Friday, February 15, 2019

#NewRelease from Amber Daulton

LYRICAL EMBRACE, Amber Daulton's newest release, is part of the Deerbourne Inn series from The Wild Rose Press. Here's a sneak peak at this new romantic suspense! 

Out-of-work violinist Erica Timberly decides enough is enough. She leaves her abusive boyfriend and flees the big city, but then her car breaks down in the middle of the night. Though wary of men, she accepts help from Dylan Haynes, a stranger driving by on the road, and soon recognizes him as the sexy former drummer of her favorite indie rock band. Maybe, just maybe, her run of bad luck is finally turning around.

Music teacher Dylan Haynes knows Erica is in trouble, and her black eye is only the first clue. The stubborn yet vulnerable woman needs a friend, but he’s determined to give her everything she deserves.

Will Erica listen to the music in her heart and trust Dylan, or will her past always threaten her future?


Erica checked her watch. “It’s almost nine o’clock. What do you want to do now?”

“I have something in mind, but I’d like to surprise you.”

“Ooooh, interesting.” She braced her elbows on the table, weaving her fingers together, and braced her chin on her linked hands. “The movie theater in Montpelier?”

“Nah, it’s too late to go there tonight. The back-to-back movie marathons will have already started by now.”

“You’ve piqued my interest. C’mon, let’s go.” Erica handled the check, to Dylan’s irritation—she asked him to dinner, after all—but he took care of the tip.

After they left the tavern, Dylan pulled her close and circled his strong arms around her waist. Heat radiated from his body as he kissed her in the parking lot.

The shock of his lips on hers stilled Erica’s heart, but then the organ jump-started like an engine. Erica kissed back, desperate to taste him, and she savored the hint of spice on his tongue. She moaned and gripped the soft fabric of his shirt, almost ready to tear his clothes off.

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Amber Daulton is the author of the romantic-suspense series Arresting Onyx and several standalone novellas. Her books are published through The Wild Rose Press and Books to Go Now, and are available in ebook, print on demand, audio, and foreign language formats.

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Saturday, February 2, 2019

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Friday, February 1, 2019

Clothes Make the Character: Jane Barnaby Adventure Series

James DiBenedetto visits today with a look at the clothes his heroine Jane wears and what they say about her. I love his graphics! Please welcome James DiBenedetto!

Over the course of a book series, the main character will usually wear a lot of different outfits, and Jane Barnaby, the heroine of my Jane Barnaby Adventures series, is no exception.  As you can see in the illustration  you’re never quite sure what you’re going to get with Jane.

She’s an archaeology student, and her books take place in the early 1990’s, so it’s only natural that she’d see herself as Indiana Jones.

When we meet Jane, she’s studying at Oxford for her Master’s Degree.  Which means she was a teenager in the mid 1980’s.  And that explains the second outfit, big hair and all!

Being at Oxford means living with cold, damp weather, and Jane was fully prepared when she headed off to England, as you can see in the third outfit.

Her first book, FINDERS KEEPERS, begins with Jane taking on what she thought was an easy job: picking up her professor’s new car and driving it out to him in Spain. And as the fourth outfit shows, she thought she was ready for the task.

The fifth outfit shows Jane after three days on the road, having lost her professor’s car, not to mention a box of priceless artifacts she mistakenly ended up with for a little while.  She’s clearly very much the worse for wear!

Finally, in the third book of the series, HER BROTHER’S KEEPER, Jane has to sneak into a costume ball to try and rescue her brother from Russian spies.  So, naturally, in keeping with her chosen profession, she dresses as Marion from Raiders of the Lost Ark to blend in with the crowd.
Here’s a brief excerpt, showing how Jane decided on that last outfit:
At six o’clock, Jane headed up to her room to get dressed.  It didn’t take long; it was a simple enough costume.  And it looked right, not that anyone other than Bill would probably notice if it didn’t.  Still, something was bothering her, and she stood in front of the mirror for a couple of minutes before she figured out what it was.
Marion was the sidekick – no, not even that.  She was the damsel in distress.  It was only a costume, but what did it say about her that she chose it, rather than dressing as the hero of the story?  Granted, there hadn’t been anything in the closet that looked as though Harrison Ford might ever have worn it, and definitely nothing like the iconic hat, but still, now that she was thinking about roles, it annoyed her.  Had she picked Marion because she was at least archaeology-related, which would have been fine, or was there some subconscious reason?  Was she hoping for someone to rescue her, and her brother?  Was she ready to pass off her responsibility to her family if a likely-looking hero happened to come along?
No.  There was no point thinking that way.  Sometimes a costume was just a costume, and this was one of those times.  

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