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Another Sneak Peek – A Dose of Passion

Hi All!

Here’s another sneak peek from A DOSE OF PASSION. Enjoy!

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Blurb:

A prescription for sweet satisfaction…

Pediatrician Macy Carter has been so busy expanding her practice she’s had no time to build the family she craves. Her late, much-loved surrogate father apparently had some matchmaking in mind when he arranged for a sexy architect to take over his home and company. Too bad Derek is a single dad who’s been there, done that, and intends to remain unattached. Their priorities are totally out of sync. Their chemistry? Unbelievably potent.

Thanks to his former mentor, Derek Logan just inherited an architectural business, a house and the gorgeous client next door. He’s keeping away from forever relationships, but this doctor’s sensual touch is addictive. Helping Macy build her dream medical complex awakens Derek to how much more he now wants out of life. But has he hesitated too long to prove he’s ready for and deserving of her love?

Excerpt

“I’m not crazy,” Derek said, as if reading her mind. “I just…”

He pulled her to his body and she swallowed hard at their closeness. His familiar scent washed over her like a loving caress, her self-control weakening. She might have thought about him all evening, but her thoughts hadn’t taken this route. Never had he regarded her with such desire swimming in his eyes. His gaze held hers but quickly moved to her lips. It was as if he was contemplating his next move. He lowered his mouth closer to hers, but then he pulled back slightly. She wanted to scream, Kiss me already, but instead she waited.

His large hands cupped the sides of her face and he mumbled something she couldn’t understand. Before she could speak, he captured her lips in a searing kiss. Her thoughts jumbled inside her head. She didn’t know what had gotten into him, but whatever it was, she was all in. He kissed her with an eagerness that left no doubt they wanted the same thing. At the moment, she didn’t care that he wasn’t looking for anything long-term. All she knew was that she needed him, desired him right then and there.

A DOSE OF PASSION is available for pre-order! Amazon  |  Barnes & Noble

Official release day – October 1, 2015.

August 13, 2015 Posted by | A Dose of Passion | , , | 3 Comments

Maguire’s Corner Novels and Giveaway

Hi All!

Join me in welcoming author Heather M. Gardner to my blog! Heather is on a series blog tour through Novel Book Tours and my site is one of her stops. AND she has a gift card giveaway going on (see details below)!

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About the Book: Already Home (A Maguire’s Corner Novel – Book 1)
by Heather M. Gardner
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Published by: InkSpell Publishing
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Re-Release Date: May 30, 2015
Length: 176 Pages

Coffee shop owner Maggie Maguire doesn’t trust the new police chief her father hired to protect Maguire’s Corner. He’s a stranger, cold, bossy and annoyingly handsome. But, Maggie’s witnessed a serious crime and now someone’s trying to kill her. The man that aggravates her most might be the only one that can help her.

Police Chief Jack Munro likes his new job and his new town, and unfortunately he also likes the stubborn but beautiful town sweetheart. His self-imposed hands-off Maggie policy is about to be put to the ultimate test when he must keep her close to protect her while he tracks down a ruthless killer.

Determined to ignore Jack’s charms, Maggie attempts to help him unravel the mystery but when their lives hang in the balance she must decide how much she’s willing to risk to save the man she suddenly can’t resist.

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About the Book: One Good Catch (A Maguire’s Corner Novel – Book 2)
Published by: InkSpell Publishing
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: March 11, 2015
Length: 173 Pages

Ignoring a recent trauma that affects her everyday life, ER Doctor Kate Maguire engages in some high risk activities, but these situations aren’t enough to feed her edginess. She needs something more. When her brother’s high school best friend comes back to town, it’s her chance for a ‘no strings attached’ fling with the man who still headlines all her best dreams.

Rhys MacGrath’s days of one-night-stands are long over. The pro-football player might be side-lined at rehab for a shoulder injury, but that doesn’t mean he can’t admire and desire the all-grown-up, so-damn-hot, version of the tomboy he once knew. His sudden interest in Kate might aggravate his best friend, but it’s her indifference that drives Rhys crazy.

Everything heats up when Kate’s nosy nature puts her in the line of fire of an arsonist forcing Kate and Rhys to deal with more than just the sparks igniting between them.

Excerpt:

“Hi,” Rhys said.

Kate continued to stare at him, and her mouth may have been hanging open a little. She actually wished for the ability to teleport out of the room. Grey eyes, the color of a winter sky before a storm, scrutinized her. More than powerful in color, sharp and penetrating, like an X-ray.

Rhys was big, bigger than she remembered, taking up all the space behind the half-round table. His mid-length, layered dirty-blond hair and tanned face and neck made her think of sun and sand at the beach.

Rhys frowned. “Can I help you?”

His face had gone from friendly to wary as she gawked at him. No man should be this good looking, which should be irrelevant because he’d always been good looking. After all, he had been voted biggest flirt and most likely to meet you under the bleachers back in high school.

All the forgotten feelings she’d had for him slammed into her at once. Puppy love, like, lust, frustration, admiration, desire—all emotions she’d experienced at one time or another and, some, really not so long ago.

Finally, Kate took a shaky breath and decided she’d better leave to keep from embarrassing herself any further. “No. No, thanks, I’m good.”

Turning, she slammed straight into her mother, who held a full pot of coffee. The hot liquid splashed onto Kate’s chest and soaked into her shirt, steaming her skin underneath.

“Son of a—”

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About the Author:

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Heather M. Gardner’s love of books began on the hand-woven rugs of her small town library where her mother worked. There she had a never-ending supply of stories to read at her fingertips. As a teen, her favorite genres to curl up with were romance and mysteries. When she started to create her own stories, they were the perfect fit.

Heather resides in New York with her best friend who is also her husband, plus her talented and handsome son. She is currently owned by four stray cats. Heather’s a full-time mom, works part-time from home, a chocolate enthusiast, coffee junkie, cat addict, book hoarder and fluent in sarcasm.

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August 6, 2015 Posted by | Blog Guest | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Nobody’s Business – The Butterfly Memoirs

Hi All,
It’s always a pleasure having author M.J. Kane visit my blog. Today she’s going to tell us about her latest release to The Butterfly Memoirs. Okay, M.J., take it away!
Thank you, Sharon, for letting me come by and share a bit of my latest release, Nobody’s Business!

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I love the books that Sharon writes, mixing Suspense with Romance, and strong female characters whose career choices have lead them to non-typical jobs (female plumber anyone?) For the female lead in this story, I decided to give her a non-stereotypical job, too….female firefighter. In this snippet we see Kai Malone doing her job, fighting a fire in the middle of a rain storm. The conditions are life-threatening and a family is in need of help….enjoy!

Blurb:

Trevon Campbell’s world changed the moment his ex-girlfriend announced he was a father. Determined to make up for his past mistakes, he gives Trina what she wanted before their breakup, what feels like his soul, which means forgetting the woman he had a one-night stand with, the woman who stole his heart.

Kai Malone doesn’t want to play by her family’s rules. Instead of working for the family business, she became a firefighter. Being a female of multicultural descent, working in a field dominated by men, Kai focuses on her job to ignore the infidelity of her fiancé. Tired of his deceit, she gave in to a one-night stand with a complete stranger, someone she’d never have to see again…or so she thought.

When tragedy strikes, their worlds collide, leaving them no choice but to deal with each other again. It doesn’t take long for them to realize the attraction that brought them together the first time is stronger than ever, forcing Trevon to make the biggest decision of his life.

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Snippet:

“Listen up!” We gathered around the chief. “We’ve got several scenarios happening simultaneously. According to the chief from Truck #73, the lower level is the source of the fire. They managed to clear it, and he has men on the second floor searching for people who are trapped. To top it all off, we’ve got several families trapped on the third. He’s got a truck working rescue, but we need more men. We’ve got to get things under control. Now. Captains, get your teams squared away. Let’s go, let’s go, let’s go!”

“Malone, you’ve got ladder! Lopez, back her up,” my captain yelled.

“Yes, sir!”

I tightened my helmet and did a quick double check of my gear.

“Ready, Malone?” Lopez slapped my back.

“Ready!”

We waited impatiently as the truck maneuvered into position as close to the apartment building as it could get, then extended the ladder. The moment it connected with the first window seal, I ran to the base and grabbed hold of the wet railing. While my boots were water resistant and had extra grip to keep me from slipping, that didn’t make the task easy. I forced myself to breathe easy and focus on every step I took. I had faith in my equipment, but no matter what measures were taken to make my job safer, human error could always screw things up. Lopez was on the ladder behind me as my back up. We moved systematically from window to window. I used my ax to break the glass and yell inside before we climbed through to make a quick search for anyone who may be unconscious, huddled in a corner, or in a room behind closed doors. So far, it appeared everyone was out.

After what felt like forever, we had two apartments left. I held on and braced myself as the ladder moved to the next window. I broke the glass and yelled before leaning in to repeat my call. I was about to step across the threshold when Lopez grabbed the back of my jacket.

“Malone! We’ve got one next door!”

“What?” I stepped back onto the ladder, taking extra precautions to keep from slipping.

He pointed to the final set of windows before using his radio to alert the captain of the situation.

The sight made my heart freeze.

A woman covered with soot leaned out of the window with what appeared to be a young child in her arms. A heavy curtain of smoke wafted out the opening behind her while bright red flames silhouetted her frame, meaning the fire had to be in the room she was in.

“Help us, please! He’s not breathing!”

Damn.

I held on tight as the ladder moved.

“Ok, ma’am, I’ve got you. Hold on!”

The minute we got within range, I reached for the child. Fear and relief were evident on the mother’s face beneath the soot and grime. “Please, help him, he’s not breathing!” she said between heaving gasps and coughing.

I took the child from her; he was limp in my arms. I tried to be as gentle as I could, but unconscious, his limbs flailed around as if he were a rag doll. With my gear on, there was nothing I could do in order to resuscitate him.

Adrenaline pumping in my veins, I turned to my partner and handed him off.

“Lopez, get him to a medic, now!”

He took the young boy in his arms, balancing his weight while taking each step down the ladder as fast as he could under the dangerous conditions.

I turned to the woman who now gagged repeatedly. Her face was streaked with tears that mixed with black soot.

“It’s okay, my partner has him. Now it’s our turn to go down, okay? It’s slippery out here and I know you want to hurry down in order to get to your son, but we have to take our time. Okay?”

She nodded and focused on me.

I held my hand out and encouraged her to step out of the window and onto the ladder.

Her feet were bare and she bore the evidence of someone who had been fast asleep when disaster struck. Though she had stopped crying, it was obvious she was scared. Once on the ladder, she froze.

“I’m scared of heights!” Her fingers seemed to be fused to the wrung and her body was curled up tight.

“It’s okay, I promise. I know it feels odd on this ladder, but we aren’t that far from the ground, it’s all a matter of prospective.” That didn’t help any because she now whimpered.

Glass broke in the distance, and it wasn’t from someone trying to be rescued. It was the sound of something exploding due to the heat. That was not good.

This woman needed a distraction in order to get her to move. While I was trained to carry an unconscious person wherever I needed them to go, trying to carry her under these rain soaked conditions would not be smart. She was conscious and able to move on her own. She just needed motivation to get her feet going.

“What’s your name? Mine is Kai.”

The scared woman turned her head in my direction. “My…my name is Trina.”

Away from the smoke, I got a chance to see her face, and in the back of my mind, she seemed familiar.

“Trina, it’s nice to meet you. I wish it was under other circumstances, but that’s life, right?” I looked behind me and saw Lopez touch the ground. A team of paramedics were nearby and took the little boy over to a stretcher where they started CPR. His mother couldn’t see past me. “Trina, it’s our turn to start moving, okay? It looks like the paramedics are working on your son. Tell me about him. What’s his name?”

Trina attempted to look past me, but stopped the moment she saw how far up from the ground we were. “Justin…his name is Justin.”

Justin?

“And how old is Justin?”

“Two, Justin is two!”

A chill went down my spine as I looked back down at the scene below; the paramedics were still working. Lopez stood nearby watching. He looked back up at me and his head nodded ever so slightly.

Oh God. If my memory served me right, Justin was Trevon’s son…and this was his mother. I may have only seen them once, but their faces had been imprinted in my memory. Trina twisted around again to see her son. God…this really was Trevon’s family.

“Come on, Trina, let’s get to your son, he needs you.”

My words got her moving. It wasn’t fast enough, though. Between her wracking coughs from smoke inhalation and the slippery equipment, my job was to stay behind her and aid her in the descent.

Halfway down, she slipped and fell into me. I managed to catch myself, but the sudden weight of her body added to the weight of the gear on my back forced me to lose my footing. I grabbed onto the ladder, thankful for the safety clamp I had strapped to the railing, and stopped both of us from falling. Unfortunately, the sudden twist shot a pain up my spine and made me curse. I worked through the pain, guiding her down as fast as I could.

“I’ve got you,” I managed through gritted teeth. “We’re almost there, almost there!”

Instead of focusing on the pain, I thought about the little boy waiting at the bottom of the ladder who needed his mother.

The moment my foot touched the ground, I handed her off to another set of paramedics, then started stripping off my gear.

Lopez came over to check on me. “Damn, Malone, what happened?”

I ignored his question. “How’s the boy?”

“He’s breathing and being transported to Egelston Children’s Hospital.”

Thank God.

“What about you?” He helped me remove my oxygen tank.

“I’m hurt. I need a medic.” I gave up on hiding the pain and sprawled out on the ground. Rain poured on my face, so I did my best to turn on my side. Lopez aided me in the maneuver then shielded me from the rain with the coat I had ripped off.

Two seconds later, and the paramedics were on scene to check me out. I yelled as they sat me up. My captain walked over to assess the situation.

The paramedics’ fingers ran down the length of my spine, poking and prodding. I yelled when he hit my lower back. “Nothing’s broken, but you need to go to the hospital and get some x-rays.” He signaled for his partner to bring over a backboard and stretcher.

“Take her,” my captain said before walking away. He went two steps, stopped and looked in my direction. “Damn good save, Malone.”

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To celebrate the release of the fourth novel in The Butterfly Memoirs series, I am giving away a basket filled with Butterfly Memoirs goodies, including autographed paperback copies of ALL FOUR BOOKS!!!!  All you have to do is follow the month long blog tour and Tweet, Like, and Share!

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Author of The Butterfly Memoirs
A Heart Not Easily Broken (Book One of The Butterfly Memoirs)– Amazon Bestseller
Jaded (Book Two of The Butterfly Memoirs) – Amazon Bestseller
Lonely Heart (Book Three of The Butterfly Memoirs)
Nobody’s Business (Book Four of The Butterfly Memoirs)- Available July 2, 2015!

About the Author:

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M.J. Kane stumbled into writing. An avid reader, this once stay at home mom never lost the overactive imagination of an only child. As an adult she made up stories, though never shared them, to keep herself entertained. It wasn’t until surviving a traumatic medical incident in 2006 that she found a reason to let the characters inhabiting her imagination free.  Upon the suggestion of her husband, she commandeered his laptop and allowed the characters to take life. It was that, or look over her shoulder for men caring a purple strait jacket. And the rest, as they say, is history.

No longer a television addict, if M.J. isn’t reading a book by one of her favorite authors, she’s battling with her creative muse to balance writing and being a wife and mother. She resides in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia with her high school sweetheart, four wonderful children, and four pit bulls. During the day, MJ is a librarian, in her spare time she is director of a local writer’s group, or online connecting with readers and other authors. Other activities she enjoys include: creating custom floral arrangements, assisting her children in their creative pursuits of music and art, and supporting her husband’s music production business, 3D Sounds.

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August 4, 2015 Posted by | Blog Guest | , | 4 Comments

Reunited Series – Temporary Price Reduction!

Hi All,

In preparation for my next release, OPERATION MIDNIGHT, book 4 of the Reunited Series (coming soon), I figured what a great time for a sale! To make sure that everyone is caught up in the series, the prices of the first three books have been temporarily reduced to 0.99 each! So here’s your chance to get caught up and get ready for OPERATION MIDNIGHT!

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Blurb:

No bad deed goes unpunished

Former Navy SEAL turned private investigator, Cameron “Wiz” Miller, has loved only one woman, his ex-wife, Olivia. She’s beautiful, talented and the sweetest person he knows. With plans to remarry her, there is nothing she could ask of him that he wouldn’t do … except find her twin sister.

Olivia has loved Wiz since high school. He’s her hero. Her protector. She understands his hesitation to search for her sister … the one who left Olivia for dead. Forgiveness has been a long time coming, but Olivia needs to make amends with her last living relative.

But the sins of her sister have come back to haunt Olivia and Wiz must tap into his military training and every alliance he’s formed over the years to save her. But will it be too late? Will he and Olivia ever get that happily-ever-after?

Release date: TBA soon

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The Reunited Series – Romantic Suspense – ON SALE – 0.99 each!

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Rendezvous with Danger (ecopy) – Kindle (Amazon)  |  Nook (B & N)  |  Kobo  |  Smashwords

Truth or Consequences (ecopy) – Kindle (Amazon)  |  Nook (B & N)  |  Kobo  |  Smashwords

 

NOTE: SECRET RENDEZVOUS is book 1.5 in the Reunited Series – Prequel to Rendezvous with Danger. And it’s ***FREE***

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A Dose of Passion – Sneak Peek

Hi All,

I thought this would be a good time to give a sneak peek at A DOSE OF PASSION, my third Harlequin Kimani book coming soon.

About the characters:

The main characters in this book were initially introduced in other stories. First there’s Derek Logan. Remember him? He’s the brother of Craig Logan (STILL THE BEST WOMAN FOR THE JOB). He’s also an architect and a single dad raising Jason, his cute little son  (in my mind he’s a cutie). At any rate, Derek hooks up with Macy Carter. Remember her? She’s the oldest sister of Iris Sinclair-Dupree (from LEGAL SEDUCTION) and she’s a pediatrician.

Okay, so here’s a sneak peek of the story:

Book cover - A dose of passionBlurb:

A prescription for sweet satisfaction…

Pediatrician Macy Carter has been so busy expanding her practice she’s had no time to build the family she craves. Her late, much-loved surrogate father apparently had some matchmaking in mind when he arranged for a sexy architect to take over his home and company. Too bad Derek is a single dad who’s been there, done that, and intends to remain unattached. Their priorities are totally out of sync. Their chemistry? Unbelievably potent.

Thanks to his former mentor, Derek Logan just inherited an architectural business, a house and the gorgeous client next door. He’s keeping away from forever relationships, but this doctor’s sensual touch is addictive. Helping Macy build her dream medical complex awakens Derek to how much more he now wants out of life. But has he hesitated too long to prove he’s ready for and deserving of her love?

Excerpt:

Derek stepped out of the shadows just as she crossed the invisible property line, giving him a better view. Desire traveled through his body as she moved closer and he got a better look at her appearance. Her hair, curled at the ends, covered part of her face as she monitored each step she took. Normally, she sported a ponytail, but he loved seeing her hair hanging loose around her shoulders. The sheer blouse covered a camisole, and that damn skirt that had him salivating earlier was shorter than he’d originally thought.

His traitorous body reacted immediately when his gaze finally landed on her toned thighs and killer legs.

“What the hell were you doing with that guy?” The words flew out of his mouth before he could stop them.

Macy stopped short. “Excuse me?”

“You heard me.”

She gripped her clutch purse tighter. “Are you drunk?” She studied him with concern.

“No. I’m not drunk.” He rubbed a hand across his forehead and released a noisy breath. He stood only inches away, his hands itching to touch her. “How are you just going to go on a date? What about us?”

“What?” She narrowed her eyes and stared at him as if he had lost his mind. “There is no us. Besides, the last time I checked, I was a grown woman who could go out with whomever I want.” She huffed, pushing hair away from her face. “You know what? Coming over here was a bad idea. I’m going home.” She turned to leave.

“Don’t.” He reached for her hand and she stopped. He knew he wasn’t thinking straight, but at the moment he didn’t care. He was tired of denying his feelings for her, and it was time he did something about them.

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A DOSE OF PASSION is available for pre-order! Amazon  |  Barnes & Noble

Official release day – October 1, 2015. 

June 16, 2015 Posted by | Books by Sharon C. Cooper | , | 4 Comments

Bejeweled: What a Tangled Web We Weave

Today I’m welcoming author Chelle Ramsey back to my blog! Chelle is on a book tour for her upcoming release, BEJEWELED: WHAT A TANGLED WEB WE WEAVE, and my blog spot is one of her stops. So let’s check out her upcoming -June 11, 2015 -release!

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BOOK BLURB:

BEJEWELED: WHAT A TANGLED WEB WE WEAVE

Olivia’s dreams have finally begun to come true, as she marries the man who’s held her heart for twenty years. Her beauty salon is prospering, and she has begun rebuilding her team, after seeds of discord were sowed and bonds were broken. Everything is beginning to look up, or so she thinks. When a scandal is leaked to the media, Olivia’s dream of expanding is in jeopardy. She must step up and play hard ball in a game with which she’s unfamiliar.

Nikki had dreams of building a beautiful family with a loving husband. But after looking at the shattered pieces of her broken life, she is losing hope and desires more. She wants more than the shame of barrenness, and more than physical abuse from his drinking binges. One phone call gives her courage to escape the deadly clutches of her husband. Yet, when she finds strength in another’s arms she finds herself spinning more lies. Nikki’s web of deceit is going to cost all those who are close and it could just cost her, her life.

When deception is the name of the game, who all will have to share the pain?

Excerpt:

The pain was easing up somewhat as Nikki and Wesley entered the breezeway at his apartments. Unlocking the door, his eyes softened when he looked at her face once again.

She saw a mixture of anger and compassion nestled there.

“What?” she asked when he continued to stare at her longer than what she deemed comfortable.

“Nothing,” he said, shaking his head. Wesley led her into a galley kitchen and pulled a sandwich bag from one of the cabinets, filled it with ice, and then wrapped it in a paper towel before applying it to her face.

She was in awe at the tenderness with which this man handled her. Every time he touched or said a word to her, it was with such protection, like she had never known. This was a side of Wesley that she had not seen in the five years of knowing him.

“Come on,” he said, grabbing her by her free hand and leading her to the back of the apartment. She looked around at his bedroom; not at all what she would have expected for a single man. Decorated in oranges, greens, browns, and yellows, it had a Caribbean look and feel to it. The room was small, but neat and exhibited a nice décor. The full-sized bed sat directly opposite the black-framed, chestnut-colored dresser. To the right of his bed was a small nightstand in the same black framing and chestnut top as the bed and the dresser. To the left of his bed was a double-paned window, with orange, brown, and green curtains blocking out the midday sun. He walked over to the window and opened the curtains halfway and then opened the blinds to allow the sun to stream through.

“I’ll be right back.”

“Where are you going?” she asked with a look of apprehension in her eyes.

His eyebrows lifted slightly. “Just to the bathroom, Nikki. I’ll be back.”

Exhaling a deep breath, she realized that a new fear had come over her. In all the altercations she had endured with Carlos, he had never left her for dead. Why did he leave like that? What if the neighbors didn’t come? I could’ve died in that bathroom, she thought.

She tried to fight back the tears, but they betrayed her. Sucking in her sobs, she stood and walked to his dresser and began looking at his pictures, anything that would take her mind off her problems. There were a couple of him and his father at various stages of his life, a few of some children, and one of a lady she assumed to be his mother. She stood up and walked to the bed, staring at the amazing likeness he had to this woman.

“That’s my mom.”

She jumped at the sound of his voice; she hadn’t heard him return to the bedroom.

“Oh, I didn’t hear you come up. Are you always so quiet?” she asked as he came and stood beside her. She still had not looked at him, wishing she could make the tears disappear from her eyes and face.

“No. Are you always so scary?” he teased. He regretted the words almost the moment he said them. Her body tensed up, and she looked down. Her fear had come as a result of the relationship she was in. She was always tense and on edge, because she never knew what fuse Carlos was about to blow.

“Hey, it’s okay. I’m sorry. Here, look at me,” he said, turning her face up towards him. “Why are you crying?” he asked as he wiped her tears away with his fingers.

“I’m sorry. I just…I don’t know.” She couldn’t explain if she wanted to. No one would understand her confusion or pain. She could forgive Carlos if he just had not left her. Didn’t he love her? Didn’t he want to work things out? Maybe he didn’t love her, after all. If he did, he would not have left her there like that.

“Don’t be sorry. You haven’t done anything wrong. I have the feeling you have spent many years apologizing,” Wesley stated.

He lovingly caressed the bruise that had formed on the right side of her face.

“Too beautiful,” Wesley said, being drawn into the power of her presence in his bedroom.

“Huh?”

“You. You’re too beautiful for this. I don’t want you to be scared every time people come near you. Relax, okay? Just be…I promise I won’t ever do nothing to hurt you,” he said as he drew her nearer to him. Looking down into her big, dark brown eyes, he felt himself getting lost.

Nikki didn’t know what she was feeling or what was happening between the two of them. And she couldn’t contain herself as he pressed his full firm lips against her soft, lush ones. As their foreheads touched, he continued to gently apply pressure to her lips, asking for permission to enter in.

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About the Author:

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ABOUT CHELLE RAMSEY: An original Georgia Peach, Chelle Ramsey is the author of five published and several waitingon-the-shelf contemporary fiction books, with a focus on women’s fiction. Many of her stories are based in her birthplace of Atlanta or her husband’s hometown of Cincinnati, where readers can relate to local hot spots and events. Chelle wants people to become empowered to rise above life’s adversities, with faith in God, and belief in themselves. She sprinkles words of encouragement and inspiration throughout all of her real life fiction novels.

Chelle holds an MBA in Human Resource Management, which she puts to use in her property management role by day, while she writes her fiction novels by night. Her most important roles are those of a wife and mother of three. During her “me time,” she loves listening to music, and becomes enraptured with the enthralling stories of Terry McMillan, and Nora Roberts. She especially enjoys trying to solve the engaging mysteries of James Patterson and Stuart Woods, while eating a bowl of butter pecan ice cream. Chelle resides in a rural community of Atlanta, GA and enjoys writing, family time, ministering through dance at church, and watching NBA games with her husband.

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June 10, 2015 Posted by | Blog Guest | , | 2 Comments

Dearly Beloved Series

Hi all!

It’s always a pleasure having Margo Hoornstra on my blog! Today she’s stopping by as part of her blog tour with Novel Book Tours, to share a bit about her Dearly Beloved Series. Margo is also giving away a $15 Amazon gift card! More about the giveaway shortly. First let’s check out the books in the series.

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NIGHT STARS AND MOURNING DOVES

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Blurb:

Elyse Monroe may be her sister’s maid of honor, but that doesn’t mean she has to follow the bride’s example and fall in love. Battle-scarred and weary from previous relationships, she has no desire to take a chance on another–no matter how many hints her little sister drops about the best man.

Devastating life events have taken a toll on Eric Matthews. After losing his wife and unborn daughter, he’s come home to heal. Serving as best man at his kid brother’s wedding is the only relationship he cares to contemplate–no matter how attractive the maid of honor.

Thrown together again and again by wedding duties, Elyse and Eric reluctantly agree to explore a possible relationship–only to have their casual date turn into a glorious night of passion. Can two hearts, convinced a happily ever after will never happen, recognize love when it finds them?

Excerpt:

Eric slammed open the door to the hospital emergency entrance nearly blinded by terror at what he might find once he was inside. The last time he’d been summoned to a hospital like this–The sharp smell of antiseptic invaded his nostrils, blurred both eyes. He paused to lean against a wall tiled in puke green to get his bearings. A woman in blue scrubs and a stethoscope looped on her neck walked by.

He grabbed her arm. “Jay Matthews. Where is he?”

“I don’t know, sir. You’ll—”

When she attempted to pull away, he hung on. “My son. I got a call that he fell at his daycare. Someone brought him here.”

“You’ll have to ask at the desk. Down there.” Reaching over to pry away his fingers, she indicated the direction he needed to take with a nod of her head. As soon as he glanced that way, she yanked free.

“Where’s my son?” He lunged for her then stumbled when she hurried away. “What?—”

A hand clamped on his shoulder from behind; he spun around and found a green-eyed gaze holding his.

He clutched at Elyse’s upper arms. “Where is he?”

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 ONLY IF YOU DARE

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Blurb:

All the pleasures and none of the pain, that’s what Cynthia Buckingham wants in a relationship these days. A one-night stand with Jonah Colt seems to fit that bill perfectly. Newly divorced, she’s too busy planning her daughter’s wedding for any serious involvement. Besides, her true passion is helping victims of PTSD reclaim their lives.

Waking up after spending the night with a woman he barely knows, Jonah is stunned to realize sex for the sake of sex isn’t enough for him anymore. A veteran of more military battles than he cares to count, he wants to forget it all and focus on peaceful civilian life. Except flashbacks won’t allow it.

Falling for Cynthia makes Jonah regret his weakened state, but he’d rather hide the truth than face it. When she sets aside everything she believes in to help him heal, can he accept her help–and her love?

Excerpt:

She looked up into dark eyes that revealed nothing about his inner thoughts. Except to shine with appreciation each time his gaze fell on her.

“Jackie and I try to get together to jog-walk on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.”

“Small world.”

“It is. Would you like to come in for a moment?” To her surprise, the invitation slipped from her lips.

When he readily agreed, she waited until he’d followed her into the garage then depressed a button on the wall to lower its paneled door.

“By now, they’re sitting down to dinner back at the country club. I have some chicken Kiev in the freezer I could heat up.”

“You don’t need to feel obligated to feed me.”

She unlocked the door to her side entrance, and they stepped into the small mudroom. One more door and he’d officially be inside her house.

All of a sudden, she was certain that was exactly where she wanted him. “I feel I owe you at least some snacks for pulling you out of there before they served dinner.”

“I was looking for a reason to take off, anyway.”

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About the Author:

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Like many writers, it’s hard to determine exactly when my fiction writing career began. I remember composing a short story in grade school (I have no idea about what) which was chosen for publication in an all school anthology. A journalism class taken in junior high school led to a job on the school newspaper and a weekly column.

I always loved reading. I loved writing too. Someday, I thought, maybe when I grew up and received the right training, I could actually write a book. After all, I was often told, laughingly most times, I had an extremely vivid imagination.

Through the years, the desire to write was always there. I had so many ideas and characters roaming around in my head, so many stories. But the business of living—going to college, getting married then raising a family—took precedence over something as frivolous as writing a book.

Then one day out of the blue I was downsized—effective immediately—from a job I’d held for over thirty years. What seemed so unfair at the time, I now recognize the tremendous gift I was given that day. As I’m now able to spend more and more time doing what I love—writing romantic fiction—I find I really do have an abundance of stories to share.

June 3, 2015 Posted by | Blog Guest | , , | 7 Comments

Letters From Inside

Hi All!

Help me welcome Teresa Blue to my blog! Teresa is sharing a little tease from her latest release, LETTERS FROM THE INSIDE. Check it out!

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Blurb:

Detective Tom Harrington’s touch is like a warm balm, soothing life’s scratches from Linda Wheeler’s troubled heart, but he is also the last man she should trust: a stranger, a cop, a threat to all she holds dear.

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Leaving her two-timing, alcoholic husband was tough, but single parenting is harder. Still, waitress Linda Wheeler will do anything for her teenage daughter. Jessica might be rebellious, but at her core she’s sweet and good, and a mother’s love must remain deep and true. Even when her child makes a terrible, perilous mistake that might end her in jail—or worse.

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Detective Tom Harrington has personal reasons for keeping an eye on Carl Jenkins, so he follows the recently paroled rapist to the small Michigan town of Berrien. There he finds something even more personal…and confusing. Why would a seemingly decent woman write letters, pouring her heart out to such a dangerous convict? Is she really as lonely as she is beautiful? Linda Wheeler is a mystery that demands unraveling, just as her soft lips demand kissing and her wounded heart demands soothing. Above all, he must protect her—and his own secrets.

Excerpt:

The bedroom door slammed behind her as Jessie threw herself on the ruffled spread stretched smooth across the bed, the one chore her mom still seemed willing to do as part of her motherly duty.

Grabbing the slim-line phone, Jessie dialed her best friend. If she had a cell phone she could have called her sooner, like the moment she’d opened the mailbox and saw the cryptic handwriting, knowing immediately it was from him.

“Hey, Lisa. What’re you doing?”

She turned on the small Holly Hobby lamp that had belonged to her mom and, with the phone cradled next to her ear, removed a wrinkled envelope from beneath the waistband of her jeans.

“Not much,” Lisa said. “Same-O-bull.”

“Well…guess what?” Jessie lay back against the headboard. “I got another letter today.”

“Another one? That makes what? Four? Five?” Lisa’s high pitch squeal blasted through the receiver.

“Five, not counting the card he made me.”

“Seriously? I can’t believe you’re actually writing to a convict.”

“I am very serious. I stopped playing games a long time ago.”

“Aren’t you the least bit afraid? I mean, convicts are dangerous you know.”

“First of all, I like to think of him as a kindred spirit. Like me, he’s someone whose rights have been taken away. He probably didn’t do much of anything, just couldn’t blend in with the so-called normal people.” She blew at the bangs hanging over her eyes. “As if we all can.”

“Yeah, but Jess–”

“But what? Mom’s doing her best to keep me a prisoner around here, I may as well find out first hand what being locked up is all about.”

Jessie rolled across the bed and placed her feet against the headboard.

“Okay, I see your point,” Lisa agreed. “What will you do if he wants to meet you or something? Or, oh my God, what if he’s like, a sex pervert? He could be a real psycho.”

“You’re starting to sound just like my mom. I’m not going to write him forever, you know.”

Her stomach fluttered and she wondered for a moment if maybe this hadn’t been such a good idea, and then envisioned her mom’s stern face and squelched the thought. With all the crap she’d been through lately, this diversion was just what she needed.

“Don’t forget the guy’s locked up, remember? Unless he’s Houdini there’s not much he can do behind bars,” Jessie said, and let go a long exaggerated breath. “Guess what I asked him?” Her girlish giggles erupted and she dropped her voice barely above a whisper. “If they really make license plates,” she said and snorted with laughter. “Can you imagine? I get my permit next year. I could probably get a discount on my tags.”

The sound of her mom’s footsteps stopped outside her room.

“I’m leaving for work now, Jess. Be sure and lock the door, okay?”

“Okay, Mom. I will.” Soon after, her mom’s car started up and rolled down the driveway.

“I’ve heard those cons have humongous biceps. I mean all their spare time is spent pumping iron, right?” Her face became hot just thinking about what the mysterious pen-pal might look like. “I’ll bet he’s a hunk.”

“Well, I still think you’re crazy, Jess. What are you going do if your mom sees the letters? Or, even worse, suppose he were to call the house or something?”

“Relax. Our mail doesn’t come until late afternoon and I always get it first. And I didn’t give him the phone number. I’m not totally stupid, you know. Besides, it’d probably be collect and my mom would never accept the charges. You know how freaking cheap she is. I mean, come on, I’m probably the only living person on the planet who still uses an old-fashioned house telephone. I mean, would it kill her to shell out eighty bucks a month for me to have a freaking cell phone?”

“She told you she didn’t have the money, Jess.”

“Whatever.”

“I don’t think you should write him again. Besides, couldn’t he, like, get in trouble, you know, writing to a minor?”

“I already thought of that. I signed the letter Linda Wheeler. Cool huh?”

“You did not!”

Jessie held the phone away from her ear until the yelling died down. “Chill out, will ya? I’m sure I’ll probably never meet the guy. And if by chance he does show up, so what? Mom doesn’t appreciate a good man. Let’s see how she deals with a bad one.”

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About the Giveaway: Here’s your chance to win a free ebook copy of LETTERS FROM THE INSIDE! Click here for more details.

About the Author:

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Teresa Blue grew up in a Southwest Michigan town so small it didn’t even have a stoplight. Sweltering summer evenings were spent on the front porch hoping to catch a breeze and life seemed to crawl. She discovered books and by the time she entered high school, had sailed the high seas with Captains and rode the English countryside with highwaymen, robbed stages– well, you get the idea. She fell head over heels in love reading romance.

And for awhile reading was enough, until the day it wasn’t. For whatever reason,she picked up a pen and just wrote. And has been at it ever since. Happily married for thirty years, the mother of three, she’s also a grandmother to four. Her favorite day of the week is Monday when the kids – and grandkids – all return home for a hot cooked meal. And for a few hours the house is filled again with kids, cartoons and chaos.

Teresa is a member of Mid-Michigan Romance Writers of America and Romance Writers of America.

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June 1, 2015 Posted by | Blog Guest | , | 4 Comments

Three Year Anniversary and Giveaway!

Wow! It has been three years since I published my first book! I can’t believe how fast the time has gone, but what an AWESOME three years!

When thinking about this milestone in my life, I couldn’t help but think about a quote I once saw that said “Stop waiting for things to happen. Go out and make them happen.” Those words along with the encouragement from a couple of my author friends is what made me take that first step to self-publishing. And taking those first steps to self-publishing led to an opportunity to publish with a traditional publisher.

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Like I said, it’s been an awesome three years! Eleven books (published) and three writing awards later, I can honestly say that my writing journey has exceeded my expectations! And of course I didn’t get to this point without help from my author friends, critique partners, loyal readers, as well as family and friends who support my work. Thank you all! I so appreciate you!

For those of you who are new to my blog, below are a few posts that have captured some of the highlights of my writing journey. Feel free to check them out.

My Three-Book Deal!

Six Months in Review

What a Year!

Breaking News: New Harlequin Kimani Writers

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ABOUT THE GIVEAWAY

Now, in celebration of these amazing three years, I thought I’d do a giveaway. Here’s what you can win:

First Place – $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble gift card and an autographed copy of one of my books (winner’s choice) – U.S. entrants only AND you have to be a subscriber to my blog, mailing list or Facebook page to be eligible for the first place prize.

Second Place – $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble gift card AND an e-copy of one of my books (winner’s choice) – Open to U.S. AND International entrants

HOW TO ENTER:

Below (in the comments section) name one of your favorite characters from any one of MY books -include the title of that book, and tell why they are your favorite character. No more than two sentences please.

DEADLINE:

Friday, May 8, 2015 at 11:59pm EST.  Winners will be randomly selected and contacted via email. I will announced them in the comment’s section and on my website by Monday, May 11, 2015.

GOOD LUCK!

May 5, 2015 Posted by | Giveaways | , , | 38 Comments

Tempting the Artist and Giveaway

In celebration of my latest release TEMPTING THE ARTIST, book 3 of the Jenkins Family Series, I thought I’d do a giveaway! But first, here’s another little peek at TEMPTING THE ARTIST.

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Excerpt:

All the Jenkins women were gorgeous, but it was Christina who had captured Luke’s attention from the moment they met. He had never believed in love at first sight, but that was exactly what he felt when he saw her at Zack’s birthday party months ago. Even now, his pulse pounded, and his body stirred with passion at the sight of her.

Picking up dinner all but forgotten, his gaze took her in. Her head full of curls hanging well past her shoulders were unruly as usual. Just the way he liked them. He could still remember how soft they were to his touch, and he couldn’t help but notice her attire or lack of. She was one of those women who believed in being comfortable in whatever she wore. And the fewer the clothes the better, especially when it came to wearing a bra … or not.

Damn.

The multi-color T-shirt only emphasized the fact that she was braless. Her firm, more-than-a-handful breasts dangled freely behind the thin material, and of course, his body reacted immediately. Those baggy cargo pants that he never liked might have fooled some, but he knew what lay underneath. A tight ass and hips that had just the right amount of curve, which had brought him more pleasure than any man deserved.

She stopped two feet away, and they stared at each other, neither saying a word. Luke could look at her forever and not get tired. Her exotic eyes with naturally long eyelashes had brought him to his knees plenty of times. His gaze took in her perfect nose now sporting a small diamond stud nose-ring that enhanced her sexiness. And those lips. Good Lord. Those full, luscious, tempting …

Damn. Why the hell was he torturing himself? Upon seeing her, he should have nodded a greeting and headed in the opposite direction.

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ABOUT THE GIVEAWAY

For those of you who haven’t read ALL YOU’LL EVER NEED, book 2 of the Jenkins Family Series, here’s your chance to win an autographed copy! Two (2) lucky winners will be randomly selected to win a copy. I’m also giving away a $5 Amazon gift card to one lucky winner!

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Winners will be announced in the comments section below by Monday, April 20, 2015. NOTE: All winners will be notified via email prior to the announcement.

April 13, 2015 Posted by | Tempting the Artist | , | 28 Comments