Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Jan Schliesman's Birthday Giveaway!


To celebrate my 49th Birthday, I’m giving away this Harlequin tote bag loaded with books, a hand-painted Lolita wine glass and, of course, chocolateJ


Easiest contest ever.  Click on comments below and tell me Happy Birthday!  I’ll choose a winner on Saturday! 

Jan Schliesman

Monday, January 16, 2017

Get Lost in The Fixer by HelenKay Dimon



THE FIXER
Games People Play

He’s known only as Wren. A wealthy, dangerously secretive man, he specializes in making problems disappear. A professional fixer, Wren hides a dark past, but his privacy is shattered when Emery Finn seeks him out—and what she wants from him is very personal.

Some people disappear against their will. Emery’s job is to find them and bring closure. Wren is the only person who can help solve Emery’s own personal mystery: the long-ago disappearance of her cousin. Just tracking down the sexy, brooding Wren is difficult enough. Resisting her body’s response to him will prove completely impossible.

Anonymity is essential to Wren’s success, yet drawn by Emery’s loyalty and sensuality, he’s pulled out of the shadows. But her digging is getting noticed by the wrong people. And as the clues start to point to someone terrifyingly close, Wren will have to put his haunted past aside to protect the woman he loves.

Available for purchase now at Amazon


An Excerpt from The Fixer:

She didn't hear footsteps or see a shadow until the legs of the chair on the other side of the café table screeched against the tile floor and a man sat down across from her. Strike that, not just a man. Not part of the usual striped-tie, navy-suit business crowd she waded through each day. This one had a lethal look to him. Dark hair with an even darker sense of danger wrapping around him.

He didn't smile or frown while his gaze searched her face. Broad shoulders filled out every inch of the jacket of his expensive black suit. Those bright green eyes matched his tie and provided a shock of color to the whole Tall, Dark, and Deadly look he had going on.

He managed to telegraph power without saying a word, as a hum of energy pulsed around him. She fought off a shiver and reached for her spoon. Hardly a weapon but something about this guy made her insides bounce and the blood leave her head, and she had no idea why.

"Excuse me?" She used a tone that let him know just sitting down without asking was not okay. Some women might like the kind of takeover type of guy who assumed his presence was welcome every where. Not her.

"We need to come to an understanding."

The voice, deep and husky with an edge of gravelly heat, skidded across her senses. She felt it as much as she heard it. The tone struck her, held her mesmerized, before the meaning behind the words hit her. "Uh-huh, well, maybe we should understand that seat is already taken," she said.

"By?"

"Literally anyone else who wants it." She looked down, making a show of taking the lid off her cup and stirring the few inches of coffee left inside. That struck her as the universal not-interested signal.

She waited for him to grumble, or call her a name and scamper off. She had issued a dismissal after all. But his presence loomed and she glanced up again.

"Emery Finn." Her name rolled off his tongue.

That shiver moving through her turned into a full body shake. "Wait, do we know each other?"

"You've been making inquiries."

It was the way he said it as much as what he said. How he sat there without moving. Perfect posture and laser-like focus that stayed on her face, never wavering even as a pretty woman openly gawked at him as she passed by.

The surreal scene had Emery holding onto her cup with both hands. "It sounds like you're reading from a really bad screenplay."

"This isn't fiction."

"Uh-huh. You know what it also isn't? Interesting." She waved him off. "Go away."

"You need to stop searching for information." He finally blinked. "No more questions. No more inquiries through back channels at government agencies."

In her line of work she sometimes angered people. Never on purpose, because ticked-off people tended not to open up and share. "I research for a living. If I've somehow upset you or—"

"This is personal, not business."

That sounded…not good. Like time-to-call-the-police not good. "Who are you?"

He continued to stare. He didn't move or threaten her, not directly, but his presence filled the space in front of her. The noise of the café faded into the background. A loud male voice a few tables away flattened to a mumble and the people shuffling by blurred.

"Someone who is trying to help you."


HelenKay Dimon spent the years before becoming a romance author as a...divorce attorney. Not the usual transition, she knows. Good news is she now writes full time and is much happier. She has sold over thirty novels, novellas and shorts to numerous publishers, including HarperCollins, Kensington, Harlequin, Penguin, Samhain and Carina Press. Her nationally bestselling and award-winning books have been showcased in numerous venues and her books have twice been named "Red-Hot Reads" and excerpted in Cosmopolitan magazine. She is on the Board of Directors of the Romance Writers of America and teaches fiction writing at UC San Diego and MiraCosta College. You can learn more at her website: www.helenkaydimon.com






Friday, January 13, 2017

the Debut of Andie J. Christopher

STROKE OF MIDNIGHT
One Night in South Beach #1
Lyrical/Kensington

One night.
New Year’s Eve in Miami. Even workaholic Alana Hernandez can’t resist the call of the city, especially if it will get her little sister off her back. But a night of celebrating turns into a night of mischief when an alluring stranger catches her eye across the dance floor.
 
No names.
Former Navy Seal Cole Roberts isn’t looking for anything more than a good time in Miami. Since leaving the military and being betrayed by his former fiancée, he’s not interested in unnecessary complications. But the moment he sets eyes on the sultry beauty, Cole knows this night will be far from ordinary.

No going back.
Neither Cole nor Alana are looking for a relationship, so they strike a deal: One night. No names. No repeats. But things get complicated when their night of passion becomes something neither can walk away from.

“Stroke of Midnight is the epitome of a page-turner. The multi-dimensional characters are vulnerable and simply pulsate with unbridled lust and passion.” –RT Book Reviews, 4-star review
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I’m ANDIE J. CHRISTOPHER and I write edgy, funny, sexy contemporary romance. I grew up in a family of voracious readers, and I picked up my first Harlequin Romance novel at age twelve when I’d finished reading everything else in my grandmother’s house. It was love at first read. It wasn’t too long before I started writing my own stories — my first heroine drank Campari and wore a lot of Esprit.

Although, I set aside writing fiction for a while, my love of reading romance novels stayed with me through college, law school, and multiple cross-country moves. During one long East Coast winter, I decided writing a book would be a good excuse to avoid braving the elements. It was love at first write. My heroes are dirty-talking alphas, and my heroines traded Esprit for Free People. (None of them would turn down a Campari, though.)

TELL THE TRUTH
ANGI: How often to you get lost in a story?
ANDIE: I get lost in a story at least once a week, either one I’m writing or one I’m reading. I know I’m onto something in my writing when hours seem to pass in seconds. It doesn’t happen every day, but it’s a very good day when it does. I’ve loved writing the One Night in South Beach series because I can get lost in one of my favorite places on earth!
 
ANGI: Hugh Jackman or Chris Pine?
ANDIE: Chris Pine. Now that he’s all beardy, I can’t get enough. He actually reminds me a bit of my hero, Cole Roberts, even though he wasn’t the original hero inspiration.

ANGI: What do you like about the hero of your book?
ANDIE: In my mom’s words, “there are no guys in real life like Cole Roberts.” Cole is not only a former Navy SEAL, but he’s crazy smart, and willing to take a chance and open himself up to Alana (the heroine) even though it’s complicated (he’s friends with her brother) and he’s been burned before. And he’s always going to make sure his woman’s needs (all of them) are fulfilled. He’s the total package.

ANGI: Sand or Snow?
ANDIE: Sand! There’s a reason I set STROKE OF MIDNIGHT in Miami. My best friend from college moved there with her now-husband after law school, and the first time I visited—for her engagement party—was pure magic. I fell in love with the people, the food, the atmosphere, and the weather was just icing on the cake. I love writing the One Night in South Beach series because I get to spend time in Miami whenever I want.

ANGI: What might we find in your heroine's purse?
ANDIE: In Alana’s purse, you’re going to find at least two or three lipsticks, extra underwear for when she has to sleep at her desk, designer sunglasses, and a cell phone with at least five missed calls from her baby sister.

ANGI: Would you rather be in a Fairy Tale or Action Adventure?
ANDIE: Personally? I would rather be in a fairy tale. I want to wear a gorgeous dress, dance with a prince, and get a castle in the end.

ANGI: What’s your favorite rerun on television?
ANDIE: I am actually super excited about the fact that the Golden Girls is going to be on Hulu on February 13. (I think I’ll be spending my Valentine’s Day in front of the TV with cheesecake).

ANGI: What drinks or snacks are always on your desk when you’re writing?
ANDIE: I always have water, and, if it’s before noon, coffee. (If it’s after five, there’s probably a glass of wine.)

ANGI’S GOTTA ASK: What’s one thing from your bucket list?
ANDIE  GOTTA ANSWER:   I don’t really have a bucket list. I’ve been lucky enough to visit wonderful places, see wonderful things, and befriend so many wonderful people just by following my passions that I’ve kind of learned to take things as they go.

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FULL CONTACT
Part of the HOT ON ICE Anthology

A hockey player with a bounty on his virginity. A sarcastic bartender with no time for shenanigans.

Leftwinger Anders Sorenson’s life-long focus on hockey came with a price - a price he never minded paying until reaching a crossroads in his career and meeting Dahlia Clarno. The eccentric bartender is hot, she doesn’t care about his fame, and she has no idea about the bounty his teammates have on his virginity. She’s the total package for a vacation fling.

 Dahlia has no use for a man right now. She needs to be focused on paying off her failed business debts and getting out of her hometown (for good this time), not mooning over a six-four hunk of Viking-sex. When Dahlia finds out about the bet, it strengthens her resolve to stay far away from Anders. But his earnest smile and surprising smolder are hell on her resistance. 

Anders wants to turn over his v-card to Dahlia, and he thinks he can trust her. Dahlia knows about the bounty, and the feelings she’s developing for Anders would make it wrong for her to cash in. Besides, it’s not like this vacation fling could ever turn into something more. . . 

PREVIOUS RELEASES by ANDIE  
DUSK UNTIL DAWN
One Night in South Beach 2

No boundaries.
Bartender and aspiring painter Maya Pascual loves turning up the heat. And dumping a vodka-and-karma chaser on the man who broke her heart is perfect Bronx girl payback. But how can she resist when Miami playboy prince Javier Hernandez begs to make it up to her. . .

No regrets.
Between his disastrous personal life and his wealthy family’s meddling, Javi needs to get back on track. The only thing that’s certain is his passion for Maya. If she’ll just let him show her how sorry he is, maybe he can move on and start fresh. But one look in her gorgeous eyes and he knows letting her go will be easier said than done.

No rules.
Maya agrees to one dinner with Javi. But as their attraction threatens to combust, she wonders if a night of no strings, no repeats surrender is the only way burn off their desire once and for all… Unless the light of day reveals it’s impossible to let go.

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

The Perfect Escape with Andie Brock and Harlequin Presents


How wonderful to be welcoming Harlequin Presents author Andie Brock to Get Lost in a Story. I first met Andie – cyberspacially speaking – during Harlequin’s So You Think You Can Write competition in 2013. Andie took out second place with her wonderful manuscript Frozen Lives – which became her debut novel, The Last Heir of Monterrato! She’s since published three more novels under the Harlequin Presents imprint, including the newly released Bound by His Desert Diamond.


About Andie...

Andie Brock has been inventing imaginary friends since the age of four. In those days they tended to be of the sparkly fairy variety whereas now she loves to conjure up gorgeously sexy heroes and spirited heroines and wait for the sparks to fly! Married with three children, Andie lives in Bristol in the south west of England. The family share the house with Pete and Ned, two boisterous young ginger cats. When not writing, or plotting her next romance, or stopping the cats from tearing the sofa to shreds, Andie likes to wander around the local flea markets in search of a bargain or walk along the beautiful beaches of south Devon where she grew up.

Connect with Andie via her website, Facebook and Twitter.

 The Plan: Princess Annalina would do anything to end her arranged engagement... including getting photographed in a compromising position with a handsome stranger!

The Prince: Her mystery man is Prince Zahir Zahani – her betrothed’s brother – and the kiss that sparks unexpected need in them both traps Annalina and Zahir in a whole new kind of royal bind...till death them do part!

The Passion!: Having learned the cost of trusting others, Zahir tries to keep Annalina at a distance. But she challenges him at every turn, and suddenly, giving in to his darkest desires is all Zahir craves...






Read a little, buy the book... 

Clasping the cold metal railings, Annalina stared down at the swirling black depths of the River Seine. She shivered violently, her heart thumping beneath the tight fitting bodice of her evening gown, her designer shoes biting into the soft flesh of her heels. Clearly they had not been designed for a mad sprint down the bustling boulevards and cobbled back streets of Paris.

Oh God. Anna dragged in a shuddering lung full of cold night air. What had she just done?

Somewhere behind her in one of Paris’s most grand hotels a society party was in swing. A glittering, star-studded occasion, attended by royalty and heads of state, the great, the good and the glamorous from the world over. It was a party being thrown in her honour. And worse, far worse, a party where a man she had only just met was about to announce that she was to be his bride.

She let out a rasping breath, watching the cloud of condensation disperse into the night. She had no idea where she was or what she was going to do now but she did know that there was no going back. The brutal fact was, she couldn’t go through with this marriage, no matter what the consequences. Right up until tonight she had genuinely believed she could do it, commit to this union, to please her father and to save her country from financial ruin. 

Even yesterday, when she had met her intended for the first time, she had played along. Watching in a kind of dazed stupor as the ring had been slipped onto her finger, a perfunctory gesture, performed by a man who had just wanted to get the deed over with and witnessed by her father, whose steely eyed glare had left no room for second thoughts or doubts. As King of the principality of Dorrada he was going to make sure that this union took place. That his daughter would marry, King Rashid Zahani, ruler of the recently reformed Kingdom of Nabatean, if it was the last thing she ever did.

Which frankly, right now looked like a distinct possibility. Anna gazed down at the ring on her finger. The enormous diamond glittered back at her, mocking her with its ostentatious sparkle. Heaven only knows what it was worth, enough to pay the entire annual salaries of the palace staff no doubt, and with money to spare. She tugged it over her cold knuckles and held it in her palm, feeling the burden of its weight settle like a stone in her heart. To hell with it. Closing her fist she raised herself up on tiptoes, leaning as far over the railings as she could. She was going to do this, she was going to fling this hateful ring into the river. She was going to control her own destiny.

He came from out of nowhere – an avalanche of heat and weight and muscle that landed on top of her, knocking the breath from her lungs, flattening her against the granite wall of his chest. She could see nothing except the darkness of him, feel nothing except the strength of the arms that were locked around her like corded steel. Her body went limp, her bones dissolving with shock. Only her poor heart tried to keep her alive, taking up a wild, thundering beat.

‘Oh, no you don’t.’

He growled the words over the top of her head, somewhere in the outside world that, until a couple of moments ago she had quite taken for granted. Now she panicked she would never see it again. 

Bound by His Desert Diamond is available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and Harlequin. 

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Meet Heather Long ... Something for Every Reader

SHADOW WOLF
Most Lone Wolves have a story—a pack they left behind, a love they lost, or worse, one they buried. Some leave their packs to roam because they crave freedom, and independence. Some leave because, in their hearts, they can’t bear to stay. Some leave because they see no way to go back…

Most wolves will roam at some point in their lives, fledgling adults leave to explore the world while more senior wolves may undertake a journey they always wanted to take. Many came home again, but Mitch Jackson didn’t. He loved his life on the road, first as a roadie for a rock band, traveling from city to city, then later as an animal trainer for a circus. He’s had a lot of jobs and all of them fun. Two years as an Enforcer hasn’t curbed his smile, but a rogue invasion of Russian wolves are enough to put a damper on anyone’s party, especially when they set their sights on the packs’ more vulnerable members.

Amelia Sullivan couldn’t stay in Willow Bend, not after her sister embraced the life she’d always wanted. It aggravated her that Shiloh’s defiance earned her a free pass from their family, and parents who’d raised them all to reject the idea of going wolf. Taking the first excuse she can to go to a cooking school on the west coast, she flees. The last thing she expected was an order to return home within three months of her getting away. She wasn’t a wolf, she doesn’t have to obey. Of course, not following the rules proves even more costly than she can imagine when she finds herself a prisoner and the change she always thought she wanted forced upon her...

Rescuing Amelia seemed a straightforward job until Mitch realizes what they’ve done, then saving her life proves to be the easier task as she undergoes her first transformation far from any alpha. Can a happy go lucky Enforcer find the strength to keep her sane

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When their front bumper slammed into theirs, he gritted his teeth. When he crested 120 mph, they slammed into him again. They were not going away and it was growing harder to keep the vehicle on the road with every hit.
Double checking Amelia had her seatbelt on he put on, he ripped his down and locked it in.  Another glance at the review mirror showed him two figures in the car, though he could make out the backseat.
Trusting the airbags would deploy, he jerked the wheel to the left then slammed on the brakes. The SUV began to spin as its inertia took over. The other vehicle clipped the corner of his bumper jarring him as it shoved them further off the road and they slid sideways. He turned into the spin, but it was too late. The SUV flipped. He had no control as it bounced over and over rolling and until it finally came crashing down and sat on all four wheels. His jaw ached from the airbags deploying. The friction burn left his face raw, but Amelia slumped in her seat, unaware.
He listened for a split-second, determined her heart was still beating and her breathing was a little rough. Though it had been harsh before.
After breaking the seatbelt off, he wrenched the door open, then exited the vehicle. He made it out just in time to catch the side blow of a crowbar as one of their wolf pursuers brought it crashing down against his shoulder. He blocked the second blow, then jerked him forward and ripped out the other wolf’s throat. He had no time for games.
The beast gurgled but dropped still gripping the crowbar; Mitch abandoned him then rolled over the hood. The second wolf had gone straight for Amelia, and ripped off the passenger door. The wolf, sensing his assault struck upward with the discarded door and caught Mitch hard in the side, knocking him back several feet.
 Undeterred, he lunged into him They grappled, the wolf getting in more than his fair share of blows, including digging his claws into the injury Mitch sustained just above one kidney. Pain arced along his spine and sent hot lances digging into his brain. Snarling, he jammed his elbow into the man’s arm, twisted then snapped the bone. Pivoting, he jerked the wolf over his shoulder, and locked his hand against his chin. One yank, the wolf’s back broke. As the wolf went down to the ground Mitch turned his head they gripped each side of the man's head, then twisted hard.
Both wolves dead, Mitch headed to their abandoned vehicle.  Damaged and leaking fluid, the interior was empty. But at least the motor still ran, more than he could say for the bashed in vehicle he and Amelia had used. Retrieving his little human, he carried her over to the new car. After settling her inside, he turned up the air conditioning to help combat her fever.
Locating a gas can in the back of the car, he put the two bodies in their soon to be abandoned vehicle. After coating the bodies in gasoline, he pulled out the vodka and shattered them inside until it ricked. Finished, he tossed a lighter inside and left it to burn.
He didn't have time to stay and wait for everything to go –, but it should be more than enough to destroy all DNA any evidence of the wolves. As much as they needed to know who these wills were exactly, and their plans—the protection of pack secrecy was paramount. Retreating back to the new SUV he winced as he opened the door. Fresh blood slid down his side and soaked his jeans.
He couldn't put off shifting much longer.
The goals of escape remained the same. It wasn't until he turned the vehicle back on the road and started driving that he realized he'd forgotten it empty the phones off the other wolves.
Slamming his fist against the steering wheel he cursed.
Next to him Amelia let out another moan. She was hurting, and he’d added a car wreck to her experiences. 
“Hang in there, little sister. We’ll be safe soon.”
Though he might not have it in him to get her to the hospital, we wasn't that far from a turnoff which would take him east into the Sierra Nevada. His cabin was there—and completely unrelated to his passenger. They were also high enough up, the temperatures would drop and visitors would be noticeable.
He could get her fever down there, then seek medical assistance as soon as he was capable of defending her again.  A cough racked him, and flecks of blood sprayed the back of his hand.
Great he had internal bleeding too.
“New plan little sister,” he said adjusting his own expectations. The SUV he was driving was too noticeable for one, with the damage to the fender. But it was also one of the wolves the Russian wolves. If they had a way of tracking the vehicle he needed to ditch it before leading them to her.
They also needed a new vehicle. And they needed to disappear up into the Sierra Nevada.
After, he would shift. And shift again until he healed his injuries.
Another cough brought up more blood and he grimaced.
Of all the times to be without a phone, it had to be today. They lived in a digital world, where communication was easily accessible in a message sent in a heartbeat could be reached across the world. And right now—they were all alone.
“We got this little sister,” he told her. Faking it until he could make it. “I swear to you I will get you home.”
And if it was the last damn thing he ever did, he would.


National bestselling author, HEATHER LONG, likes long walks in the park, science fiction, superheroes, Marines, and men who aren’t douche bags. Her books are filled with heroes and heroines tangled in romance as hot as Texas summertime. From paranormal historical westerns to contemporary military romance, Heather might switch genres, but one thing is true in all of her stories—her characters drive the books. When she’s not wrangling her menagerie of animals, she devotes her time to family and friends she considers family. She believes if you like your heroes so real you could lick the grit off their chest, and your heroines so likable, you’re sure you’ve been friends with women just like them, you’ll enjoy her worlds as much as she does.


 THE HOWLING TRUTH
ANGI: How often to you get lost in a story?
HEATHER:  As often as possible. I grew up loving books, and I’m a totally television and movie junkie. The better the story, the more likely I am to be lost in it. One of the greatest joys I experience as an author is getting lost in the writing.
 
ANGI: Hugh Jackman or Chris Pine?
HEATHER:  Hmmmm—Chris Pine! I love his eyes and the roguish smile.

ANGI: Can you tell us about a real-life hero you’ve met?
HEATHER:  I’ve been lucky to meet a lot of heroes, but my greatest hero raised me. My grandmother gave me the love of reading, and the will to pursue my dreams. She grew up in England, lived in London during the Blitz and drove an ambulance. She survived the war, then she married, raised two kids, and transplanted across the Atlantic. On the heels of losing her husband (he passed away in his sleep), she also fought cancer and had to wrangle a bratty kid (that would be me) and she never told me once I couldn’t do something. She used to read to me from her Harlequins cause she didn’t like picture books, and whenever something risqué happened, the characters took a nap or did their chores and I had to do the same. When they opened Star Tours in Florida, we went together to see it and it was the only point of the trip. Nan rocked.

ANGI: What do you like about the hero of your book?
HEATHER:  Mitch is the kind of carefree character who works hard and plays hard, but when he doesn’t shy away from the tough stuff. Nor from the tough love. He was pretty awesome, particularly when faced with a situation he never thought he’d have to deal with.

ANGI: Sand or Snow?
HEATHER:  I love snow, cause it’s pretty even if the cold leaves me aching.

ANGI: Superman or Batman?
HEATHER:  Batman!

ANGI: Would you rather be in a Fairy Tale or Action Adventure?
HEATHER:  Can’t I be in an action adventure fairy tale? :D

ANGI: What’s your favorite rerun on television?
HEATHER:  Um…I don’t watch straight up television much because I have so many streaming options though I am a huge fan of Stargate SG-1, The West Wing, and Gilmore Girls (yep, my likes might give you whiplash) and I tend to rewatch them annually from beginning to end.

ANGI: Are you a Star Wars fan? Favorite thing about the reboot?
HEATHER:  I grew up on Star Wars. Before it was Episode IV, when it was just STAR WARS, I saw it opening weekend about four weeks after I turned 5 years old. I fell in love with Luke Skywalker, wanted to be Princess Leia, and adored R2D2. To say I loved those movies would be an understatement. I saw Return of the Jedi more than 300 times in the theater, and stood in line to see it for eleven hours…I even like the prequels, though I wish the story in the books had been more revealed on the screen. Amidala, like Leia before her was a kickass heroine, and capable of saving herself as much as saving the heroes. Those were as important to me in my late twenties as it had been when I was 5. I waited with nervous anticipation for The Force Awakens and didn’t read a single spoiler because I wanted to see if they could wow me. What I loved about the movie (and the subsequent prequel Rogue One) is too much too enumerate so let me simplify it: Rey and Jyn. They are carrying the torch Leia lit in 1977 and they’re doing her proud. Seeing General Leia was another thrill, this was a woman who never gave up fighting for what she believed in and yes, she’ll always be royalty to me, too. But the princess of my childhood became the General of my adulthood. It’s all the more bittersweet as we had to bid farewell to Carrie Fisher and her mother as both passed in December, but my affection and respect for both the character the actress created and the actress will never abate. Finally, I admit to a squee at the end when Rey finally gets to Luke, my little 5 year old heart sighed. I can’t WAIT to see Episode VIII

ANGI’S GOTTA ASK: What’s one thing from your bucket list?
HEATHER’S GOTTA ANSWER:   I want to go visit the Parthenon in Athens, and to spend time in the sun there…to walk amongst the ancient structures and savor the taste of the past.

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HIS MOONSTRUCK WOLF
in ONCE UPON A VALENTINE
Wolves of Willow Bend 10.5

When a matchmaker gets toasted at the after party, she finds the perfect wolf for her in the most unlikely of places. Of course, the last thing he wants is a mate, much less a matchmaking one.

Hugo Ferrar is one busy Hound. Acting as a messenger for his alpha, he spends more time out of New Orleans than in it. Home in the Big Easy for only three days, Hugo has a strict schedule to adhere to—celebrate his brother’s mating, eat and drink his fill, and find a lovely wolf at the masquerade for a fling.

Lesley-Anne Saucier is drunk on life and one too many hurricanes. Her masquerade is just the kind of party Delta Crescent needs, especially since they are celebrating the mating of a popular couple—a match she helped to make. Avoiding her eager fans, Lesley-Anne is bowled over by a wolf in the garden—a stunning, male, perfect for her. The moon is full, the masquerade is in full swing, can the matchmaker find her own perfect mate?
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PREVIOUS RELEASES by HEATHER:  
SPACE COWBOY SURVIVAL GUIDE
First in the series
Rule #42 – Don’t be a hero. Heroes do shit for free and get themselves killed. It’s a lose-lose proposition.



From his leather Stetson to his long coat and choice of weapons, Shaw Sullivan is just a space cowboy who lives by his own code. A loner by choice, he accepted the contract to conduct a stellar census under duress…it was the only way to save his family’s ranch.

Sullivan has four years to complete the mission, and he has zero intentions of letting anything get in his way least of all a desperate woman who wants to hire him to be a hero.

Warning: This novel is not a romance. It’s a wild, space romp with some rough and tumble characters who aren’t all that likable most days.

WOLF ON BOARD
Wolves of Willow Bend, 9.5
The wolf days of summer are here...

Meet Jake Danes of Hudson River—Lone Wolf, avid gamer, extreme sports enthusiast, and surfer. He’s spent the last two years roaming free, exploring the world and escaping the dark place his pack had become after betrayal and murder tore them apart. Sure, life changed back home, but Jake’s having way too much fun to return—riding the waves in Monterrey and living out of a van. It’s the perfect life, one he never wants to give up, no matter how many calls he’s fielding from his big brother…then he catches her scent.

Mimi Chase wanted one perfect year. Time away from pack politics and her mother’s matchmaking efforts. Ever since her big brother settled into mating with a healer, Mimi’s mom seems to have gone into overdrive—throwing her at every eligible male in the pack. Choosing to roam seemed the best option, and California the ideal location to get away from everything pack related. Her plans for art classes, yoga on the beach, maybe a cooking lesson or two while living a hippy dippy lifestyle are all she cares about…until another wolf butts into her every activity. Doesn’t he know the rules?

Lone Wolves aren’t supposed to form relationships, so why doesn’t he catch a hint? Worse, why isn’t she working harder to make sure he does?

SOME LIKE IT ROYAL
Going Royal #1
It's The Role of a Lifetime...

Living out of a car and waiting tables to make ends meet is hardly the stuff of fairy tales. So when a gorgeous man approaches Alyx Dagmar with a wild story about her royal lineage and an even wilder proposition, the aspiring actress is sure he's got the wrong woman. 

Self-made billionaire Daniel Voldakov needs connections before he can expand his software business into Europe. A blue-blooded fiancée would open all the right doors--and Daniel's certain he can tempt the pretty but penniless Princess Alyxandretta to accept the part she was born to play.

Alyx can't resist Daniel's offer, and throws herself into the role. But as the paparazzi fall in love with their "storybook romance," Alyx finds herself drawn to Daniel in ways she'd never imagined. Are his returned affections true, or all just part of the plan? He'll do anything it takes to prove his love, and to make her see that the only happily ever after he wants is with her...the real her.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

E.E. Burke's Best of the West: Award-winning Author MK McClintock

Four courageous women, an untamed land, and the daring to embark on an unforgettable adventure.

Crooked Creek, Montana Territory—1865

"Emma of Crooked Creek"
Emma Hawkins is a dedicated doctor in the little town of Crooked Creek, Montana Territory. Casey Latimer is a wounded soldier in search of a new home and a new beginning. When Casey, battered and bruised, quite literally falls at Emma's feet, she is duty-bound to help him. What happens next is something Emma never expected.

"Hattie of Crooked Creek"
Married three months before the war and now a widow, Harriett McBride can either give up and sell her ranch or fight for the life she and her husband came west to build. With the help of a friend and a stranger,she must stop the one who threatens all she holds dear. When Hattie is faced with an unexpected choice, will she bury her heart on the battlefield forever or find a way to love again?

"Briley of Crooked Creek"
Far from home and with no family left, Briley Donaghue answers an advertisement from a rancher seeking a wife in Montana Territory. She arrives in Crooked Creek to find an empty cabin, a letter from her fiancé, and too many unanswered questions. Alone and uncertain, Briley forges a new life in an unfamiliar land.

"Clara of Crooked Creek"
No longer willing to allow society's opinion to influence her life, Clara Stowe sought a change, and what better place than the frontier. With her young daughter by her side, she embarks on an unexpected undertaking to the Montana Territory. With grit and determination, they arrive in Crooked Creek to shape the life Clara had always dreamed of and honor the memory of the one they lost.

The war is over between the North and the South, but the battles at home are just beginning. If you love stories of bravery and courage with unforgettable women and the men they love, you'll enjoy The Women of Crooked Creek. MK McClintock delivers another extraordinary western series with more to come.

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Excerpt from “Emma of Crooked Creek”

EMMA JERKED AWAKE at the sound of riders coming toward the cabin. One look told her that the morning sun had barely kissed the mountain peaks. Her guest still slept. Emma slipped a coat over her nightgown and pulled back the curtain covering the window. Two riders and that was one too many. She could shoot what she aimed at but wouldn’t manage more than one before they got her.
“Anybody home?”
The shout came from the taller of the two men. Emma glanced down at Mr. Latimer. “Now would be a good time to wake up.” She returned her attention to the men outside, hoping they would simply go away, but the taller one dismounted. Colt in hand and ready, Emma unbarred the door and opened it enough to look out but not enough for the men to see inside.
“What do you want?”
The man’s eyes trailed her from bare feet to loose hair, and Emma shuddered.
“Blacksmith in town said the doc lived out here.”
She nodded once. “Is someone hurt?”
“No, ma’am. We’re looking for a fellow who might have ridden by here. He’ll be looking for a doctor.”
“Who is the man?”
“That’s not your concern, ma’am. Has anyone come by?”
Emma bristled. “I may have helped someone last night. Knife wound.”
“Did you fix him up?”
“I’m a doctor. I don’t choose who I help.”
“Did he say where he was going?”
Emma smiled. “He didn’t say much of anything.”
The man tipped his hat and stepped forward. Emma raised the Colt. “Keep back. I’m not inviting you inside.”
He laughed. “You won’t have much choice.” The stranger turned and called out to his friend. “Tie up the horses, Jeb.”
“The lady said you weren’t invited.”
Emma stilled as the door opened wider. Her hand dropped to her side, but she managed to keep the Colt steady and pointed toward the stranger.
“Latimer.” The man returned his gaze to her. The noise he made sounded to Emma like the growl of a trapped raccoon. 
“Stay inside.”
Latimer, much like the grizzly bear she witnessed from afar facing down a pack of wolves last winter, faced the two men. Emma ignored his order and pushed past until she stood in front of him. Latimer leaned heavily against the exterior wall while blood seeped through his shirt. Emma held the Colt dead center at the man’s chest. “I don’t know who you are or why you’re here, but you’ll leave now or die where you stand.”

Meet MK

MK McClintock is an award-winning author who has written several novels and short stories, including the popular "Montana Gallagher" series, the "Crooked Creek" series set in post-Civil War Montana, and the highly-acclaimed "British Agent" novels. She spins tales of romance, adventure, and mystery set in bygone times. MK enjoys a quiet life in the Rocky Mountains.

Learn more about MK by visiting her website: http://www.mkmcclintock.com.

MK also writes contemporary romance and romantic thrillers as McKenna Grey.


Q&A

What’s your favorite kind of story to get lost in?
-       I can get lost simply in the presence of books! Libraries and bookstores are my version of Disneyland. The books I enjoy most all have the same things in common: Interesting and likeable characters, solid writing, and great plots. I like a book that keeps me staying up past my bedtime and takes me away to another time and place without me realizing it. Right now I’m binging on historical romantic westerns by a couple of favorite authors. I’m reading all of Jo Goodman’s and Johanna Lindsey’s books from the genre. A couple of weeks ago I read only contemporary thrillers. Before that I opted to read again Kathleen Woodiwiss’s books. Getting lost in a book is the easy part. It’s finding my way back to reality that is the challenge.

If you were given a chance to travel to the past where would you go and specifically why?
-       1870s – 1880s Montana Territory. I would have loved to have seen it back then, despite all the upheaval in the country at the time. Montana is an incredible place to live in the present-day, but I’ve listened to stories from people who have lived here 50+ years ago and can’t help but wish I’d been alive to see it back then, and much earlier. I set most of my historicals in Montana in part because I know the land, but also because it’s my way of grasping that bit of history I’ll never have a chance to live except through my imagination. Of course, if a time machine whisked me off to eighteenth-century Scotland, I’d be okay with that, too.

What’s the first thing you do when you finish writing a book?
-       I always take a week, sometimes two, off from writing. My imagination is still in overdrive, but I know my brain needs a break. I’ll spend one or two full days just reading and ignoring the world, and I love to spend time in the kitchen. I tend to go overboard with the cooking and baking, but then my freezer is always well-stocked!

Do you read reviews of your books? If so, do you pay any attention to them, or let them influence your writing?
-       I did in the beginning but stopped after book three. I’ll get emails from readers notifying me that they’ve reviewed my book or a family member or friend letting me know about a review, and in those instances I usually read them. I stopped in part because I felt like I was hovering in a place that is meant just for the readers and not for authors. It’s impossible to please every reader and I wanted to spend my time writing rather than worry about reviews. It was liberating when I stopped paying attention and just focused on interacting with readers in other ways.

Be honest, when reading...do you put yourself in the heroine’s role?
-       Almost always! I’ve had the great pleasure of playing the part of every one of the heroine’s I write and most of the ones I read. When I connect with the characters, and especially when the heroine is strong and has a great hero, it’s easy to slip into that role. If the heroine is more on the immature or weak side, I sometimes add a new character, play that part, and steal the hero. Either way, I’m happy!

What sound or noise do you love?
-       The sound of a crackling fire while a thunderstorm echoes through the sky outside. I often listen to a recording of these sounds while I write.

What are the next five books on your ‘to be read’ pile?
This is one of those rare times when I’m reading from different genres. 
-       Never Love a Lawman by Jo Goodman (currently reading)
-       Someone to Love by Mary Balough
-       The Whistler by John Grisham
-       The Magdalen Girls  by V.S. Alexander
-       Kissing Comfort by Jo Goodman

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