Friday, December 19, 2014

Angi's New Series...


Chapter One
“This is not happening. Aliens are landing and I can’t find the camera.”

Lights moved in an erratic pattern low in the sky. Not aliens, but it was fun to think so. Someone on the ground? No. The lights were moving too swiftly. It had to be a chopper. It could not be a phenomenon. And especially not a UFO.

Andrea Allen was very familiar with everything that flew. She had to be when she was the only child of an astronaut and a pretty good pilot herself. It was definitely not a plane. It didn’t look like a chopper, but it had to be. The lights weren’t in the correct place. It hovered and disappeared.

Pulling the cords from her ears, she heard the faint drumbeat of ‟Bohemian Rhapsody” rocking in the background, but no mechanical sounds echoing in the distance. She rubbed her eyes and found the hovering object with the telescope. Whatever it was, it just wasn’t producing enough light to distinguish an outline above the desert with a mountain ridge in the background.

Normally, she was bored out of her mind with the study on the Marfa Lights. Even though several tourists had posted seeing activity recently, no one with credentials had verified anything. Tourists posted all the time. Didn’t they know it was just an occurrence similar to the aurora borealis? Everyone had heard of the northern lights, right?

The UT students studying the local phenomenon from the McDonald Observatory got excited, clamoring for a turn to watch the uneventful sky. Three nights later with no activity, everyone assumed the sighting had been taillights from the highway and then they all wanted the weekend off for a party.

Bored. Tonight had been no exception.

Nothing happened in this West Texas desert except lots of star time. Which she loved. She loved it a lot. Much more than she missed friends and family. Staring at a clear night sky was something even her astronaut dad didn’t understand.

Since it hadn’t been her night to stare through a telescope at the far distant universe, her coworker Sharon had begged Andrea to take her place on the university study. Sharon wanted the night off because she had a hot date with her boyfriend, Logan. Granted, the young student had been here three nights in a row, since it was part of her class assignment. Andrea didn’t mind. She needed to switch sleeping to days anyway.

Another sparkle of red twinkled. Just a bit closer than the last spot.

With her spare hand she dug around in the disorganized bag her coworker had dropped in her front seat before leaving the observatory. “Where’s that silly camera?”

She lost sight of the floating light through the scope and bounced her gaze to the horizon. Nothing. Had it disappeared?

If the darn thing came back, she needed the camera to record it. Dumping the satchel upside down, she searched through the assortment of items that resembled a loose picnic basket. Snacks, bottles of water, gum wrappers, a notepad, a small tripod, a spoon to go along with the empty yogurt containers, three different bags of candy–the butterscotch made her pause and unwrap a piece to stick in her mouth. No video camera.

She scooped everything back into Sharon’s UFO-watching sack.

Wheres the camera? It was just here. She closed her eyes to visualize getting in the car. Sharon had run outside with the bag in her hand as the car backed out of the parking space. The window had been down. “Passenger side. It must have fallen under the seat.”

“My gosh.” The adrenaline rush grew each time she saw the light a bit closer. A burst of red. A burst of blue. A plane would have red or green running lights on its wings and a white strobe light would be a consistent flash. A chopper, same thing. There were ways to identify what was in the air. Flight patterns.

Amazed, she just stared.

“Camera!” She ran to the car, pausing when she caught sight of the red flash again. She still couldn’t distinguish an outline of what was flying haphazardly and low to the ground. It couldn’t be a UFO. There were no such things.

Did she really believe that? No life in the universe other than on Earth? No time to debate, she needed pictures. Lots of pictures and evidence.

No one was around for miles to break into Sharon’s tiny compact car, so it wasn’t locked. The keys were still even in the ignition. Andrea yanked open the door, immediately feeling under the seat. “Gotcha!”

The strap was caught on something. The sky behind her was empty as she switched to the backseat, dropping to her knees again to get low enough to search.

If she could obtain evidence of the Marfa Lights, she could publish in addition to her PhD, make a name for herself as an astronomer. Finally be worthy of her Allen heritage. It all hinged on concrete evidence. Could it happen? She recognized the sudden nausea and shakiness as fear. Fear of jumping to conclusions and being discredited. She’d verify the facts.

“What am I thinking? I have my own study to finish. I’m not chasing another subject. This is university work. I. Can’t. Switch. Again.” Her teeth ground against each other in frustration–not only with the silly camera strap, but also with the lack of focus her parents had accused her of. “What is this stuck on?”

The flashlight was back on the viewing platform with the UFO bag, and the dome light had been out for months. She couldn’t really see anything under the seat, even bent at another awkward angle. But she finally came up with the handheld video camera, pressing Record and immediately scanning the sky for her mystery lights.

Andrea maneuvered from the tiny car, resting the camera on the door frame. “I don’t know if it’s appropriate to talk while recording, but I think it’s better to describe what I’m seeing. Mainly because I don’t know what I’m seeing. Five minutes ago there were flashing lights. Nothing about it suggests standard aircraft. And yet nothing suggests the Marfa phenomenon.”

The corner of her eye caught a blur, something running from the darkness in her direction. She swung the camera toward it.

“I can’t tell what that is. For the record, I’m Andrea Allen and alone out here. There’s nothing close at hand to defend myself from wild animals or— Good grief, what is that?”

She kept recording, squinted. Still couldn’t make it out. “The lights have disappeared. I don’t know what’s weaving toward me, but I think I’m going to get back in the car and roll up the windows.”

Proud of herself for continuing the recording, she felt with one hand until finding the window handle. It was the first time she was grateful she’d paid extra for electric windows. But she wasn’t in her car, she was in Sharon’s old sedan. Backseat ready, she pushed the lock and shut it, then moved to the front door.

During the transfer, she lost where the movement was, spotting it again when she found the handle. Closer. More in focus. A man. Staggering.

She dropped the camera on the seat, using both hands to tug at the window stuck on the old car. “Not now. Uh. Give me a break.”


“Help? Not likely.” She ran to the driver’s side. If she couldn’t get locked inside her car, she didn’t have to stay there.

Marfa was nine miles away. This was a police matter.

“Please. Help. Night of aliens.”
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Thursday, December 18, 2014

To Have and to Hoax...

Entangled Lovestruck

Wild child lingerie store owner Lucy Hamilton is a happily confirmed bachelorette. As far as she's concerned, men are something best enjoyed in small doses, never to be allowed too close. Then Lucy's mother tells her Aunt Bev that Lucy has eloped and is married--a tiny lie only meant to appease the dying woman...until Aunt Bev miraculously recovers. Now Lucy needs to find a "husband" for an upcoming family wedding, and fast.

Fortunately, Lucy's ridiculously hot, ridiculously straitlaced new accountant Dex Levian is willing to be her stand-in spouse for the weekend. And that's when the trouble really begins. For starters, Dex's "involvement" with a client―no matter how irresistible―might ruin a merger he hopes will make his career. Worse still, the chemistry between Dex and Lucy is more than convincing―it's sizzling. But for Lucy, falling for her fake new husband is the most dangerous thing she can do...

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Lucy folded her arms over her chest. “We can’t ask him to be my fake husband. First of all, I haven’t agreed to play this game. Secondly, Dex is my accountant, not my boyfriend. I hardly know him outside our professional dealings. And I just met him in person for the first time five minutes ago!”
“Let’s just ask him,” her mom said. “See if he’d even consider it.”
Through the door, Dex coughed loudly, as if to remind them he was still waiting.
Lucy motioned toward the sound. “Come on. We can’t leave him out there. He’s an important, busy man. I’m sure he has numbers to crunch or something.” Swallowing hard, she pulled the door back open and headed to the sales floor. And found Dex examining a pair of red lacy crotch-less panties. He didn’t look in the least confused by them, which sometimes happened to the more clueless men who came in to buy something for their girlfriends or wives.
His gaze skimmed over her body so fast she wasn’t really sure she’d seen it. Was he imagining her in those panties?
A warm flush started at her ears and worked its way down to her throat and neck.
With a barely concealed amused expression on his face, he returned the underwear to the display table. “Everything okay?”
Mom went over to him. “I…we…Lucy has a question for you.” Placing a palm in the middle of Lucy’s back, she shoved her forward. Lucy stumbled, righting herself just before she slammed into Dex’s broad chest.

A slow, sexy grin settled on his lips. “Something you want to ask me?”

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Wynter Daniels has authored more than two dozen romances, including paranormal, contemporary and romantic suspense books for several publishers including Entangled Publishing, Carina Press, Ellora’s Cave, Loose Id and Red Sage. She lives in sunny Florida with her family and two spoiled cats. After careers in marketing and the salon industry, Wynter’s wicked prose begged to be set free.

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ANGI: How often to you get lost in a story?
WYNTER: Not as often as I’d like anymore! When my husband, who is in law enforcement, used to work nights and my kids were small, I had loads of reading time. But now hubby is on days and the kids are in college. My alone time is nearly non-existent, so there’s no more slipping away to read. However, I do reserve my daily stationary bike session for some Kindle time ;-)

ANGI: What’s the first book you remember reading? 
WYNTER: A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett. I fell in love with the story—at first. Until poor Sara was left destitute. But since it all worked out in the end, I forgave the author for making me cry in the middle. I still adore that book.

ANGI: What do you like about the hero of your book?
WYNTER: Despite being a CPA, Dex is to-die-for sexy! He protects those he cares about and he never gives up on Lucy.

ANGI: Fairy Tale or Action Adventure?
WYNTER: Definitely Fairy Tale. I’ve always been one to swoon over Cinderella’s or Snow White’s prince, much to my husband’s dismay. (He’s a huge Action Adventure fan). He doesn’t mind the swooning, but he’d rather it be over Hans Solo or some dude wielding a very large caliber gun!

ANGI: What was the first story you remember writing?
WYNTER: It’s a little embarrassing, and a little funny at the same time. I was about nine years old and angry with my mother for something I can’t remember. I had a school assignment to write a one-page story, so I wrote one about a very cruel mother duck getting her comeuppance. My teacher apparently thought my work was either good enough or humorous enough to show my mother during the next parent-teacher conference. Thankfully, my parents were more amused than mad. And a writer was born!
ANGI: What’s your favorite movie of all time?
WYNTER: I’m a Mel Brooks fan, and my all-time favorite is Young Frankenstein. I think I’ve watched that one about a dozen times. It never gets old, and never fails to lift my mood.

ANGI: Who’s your favorite villain?
WYNTER: I’ve always loved Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty. She’s so evil and dark and powerful. Honestly, I always rooted for her. I was thrilled when the movie starring Angelina Jolie recently came out and portrayed her much more sympathetically, although she did lose a bit of her villainous appeal.

ANGI: What is your biggest vice?
WYNTER: Boy, I’m glad you said biggest, because if I had to list them all, we’d be here all day. I have a serious addiction to ice coffee. The problem is so bad that I now buy the stuff in half gallon cartons—four at a time. I’m considering starting a support group.

ANGI: How is it working with hot guys and sexy women all day?

WYNTER: Gee, it’s really tough. When I worked in ‘the real world’ before I became a writer, I had to deal with irate clients and be away from home long hours. It’s so difficult to make that long commute into my home office wearing my pj’s and to fire up my imagination. Conjuring all those sexy men and women and manipulating them into all sorts of interesting scenarios is just brutal! I really miss that work-a-day world. NOT!

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Infiltrate Omega Sector with Janie Crouch

Omega sector, book 1
Harlequin Intrigue

She never expected to see her old flame again. Or be kidnapped by him.

The wrong place at the wrong time--that's the only way Sophia Reardon could explain her predicament. She wasn't even an FBI field agent and now she was being taken hostage. By her ex-boyfriend Cameron Branson.

The moment Sophia walked into his undercover operation, Cameron warned her that his "employers" would want to break her. So keeping her by his side, pretending not to have feelings for her, was the best way to maintain his role in the dangerous organization, and the only way to keep them both safe. Because if they got their hands on her, she could expose him and his secrets. And then they'd no longer have any reason to keep her around...

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JANIE CROUCH loves to read – almost exclusively romance– and has been doing so since middle school. She learned to love Harlequin (Mills & Boon) Romances when she lived in Wales, UK as a preteen, then moved on to a passion for romantic suspense as an adult. Her favorite authors include: Linda Howard, Nora Roberts, and Elizabeth Lowell.

Janie lives with her husband and four children in Virginia, although will be moving to Germany very soon. Her “day job” is teaching public speaking and communication courses at a community college. When she’s not listening to the voices in her head (and even when she is), she enjoys traveling, long-distance running, movie-watching, knitting and adventure/obstacle racing. 

ANGI: What’s your favorite thing about Omega Sector?
JANIE: My favorite thing about Omega Sector is that it’s a series, which is a first for me. Omega Sector is the link that ties all four books together, but also the books are about the four Branson siblings –three brothers and a sister—who each have ties to Omega in some way. A four-book series allowed me to more fully develop characters and family bonds. Even though each story is complete in itself, I love that characters can show back up in their siblings’ books later!

ANGI: Just how secret is Omega Sector? Does the president know? 
JANIE: Omega Sector is a covert, inter-agency task force, but it’s not black ops. Different agencies work together in Omega to get the mission accomplished –think of it as using a machete to cut through red tape. The President would definitely know about Omega, as would many high-ranking officials of other agencies. But a job at Omega is not something you can apply for, you have to be recruited in order to become an agent there.

ANGI: What’s your favorite thing about your hero, Cameron Branson?
JANIE: I love that Cameron is willing to make hard choices in near-impossible situations. He has to be downright ugly sometimes, even to Sophia, to get the job done. And although it cuts him to the bone, he still does it.

ANGI: If you had to pick someone to play him in the movie?
JANIE: Tahmoh Penikett. Yeah, he has a funny name. His cheekbones and abs… not so funny. TV geeks would know him best from Battlestar Galactica or Dollhouse. He has that dangerous air about him that Cameron has.

ANGI: What’s your favorite thing about your heroine Sophia Reardon?
JANIE: I love that she has grit she hasn’t even realized yet. Every time she’s certain she’s been pushed to her limits, she finds even more strength. I think a lot of women are like that: don’t know how much they can handle until they are forced to. Women are often stronger than they give themselves credit for. Sophia is no exception.

ANGI: If you had to pick someone to play her in the movie?
JANIE: Rachel McAdams (from The Notebook and The Time Traveler’s Wife). I love the everyday, girl-next-door quality about her. And she strikes me as the type that would come up swinging, exactly like Sophia does.

ANGI: Without any spoilers… What’s your favorite scene in INFILTRATION?
JANIE: You mean besides the sex on the desk?... :-)

ANGI: Is there a movie that you could compare to INFILTRATION?
JANIE: It’s part Mission Impossible, part Point Break (minus the surfing), with some True Lies thrown in for good measure (and for the name Omega). Great romance and what-the-heck-just-happened action.

JANIE'S GOTTA ANSWER:  Really, the sense of family is what inspired this series, more than the agency itself. I wanted this series to be about the Bransons who share the gene that make them all great agents, as well as an engrained trust in each other. Cameron’s been undercover a long time when INFILTRATION begins, and it’s wearing on him. But he’s handling it. COUNTERMEASURES (out in January) is about Sawyer, the youngest Branson, who’s the charming playboy of the family. He’s brought to his knees by a sweet scientist he’s called on to protect.

UNTRACEABLE is Juliet’s story –the only sister— who is struggling to come to grips with a brutal attack last time she went undercover. That book will be available in May. And the series wraps up Dylan’s story in LEVERAGE (June), a pilot drawn back into the Omega world when his family needs his help.

So it’s family that inspired the Omega Sector series. The knowledge that No. Matter. What. you know you can trust your family. Especially when they’re as skilled as the Branson siblings.

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Omega Sector, Book 2
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The clock was ticking, the enemy was watching…

At first it looked like a glorified babysitting job: safeguard a scientist while she created a countermeasure to neutralize a dangerous weapon that had fallen into the wrong hands. But when Dr. Megan Fuller's life was threatened, undercover agent Sawyer Branson knew the enemy was closing in. Sticking by Megan 24/7 wasn't something he took lightly, even if Megan didn't seem to appreciate his constant presence. For a man used to getting any woman he wanted, Megan was a challenge he was coming to enjoy. Because beneath her boxy lab coat and pinned-back hair lay a brilliant and beautiful warrior. And before long, Sawyer's determination to save the world was matched only by the sudden need to make Megan his.
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Harlequin Intrigue

A killer stalks the city streets, and one FBI agent is determined to bring him down in Janie Crouch's Primal Instinct.

On the crowded streets of San Francisco, a serial killer watches and waits. Known only as "Simon Says," he lures his next victim while the FBI grasps for answers. Desperate, they turn to Adrienne Jeffries. Adrienne has an uncanny talent for getting inside the city's most dangerous minds. But first she'll have to get past FBI agent Conner Perigo. Skeptical of Adrienne's abilities, Conner begrudgingly enlists her help…unprepared for the powerful attraction that could jeopardize their focus. With little time, and everything to lose, they must work to find Simon's next victim—before he does.
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JANIE IS GIVING AWAY five (count 'em 5!) autographed copies of INFILTRATION here. Readers who leave a comment below will also have a chance to win both INFILTRATION and Omega Sector Book 2 - COUNTERMEASURES
North America Readers only

Note: COMMENTERS are encouraged to leave a contact email address to speed the prize notification process. Offer void where prohibited. Prizes will be mailed to North America addresses only unless specifically mentioned in the post. Odds of winning vary due to the number of entrants. Winners of drawings are responsible for checking this site in a timely manner. If prizes are not claimed in a timely manner, the author may not have a prize available. Get Lost In A Story cannot be responsible for an author's failure to mail the listed prize. GLIAS does not automatically pass email addresses to guest authors unless the commenter publicly posts their email address.

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JANIE WANTS TO KNOW: How big is your family? Did you come from a big or small family – lots of siblings or maybe just yourself? What’s the perfect size in your opinion?

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Amazing Holiday Romance Reads from San Diego. Part Deux!

More peace, love and sandy feet! –Jillian Stone

Okay, we're back again with more amazing reads from San Diego romance writers. And remember to leave a holiday survival tip.  When you comment, you have a chance to win one of the novels featured in this holiday promotion (winner's choice). For details scroll to the end of this blog.

Kathy Aarons
Death is Like a Box of Chocolates

Buy link: Amazon

Whether it’s to satisfy a craving for chocolate or pick up the hottest new bestseller, the locals in charming West Riverdale, Maryland, are heading to Chocolates and Chapters, where everything sold is to die for…

Best friends Michelle Serrano and Erica Russell are celebrating the sweet rewards of their combined bookstore and chocolate shop by hosting the Great Fudge Cook-off during the town’s Memorial Day weekend Arts Festival. But success turns bittersweet when Main Street’s portrait photographer is found dead in their store, poisoned by Michelle’s signature truffles.

As suspicion mounts against Michelle, her sales begin to crumble and her career seems whipped. With Erica by her side, Michelle must pick through an assortment of suspects before the future of their dream store melts away…

Judy Duarte
The Soldier's Holiday Homecoming

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A holiday to remember…

Only an urgent mission could bring Sergeant Joe Wilcox back to his Texas town—and the past he’s been trying to forget.  The marine gets his wish when an accident robs him of his memory.  The beautiful blonde who offers to nurse him back to health on a ranch that’s hauntingly familiar is a bonus he didn’t expect…except Chloe Dawson is strictly off-limits.

The letter the wounded G.I. “Doe” is carrying—addressed to Chloe—only deepens the mystery of who he is and why he came to Brighton Valley.  With desire sizzling between them, Chloe’s in danger of falling for the sexy soldier.  But what happens when his memory returns?  Can she help him face his past and, together, find their future—a place where they can both belong?

Sally Orr
The Rake's Handbook 

Season’s Greetings Begin When You Catch a Rake Under The Mistletoe.

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The Rake’s Handbook was written on a dare, and soon took the ton by storm. Now its author, Ross Thornbury, is publicly reviled by the ladies, but privately revered by the gentlemen. Unfortunately, Ross’s notoriety is working against him and he flees London painfully aware of his own jaded heart.

Spirited widow Elinor Colton lives next to Ross’s country estate. She’s appalled not only by his rakish reputation, but also by his progressive industrial plans. Elinor is sure she is immune to Ross’s seductive ways. But he keeps coming around…impressing her with his vision for England’s future and stunning her with his smiles.

Melissa Cutler
The Mistletoe Effect

Happy Holidays! ~ Melissa Cutler

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I hope your holiday season is off to a marvelous start. Mine has been particularly fun because I have a Christmas-themed romance out this year, titled THE MISTLETOE EFFECT. It's a fun, red-hot sexy contemporary romance about a “marriage of convenience” between a hotel heiress and the bad boy cowboy who manages the stables at her family’s resort. I had a blast writing it and I guarantee it’ll put a smile on your face. (and don’t you just love that cover???)  You can read Chapter One on my website (pdf): or on Goodreads.

Gina Conkle
Meet the Earl at Midnight 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! ~ Gina Conkle

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The Enigma Earl. The Lord Phantom. That's what the gossip pages call Lord Greenwich, a mysterious nobleman who doesn't show his face in London Society. With a reputation like that, it's no wonder that Lydia Montgomery is horrified to be dragged from bed and packed off to live with him to save her mother from penury.

While Lydia has received all of the training a lady should endure, she's decidedly un-ladylike. She despises her corset and isn't interested in marriage; in fact, she would prefer to remain unmarried so that she can spend her time improving her art. But if she wants a chance at happiness, she'll have to set aside her fear of Lord Greenwich and discover the man hiding behind the beast.

If you need an audiobook to warm your commute or while you exercise, why not try Meet the Earl at Midnight? Audio excerpts are available on the purchase links (above).

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