Friday, August 31, 2018

Cosplay Live on Instagram!


Photo shoot live on Instagram with Nik as Pietas

The first weekend in September 2018, Nik will portray Pietas, the immortal king from the Bringer of Chaos series by Kayelle Allen. The cosplay will be performed in a live feed from Russia. To take part, follow Nik on Instagram. Exact date and time to be announced. The anticipated date is Sept. 1, 2018.

About Nik

Nik Nitsvetov is photographer and award-winning cosplayer. A gamer and anime fan, he often cosplays characters from popular series. He lives in Russia and is a strong supporter of Russian Cosplay. His personal photography ranges from cosplay to portraits and often includes animals and nature. You will find him online through various social media.

Instagram - Nik Cosplay   Twitter - Nik    Facebook - Nik


About Kayelle Allen

Kayelle Allen writes Sci Fi with misbehaving robots, mythic heroes, role playing immortal gamers, and warriors who purr. She's a US Navy veteran who's been married so long she's tenured. Author of the Bringer of Chaos series ~ Find a new book every day

Friday, August 24, 2018

An Interview with Olive the Pug from SUNSET IN LAGUNA

Claire Marti is here today with a very sweet interview with one of her characters from SUNSET IN LAGUNA, the latest installment in her Finding Forever in Laguna series. As a service dog, Olive the Pug is an  important part of the story, and she gives a very good interview. Welcome Claire and Olive!  




When Christian came to Peaceful Warrior, I was finishing up some training. The minute I sniffed him, I knew he was suffering and I could help him. He wasn’t so sure about me at first, but I knew immediately he was my special person.


Well, it was my intuition. I’m very book-smart, but my emotional intelligence is what sets me apart. I simply locked eyes with him and knew deep in my heart he was mine.


I’m just trying to communicate in a way you’ll relate to. Training, routines, all that jazz. I consider that school training. My real skills are something else.


Actually, yes there are. I know people assume most service dogs are large breeds, but actually pugs are some of the busiest workers out there today.


Pugs are especially sensitive and intuitive and we can immediately tell if someone is feeling anxious or nervous. We specialize in helping people who feel like a panic attack is coming on or who have generalized anxiety. 


Who do you think?


He is brave, honest, loyal and actually very sweet under his tough soldier exterior. He’d make a great dog.


Absolutely! If it weren’t for Kelly bringing Christian out to Peaceful Warrior, I wouldn’t have had the chance to meet him. I like her, she smells really good, and knows how to scratch my belly just how I love it.



I don’t understand the question? Doesn’t everybody? I love my kibble! Or do you mean treats? Those are good too.


Oh, I can’t actually share that secret with you. It’s against the dog code. But I will say if humans dispensed with all their formalities, it would be a lot easier to see who your friends are right away.






Returning to Laguna Beach after four tours in the Middle East, Christian Wolfe leaves the military behind and buys a wine bar, vowing to keep his life simple. He fights to keep his devastating PTSD a secret and refuses to burden anyone else with his baggage. When stunning Kelly Prescott and her red stilettos saunter into town, she drives him past the bonds of his self-control.

Successful in her father’s stuffy law firm, Kelly’s too compassionate to survive in the cutthroat world of corporate litigation. Leaving behind both family and courtroom drama, she moves to Laguna to become general counsel for a nonprofit veterans’ organization.

She didn’t bargain on a gorgeous modern-day Heathcliff, and in Christian, she sees another kind of challenge—one she can’t resist.






Maybe he just needed a punishing session with the punching bag or a few fingers of Jameson whiskey. Stop being such a damn wuss. Workouts and alcohol weren’t driving the demons away. He stepped forward. 

Something needed to change.

“Christian?” A husky voice lilted his name. His head whipped to the right. A beautiful woman dressed in a conservative dark suit and tortoiseshell glasses stared at him. Somewhere in his brain he registered dangerously toned legs encased in red skyscraper-high stilettos. 

Sweat popped onto his brow, and he swallowed, his throat suddenly parched. Recognition flooded his system when he dragged his gaze up from those spiked heels. Her tawny cat eyes captured his—Kelly Prescott. Didn’t she live in San Diego?
“Um, hey, Kelly.” What the hell was she doing at Peaceful Warrior? 

“What are you—?”

“Why are you—?”

“Ladies first.” Distract. Deflect. Damn it to hell. 

“Well, it’s kind of a secret at the moment, but I’m about to interview for the general counsel position here.” The corners of her rosy lips curved up. 

“General counsel?” For some reason he couldn’t seem to utter more than two words at a time. 

“Yes. They’ve needed one for a long time and recently got a grant to fund it. So here I am.” She walked toward him. Hints of cinnamon and some exotic scent assaulted his nostrils. 

He drew in his abs and expanded his chest. Kind of like a rooster. He grunted. “You’re going to commute?”

“No, if I get the job, I’m actually moving up here.” She shrugged and flashed perfect white teeth, oblivious of his discomfort. 

“Huh.” Over a year ago, her golden beauty had caught his attention when she’d accompanied his buddy Nick and Sophie to Vines. He’d been single at the time—hell, he was always single—and asked Nick about her. She was Sophie’s best friend. His attraction cooled when he’d learned she was a wealthy corporate attorney working for her daddy’s firm and dating another lawyer. Too complicated. 

“So what are you doing here?” She tilted her head up, still about a foot shorter than he was, even with those damn shoes that would be forever burned into his brain. 

“Oh, just taking a break from work, getting some fresh air.” He gestured with palms sweatier than they’d ever been in the searing heat of the Middle East. 

Author Bio:

Claire Marti started writing stories as soon as she was old enough to pick up pencil and paper. After graduating from the University of Virginia with a BA in English Literature, Claire was sidetracked by other careers, including practicing law, selling software for legal publishers, and managing a non-profit animal rescue for a Hollywood actress. 

Finally, Claire followed her heart and now focuses on two of her true passions: writing romance and teaching yoga. At Last in Laguna is the second book in her Finding Forever in Laguna series from The Wild Rose Press.

Twitter:  @clairepmarti

Instagram: @clairepmarti

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

TRUTH AND SOLACE #free at Amazon!

I'm excited to let you know TRUTH AND SOLACE, book three in the Love at Solace Lake series, is FREE from August 22 to 26, 2018. Yay! Maggie and Luke's story is the conclusion to the series. I hope you enjoy it. And remember, it's #free at Kindle Unlimited. Download it today!

Series Blurb:
Love is worth the risk…

When their grandfather dies, the Lindquist sisters, Harper, Scarlet and Maggie, inherit the northern Minnesota fishing lodge that had been in their family for three generations. The inheritance is bittersweet. They were raised at the lodge by their grandparents. The natural beauty of the place hasn’t changed, but the building itself is crumbling and desperately in need of repair. The lodge also reminds them of what they lost. Twenty-two years previously, their parents died there in what was ruled a murder/suicide.

 As the sisters struggle to breathe new life into the failing lodge, old fears and questions rise to the surface even as new love presents itself. Why did their father murder their mother? What truths did their grandparents keep from them? The sisters must fight to keep the wounds of the past from putting their futures, and their fledgling relationships, in jeopardy.

Blurb, Truth and Solace:
The truth could destroy them. Or set them free.

Maggie Lindquist left Solace Lake determined never to return. Circumstances have pulled her back and she’s helping to restore her family’s dilapidated fishing lodge. When she agreed to the plan she didn’t expect to have to work side by side with the man who abandoned her ten years earlier. She didn’t expect to like him, or want him ever again. But can she trust him as she once did?

Luke Carlsson rushes home to tend to his ailing mother. Her lengthy illness means he needs to stay, at least temporarily. And to stay, he needs to work. Solace Lake Lodge offers him a job and an opportunity to work with the woman he’s never stopped loving. But the restoration is unleashing secrets hidden for decades and no one is left unscathed. Especially not Maggie and Luke, whose love needs to be resilient enough to forgive, and strong enough to build a future together.

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A memory flashed through her mind. Luke driving an ancient, mostly rusty Ford pickup to the lodge that summer. He’d worked odd jobs summers and after school for three years to buy it and keep it running. The old Ford had been his pride and joy.

Every chance they got, they’d sneak off in the Ford and park somewhere secluded. They’d been in that truck the first time Luke had kissed her. He’d pulled her toward him and covered her mouth with his, and she’d sworn she’d heard angels singing. And then, her body had gone up in flames in a very unangel-like way. As the summer went on, they’d grown bolder in their explorations. Harper had given her ‘the lecture’ on sex, but she hadn’t prepared her for the way her body would react to Luke’s kisses, or his touch. Like the way her nipples would harden as he caressed her breasts, and the way her panties would dampen. And when he’d reached inside her panties and inserted a finger inside her—

“Are you ready?”

Maggie stared at Luke in incomprehension. And then the present returned with forceful fury. Heat infused her cold cheeks. They were on their way to see his sick mother. Her thoughts shamed her.

She reminded herself that Luke had left her once and would do so again.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

#Contest - Meredith Bond and the Story Behind the Stories

Meredith Bond wants you to know the story behind the stories of her Merry Men Quartet. And she also wants you to know about her Facebook contest which runs from August 20 -29, with the winners announced on August 29. She's giving away one ebook copy of each of the books in the Merry Men Quartet: An Exotic Heir, A Rake's Reward, A Dandy in Disguise, and The Merry Marquis. Here's the link to the contest: 

Welcome Merry!

The Story Behind the Stories

Where do stories come from? It’s usually a very small spark. Someone says something. You see a book, a movie, a picture. Before you realize it a story is forming in your head—a “what-if”.

It happened to me a while ago when I mentioned my name to someone who was also a writer of Regency romances. I told her my name was Merry. She said, off-handedly, that I should have a character called the Merry Marquis.

I thought it was a great idea!

Being the perverse person that I am, I immediately decided that my Merry Marquis should be a very sad man. Why, though?

Of course, he’s mourning the loss of his wife. But this is a romance, so he has to fall in love once again. With whom?

Well, if my Merry Marquis is called Merry, he had to have been known as a very merry person, therefore his heroine in the book needs the help of someone who is merry and outgoing. Again my irony came to the rescue—he needs a heroine who is shy. For some reason, my mind came up with a girl, Teresa, who is half-English, half-Spanish, who is shy because she’s been plucked from the only home she’s ever known (in Madrid) and sent to a strange country (England).

I’m proud to say that The Merry Marquis has won a few awards since it was first published by Kensington Publishers (under the title Miss Seton’s Sonata).  

Characters grow as a writer discovers more and more of their histories, and from the characters, grows the story. But that isn’t all there is to a story. There has to be secondary characters.

My merry hero, if he’s such a popular guy, needs friends. Close friends.

My husband loves comedic characters, someone who is over the top and therefore funny. He created St. John Fotheringay-Phipps, known to all as Fungy.

In British English, St. John is pronounced Sinjin. Fotheringay is pronounced Fungy. So just his name, to an American ear is funny (and odd) and will almost always be mispronounced. (When I first published A Dandy in Disguise, Fungy’s book, a number of people complained that his name sounded like a mushroom. Indeed, it does, and I even have other characters laugh and comment on this in the book. It’s meant to be humorous. Some people didn’t appreciate that, sadly.)

Fungy is a typical Regency dandy, only more so. His fashion is over the top, but so is his kindness. Because of this he absolutely cannot stand idly by while Rose Grace, completely naïve to the ways of society after having been raised on an archaeological site in Greece, is tricked by an unscrupulous gentleman. Fungy is there to save her just when he is needed.

To contrast Fungy’s outrageousness, I created Sin. Sinclair Stratton, Viscount Reath. He is everything Fungy is not. Staid. Conservative. Serious (although he does have a sense of humor—he is friends with Fungy, after all). So naturally, Sin comes across his match (in A Rake’s Reward) when trying to get from Portsmouth to an estate he won at cards when he was just a teenager. The American Sara Whately doesn’t care for lords and doesn’t care a bit about their conceit, and she tells Reath so in no uncertain terms. You know that they just need to be together.

Rounding out the group (and what oddly enough turned into the first book of the series) is Julian Ritchie, Earl of Huntley. Julian was born of my love of Kolkata, India (or Calcutta, as it was known in his time). My husband is from that fascinating city and so I have first hand knowledge of it’s beauty and quirks. Time doesn’t seem to pass in the same way in Kolkata as it does in the rest of the world. People cling to the old ways—fruit and vegetables are still sold by people sitting on the ground, their stock arranged beautifully on banana leaves and in woven baskets before them in the bazaar; traffic lights are still (mostly) pretty colored decorations to be ignored as you drive through the city streets (traffic police are listened to, however, and they still stand at all major intersections making sure traffic flows smoothly); and the houses of even the middle class still team with people cooking, cleaning and even driving for their employers (I shouldn’t mention the sometimes horrid conditions these people return to each night where if you own a tv or a refrigerator you are lucky).

It was easy, then, for me to imagine Calcutta of the 18th century when Julian was born to an Indian mother and an English earl (you can read their story in Under the Mango Tree). I am happy to say that what Julian experienced as an Anglo-Indian isn’t common anymore—the snubs and outright discrimination. But as a proud man and hero of a romance novel, he wasn’t just going to take it, he wanted revenge. What he didn’t plan on was sweet, innocent, open-hearted Cassandra Renwick who had already been hurt once by a man. You’ll find their story in An Exotic Heir.

Thus the Merry Men were born: the story of four men who were close friends, each with his own tale of romance.

Author Bio:

Meredith Bond's books straddle that beautiful line between historical romance and fantasy. An award-winning author, she writes fun traditional Regency romances, medieval Arthurian romances, and Regency romances with a touch of magic. Known for her characters “who slip readily into one’s heart,” Meredith loves to take her readers on a journey they won't soon forget.  She is currently living in Europe enjoying the Bohemian life.

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Friday, August 17, 2018

McKenna Dean Blog Tour - GHOST OF A CHANCE

My guest today is paranormal romance author McKenna Dean who writes shifter novels. She's here with GHOST OF A CHANCE, book 2 in her Redclaw Security series. She answers my Quick 5 questions today, so we get to learn a little more about her. McKenna has a Rafflecopter giveaway so make sure to enter it at the bottom of this post. Welcome McKenna!

Ghost of a Chance 
Redclaw Security Book 2
by McKenna Dean

Madison has put together some really awesome Prizes giveaway during the tour. Please use the Rafflecopter below to enter. Remember you may enter every day for your chance to win one of the prize packages. You may find the tour locations here 

About Ghost of a Chance by McKenna Dean:

At sixteen, Sarah Atwell walked away from her love of horses and a promising career as a competitive rider after discovering she’d inherited the family curse. Years later, her grandmother stunned everyone by leaving Sarah her horse farm—worth millions—but with conditions Sarah might not be able to meet. 

A former Redclaw agent, Casey Barnes retired when a security assignment went bad, killing his partner and leaving him as a partial amputee. His inner wolf is in hiding. He’s been living quietly as a horse trainer, but June Atwell’s death now pits him against her granddaughter for rights to the stable. 

With both of them snowed in at the farm, a series of increasingly serious accidents draws Sarah and Casey closer together, but they both harbor secrets that might tear them apart.

Ghost of a Chance is a paranormal romance story. 

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Quick Five with McKenna Dean:

Give me quick answers to these questions. You can expand your answer a little if you like by telling me why you answered the way you did:

- Beach vacation or sightseeing in the city? 

Oh, I’d pick hiking in the mountains over the beach most days, but if given a choice between the beach and the city, the beach every time. In the off season, me and the dogs, walking under gloomy skies and chasing sand crabs as they skuttle away from the surf.

- Movies: romantic comedies, thriller, or horror? Got a different favorite? 

I know it’s a cliché, but most of my favorite movies are superhero movies right now. The big summer blockbuster: sci-fi, superhero, action movies.

- Country life or city life? 

Country all the way. I’m practically singing the theme song to Green Acres here. I love being able to walk up to the ridge and see the mountains all around me. To listen to horses cropping grass with the lazy drone of a bumble bee somewhere nearby. The crunch of dead leaves underfoot in the fall, and stepping outside to a morning so crisp and cold the air is like biting into a fresh apple.

- E-book, paperback or audiobook? 

I’ll take a book in any form I can get it. I tend to reserve audiobooks for long car trips, but I take my Kindle and at least three paperbacks with me where ever I go, on the off chance I might—heaven forbid—run out of reading material.

- Party life or quiet dinner for two?

Quiet dinner for two! Preferably something we cooked together—chicken parmesan, or steaks on the grill. A bottle of wine and some strawberries dipped in hot chocolate. A snuggle on the couch while we watch one of our favorite shows. Give me a fire in the hearth and I’m in heaven.


For some reason, he glanced back at Sarah where she waited by the door. The backlight of falling snow through the glass in the shadowed hallway created the suggestion of a black-and-white photograph. The only spot of color was the bright red scarf at the collar of her coat and the wine-dark lipstick she wore. She leaned against the wall with her eyes closed. Something inside him clicked, as though recognizing a scene from a movie. His heart stopped a beat, flipped over, and thudded again with increased intensity. 

No. It couldn’t be. Not her. 

He hurried away, head still reeling at his reaction. When he returned with an armload of clothing, she was nowhere to be seen. Her laptop sat by her shoes, one pretty little pump turned over on its side. As expected, he discovered her in the living room, staring at the pictures on the wall. “There you are.” 

She jumped at the sound of his voice. 

“Sorry, didn’t mean to scare you.” He adjusted the heap of clothing piled over one arm and held out a pair of snow boots. 

“She had so many photographs of me.” Sarah took the boots almost automatically, and indicated the walls covered with pictures, ones Casey had seen many times. 

That had to be it. Why she felt so familiar. Why she seemed to be the one. Relief washed over him. Obviously he’d spent too much time alone if he thought Sarah Atwell was his destined mate.

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About McKenna Dean: McKenna Dean has been an actress, a vet tech, a singer, a teacher, a biologist, and a dog trainer. She’s worked in a genetics lab, at the stockyard, behind the scenes as a props manager, and at a pizza parlor slinging dough. Finally she realized all these jobs were just a preparation for what she really wanted to be: a writer. 

She lives on a small farm in North Carolina with her family, as well as the assorted dogs, cats, and various livestock. She likes putting her characters in hot water to see how strong they are. Like tea bags, only sexier. 

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018


Tena Stetler visits today to celebrate the recent release of AN ANGEL'S UNINTENTIONAL ENTANGLEMENT. Tena writes paranormal romance for The Wild Rose Press starring witches, warlocks, angels and vampires. Oh my! Tena answers a few of my questions about her writing, and she's got an exclusive excerpt for us. Please welcome Tena Stetler!

Do you have any unusual writing habits?

I don’t know whether they are necessarily unusual or not.  I work on three novels at a time. One in research, one in edits and writing one.  I write the scenes, chapters, stories as they come to me, which are always out of order.  In the end somehow everything comes together in the right chronological order. Amazes me each time it happens. LOL

What do you like best about your hero in An Angel’s Unintentional Entanglement?

Warrior Angel, Caden Silverwind, lives alone in Colorado rugged Rockies, healing from physical wounds as well as the mental anguish suffered during battles with dark demons.  Against the advice of his superiors he’s on an indefinite sabbatical in the mountains. Their rugged strength and majestic beauty allows him the serenity to pick up the pieces, face his own fears, and contemplate the future, if there was one. When he finds a woman on a trail barely clinging to life after a horrendous beating he uses his weakened power to save her, risking his own life.

What do you like best about your heroine? 

Her strength, loyalty to friends and family, and her ability to weather circumstances that would defeat most individuals. Bureau of Indian Affairs Agent, Mystic Rayne’s personal dilemma and assignment nearly gets her killed. Yet she will to do whatever it takes to right the wrongs perpetrated on innocents.  Divine intervention is a complication she never expected.

How do you choose the names and physical characteristics of your characters?

Believe it or not, my characters enter my mind fully formed and with their names and demanding to have their stories told.

Do you base them on real people?

I don’t think so.

How can readers reach you or find you online?

Authors’ Secret’s Blog -
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The Wild Rose Press:
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Tell us a little about your current works in progress.

I’m awaiting galley and cover art on A Magic Redemption, the fifth book in A Demon’s Witch Series. As well as, writing a paranormal romance for The Deerbourne Inn Series that my publisher The Wild Rose developed. And I’m excited to be working on my first cozy mystery.

Do you have an event coming up you’d like to tell us about?

Other than the online events listed on my website, I have a booth to sell my books at the Colorado Springs ComicCon.  I’ve never attended a ComicCon, so this should be interesting.  This year, I decided to try one thing a month that scares me.  This is it.  If your readers have any suggestions about the ComicCon, I’d love to hear them.

Fallen warrior angel, Caden Silverwind, lives alone in Colorado's rugged Rockies, healing from physical wounds as well as the mental anguish suffered during battles with dark demons. Then he finds a woman barely clinging to life after a horrendous beating. He is not prepared for the entanglement she brings to his life, nor the feelings she awakens in him.

Bureau of Indian Affairs Agent, Mystic Rayne’s personal dilemma and assignment nearly gets her killed. Divine intervention is a complication she never expected and her growing attraction to Caden is undeniable. Can she trust him with her secret?

Their quest to uncover her attacker takes them from the pristine mountains in Colorado to the wilds of Wyoming. Along the way, they find answers which may place them in more danger. Determined to solve the mystery, they must also navigate their feelings and fears to find love and unite heaven and earth.

Exclusive Excerpt:

She had fifty new voice messages and twenty text messages. The text screen popped up with 611 on it. She went pale and checked the rest of the texts. All 611 and all sent this afternoon.

“What is it?” Caden put his hand on her shoulder as he squinted at the screen.

“That’s a code Chinoah and I used as children. It means she’s in big trouble.” She turned her worried eyes to Caden. “We have to find her. He may have killed her by now.”

“Not if she doesn’t know where you are. She is still leverage for him against you as long as she’s alive. I’ll contact Nat.”

Holding her phone to her chest, Mystic followed him into the bedroom. He slid open a closet door and reached far back in the wardrobe, his fingers rested on his celestial diamond sword and platinum spelled daggers. Grabbing the chest harness, he slipped his arms through and sheathed the daggers. Then he slung the leather scabbard over his back slipping the magical sword inside.

Never in his wildest dreams did he expect to wear his weapons again. In fact, he’d almost given them to his friend Killian, who refused, saying a warrior, even a retired warrior never parts with his weapons. Idly, he wondered if Killian had foreseen this situation. He’d heard rumors that Killian had inherited the second sight of his Scottish mother, which he retained through the angel transition. Killian never confirmed or denied such talent.

Thanks for visiting, Tena!

Author Bio:

Tena Stetler is a paranormal romance and cozy mystery author with an over-active imagination.  She wrote her first vampire romance as a tween, to the chagrin of her mother and the delight of her friends. With the Rocky Mountains outside her window, Tena sits at her computer surrounded by a wide array of paranormal creatures telling her their tales. Colorado is her home; shared with her husband of many moons, a brilliant Chow Chow, a spoiled parrot and a forty-year-old box turtle.  Any winter evening, you can find her curled up in front of a crackling fire with a good book, a mug of hot chocolate and a big bowl of popcorn.  During the summer, hiking, camping and a campfire with good book keep her occupied. And of course ooey gooey S’mores.

Thursday, August 9, 2018


My guest today is Leslie Scott with a look at the beautiful cover for her next release TWO HEARTS ONE STONE, which releases September 26. Leslie is a fellow Wild Rose Press author and I want to wish her the best with her new book!


Horse trainer Stone Dempsey’s life is all about the ride—with horses and women. He uses his equine talents to impress the country club set and earn money for Smoky Mountain Reining Horses. When his drug-addicted sister deposits her sick baby on his doorstep, he’s suddenly saddled with real responsibility.

Dr. Emmersyn Cole’s goal of starting a practice in her favorite place on earth is finally coming to fruition and she is not going to be sidetracked. Everything is going great until Stone swaggers into her life, half-dressed with a smile that could melt her insides. She's determined to keep her distance…until he rushes into her grandfather’s home, clutching a feverish baby, terrified and vulnerable, and her heart’s hard shell begins to crack.

In only a few short weeks, Stone’s wayward heart suddenly relies on two women—one who needs him—and one that he might not be able to live without.


He was spinning and dizzy because of Emmy. He hadn’t expected her to throw him for a loop like she had, have him waiting on her after work, cleaning up his cabin, and all the other silly things he’d done in the past few weeks.

Yet there he was, with a shoulder against the stall door, watching the sparkles of faded sunlight dance in her reddish, curling hair.

He was a goner.

“I feel naked when you look at me like that.” Her fingers trembled as she tucked a lock behind her ear.

“That’s not the way I look at you when you’re naked.”


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Author Bio:

Leslie Scott thrives in the middle of chaos. Not because she home schools her son and rides herd over the family's zoo of indoor pets or listens to her soul mate wax poetically about all things car and related. Oh, no. That's nothing. The real chaos is the characters in her mind, elbowing and tripping each other to get to the front of the line so they can be the next romantic couple in one of her stories. Her family is her passion. Writing romance is her dream.

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

SECRETS AND SOLACE #free at Amazon August 8-12, 2018!

SECRETS AND SOLACE is free at Amazon August 8 - 12, 2018. I shouldn't play favorites, but Scarlet and Cameron's story has a special place in my heart! It's book two in the Love at Solace Lake series. If you're with Kindle Unlimited, it's always free. Check out the excerpt!

Series Blurb:
Love is worth the risk…

When their grandfather dies, the Lindquist sisters, Harper, Scarlet and Maggie, inherit the northern Minnesota fishing lodge that had been in their family for three generations. The inheritance is bittersweet. They were raised at the lodge by their grandparents. The natural beauty of the place hasn’t changed, but the building itself is crumbling and desperately in need of repair. The lodge also reminds them of what they lost. Twenty-two years previously, their parents died there in what was ruled a murder/suicide.

 As the sisters struggle to breathe new life into the failing lodge, old fears and questions rise to the surface even as new love presents itself. Why did their father murder their mother? What truths did their grandparents keep from them? The sisters must fight to keep the wounds of the past from putting their futures, and their fledgling relationships, in jeopardy.  

Blurb – Secrets and Solace
No matter how deeply buried, secrets rise to the surface.

Scarlet Lindquist has agreed to help her sisters rebuild the dilapidated fishing lodge in Minnesota they inherited from their grandparents. Although the lengthy restoration is bringing the three sisters closer together, Scarlet’s support is temporary. Her leave of absence from her job in Chicago is temporary and she has no intention of staying at Solace Lake Lodge, where the lake holds dark secrets. When frightening childhood memories resurface, they are tempered by her fascination with an irritating contractor. If only she could trust her feelings for him. If only he could trust her.

Cameron Hainstock meets Scarlet at his brother’s wedding to her sister and their attraction is instantaneous. But Cam avoids the beautiful marketing executive. All his efforts are aimed at battling for custody of his only child. When the unimaginable happens and Cam faces the biggest challenge of his life, he’s reluctant to accept help to halt his downward spiral. Can they learn to trust each other and fight for a future together or will they go their separate ways?

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He drove down the narrow lane leading back to the main lodge. In the twilight, a small car approached and as it got closer, he realized it was Scarlet. After honking her horn, she stopped on the side of the road, then opened her door and ran toward him. Cam slammed on the brakes and threw his truck into park, his heart lodging somewhere in his throat. He flung open his door and reached her in two strides. He grasped her shoulders and hung on tight. 

“Are you okay? What's wrong? I thought you were staying in the city tonight.”

“I’m fine. I wanted to get home.” She grabbed his arms, her face lighting up in excitement. “I got a booking. I got a booking! The bride just called me. Isn’t that wonderful?”

Her smile robbed him of breath and for a moment he couldn’t speak, only feel. Her face lit with a glow of happiness that made her so beautiful his chest ached with longing. 

He cleared his throat. “That’s great.”

She laughed. “Great? Are you kidding me? It’s freaking awesome!”

She threw her arms around his neck and hugged him. He held her tight, his body responding with lightning speed to the feel of her in his arms.

She leaned back a little to look into his face, her blue eyes shining in the half-light. “We’re going to make it, Cameron. We’re really going to make it.”

The hope and joy and utter elation he saw dancing in her eyes made him do the only thing he was capable of in that moment. He kissed her. 

For a second, she went completely still. But then she sighed against him and kissed him back, as if she’d been waiting for this. As if this kiss was as special to her as it was to him. 

With a little sound of pleasure that went straight to his groin, she wound her arms around his neck and pressed herself against him. She opened her mouth to him and touched her tongue to his. 

Cam lost it. He lost control, lost all sense of time, lost his mind. His pulse pounded through his brain, every beat telling him he needed to get closer to her, needed her. Scarlet held back nothing, meeting the thrusts of his tongue with wild parries of her own. Her hands roamed his body and when they snaked beneath his t-shirt to caress his overheated skin, he began to move her toward the shelter of the trees, needing to strip off her incredibly sexy power suit and sink himself into her. He needed to touch her, smell her, feel her soft, smooth skin, hear her cry out with her orgasm. 

 His cell phone rang. Cam ignored it, and it stopped. He cupped one perfect, luscious breast through the soft silk of her blouse, the weight of it filling his hand as if it had been made for him. Her scent, something floral with notes of spice, intoxicated him in a way that coke and Crown had never achieved.  

His phone rang again. Through his passion-fogged brain, he recognized the ringtone. Laura. The ringtone he’d be sure to answer since she only ever called about Tessa.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Audio Release of A HUNDRED KISSES by Jean M. Grant #TWRP

Jean M. Grant is celebrating the audio release of her historical romance A HUNDRED KISSES. Audio is an exciting new format for writers and one that readers love, me included. I love the portability that audiobooks give me; I can go to the gym and still keep up with my reading! Please welcome Jean M. Grant!

Audio book: A Hundred Kisses  -- Book Spotlight -- release of audio book
by Jean M. Grant

Twitter: @JeanGrant05  

Buy links:

Also available on iTunes.  Link (if you have the iTunes app): A Hundred Kisses (Unabridged)

Also available as e-book from The Wild Rose Press, Google Play, Barnes and Noble, and Kobo.

If you enjoyed A Hundred Kisses in audio, print, or e-book format, be on the lookout for its prequel, A Hundred Breaths, to be released in the upcoming months!

A bit about the audio book process…
I am an avid fan of listening to audio books. When I worked out of the home, they were my pleasant company on the commute. When we take long road trips, the lyrical voices sweep us away and help the hours pass (btw, the Harry Potter series on audio – divine!). So, when I heard that my book’s publisher, The Wild Rose Press, added this opportunity, I jumped at it! After a few months and no bites from narrators, I took the next step: I researched several voice actors available with ACX, emailed them, and hoped for the best. If I learned anything in the past year of my first book’s release, it’s that the author must take initiative in marketing and promotion (and I am still learning and have a massive list of “to-do’s” to attack this fall for two more upcoming books). I was elated that Rosalind Ashford agreed to narrate the book. It was like Christmas each week for me when I received the audio book chapters to listen to and review. She was pleasant to work with and I hope you enjoy her work with A Hundred Kisses as much as I do! Happy reading, err, listening!

P.s. Rosalind stopped by on my blog to tell me more about her background and the recording process.

Jean is a scientist and a mom to two active sons. She currently resides in Massachusetts and draws from her interests in history, science, the outdoors, and her family for inspiration. She writes historical and contemporary romances and women's fiction. She enjoys writing non-fiction articles for family-oriented travel magazines and aspires to write children’s books while continuing to write novels. When she finally got to visit Scotland, it was nothing short of breathtaking. Jean enjoys working in her flower gardens, tackling the biggest mountains in New England with her husband, and playing with her sons, while daydreaming about the next hero and heroine to write about...


Two wedding nights. Two dead husbands.

Deirdre MacCoinneach wishes to understand her unusual ability to sense others’ lifeblood energies…and vows to discover if her gift killed the men she married. Her father’s search for a new and unsuspecting suitor for Deirdre becomes complicated when rumors of witchcraft abound.

Under the façade of a trader, Alasdair Montgomerie travels to Uist with pivotal information for a Claimant seeking the Scottish throne. A ruthless baron hunts him and a dark past haunts him, leaving little room for alliances with a Highland laird or his tempting daughter.

Awestruck when she realizes that her unlikely travel companion is the man from her visions, a man whose thickly veiled emotions are buried beneath his burning lifeblood, Deirdre wonders if he, too, will die in her bed if she follows her father’s orders. Amidst magic, superstition, and ghosts of the past, Alasdair and Deirdre find themselves falling together in a web of secrets and the curse of a hundred kisses…

Print Excerpt:
She sensed no colors in the murky, lifeless water, and it was freeing. All breath escaped her. Muted visions passed before her eyes—her mother, her father, Gordon, and Cortland. Just a moment longer, she thought…
Suddenly, a burst of warm light invaded her thoughts as air filled her lungs. Red-hot hands burned her shoulders and ripped her from her icy grave. She breathed life into her body. She coughed, gagging on the change.
Muffled words yelled at her.
Oh, God, so hot. His fingers were like hot pokers. Her head pounded as she slowly returned to the present. Heat radiated from her rescuer. Somebody had pulled her from the water.
“Hush, lass. You nearly drowned.”
His voice was as soothing as a warm cup of goat’s milk on a winter’s day. A red-hot glow emanated from his body. Never before had she felt such a strong lifeblood, and it nearly burned her. She struggled in his arms to get free. She blinked, only seeing a blurry form before her. “Release me!”
She splashed and wriggled, and he did as told. She clambered to the shoreline. Numb and shaken, she began to dress. It wasn’t easy as she fumbled with slick fingers to put dry clothes over wet skin. She instantly regretted her naked swim. She pulled on her long-sleeved white chemise first.
She faced the forest, away from her rescuer. He quietly splashed to shore. His lifeblood burned into her back. He wasn’t far behind, but he stopped. She refused to look at him until she was fully clothed, not out of embarrassment of her nudity, but for what had just happened. He released a groan and mumbled under his breath about wet boots. His voice was not one of her father’s soldiers.
When she put the last garment on, her brown wool work kirtle, she squeezed out her sopping hair and swept her hands through the knotty mess. She fastened her belt and tied the lacings up the front of the kirtle. Blood returned to her fingertips, and she regained her composure. Belated awareness struck her, and she leaned down and searched through her bag for her dagger. She spun around.
She gasped as she saw the man sitting on the stone-covered shoreline, his wet boots off. Confusion and the hint of a scowl filled his strong-featured face. She staggered back, caught her heel on a stone, and fell, dropping the dagger. Dirt and pebbles stuck to her wet hands and feet, and she instinctively scrambled away from him.
His glower, iridescent dark blue eyes, and disheveled black hair were not unfamiliar. Staring at her was the man she had seen in her dream—it was the man from the wood.

Author Bio:

Jean is a scientist, part-time education director, and a mom. She currently resides in Massachusetts and draws from her interests in history, science, the outdoors, and her family for inspiration. She enjoys writing non-fiction articles for family-oriented and travel magazines, and aspires to write children’s books while continuing to write novels. In 2008, she visited the land of her daydreams, Scotland, and it was nothing short of breathtaking. Jean enjoys tending to her flower gardens, tackling the biggest mountains in New England with her husband, and playing with her sons, while daydreaming about the next hero to write about...