the October Intrigues

~Harlequin Intrigue is...
"24 for pacing—fast and dangerous and exciting. Justified for the composition of the understated yet intense hero we like to see in an Intrigue. Unknown for the kind of complex mystery/thriller plot that can lend itself to a solid crime story and romance."
~I'm so happy to bring you all six of the October releases. With a special feature on Barb Han who is graciously donating 1 autographed copy of KIDNAPPED AT CHRISTMAS to a lucky Rafflecopter Winner. 


This Christmas brings the revelation that he’s a father.
Now he needs to keep his little family safe when they become a target…

When the blonde beauty who shared his bed a year ago tells him he’s a father, Wyatt Jackson is stunned. But the attempted abduction of their newborn daughter drives the Texas cowboy to uncover the dangerous secrets of Meg Anderson’s past. Can Wyatt crack a twenty-year-old cold case before Meg’s Christmas becomes her last?

Crisis: Cattle Barge
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Hey Barb,

Thanks for volunteering to give away a book. I’ve got you featured in October (blog post on September 21st). Just type in the answers and return.  If you’d like to do something special with another blog, let me know.

Here are the questions regarding KIDNAPPED AT CHRISTMAS:

ANGI:  Favorite thing about Wyatt Jackson

ANGI:  Favorite thing about Meg Anderson

ANGI:  Favorite thing about KIDNAPPED AT CHRISTMAS




A deadly homecoming in Whitehorse, Montana.

Bestselling author TJ Clementine thought she’d be safe with her sisters during the holidays. She was wrong. Dead wrong. Now her “biggest fan” has followed TJ to Whitehorse, Montana, with visions of murder in mind. The only person who can help TJ is ruggedly handsome loner Silas Walker—if she can trust him. Because this mountain man knows just how to hunt deadly shadows…and win.

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Her baby has been abducted
And Brayden Hawk is her best chance at getting the child back

After her baby girl is kidnapped, Dr. Mila Manchester must turn to the one man who can help bring her home: Texas cowboy Brayden Hawk. The sexy lawyer refuses to settle for anything less than reuniting mother and daughter, but the deeper he digs, the more questions he has. Like why is Mila so sure the girl’s father isn’t involved? And is the explosive secret he can tell she’s keeping going to destroy the intimacy building between them—or strengthen it?

Badge of Justice

A guilt-racked hero vows to succeed
…even if it costs him his life.

Five million dollars for rescuing a kidnapped heiress? To reclusive Jason Hunt, the job’s about redemption, not money. But when the troubled former marine finds megarich Samantha Eddington, opposites attract as they escape her captors. Odds are they won’t survive the brutal Teton Mountains or the mercenaries after them. And if they do, will Jason’s reward be redemption or heartbreak?

Her enemy. Her protector.
And yet he’s the last man she wants to see….

Paige Riddell never expects her relaxing hike to end in gunfire…or in Rob Allerton’s strong arms. The handsome DEA agent arrested her troubled brother years ago. Now he suspects a connection to a prominent Colorado developer’s death. The feisty blonde vows to prove her brother’s innocence, until she becomes the murderer’s target. But when her greatest adversary becomes her live-in bodyguard, protecting her 24/7, Paige wonders what will be the cause of her undoing: the killer…or her fierce attraction to Rob.

Eagle Mountain Murder Mystery
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Nicole Helm
Welcome to Bent, Wyoming
Where the Wild West Never Died

Resident bad boy and saloon owner Grady Carson knows his brother is not a murderer, and he’ll do anything to prove it. But partnering with Laurel Delaney? Worst idea ever. The beautiful by-the-book cop challenges him like no other. Bad family blood—and a killer at large—makes their attraction unthinkable. Dangerous. Reckless. How can they solve a crime to prevent a family war and then let forbidden love ignite it anew?

Carsons & Delaneys
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Between the Pages w/Amanda McIntyre

A bit late in my apologies, but life is like this at times. News regarding personal injury to my brother came to me late Tuesday night and with him living on his own and us an hour away, it was one of those mad scramble "what do we do moments."
As it happens, my dh was off the next day and was able to take him to the ER, where he was admitted.

Result? Totally spaced off my blog for Between the Pages!  So I felt it might be a worthwhile conversation to  have when an authors life goes sideways...

I once was involved in co-writing with Lori Soard (mentor/writer/friend) a book called," So Your Muse Has Gone AWOL?"  It was a compilation of short stories (real-life) from  a great many authors--some very recognizable names, others newly published, others (back then) waiting to be published. The theme of the book was based on the many reasons that sometimes the muse takes a hike and how to get back in the saddle of writing again.

It was about realizing that you need to give yourself grace. That sometimes the answer is sit your butt in the chair and "do it." And other times, you need to walk a path unplanned for a bit to get back on track.

Life happens. We change/lose agents. We change/lose publishers. We change/lose people in our lives. We transition writing genres.

But in all of it, we can ask nothing more from readers or ourselves but GRACE.

Writing is not for the faint of heart. One of my fav quotes on writing comes from Ernest Hemingway who said, "There's nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open a vein.”

Truer words were never spoken. Surrounded by peers online, at conferences, cruise's, book signings...the authors life of writing is a solitary paradox once you get down to brass tacks.

Good news is I  am writing...and rewriting the next book in my Last Hope Ranch series! I'm very excited. But I'm delving into this story with all of its twists and turns, ups and downs, joys and sorrows--all the while with unplanned surprises along the way (so much so that I've had to rewrite a few scenes!)

So I thank you for patience. Your grace (I hope) in missing a full day of the blog! But maybe I'll glean a few stranglers online tonight!

Peace be with you all and remember,
kindness matters!

Here's a taste of my next WIP!!




Scorching the Pages with Cathleen Ross

I’m not big on ordering books in advance, but the moment I saw the cover for Snatched, by my fellow Aussie author Cathleen Ross, I knew I didn’t want to wait one second longer than I had to – so the moment it was available for pre-order, I was there with my one-clicking finger! You’ll understand, then, why I’m thrilled Cathleen is joining us on Get Lost in a Story today to talk a little more about Snatched, an Entangled Scorched novel, which is now on my e-reader!

About Cathleen...
Cathleen Ross likes to write about the quirky side of life. She thought she was a "sweet" writer until she was asked to write her first erotic story, sold it immediately and she never looked back. She's a multi-award winning author who keeps coming up with sexy, steamy romances.

Connect with Cathleen via her website or Facebook.

Club Enforcer Troy DeLance is hellbent on revenge—eye-for-an-eye and all that—so he kidnaps his prospect's sister as payback for a betrayal. If he has to tie Stacey Martin to his bed to make sure she stays, so be it. All the better if she likes it. 

Stacey will do anything to save her brother. Even if it means surrendering in ways she never imagined to her beastly kidnapper. But as their relationship heats up, neither realizes that someone else is plotting a far more deadly payback...

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Chapter One

Payback should be a bitch. But spying on Stacey Martin through her bedroom window in the darkness was giving Troy DeLance a hard-on. And Troy wasn’t happy about it.
Troy groaned out loud as Stacey unbuttoned her silky dress and it slipped to the ground, leaving her wearing virgin-white bra and panties. She had a body that was more siren than virgin. When she pulled her long, sun-blond hair from its ponytail, it draped over her slim shoulders down to her cute little rounded ass. She pursed her lips as she glanced out the window.

What he wouldn’t give to have her doing things to him with that sweet, pouting mouth.

Dirty things.

But that wasn’t going to happen. This was official business for the Slayers MC—the motorcycle club both he and his prospect, Animal, belonged to.

It didn’t matter that Troy’s attraction for Animal’s half-sister Stacey jolted into him like a slug from a gun. He’d met her for the first time two weeks ago…but she’d been dressed then. Semi-naked? Oh man. He didn’t want or need this untimely attraction. She was so not his type. Far from it. His club nickname was Beast, and that fit him to a T. She was definitely a beauty, but unlike the fairy tale, this little scenario was not going to end happily.

Not for her, anyway.

His gaze still riveted on her, he pulled at his tightening jeans and shifted on his Harley so he was more comfortable. He wasn’t such a creep that he’d jerk off while he spied on the girl. Instead, he fingered the roll of duct tape, planning his revenge on her brother.

A year ago, Animal had gone out of his way to join the Slayers as Troy’s prospect. Back then, Troy had seen schoolgirl pictures of Stacey in the auto parts shop Animal recently inherited from his dad. Who knew the guy’s sweet-looking kid sister would grow up to be such a striking young woman, pretty enough to model on a catwalk? No wonder Animal had never brought her to the club parties when she was in town. There wouldn’t have been a man there who wouldn’t have wanted to bang her.

Troy tried to remember how old his prospect had said she was. Twenty? No. Twenty-one? Anyway, it didn’t make any difference. He wasn’t going to date the girl, he was going to grab her and trade her.

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Quick Chat...

Avril: Tell us a little more about the relationship between Troy and Stacey.
Cathleen: They come in to the book as enemies. Troy has kidnapped her and she's making his life hell so their relationship is fiery from the get go.

Avril: This is the first book in your Outlaw Warriors series – what can we expect from the future books in the series?
Cathleen: The second book also has a military hero but he has a duty of honor to settle for the hero, Troy in book one, which means spying on a rival biker club. He's given a job of guarding the President's daughter. She's serious and vulnerable, hateful of her role as a biker's daughter. She also adores him.

Avril: Alpha or beta hero?
Cathleen: Alpha. I still tend to over alpha them but that's the kind of hero I like to read. My heroes are dangerous and not your Mr Nice Guy, and they're all oversexed.

Avril: I’m crazy-keen to now a little bit more about your historical stories…?
Cathleen: I wrote a historical series set in Scotland in the Robert the Bruce period. It came to me in a dream but the voice was still talking to me while I was awake. I self-published it and it sold well for me. I've traced my ancestry back to the fierce Ross clan who were the Lairds of Balnagowan. I'm certain my reading up on this wild clan will provide for lots of background information for the next series I'm planning to write, which will be set in the Regency period. The Ross family had witches, fearsome lairds who were hard to tame and that's going to be fun to write in a more modern context.

Sweet or sexy reads? Contemporary or historical? 
What's your preference? Tell us in the comments to go into the draw for an e-copy of Snatched

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