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Excerpt–Ever Hopeful

Ever_Hopeful__amazon_goodreadsBlurb:

Combining heart-soaring contemporary romance with heart-pounding suspense is a trademark of New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lori Ryan—and in her novel Ever Hopeful she delivers spectacularly on both counts.  Two-months pregnant and trapped in a violent marriage, Laura Kensington realizes that her ruthless and powerful in-laws will never let her go, even after the strange sudden death of her abusive husband.  Fleeing far away to the Texas ranch of Cade Bishop, a strong yet tender man who believes in second chances, Laura finds herself irresistibly drawn to Cade’s gentle passion and giving heart. But there is no escaping the shadows of her past and soon danger re-enters her world, pulling Laura into a deadly web of lies, betrayals, and murder.  And only Cade Bishop’s quiet strength and unwavering love can set her free.

Excerpt Three

Laura laid her hand in his, so big and strong and protective. She tried to ignore the way that hand made her feel, the way his warm strength caused her body to thrum with electricity. He tugged her out the back of the barn and around to one side where the Jeep she’d seen many times was parked.

“Shane was going to show you this later, but this is probably a better time,” he said, opening the door and reaching into the glove box. Cade pulled out a set of keys and turned to sit on the seat of the car, long legs hanging over the edge. He pulled Laura into him so that she stood with one of her legs brushing his. They’d never stood this close – this intimately. He’d always kept his distance. But, now there was a closeness she hadn’t dared to crave for more than three years.

Cade held out the keys to her and pointed out the key to the Jeep. He looked her dead in the eye when he spoke and she could see how much he meant the words he was saying. “This is always in here. If anything happens, if you even think someone is coming or you see anything suspicious, I want you to take the Jeep.”

Laura opened her mouth to object, but he cut her off. “Take it Laura. You need to have a way to get to safety if anything happens and I’m not here to protect you.”

Her heart flinched at the thought that he would want to protect her. And, at the thought that maybe he couldn’t. She nodded at him.

Cade took out another key, looped on a chain, and held it up to her. It was a smaller key, brass with a number on the side. He leaned back into the car and drew a piece of paper out of the glove box.

“This is the key to a bus station locker. Shane had some business in Johnson City a few days ago. He went to the bus station there and put ten thousand dollars in cash in a locker. This locker,” he said showing her the key and then the paper. “There are directions to the bus locker here. There are also times and meeting places.”

Laura looked at the paper.

Noon, two days after you run: Baird Diner in Searcy, Arkansas.

Noon, four days after you run: Casey’s Barbeque, Springfield, Tennessee.

The list went on specifying ten separate meeting locations. Laura looked up at Cade, unable to speak.

“If you have to run and I can’t go with you, this is where I’ll meet you when it’s safe. If I’m not there, it means it’s not safe for me to come and get you yet, so you keep moving and get to the next meeting spot. If you get to the end, go back and start over at the top of the list. I’ll be there for you as soon as it’s safe. I promise you that, Laura. This is your running plan. This is what you do if you have to run.”

Release is January 26. Ever Hopeful will be only 99 cents for the first two weeks. (1/26 until 2/9)  After that will be $2.99.

Here are the links–

Goodreads -  http://bit.ly/LX3ZdN
Giveaway

Lori is giving away one Kindle Paperwhite (or gift card of equivalent amount if outside the US or UK) to one entrant in the two week long contest. You can enter by clicking on the link.

Link for contest - http://loriryanromance.com/ever-hopeful-contest-for-authors-and-bloggers/

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Author Bio

Lori Ryan is a NY Times and USA Today bestselling author who writes contemporary romance with a twist of suspense. She lives with an extremely understanding husband, two wonderful children, two mostly-behaved dogs, and a lone little cat in Austin, Texas. It’s a bit of a zoo, but she wouldn’t change a thing.

Lori published her first novel in April of 2013 and has written three more books since then. Each of Lori’s books have made their way to the Amazon bestseller list and she quickly climbed the Amazon bestselling author list, as well. In November, 2013, Lori and a group of romantic suspense authors landed on the USA Today and NY Times bestseller lists with an anthology only eight months after the release of Lori’s first book.

Lori loves to connect with her readers. Follow her on Facebook or Twitter or subscribe to her blog. Oh, and if you’ve read Lori’s books and loved them, please consider leaving a review on Amazon.com or with the retailer of your choice. Writers live and die by their reviews and Lori promises to do a happy dance around her office every time you write one!

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Character Interview–Katherine from Rancher Rescue

Character Interview, Katherine:RancherRescueCover

  1. Favorite color? Blue-green.Katherine:  It’s calming, like the water in the ocean.
  2. Name one of your favorite things.Katherine:  Noah’s face when he smiles. He has these big brown eyes which somehow get bigger. And his cheeks? Full, round. He has the face of an angel. *sigh* I wish I’d been there with him from the beginning when he was born. I could’ve helped my sister so much more if I’d known about Noah. I understand her secrets now, but I hate that I’ve missed so much of his young life.
  3. You’ve been through more in your first 20 years of life than most people twice your age.  You lost your parents, and then your sister disappeared. How did you keep going?Katherine:  My mantra has always been:  chin up, move forward, forge ahead. I learned early on that people will eventually let you down. It’s best to depend on yourself.
  4. That seems lonely.Katherine:  Do you have another question? (her gaze darts toward the exit)
  5. Yeah. One more. What’s your biggest regret?Katherine:  That I let my sister down when she needed me the most. I had to leave college to take care of her when my parents died. I guess I always resented that in some way. I loved my sister, don’t get me wrong, I just wish I’d handled things between us better. She became a handful and I tried to rule with an iron fist. You can imagine how that worked out. What did I know about kids? And now, I’ve let Noah down, too.

RANCHER RESCUE

BARB HAN

Blurb:  When a little boy goes missing, rancher Caleb Snow steps in to help…and winds up falling for the child’s beautiful—but mysterious—aunt in Barb Han’s Rancher Rescue. 

Getting tangled up with another woman in crisis is the last thing rancher Caleb Snow needs. The handsome cowboy has been badly burned too many times. But this one feels different—Katherine Harper is injured and reeling after an ambush in which her nephew was kidnapped. Caleb wants nothing more than to protect the beautiful, headstrong woman and help her find the missing child. If only he could ignore the feelings she stirs in him.

But as they search together, it’s clear someone wants Katherine dead. Soon the two are running for their lives, dodging bullets, not knowing who to trust…or if they’ll survive long enough to bring a little boy home.

Author Bio:

Barb Han is the author of romance novels and romantic suspense. Her debut romantic thriller, GONE, was released January, 2013, and features a desperate woman who wakes in a mental institution determined to find the son she’s told never existed.

Her novella, Seducing Avery, was released early this year, and has received much acclaim due to her unique storyline that features an Asian hero. Another Asian hero romance, The Billionaire Bargain, released early this summer exclusively for Kindle. The wide release is scheduled for late August. Her romantic suspense, Caught In The Crosshair, features a determined sister and an ex-military sniper on a tropical island with a hurricane brewing and dangerous men closing in. This story is now available exclusively for Kindle.

Barb is under contract with Harlequin Intrigue. Her first book featuring a rancher from North Texas will be published in early 2014.

Barb belongs to Romance Writers of America, DARA, KOD, and NTRWA where she volunteers as often as she can. She graduated from The University of North Texas with a bachelor degree in journalism.

She lives in North Texas with her own Asian-hero husband, has three beautiful children, a spunky Golden Retriever/Standard Poodle mix, and too many books in her ‘to read’ pile. In her down time, she plays video games and spends much of her time on or around a basketball court. She’s passionate about travel, and many of the places she visits end up in her books.

She loves interacting with readers and is grateful for their support.

Please visit me at: Website, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest.  My newsletter subscribers are first to find out about new releases.

Giveaway:

During the tour, Ms. Han is giving away one $25.00 Amazon Gift Card.

At the end of her tour on February 1st, Sizzling PR will be hosting a release party on our Facebook Page from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. (CST) During the party, Ms. Han will give away three autographed books, another $25.00 Amazon Gift Card and a $50.00 Amazon Gift Card.

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Sneak Peak Sunday

Decided to do the Sneak Peak this Sunday.

The six paragraphs I’m using are from the third book in the Winter Creek,  Montana series with Beachwalk Press.  Still unfinished, so be warned.

This is Rose and Mark’s story tentatively called The Schoolmarm’s Redemption.

Here it is–

Why was she shying away from him? Why was she pushing him away when all she wanted was to get closer?

“Are you coming?”

Mark didn’t look over at her. “I… can’t…”

“Okay, if that’s what you really want,” he said, stepping out of the schoolhouse toward the top of the stairs. He froze with one foot on the first step and twisted his head in her direction. Heat glared hot out of his eyes when he lifted the brim of his hat. “But I don’t think it is, Rose.”

It’s not, she wanted to tell him, but it’s for the best.

“One day I’m going to find the bastard who did this to you,” he whispered, a growl of anger blasting the words out. “And when I do, I’m going to kick the shit of him.”

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Secret Cravings Winter Wonderland

Signed up to late to be a part of this scavenger hunt, but still so proud to be a part of this great publishers.

Check out the link below to find out all the details.

http://www.secretcravingspublishing.blogspot.com/2014/01/scp-anniversary-winter-wonderland.html

Oh, and the grand prize is a iPad2.

Interested?

Winning the Bet

Both Maggie and Jack were introduces to the kinkier side of sex by Winning the Bet--from SCP websitepartners with the wrong idea of the lifestyle. They are now both careful and leery around others. Jack is afraid he will hurt the women he dates, and Maggie is just afraid. They live in the same apartment complex, and are very aware of each other, but that’s as far as things go. Neither one of them knows how to get passed the mental block.
Then one day, Jack shows up at the VA clinic where Maggie works, and both of their lives start to change by the interfering actions of her co-workers and a stupid bet. He shows up at their usual Friday night dinner out, and Maggie ends up spending the night with him. He didn’t hurt her and she is not afraid anymore, but now they have something else to worry about? Their hearts.

Sexy excerpt–

“Jack.” Maggie couldn’t go through something like that again. She pulled her hands down, tightening the rough material hard into her wrist. “I don’t think I want to do this.”

He didn’t say anything.

“Please, Jack.” Fear twisted inside her at his silence. She flipped her legs to the side and touched the floor with her toes before gentle arms gathered them up and placed them back on the bed. “You’ll hurt me, just like he did.” Only measured breathing could be heard. “Jack?”

“Your ex-husband?”

“No,” she said truthfully. “Matt was a bastard, but he never hurt me. Well, he never hurt me in a physical way.”

“Do you want me to loosen the bindings?” His voice wavered slightly. “Do you want me to release you?”

Maggie nodded, relief soothing the memory from her.

“Is that a yes?”

“Yes.”

His silence seemed to scream in the quiet room for a long moment. Nothing could be heard until a creak sounded near the head of the bed, and he loosened the ties around her wrist. His fingers traveled slow and feather-like down her arm toward her tense shoulder. He spread his fingers under her chin, lifting it upward toward his whispering breath.

“You can trust me.”

She sighed at his words, responding deep inside with a yes. Stupid as it may be, Maggie did trust this almost stranger. She shouldn’t, but she did. She couldn’t trust a man she’d been married to for thirteen years or a man she’d known as a friend for two, so why did she want to believe in Jack?

“I won’t do anything you don’t want me to do.”

He released her chin and reached across her chest, pressing his firm abdomen against her soften nipples for a brief, intoxicating moment before he moved away. She could feel her heart racing fast as he released the tie on the second binding and retied it looser. She swallowed a breath when his fingertips caressed warm on her palm.

“Is that better?”

“Yes.”

“Good,” he whispered. “Now you belong to me.”

Get it here–

http://store.secretcravingspublishing.com/index.php?main_page=book_info&cPath=4&products_id=489&zenid=6082b37fb1c7b2a0cf787d6232f247ee


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Spotlight–Hurricane Crimes

Title: Hurricane CrimesHurricaneCrimes_8342_750

Author: Chrys Fey

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Format: eBook

Available on Amazon: November 25th 2013

Official Release Date: March 5th 2014

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Book Links:

Amazon US: http://amzn.com/B00GVK921G

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00GVK921G

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18757793-hurricane-crimes

Blurb:

After her car breaks down, Beth Kennedy is forced to stay in Florida, the target of Hurricane Sabrina. She stocks up supplies, boards up windows, and hunkers down to wait out the storm, but her plan unravels when she witnesses a car accident. Risking her life, she braves the winds to save the driver. Just when she believes they are safe, she finds out the man she saved could possibly be more dangerous than the severe weather.

Donovan Goldwyn only wanted to hide from the police, but the hurricane shoved his car into a tree. Now he’s trapped with a beautiful woman while the evidence that can prove his innocence to a brutal crime is out there for anyone to find.

As Hurricane Sabrina wreaks havoc, Beth has no other choice but to trust Donovan to stay alive. But will she survive, or will she become another hurricane crime?

Excerpt:

On the television set, which was fighting to stay alive, was breaking news. She caught bits and pieces of it as she emptied the bowl of blood-tainted water and threw out the cloth. It was about a high-speed chase that had occurred about a half-hour ago. Beth shook her head. Apparently, Donovan wasn’t the only idiot driving around during a hurricane.

She went back into the living room and began replacing all the medical supplies into the first-aid kit. Behind her, a reporter was explaining that the driver of the car was believed to be a murder suspect.

“The name of the—”

The lights flashed, prompting Beth to snatch up her flashlight.

“Donovan Goldwyn.”

Her fingers went cold around the plastic tube as ice frosted her veins. She straightened her spine and turned stiffly to the television, her heart wasn’t beating in her chest. On the screen was the picture of the man who was right now changing in her bedroom. Above it was a caption in bold letters that read—SUSPECT.

She gripped the flashlight in her frozen fingers. Her heart thudded fearfully. She stared into the immobilized violet eyes through the glass.

“Oh my god,” she gasped.

She had brought a murderer into her home!

chrysfeyAUTHORPICBio:

Chrys Fey is the author of the short stories—The Summer Bride and Fallen. She created the blog Write with Fey to offer aspiring writers advice and inspiration. She lives in Florida where she is ready to battle the next hurricane that comes her way.

Author Links:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/chrysfey

Blog: www.writewithfey.blogspot.com

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/ChrysFey

Google +: www.google.com/+ChrysFey


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Blitz–Summertime Dream

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Babette James

Blurb:

The Fourth of July is over, but for these summer lovers the fireworks have just begun.

An unexpected inheritance brings business consultant Christopher Gordon from Los Angeles to quaint Falk’s Bend. He’s carved a week from his demanding schedule to list his great-grandparents’ house for sale and explore his roots. However, disturbing family secrets and the sweet temptation of writer Margie Olsson derail his plans, challenging him to seize the elusive dream missing from his hectic life— love.

A recent brush with death shook Margie’s life, but not her dreams and she’s ready to move forward. Only, standing up to her loving, over-protective family isn’t easy. Helping Christopher explore the derelict mansion and unravel his grandmother’s mysterious past should be a harmless fun taste of independence. But when her experimental summer fling ignites into unexpected love, how can her small town dreams work with his big city life?

Authors Bio:

Babette James writes sweetly scorching contemporary romance and loves reading nail-biting tales with a satisfying happily ever after. When not dreaming up stories, she enjoys playing with new bread recipes and dabbling with paints. Babette is a member of New Jersey Romance Writers, where she has served on the Board. She is also a Pro member of Romance Writers of America, and the Celtic Hearts, and Contemporary Romance Chapters of RWA, and Liberty States Fiction Writers. As a teacher, she loves encouraging new readers and writers as they discover their growing abilities. Her class cheers when it’s time for their spelling test! Born in New Jersey and raised in Southern California, she’s had a life-long love of the desert and going down the shore. Babette now lives in New Jersey with her wonderfully patient husband and extremely spoiled cats.

 Author of Sweetly Scorching Contemporary Romance

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 Excerpt:

“Beautiful, isn’t it? I fell so in love with this place when I was little and dreamed I’d live in a house like this someday.” Margie laughed. “Of course, in my dreams it was a bit less rundown.”

“I’d imagine so. Interested in buying?”

“Oh, if only I could, I would in an instant. I’m sure the property alone is worth far more than I can afford.  It’s a huge piece of land. And the repairs and restoration…” Longing swelled. She sighed. Someone else would buy and live in her dream home.

Quiet fell between them for a while. Bees buzzed in the clover. Birds sang, chirped, and flitted. A hummingbird whizzed past. Two more ducks joined the first amid quiet bickering quacks. Dandelion fluff drifted by on an unfelt breeze.

A truck rattled down the lane, breaking the moment.

“Suppose we ought to head back…” Christopher turned, so close their arms brushed, but instead of retreating, he hesitated. Their eyes locked. Where dismay and frustration had filled his green eyes, want simmered. The heavy air electrified.

You need a change.

On a surge of bewildering crazy courage, she stretched up and kissed him. The brief brush of lips to lips left her shaken and her heart pounding, like she had  just come up for air.

His eyes widened in his serious, craggy face.

No, oh, no. Blowing out an unsteady breath, she pressed a hand to her stomach. She’d carried her day’s adventure one impetuous step too far. Her heroines were the daring part of her. She’d never even kissed on a first date before, and this wasn’t even a date.

Before the apology fluttering in her mind could break free, he cupped her cheek and touched his mouth down on hers.

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