequences for what we’ve done is that we’re the most hunted, most wanted pirates in the Caribbean.”
“Good deeds must be punished? Is that what you’re saying?” she asked defiantly.
“Frederica, you are not a child. Do not behave as one. Pirates, as a rule, do not share your scruples. Perhaps I should never have gone along with your idea to raid other pirate ships, but I did and there’s no sense in rehashing events from the past. What’s done is done.
“The answer is simple. We need protection, a larger force. There is strength in numbers and these three captains are willing to join us with their ships and their crews. That would make us 400 strong, Frederica! Imagine that…The only snag is if they think me a dandy who dances to a woman’s tune they will have no desire to be associated with the Ocean’s Knave.” He shook his head. “And no pirate worth his salt would blame them”
Knowing he spoke the truth did little to quell her concerns. Her stomach tightened. “I still don’t understand why they must bed me,” she complained. Gaston was treating her as if she were a possession to be shared without a hint of concern for how his actions would affect her, and it hurt.
Running out of patience he sighed. “My dear, if I offer you as a gift they will view you more as my property than as my shrew, thereby proving their concerns are unfounded.”
Rolling her eyes she repeated his words with a sneer. “Your property?”
“Yes, my property,” he said in a no-nonsense tone.
“But…” she tried to find words. The idea of three men, strangers to her, taking her body as they wished frightened her. However, along with the fear, she felt a little glimmer of excitement and possibly curiosity. Gaston was the only man she’d ever been intimate with, and now she wondered what it would be like to be taken by another man.

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Here’s the blurb:

Bound by the BuccaneerTwo years after Rescued by the Buccaneer, Gaston and Frederica have found great success raiding other pirate ships, but as a result have drawn a target on their backs. Their only hope of avoiding vengeance from the pirate community is to form an alliance with a trio of like-minded sea captains, but in order to guarantee their cooperation Gaston is forced to offer them a night with Frederica.

Though she agrees to the tryst, Frederica cannot predict the consequences of broadening her carnal education or how her actions will affect Gaston. As jealousy and desperation threaten to consume him, will Gaston lose his beloved Frederica or discover a way to tie her to him forever?

Bound by the Buccaneer will be released by Stormy Night Publications on the 25th July.

**Publisher’s Note: Bound by the Buccaneer is the second book of the Pirates of the Jolie Rouge trilogy, which began with Rescued by the Buccaneer. It is an adventure and erotic romance novel that includes spankings, sexual scenes including a foursome, anal play, elements of BDSM, and more. If such material offends you, please don’t buy this book.

 

 

Excerpt (Mature content, 18+please)

“You did what?” A white fury had overtaken Frederica, and was now in a full-blown rage. “You agreed I would do what?” Her voice grew more shrill by the minute.
Gaston had taken her back to their cabin aboard the Ocean’s Knave and told her about his agreement with Pugwash, Chatham, and Appling. He seemed upset about the bargain too, his brow had a new crease and he looked weary. He sat on the bed as Frederica paced around the room trying to absorb the news.
“If you won’t agree to this, Freddie, we will not receive their protection. We will be sailing the Caribbean marked men, the prime target for every pirate ship on the water. Our crew is mighty, but one day we will find ourselves out-manned, out-gunned, or both.
We headed down this path because you don’t have the stomach for killing innocents, but there are consequences to every action. And the consequences for what we’ve done is that we’re the most hunted, most wanted pirates in the Caribbean.”
“Good deeds must be punished? Is that what you’re saying?” she asked defiantly.
“Frederica, you are not a child. Do not behave as one. Pirates, as a rule, do not share your scruples. Perhaps I should never have gone along with your idea to raid other pirate ships, but I did and there’s no sense in rehashing events from the past. What’s done is done.
“The answer is simple. We need protection, a larger force. There is strength in numbers and these three captains are willing to join us with their ships and their crews. That would make us 400 strong, Frederica! Imagine that…The only snag is if they think me a dandy who dances to a woman’s tune they will have no desire to be associated with the Ocean’s Knave.” He shook his head. “And no pirate worth his salt would blame them”
Knowing he spoke the truth did little to quell her concerns. Her stomach tightened. “I still don’t understand why they must bed me,” she complained. Gaston was treating her as if she were a possession to be shared without a hint of concern for how his actions would affect her, and it hurt.
Running out of patience he sighed. “My dear, if I offer you as a gift they will view you more as my property than as my shrew, thereby proving their concerns are unfounded.”
Rolling her eyes she repeated his words with a sneer. “Your property?”
“Yes, my property,” he said in a no-nonsense tone.
“But…” she tried to find words. The idea of three men, strangers to her, taking her body as they wished frightened her. However, along with the fear, she felt a little glimmer of excitement and possibly curiosity. Gaston was the only man she’d ever been intimate with, and now she wondered what it would be like to be taken by another man.

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Since these books are best read in order, here is the blurb for the first book in the series – Rescued by the Buccaneer.

rescuedbythebuccaneerRescued by the Buccaneer

When Frederica Beauchamp boards a ship for the Americas, she dreams of a life filled with adventure, but she gets more than she bargained for when her passenger ship is attacked by pirates. The heartless men kidnap her and force her to serve their captain—a fate that might be worse than death, since though he does not have his way with her, the captain delights in baring her, shaming her, and thrashing her bare bottom as punishment for every imagined disobedience.

After the pirates bring aboard an injured man found floating in the sea, Frederica tends to his wounds and learns that he is Gaston Galette, a survivor of a shipwrecked vessel. Gaston seeks her help to overthrow the vile captain, but when their plan goes awry he is forced to use all of his wiles to save them. As the naïve girl and the seasoned sailor navigate one perilous situation after another, he informs Frederica that the only way they can survive is if he is in command, and that if she thinks things can be otherwise, she will be taken over his knee for a bare bottom spanking.

As he watches the proud, willful Frederica bow to his authority, however, Gaston worries that her growing hold on his heart will be his downfall. He knows he cannot take a woman with him when he returns to his ship and crew, but when Frederica accepts his lustful dominance completely, submitting to him with grace and beauty no other woman could match, Gaston realizes that he may never be able to let her go.

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Read the other books in the Pirates of the Jolie Rouge Trilogy!

Book One – Rescued by the Buccaneer
Book Two – Bound by the Buccaneer
Book Three –
(coming late Fall 2014)

And don’t miss Normandie’s popular Daddy’s Girl Series:
Book One – Daddy Morebucks
Book Two – Daddy’s Game
Book Three – (
coming Fall 2014)

 

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AllemanLogoSmallAbout the Author
A former psychologist, Normandie has always been fascinated by human behavior. She loves writing quirky characters that are all too human. Fiber arts, baking, and Pinterest are a few of her favorite pastimes. She lives on a farm with a passel of kids, an adorable husband, and a pet pig who’s crazy for Red Bull.

 

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Q&A WITH SHANA GALEN~Author of LOVE AND LET SPY…with #Giveway

WELCOME TODAY’S GUEST, SHANA GALEN!!

LoveAndLetSpy

Thanks so much for hosting me today!

MBA&M: What influenced you to write stories during the Regency era in England,about spies and romantic thrillers?

When I started reading romances, I loved books set during the Regency period. It was such an interesting time because of the Peninsular Wars and the fact that George III, who had been so instrumental in the war against the United States, was incapacitated due to mental illness. His son, Prince George, was not well liked and was given to extreme excess. At the same time, the rules of the era were rather strict. Women had to protect their reputations and men protected their honor. The whole era is full of intriguing juxtapositions, which makes it an interesting time to write about.

I’ve always enjoyed writing books with a great deal of action, and since England was at war for most of the Regency, spies fit perfectly into the Regency world. I always enjoy books with big plots, and I love writing stories where the characters have to deal with more than who will marry whom or whether a reputation is ruined. I like to throw in a plot to assassinate the regent or the like to keep things interesting.

MBA&M: Who was your favorite author as an inspiring author? AND what was the first book you remember reading as a child?

My favorite historical author was and still is Marsha Canham. I love the richness of her books and the depth of her research. She’s also an author who writes very adventurous books, and that was an inspiration to me as well.

The first book I remember reading as a child was The Black Stallion. I spent most of a week of vacation by the lake with my nose buried in that book.

MBA&M: What would you like to most change in the world today?
I would like to change the way animals are used for food and entertainment. I’d eliminate factory farming and the cruelties associated with it, and I would get rid of circuses and places like SeaWorld. Our society is judged by the way we treat the weak and defenseless—animals, children, the elderly. I always advocate for a kinder world.

MBA&M: What is some of your favorite moments or most memorable moments, as an inspiring author, and your road to publication?

The most memorable moment had to be the day I decided to quit. I was down because I’d received yet another rejection, and I didn’t think I would ever be published. I was working so hard at publication and giving up so much, and it didn’t seem worth it. Later that day I got a call from a contest coordinator that I’d finaled in a contest. It seemed like a sign to keep writing, and I’m so glad I did.

MBA&M: Which author(s), if any, do you feel inspired your the most in your writing career? Why?

I’d have to say Julie Garwood. Her historicals are some of my favorite books ever. I love her humor and her heroes and the way she ends every chapter so you can’t help but turn the page. Now that I’m published I’m inspired all the time. Whenever I read a good book, it inspires me to make my writing better.

 

How fascinating! Thank you so much for spending a few moments of your time with us and our readers today! I love your historicals!!

 

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LoveAndLetSpyHer name is Bonde, Jane Bonde…
A beautiful and eligible member of the ton, Jane has more than a few secrets: she’s one of the Crown’s most elite agents. She may be deadly, but she doesn’t know a thing about fashion, flirtation, or love…until Dominic Griffyn shakes up her carefully stirred world and asks her to be his bride. He’s exactly the kind of man she’s not looking for. And he’s dangerous, because falling into his arms is so much more satisfying than saving England from her enemies.

He’s an improper gentleman who needs a wife…
Talk, dark, and tortured, Dominic Griffyn is haunted by demons from his past. When his stepfather insists that he marry, Dominic allows himself to hope that the beautiful but mysterious Miss Bonde might help him forget his troubles. As they grow closer, it’s clear that there’s more to Jane than danger. She might be just what his neglected heart needs.

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Color Shana Galen H-R-2118Shana Galen is the bestselling author of fast-paced adventurous Regency historicals. She taught English at the middle and high school level off and on for eleven years. Most of those years were spent working in Houston’s inner city. Now she writes full-time. She lives in Houston, Texas .

Visit her at: shanagalen.com

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~GIVEAWAY ALERT~

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Thanks to Amelia, at Sourcebooks, we are offering 1 lucky commenter a chance to win a print copy of LOVE AND LET SPY by Shana Galen. Open to U.S. and Canada residents only!

Giveaway will run from August 13 until August 15, 2022!

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Today’s Guest: LORENE J. HUMPAL~ Author of: SLEEP WITH ANGELS

Lorene J. Humpal author of Sleep with Angels

Sleep With Angels

Please tell our readers a little about yourself?
I am musically talented. I’ve been into music since age 5, when I started piano lessons and singing in cherub choirs. I sang at my first funeral at the age of five and have sung at many wedding & funerals since then. The organ is my biggest love; I have a Rogers Organ with a Midi-Box in my home. I played the church organ for over 20 years, and played the piano and the French horn in marching and concert band. I sang for 20 years with Sweet Adeline’s (Barbershop Harmony) and with the Glee club and Choir. I was a choir director, and wrote and conducted a Christmas Program for our church children. I’ve given voice lessons to local children. Music makes a difference in every aspect of your life

What are five things readers may or may not know about you?
Tim Janis is my favorite musician and allowed me to use the name of one of his songs, “Sleep with Angels”, as the title of my book. I love to fish out on the Pacific Ocean, my husband Richard and I spent two summers out on the ocean fishing for salmon. My previous careers were in business management, accounting, and credit managing. I love to write and I am considering another book. I love Wisconsin Badger football games, and for many years my husband and I have made the drive on the I-90 to go see the Badgers play. The biggest thrill was when Bucky Badger kissed me on the cheek.

How difficult was it to write Sleep with Angels?
It was very hard to bare my heart and soul for everyone to read. It was always hard to talk about my family because there is such a huge difference between the mother who raised me and the one who gave birth to me. I always refer to my mother who raised me as Mother, while my biological mother is just Margaret.

What was the most difficult scene to write?
Six months oldThere were several scenes I struggled with. One was my mother’s revelation about my birth. I was one person before being told and became another person afterward. The Willow River Baby drowning also broke my heart. We put up a marker for her and try to put flowers there when we can. The last scene would be anything with Margaret, as Margaret’s treatment toward me was hard to put into words.

Tell our readers a bit about your journey to getting published?
I must have written my book a dozen times before I was satisfied with it. I was turned down twice and re-wrote before meeting Tracy Ertl who agreed to publish the book.

If you could have dinner with one person (real or fiction) who would it be and why?
It would be Jesus, because throughout the entire ordeal he was always there for me. He has looked out for me since the day I was born.

 

Thank you for sharing your story with us and our readers. How very heartbreaking but healing your story must have been to write.

 

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A wayward beauty’s baby girl goes missing during the Great Depression—31 years later, a wife and mother discovers the truth about her origins

Sleep With Angels

Sleep With Angels (TitleTown Publishing, July 28, 2014) by Lorene Joyce Humpal is a true crime memoir steeped in faith and charged by the difference one choice, one chance can make in someone’s life. A  young mother longs to return to a careless life of beer halls and boys after giving birth to a daughter. She ultimately reveals her profound lack of maternal instinct when her baby girl disappears and she expresses no worry concerning her daughter’s possible abduction and death. Though she claims a nurse abducted the newborn, the anonymous nurse and the stolen infant were never discovered by the police.

 

Thirty-one years later in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Lorene is finally told a family secret: the loving mother and father who had raised her on discipline and firm principles of Christian morality weren’t her blood-relatives. Lorene’s mother had rescued her from a wealthy family and a group of irresponsible teenagers who were determined to drown her when she was a baby. Her abduction was her salvation—she was the missing baby from so many years ago. Heartbroken and confused, Lorene struggles with her present reality and her past’s remaining mysteries, seeking the truth about her paternity and her relationship with another abandoned infant who’d met a much darker fate.

 

This is the true story of a woman’s life after narrowly escaping certain death, and the anguish that comes with learning that life isn’t always what it appears to be. Sleep With Angels explores the true beauty of maternal love, the power of holding on to faith, and the precious gift of life. It has all the suspense of true crime and all the touching recollections of a memoir—Lorene’s story inspires and entices at turns, providing her readers with the inextinguishable hope that even in the darkest of times, an angel is watching.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

Lorene Joyce Humpal resides in Seattle with her husband and enjoys spending time with her two adult sons. She has a profound appreciation of life, as she knows her own was spared against all odds. Sleep With Angels is her first book.


 

 

Sleep With Angels

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Spotlight~ LAUREN WILLIG~ THE MARK OF THE MIDNIGHT MANZANILLA

THE MARK OF

THE MIDNIGHT MANZANILLA

By Lauren Willig

 *All information from the publisher*

Praise for Lauren Willig’s Pink Carnation series:

 

Pride and Prejudice lives on in the pages of Lauren Willig’s Pink Carnation romance-spy series.”

USA Today

 

“History textbook meets Bridget Jones.”
Marie Claire

 

“Jane Austen for the modern girl…Sheer fun!”

New York Times Bestselling Author, Christina Dodd

 

“Delectable wit and a deft hand at imaginative plotting…

a completely captivating tale that fans of this long-running series will cherish.”
Booklist (starred review) on THE PASSION OF THE PURPLE PLUMERIA

 

“This tenth bloom to be added to Willig’s popular series is just as fresh and satisfying

as any of the other flowers in the best literary bouquet ever created!”
Library Journal (starred review) on THE PASSION OF THE PURPLE PLUMERIA

 

“Willig’s sparkling series continues to elevate the Regency romance genre.”
Kirkus on THE ORCHID AFFAIR

 

New York Times bestselling author Lauren Willig is back with a new installment in her beloved Pink Carnation series. THE MARK OF THE MIDNIGHT MANZANILLA (NAL; 978-0-451-41473-; $15; August 5, 2014) marks the eleventh book and the second trade paperback original novel in the bestselling series.

In THE MARK OF THE MIDNIGHT  MANZANILLA, Sally Fitzhugh has had enough of endless balls and the rampant vampire craze sparked by The Convent of Orsino. But when people begin to speculate that the vampire in the book was based on the mysterious Duke of Belliston, a noted recluse who recently returned to his abandoned mansion in the heart of Belliston Square, Sally cannot resist the urge to find out the truth about him.

 

Lucien, Duke of Belliston, is determined to uncover the truth of the scandal surrounding his parents’ death, and clear their names. For years, people have speculated that Lucien’s French Creole mother killed her husband, hinting at everything from treason to dark sorcery. There are even rumors that Lucien is actually his father, undead, immortal, and hungry for blood. He welcomes his fearsome reputation until a woman is found dead with the blood drained from her throat. Right in Belliston Square.

Together, Lucien and Sally join forces to uncover a mystery that leads them from the occult to high treason as they try to stop the so-called vampire from killing again. Someone managed to get away with killing the last Duke of Belliston—but they won’t kill this duke, at least not if Sally has anything to say about it.

The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla is available in trade paperback from Amazon, B&N, Books-A-Million, Indiebound, Powell’s, and, of course, your favorite local bookseller; in e-form on Kindle, Nook and iTunes; and in audio download from Audible, Amazon, and iTunes.

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About the Author

Lauren Willig is the author of nine previous Pink Carnation novels.  She received a graduate degree in English history from Harvard University and a JD from Harvard Law School, though she now writes full-time.  Willig lives in New York City.  Visit her online at www.laurenwillig.com and www.facebook.com/LaurenWillig.

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Q &A with MARY WINE~Author of: THE HIGHLANDER’S BRIDE TROUBLE~ with #Giveaway and #excerpt

The Highlander's Bride Trouble

Welcome, Mary!

mary wine with bookMBA&M: Please tell our readers who may not know you, a little about yourself?

Writing romance has been something I’ve always wanted to do. I think I was in fifth grade when I picked up my first book by Johanna Lindsey and ended up hooked. It wasn’t exactly the career choice my mother wanted to hear and I recall getting in big trouble at school when I wrote it down on an assignment. But here I am and I am so thankful to every reader who enjoys my books.

MBA&M: What makes your cringe?

Boys who don’t know you use a belt to hold your pants up.

MBA&M: How do you get your creative juices flowing?

I’m not sure my ever stop. Sleep can prove elusive because I wake up with ideas playing across my mind. My Dad had a motorhome when we were kids and I used to sit in the back of it and just day dream while the miles went by. But if a scene isn’t flowing, I get up and clean something. Nothing like housework to kick start the muse.

MBA&M: What is your inspiration for writing stories with Highlanders, Scottish romance and Historical Romance?

I’ve been a long time history nerd. I meet my husband at the renaissance fair. I actually own clothing from these periods and wear it out.

MBA&M: What is the single most important thing you have ever done?

I’ve tried to be a good mom and wife. And I do mean tried. It’s hard but I keep trying. Family is everything and it takes care and nurturing. I believe you get out of life what you put into it. So I put a lot out there.

MBA&M: What is the first book you remember reading as a child? Why do you remember this book?

Scuffy the Tug boat. Still love that one. I struggled to learn to read. I recall my mom, sitting me down with a bag of books and putting me on restriction. The only entertainment I could have were those books. I got bored enough to read them but my mom was right. I got better. I remember some of those books…Sister of the Bride, The Cat ate my Gym suit, Island of the Blue dolphins, The Red Castle Women…..so many worlds and I loved them all.

MBA&M: What is next in your writing career?

My next book is coming from in just a few days. Dream Shard is a follow up to ‘Dream Shadow’. You can find it on my website. MaryWine.com

MBA&M: If you could change anything about yourself, what would it be and why?

Back in grade school, I would have said my nose….kids can be mean little things at times. But I don’t think I’d change it now. Nope. Part of me is glad I learned to love myself in spite of those bullies. Not going to let them have any power over me, so I’ll keep my nose.

Oh, thank you so much for stopping by today, Mary! Congratulations on your two latest releases. I cinge with those darn pants thingy too!

the highlander's bride troubleExcerpt-

He reached out and stroked her cheek. “’Tis a sad thing to see how hard yer feelings are. But there is naught more to fear, she’ll nae have the opportunity to inflict such ills again.”
Nareen jerked away from the contact. She even took a swipe at his hand, but he moved faster, withdrawing in time to avoid being struck. Someone chuckled from where his men clustered near the fires, but Saer was watching her from narrowed eyes.
“I am nae afraid of anything,” she assured him.
“Is that so?” Saer inquired in a silky-smooth tone.
Nareen nodded. Satisfaction began to fill her, but it was cut short as he reached out and stroked her face again. She jumped, completely unable to control her reaction.
“Ye are making sport of me in front of yer men, like a savage.”
His eyes glittered, but it wasn’t with the outrage Nareen had intended to provoke. Instead, there was an unmistakable pleased looked in those dark orbs.
“I am a savage, Nareen.” He stepped forward, placing himself within touching range again. “I do nae let words stand alone. If ye truly have no interest in me, there is no reason to avoid me touch. Stand steady and prove ye are nae moved. I have no taste for a frigid woman.”
She laughed at him but stepped back again. “Then it seems we have a common ground, for I crave no man’s touch.”
His lips thinned. “Now that is something ye shall have to prove as well.”
“I will nae. Me word should be enough on the matter, if ye truly are me brother’s friend.” She didn’t care to hide behind her brother’s name, but the circumstances offered her few alternatives.
“As ye noted, I am a savage, and I always demand proof before I believe.”
This time, she was ready when he reached for her cheek. She stepped aside, avoiding him. She was just beginning to smile with her victory when he closed his hand around her wrist. He really was huge. His fingers closed easily around her smaller wrist, clasping it in an iron grip. She braced herself for pain, but there was none, only a secure hold that defied her attempt to break it.
“Release me.” Her voice had risen, and she shut her mouth before revealing any more of her unsettled state.
“Prove ye are unmoved, lass, and I shall be content to accept yer dismissal.” His tone had deepened, becoming something hypnotic.
“I am irritated.” And remaining still was proving too difficult. She twisted her hand, trying to break his hold again.
“Aye, ye are that.” He lifted her hand to his face and pressed a kiss on the delicate skin of her inner wrist. She shuddered, the touch intensely intimate. She’d never realized her skin might be so sensitive. The simple touch of his lips unleashed a bolt of sensation that shook her all the way down to her toes. His eyes filled with satisfaction.
“But ye are also affected.”
He released her, and she stumbled back a pace because she’d been resisting his hold so greatly. Laughter erupted from his men. Saer stiffened, and he crossed his arms over his chest.
“What?” she said. “Are ye trying to impress me by controlling yerself now that ye see yer men are enjoying the sport ye are making of me?”
“Aye, I am,” he answered darkly. “I am nae the one who chose this setting for our meeting, Nareen. Ye should nae have refused to see me again at court. That left me no choice but to chase ye.”

 

 

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the highlander's bride trouble

The Highlander’s Bride Trouble
By Mary Wine
Sourcebooks Casablanca
Historical Romance
August 5, 2014
ISBN: 9781402264863
$6.99/£4.99
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Her clan is in chaos…
Raised by her father and brother, Nareen Grant is strong, confident, well-educated—and skilled with a bow and dagger. It’s a tumultuous time for Scotland, and events conspire against her. Betrayed by her family, she makes her way alone, until she lands in the lap of Saer MacLeod. But she wants no help from a savage man of the Isles.

And rivalries are deadlier than ever.
Raised on the rugged Scottish Isles, Saer MacLeod is considered fierce even by Highlander standards. He’s enchanted by the independent and headstrong Nareen. But when an old feud endangers her life, Saer’s fascination with her escalates into a ferocious desire to protect her… and claim her for himself.

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Acclaimed author Mary Wine has written over 30 works of erotic fantasy, romantic suspense, and historical romance. An avid history-buff and historical costumer, she and her family enjoy participating in historical reenactments. Mary lives with her husband and two sons in Yorba Linda, California.

Website: http://www.marywine.com/
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Mary Wine’s fourth book in The Sutherlands series, The Highlander’s Bride Trouble pubs, August 5. To celebrate, the first three books in The Sutherlands series will be dramatically discounted in their eBook formats. 

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The eBook prices for the series will be as follows:

·         The Highlander’s Prize FREE

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·         The Trouble with Highlanders$1.99

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·         How to Handle a Highlander$3.99

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·         The Highlander’s Bride Trouble $6.99

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*This promotion will be active for 90 days.*

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The Highlander's Bride Trouble (The Sutherlands, #4)~GIVEAWAY ALERT~

(Sponsored by the publisher)

*Prize will be sent directly to the winner*

Thanks to Becca, at Sourcebooks, we are offering 1 lucky commenter a chance to win a finished print copy of THE HIGHLANDER’S BRIDE TROUBLE by Mary Wine.

Open to U.S. and Canada residents only! No P.O. Boxes, please!

Giveaway will run from August 11 until August 15, 2014!

*All winners will be announced on the site*

HAPPY MONDAY! AND GOOD LUCK!

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http://mybookaddictionreviews.com/2014/07/12/review-the-highlanders-bride-trouble-by-mary-wine/

 

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CONTEST! FIND MY WAY HOME~ MICHELE SUMMERS and Sourcebooks

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In honor of her July debut, Find My Way Home, Michele is channeling her interior designing main character, Bertie Anderson, and giving away one $25 Bed, Bath and Beyond gift card to a lucky fan! The contest will last from August 11th to August 31st and the winner will be chosen through Rafflecoptor.

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find my way homeShe’s just the kind of drama

Interior designer Bertie Anderson has big dreams for her career, and they don’t include being stuck in her hometown of Harmony, North Carolina. One last client, and Bertie is packing up her high heels and heading for her dream job in Atlanta. But her plans are derailed by the gorgeous new owner of that big old Victorian she’s always wanted to renovate…

 

He’s vowed to avoid

For retired tennis pro Keith Morgan, Harmony is a far cry from fast-paced Miami—which is exactly the point. Keith is starting a new life for himself and his daughter Maddie, and he’s left the bright lights and hot women far behind. Bertie’s exactly the kind of curvaceous temptation he doesn’t need, and Keith refuses to let their sizzling attraction distract him from his goals. Keith and Bertie both have to learn that there’s more than one kind of escape, and it takes more than wallpaper to turn a house into a home.

 

 

 

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