Sunday, January 21, 2018

She needed a miracle.,,

...she got a Texas Ranger.

Vivian Watts's mission to prove her brother's innocence has left her destitute and desperate. 

So when Texas Ranger Slate Thompson arrives with his knock-me-out blue eyes and belief in her case, she dares to hope again...until her apartment is burned to the ground. 

Slate offers refuge at his ranch, but when evidence suggests Vivian is being hunted...can he face down the real killer to protect her?

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EXCERPT (read a little more)

“How can a little research and a few interviews get you in trouble?” Wade Hamilton asked. “Besides, I’ve done all the hard work.”

Slate Thompson wasn’t on as thin ice as his fellow Texas Ranger. But the entire team knew that one wrong step would shake up Company B—and not in a good way. Wade's hunches about cases were putting more than one of them in the hot seat. So Slate had a right to be wary.

“Then do it yourself,” Slate countered.

“You know I’m out of a job if I break ranks again. Come on, you can do this in your sleep, Slate. You’re one of the best investigators I know.”

“That’s beside the point, and if you’re attempting to schmooze someone, stating that they are the best is better. Especially if it’s the truth.”

“You read the journal about Subject Nineteen?”

“You stood over my shoulder while I did.” Slate stretched backward in his wheeled chair, balancing himself with a booted toe under his desk. He tossed a ball of rubber bands over to Wade. “Moron.”

“Just verifying you can read.”

Slate popped forward, clicking off the screen as Major Clements walked through the office. Recently, he managed to stop by and check on Wade’s progress through the “punishment” boxes—files that were either a last check on cases coming up for trial or completely cold.

“How you doing, Wade? Slate, you aren’t busy? Need something to help that along?”

“No, sir. I’m about to head out the door. I…uh…have a lunch date, sir.”

Major Clements clapped Wade on the shoulder, then tapped the multiple file folders at the corner of the desk. “Power through, son. We’re a little shorthanded out there.” Then he continued to his office.
Clements was about fifteen or maybe even twenty years older than either Wade or Slate. But he looked ancient, like a cowboy that had spent one too many years in the saddle. He walked straight, but his belly hung over his belt buckle, a serious silver piece of artwork with the Texas Ranger emblem over the Texas flag. He was one of the few men, in Wade’s humble opinion, who wore the uniform’s white hat exceptionally well. Like it fit.

Slate, on the other hand, always felt better wearing a ball cap.

“You going to look at that case for me?” Wade whispered. “Victor Watts confessed so it looks like a slam dunk. But my gut’s telling me that something’s not right. I’d do it myself but…”

Slate waved for him to pass over the file. “You’re damn lucky I’m not reporting you to the old man.”

“Now why would you do that, Slate? We get along so well. If I was gone, you’d have to break in another ranger and you know how fun that is.” Wade locked his fingers behind his neck and leaned back in his chair.

The bruising had faded, but he was still squinting through a severely beaten eye. The man had spent days in the hospital and come back to work with a cloud hanging around him so thick, everyone was pretending they couldn’t see him.

Everyone except Wade’s partner Jack MacKinnon, Heath Murray and himself. They were a team. They’d come into Company B at the same time and had a special bond. Didn’t seem like anything could break it.

Even Wade being assigned the punishment boxes.

Most of the reasons Wade had been desked weren’t public knowledge. Jack knew more than anyone in the Company and he wasn’t talking. But over beers, both Jack and Wade has considered themselves very lucky to have a job.

Jack’s temporary assignment to help the Dallas PD hadn’t gone without speculation. It also coincided with his new roommate—of the feminine persuasion. Heath, Wade and himself included hadn’t spent any serious time with the lady…Megan Harper.


Everyone in Company B had seen the results of “the Harper case” as it was referenced. However, Wade and Jack had gotten involved, it was Wade’s fault for playing a hunch. His saving grace was that whatever he’d done had saved Megan Harper’s life and captured a man whose mental health was still waiting to be evaluated.

Saying yes to one of Wade’s hunches was usually easy. Hell, this particular ranger had a long line of successful hunches that had played out with many a bad man behind bars. Slate opened the file. He had to admit that he wanted to help.

“You’d be on your own most of the time, buddy,” Wade said from the next desk. “Of course, if I’m wrong, then there’s nothing to do anyway.”

Slate nodded, contemplating. Breaking the rules really wasn’t his thing. Then again, he’d wanted to be in law enforcement to help people…not knowingly send an innocent man to jail.

Yeah, there was a chance that Wade was wrong. But when the man went with his gut, he just rarely was.

“I’ll do it.” 

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Friday, January 19, 2018

Melinda Di Lorenzo - Triple Amazing Contemporary Romance!

I’m so happy to welcome back to Get Lost in a Story one of my favourite authors, Melinda Di Lorenzo. Melinda is the author of wonderful contemporary romance, fabulous romantic suspense novels and sparkling romantic comedies. It’s triply great to have her here this month because we have three books to talk about: her latest romantic comedy,  Unsolicited Advice –  the third novel in her Between the Sheets series, After Hours – first in her new Business or Pleasure contemporary romance series, and her latest romantic suspenseUndercover Protector – book two in the Undercover Justice series, which is up for pre-order in advance of its February 1 release.

About Melinda... 

Amazon bestselling author Melinda Di Lorenzo writes in her spare time - at soccer practices, when she should be doing laundry, and in place of sleep. She lives on the beautiful west coast of British Columbia, Canada, with her handsome husband and her noisy kids. When she's not writing, she can be found curled up with (someone else's) good book.

Heidi Bluthe is Miss Anonymous—queen of a confident, snark-laced advice column. Too bad she can’t take her own advice to fix the hot mess reality of her life. When one of her readers shows up claiming her advice ruined his life and demands she fix it, Heidi agrees to try. She is, after all, a professional and helping him will help further her career. But what happens next, falling hard for sexy British charmer, William, really knocks them both for a loop.

A year ago, William Rutherford was living the dream. Beautiful fiancée. Perfect home in the suburbs. All that changed in an instant. And the advice Miss Anonymous—aka, Heidi Bluthe–gave might not have been the root cause, but it was certainly the shove that sent things over the edge. William’s determined to have her set things right, even if that means unexpectedly risking his heart in the process…

Desire never takes time off . . .   

Six foot two. Lips to die for. And boy, can the man fill out a suit. The gorgeous stranger sending Aysia Banks steamy looks from across the bar is the perfect way for her to take her mind off her high-stress job, and maybe even forget about her ex. An invitation to dance leads to a smoldering night, which turns into a weekend of uninhibited, toe-curling, blow-your-mind passion. Things are starting to look up for Aysia—until Monday morning . . .

Another city, another company to save. It’s nothing new to executive Marcelo Diaz, who’s used to calling the shots and getting what he wants. But what is different, is Aysia: the vixen he spent the weekend rewriting the entire playbook with. But before Marc can take things any further he’s shocked by what he discovers . . .

Marc was hired to keep his employer’s reputation squeaky clean.

Part of Aysia’s job is to enforce her department’s strict no-dating rule.

And they work for the same company.

Now, with their red-hot connection doused by office policies and politics, Aysia and Marc try to put their fling behind them. It should be easy. But when a behind-the-scenes power play threatens their careers, they’ll have to bring their hearts to the table . . .

He lives by the law. 

 She’s dodging death at every turn. 

Craving closure from the blaze that took her father and her memory, Nadine Stuart returns home hoping to find peace. But the nightmare begins and the only thing that saves her from being pulled into the inferno is Anderson Somers’ determination to protect her. The undercover detective’s hot on the heels of a killer — and every instinct tells him Nadine will be the next victim.


 Let's Talk... 

AVRIL: First things first – hit us with your New Year resolutions! 
MELINDA: I actually don't DO resolutions. Don't get me wrong...I'm in favour of fresh starts and new beginnings. But I always have so much stuff going on in January that a resolution would definitely fail. 

AVRIL: Can you give us a run down on each of the series? 
MELINDA: After Hours is book one in my Business or Pleasure duet. The series is perfect for those who prefer things...spicy. Black panties and back alleys and no holds barred, oh my. If you're looking for non-stop heat, ramped up tension, and strong heroines, you've come to the right place. Each book can be read on its own. 

Unsolicited Advice is book three in my Between The Sheets trilogy. All three book in the series are RomComs, full of heart and humor.  My favourite thing about this book, in particular, is my very swoon worthy British hero. All of the book are standalone novels, with the commonality being the magazine where the heroines work. 

Undercover Protector is book two in my four-book Harlequin Romantic Suspense series. This series is aptly named Undercover Justice, and it follows four brothers-in-arms who are seeking to put their fathers' murderer behind bars. Each book has a complete HEA, but there is an over-arcing story, too. 

AVRIL: How far ahead to do you plan your writing schedule? 
MELINDA: I set my schedule deadline to deadline.  

AVRIL: What’s on your TBR list? 
MELINDA: I don't usually read while I'm writing. On my next break, I'll be reading Ruth Ware's In A Dark, Dark Wood, and a YA called Learning Seventeen by Brooke Carter.

We'd love to hear what's on your TBR list! 
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