Today is a new-to-me author, McKenna Dean, who has her new release, Ghost of a Chance. Please welcome McKenna to my blog today.
Ghost of a Chance
Redclaw Security Book 2
by McKenna DeanMadison 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. Amazon Buy Link: https://amzn.to/2nbVC33 Excerpt: 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. The Panther’s Lost Princess Redclaw Security Book 1 Amazon Buy Link: https://amzn.to/2LSf9UL 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. McKenna Dean's Social Media Links: Newsletter:http://eepurl.com/c8GDYX Website: http://mckennadeanromance.com/ Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B075CRHQ7B/ Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/McKenna-Dean-Author-262328784224302/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/McKennaDeanFic Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mckennadeanromance/?hl=en Tumblr: https://mckennadeanromance.tumblr.com/ Email: email@example.com
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Besotted Beguiling Bachelors Series Book 5 By Madison MichaelMadison has put together some really awesome Prize Packages to 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 Besotted: Time is Running Out…For Both of Them Regan Howe, won her coveted CEO position through hard work and a willingness to buck family tradition. Now, Brandon Hockney, a handsome US Senator with his eye on the White House, wants her to give it up, along with her home, friends and family for a move to DC and marriage to him. Regan wants marriage and family but this choice will require she leave everything she loves, including the alluring Tyler Winthrop. Regan has waited twenty years for Tyler to commit. He once promised her forever, then destroyed her trust and her hopes for a future together. Still, she cannot break the ties between them. Regan is besotted. Tyler’s moment to win Regan is slipping through his fingers. He has remained on the outskirts of Regan’s life, reluctant to reveal his true past and expose her to danger. Despite their obvious attraction, Tyler has remained her friend and protector, keeping Regan at arm’s length for her own safety, When Regan determines to test the waters with Brandon, Tyler is tapped as acting CEO, throwing the pair together for one last chance at love. Can Tyler shake off the thugs threatening to expose his past mistakes? Can he earn Regan’s trust and woo her away from Washington? Battling overwhelming odds and a racing clock, will Tyler be forced to release his one true love to find happiness with another man? How can he when he’s besotted? Join Tyler and Regan as they seek their happily ever after in the conclusion of the steamy, contemporary Beguiling Bachelor romance series. Besotted is a contemporary erotic romantic suspense story. Amazon Buy Link: https://amzn.to/2AiK2MQ
Excerpt from Besotted:
Regan was just too damn alluring in that dress for him to accept that he couldn’t have her if he wanted her. He was an idiot. He should have told her years ago. He should have told everyone. Despite the tongue- lashing he was silently giving himself, Tyler was certainly no fool. “The professor” to his friends, he was generally serious and professional. He had the smarts necessary to obtain both an MBA and a law degree, and he was now CEO of LHRE and on hiatus from one of the fastest growing tech companies in the country. He kept his cool in general, but again and again he behaved like an idiot around Regan. Since that damn frog almost thirty years ago, he had loved no one but Regan. Sometimes they made it work together, like in high school, but most times not. His feelings were unchanged, but something always stopped him from declaring his love and asking her to do the same. This time it was something insurmountable. And yet Tyler couldn’t stay away. He was the proverbial moth to the flame, flirting with disaster every time he flirted with her. He had promised to stay away, to keep her safe,but the attraction was undeniable. Yep, prize idiot. Returning to the ballroom after the latest threats, Tyler briefly considered sharing the conversation, coming clean with Regan and perhaps moving their relationship forward. He was at a fork in the road but remained silent, Tyler knew he was on the wrong path but couldn’t summon the will to fix it. Not only were his problems unsolveable, but she was involved with Brandon. Tyler felt hopeless. He was preoccupied just as Regan accused, but Tyler tried to give Regan the attention she deserved. He failed miserably until Regan suggested they just leave. That got his attention. Who knew when he would hold her in his arms again. “Come dance with me again. It would be a crime to waste that dress.” Encircling Regan in his arms, his body responded to her nearness, even as his mind worried over the earlier texts. He was unaware of his hand stroking her back, fingers lightly skimming over her bare skin. He wasn’t thinking clearly when he pulled her close or when he dropped kisses on her hair. He wasn’t paying attention, just acting on instinct, Regan was responding, her breath growing uneven, her hands clinging to his shoulders.Madison Michael traded 28 years in Fortune 500 tech and management positions for a chance to spend her days with sassy heroines, sexy, rich heroes and nothing but happy endings. Growing up the daughter of a librarian, she learned to love books, especially classics and romances, and spent winters cuddled under blankets losing herself in books. Madison is the author of three novels in the Beguiling Bachelor series, as well as several short stories. She is a member of Romance Writers of America. After living in the northeast, southeast and the west, Maddy returned to her Midwest roots. She lives in Evanston, IL with two feline editorial assistants and great views of Chicago’s famous skyline. Social Links: Website: madisonmichael.net Madison's Blog: madisonmichael.net/category/maddys-blog Maddy's Romance Madness: madisonmichael.net/category/mrm/ Maddy's Tours and Treats: madisonmichael.net/category/tours-and-treats/ Facebook: facebook.com/madisonmichaelromance Twitter: twitter.com/madisonmichael_ Amazon Author Page: amazon.com/Madison-Michael/e/B01EVUGG6G/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1 a Rafflecopter giveaway
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Today I have Jacquie Rogers featured on my blog with her story, A Home For Polly, a art of the Under A Mulberry Moon Anthology. Please welcome Jacquie!
Hi Connie, thanks so much for hosting UNDER A MULBERRY MOON, Western Romance Anthology. All nine authors appreciate your generosity. Today, we're featuring two companion novellas from our western romance anthology. We hope your readers/followers love both stories! A Family for Polly by Jacquie Rogers and A Family for Merry by Caroline Clemmons.
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A family for polly
Polly and Ford have arranged a secret marriage of convenience—she needs to be married to keep her adopted children, and he has to have a wife before his grandfather will deed the ranch to him. This excerpt is when she’s going to her very private wedding.
"Are you ready, Polly?" Elvira called through the door. "Bea’s here!"
Polly was dressed in her finest, but did that mean she was ready? She’d never be ready, but she had to soldier on for the children’s sake. "I’ll be out in a minute."
Polly gave her skirts one last tug, pinned on her bonnet, and checked the mirror to make sure she was presentable, then opened the door.
Bea looked quite pretty in her green Sunday dress."Well, Polly, you certainly got ready in a hurry and you look absolutely ravishing. Ford’s eyes will pop plumb out the sockets when he sees his beautiful bride."
"I don’t know about that, but we’d better get going lest we be late." Polly led the way down the three flights of stairs.
"I sent Steve and Ford to the florist shop," Bea said as they walked down the path that lead to the street. "There won’t be much of a selection but at least you’ll have a bridal bouquet."
"Thanks, flowers are nice—but not really necessary. We’ll be saying our vows in private, signing the papers, and that’s that. No one will know other than Mr. Ecclestone and Ford’s grandfather. Once my children are truly mine, and Ford’s grandfather signs the deed over, then we’ll get an annulment and we’ll both be free to marry whomever we please."
They turned onto Main Street. As they walked in front of the mercantile, Jane Dorchester greeted them.
"Shopping today?" she asked.
"No," Bea said. "Polly’s getting married."
Polly could’ve stuffed her reticule in Bea’s mouth.
Jane put down the tools she’d been arranging and smiled. "Married? Oh my, this is quite sudden." She gazed at Polly’s midriff.
Lavinia Zimmerman, wife of the bank teller, and her son came out of the mercantile, each holding a parcel. "Polly, did I hear right? You’re getting married?"
"How wonderful—congratulations!" Lavinia grabbed her newly adopted son’s hand. "I can hardly wait to tell Dennis. We’ll see you at the church."
"But…" There was no use for Polly to say anything else because Lavinia had already headed down the street toward the bank.
"Looks like you’ll be having a few guests," Bea said.
Polly groaned and picked up the pace. "We have to get to the church before they do. I don’t want Ford thinking I invited half the town to a wedding that unites us in name only."
"Four people isn’t half the town. But then you know how it is in Mockingbird Flats—any excuse for a party."
"We’re not having a party."
As they passed by the fire station, Fiona Bushnell, the fire chief’s wife followed behind them saying, "I was in the florist shop a while ago and heard that you’re getting married so I was on my way to the church. With such short notice, I didn’t have a chance to make you a nice gift, but I ordered some apple turnovers from the bakery to be delivered."
Polly stopped and Bea had to take a few steps back to stay with her. Her throat tightened but she managed to say, "Thank you, Fiona. That was a lovely thing to do."
"Oh, and I invited Jessica. I hope you don’t mind."
Polly certainly did mind but since Polly hadn’t invited Fiona either, she could hardly say that she objected to Fiona inviting her sister-in-law, the town doctor’s wife. "Of course not. That was very neighborly of you."
Jessica Bushnell hailed them with a wave. "I’m so happy for you, Polly!" She held up a basket. "Baby things. I’ve been saving them for our town’s next wedding. First baby can come anytime—the other ones take nine months." She giggled. "We won’t mention how many first babies in this town were premature."
about the author....
Jacquie Rogers, winner of four Will Rogers Gold Medallions, the Laramie Grand Prize, and several other awards, is a country girl at heart. She grew up in Owyhee County, Idaho, where the Old West still lives on. Come to her weekend of living history at Silver City, Idaho! It’s July 20-22, 2018. You can find more information at http://www.jacquierogers.com/silvercityevent.html.
Party online with Jacquie at:
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Or contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Under a mulberry moon
Titles of Books – Authors
Millwright's Daughter – Zina Abbott
Worth the Wait – Patricia PacJac Carroll
Ada and the Texas Cavalryman, Brides of Texas Code – Carra Copelin
A Family For Merry – Caroline Clemmons
Comes A Specter – Keta Diablo
The Widow Buys A Groom - P.A. Estelle
Matthew's Freedom – Cissie Patterson
A Family For Polly – Jacqueline Rogers
The Lady Lassoes An Outlaw – Charlene Raddon
a family for merry - caroline clemmons
Calvin, a young boy who saw his Pa killed, is having a discussion with an attorney while his mother, Merry, listens.
Calvin shook his head. “But, that’s not right. Guilty people should go to jail. If they killed someone like a man did my pa, they should hang.”
Merry’s breath caught in her throat.
“You know what an oath is, right?”
“Cussin’ like…,” he leaned forward, “Bad words I ain’t allowed to say no more cause Merry’ll wash my mouth out with soap for sure.”
Merry almost gave herself away by laughing.
Mr. Woolf shook his head. “That’s one kind but not in this case. An oath is like a promise you can never break. Ever. When I became a lawyer, I took an oath to defend each person I represent to the best of my ability. A man never goes back on his word.”
Calvin sat on the floor, a thoughtful look on his face. “So if you knew I murdered someone but I said I didn’t and you were my lawyer, you’d have to try to get me to go free?”
“That’s correct. I’d have to look for ways to prove you were innocent. That’s called the defense. Now the person representing the court would be looking for proof you were guilty. That’s called the prosecution.”
“When I grow up, I’m going to track down the man who killed my pa and I’m going to kill him. I’m asking you now to be my lawyer.”
Merry clutched her throat. Poor Calvin.
Mr. Woolf gestured for the boy to come closer. “Calvin, let me tell you why that’s not a good idea. You’re nine, right? So, maybe for the next nine or ten or eleven years you’ll be thinking about this man and in your insides those thoughts will be festering worse than a sore that won’t heal. You know who that will hurt? Not the man who killed your pa.” He pointed at Calvin. “You’ll be the one damaged by your hate.”
Calvin rested his hands on the desk. “You sayin’ I should let him get away with killin’ my pa?”
“That kind of person never just does one thing wrong. Eventually he’ll get caught and go on trial. You don’t have to do anything unless you know he’s on trial somewhere. Then, you could go and tell the prosecution that the man is guilty of killing your father, but you’d have to have proof. Do you?”
Calvin wiped his eyes on his sleeve. “I seen him. I was eight, but I seen it happen. He woulda killed me, too, but I run away and hid. I took care not to be anywhere he might notice me, but one day them Children’s Protection people picked me up and put me in the orphanage. Then I got put on that train.”
Merry had tears in her eyes as well. Finally she knew Calvin’s problem. She wanted to rush to him and cuddle him in her arms but she knew he would never allow that. She remained still and continued eavesdropping.
Mr. Woolf said, “That must have been frightening. You’re a brave boy to act so fast and get away.”
“Y-You think so? I been worried I shoulda stayed and helped my pa.”
“You couldn’t have helped him if you were killed too. Are you certain your father died?”
“Yeah, he’d yelled before the man stabbed him and a neighbor come running. I hid and watched but I knew he was dead from the way he fell and all the blood on him.”
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Twitter http://Twitter.com/CarolinClemmons (no E in Caroline)
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Please welcome Sorchia Dubois
I have Sorchia Dubois back on my blog today with Zoraida Grey and the Voodoo Queen. Please help me welcome Sorchia back, and check out her book!
It's launch day!
It’s launch day for Zoraida Grey and the Voodoo Queen—Book 2 in my Gothic/Fantasy trilogy about how a small town fortune teller wreaks havoc in a haunted Scottish castle—and beyond. Voodoo Queen takes Zoraida into the Yucatan jungle in search of a long-lost relative who is supposed to be the only person the witches of Castle Logan fear. (BTW: You can get Zoraida Grey and the Family Stones-Book 1 in the series for 99¢ until August 3 Here!)
Since Zoraida is a fortuneteller, she consults her tarot cards from time to time and knows quite a bit about astrology—among many other things. To celebrate the launch of Zoraida Grey and the Voodoo Queen, I’m pulling cards and talking about characters in the series.
Now, I do a little tarot reading—though I am far from an expert. Had I been born a couple hundred years ago, I guarantee I would have gotten on the wrong end of a bonfire—mainly because I would not have had the sense to shut up and I would not have had the skill to turn the mob into a knot of toads--but I digress.
The Hanged man and pisces the fish
The Hanged Man is a tarot card depicting a chap whose been hung upside down from a cross. He’s associated with the Zodiac sign of Pisces and the planet Neptune, a misty, ethereal world of visions. The Hanged Man is also associated with the Norse god, Odin who hung himself from the World Tree for nine days and was rewarded for his sacrifice by receiving the gift of writing—the Runes. The Hanged Man and Neptune identify with Pisces the Fish.
In the watery, dreamy world of Pisces, gifts and family are important. Usually gentle and dedicated, Pisceans are good friends and are open and creative. Money and material gain take a back seat to spiritual and humanitarian advancement with these creative and thoughtful people. Of course, every sign has its dark side and Pisces is no different.
Neptune is the god of inspiration or psychic receptivity and of spiritual dreams. But one person’s dreams can be another’s nightmare and the line is particularly thin for Pisces. Confusion and addiction and delusion exert a strong influence putting even the most intuitive Piscean in danger of being lured into the depths of delusion and deceit.
The Hanged Man is about willing sacrifice and the rewards that come from such a deed. Pisceans will work toward their goals and are willing to sacrifice time, money, effort to make their dreams come true. It’s when those efforts and sacrifices go unnoticed and unrewarded that the trouble starts. They can become lonely and detached and may turn to the dark side of the Piscean world.
If the list of evil and semi-evil Pisceans looks like an FBI catalogue of Most Wanted, the light side of the sign is a who’s who of wunderkind.
People like Rupert Murdoch, Harvey Weinstein, and Osama bin Laden share the sign of Pisces with John Wayne Gacy, James Earl Ray, Aileen Wuornos, Josef Mengele, and Bugsy Siegel. But innovative figures such as George Washington, Albert Einstein, Steve Jobs, Eric Clapton, Ansel Adams, Steven Tyler, and Michaelangelo, Robert Downey Jr., Bruce Willis, Elizabeth Taylor, and Jackie Chan claim Pisces, too.
In Zoraida Grey and the Voodoo Queen, we meet Jock, an extraordinary creature not even the witchy Logans can explain. Centuries ago, when the Logans came to Black Bridge, Scotland, Jock was already there. On one of his journeys, Jock came across a blue monolith which he brought home to Scotland. He was feeling pretty sorry for himself when he began carving runes on the huge stone. So far as Jock knew, he was the only one of his kind in the world. With no family and no real reason to be alive, he felt like the runes he carved on the stone would be the only things that would mark his existence. The magical carvings may come in handy when Zoraida gets back to Scotland, but that will have to wait for the release of the last book in the series, Zoraida Grey and the Pictish Runes, later this year. Jock’s true date of birth is lost in the long toil of history, but the image of The Hanged Man is his talisman. What sacrifices will he make to secure his legacy?
Pisces birthstones are the Amethyst for those born in February and the Aquamarine for those born in March. Be sure to enter my Witchmageddon Giveaway for a bunch of signed books and a hand-crafted birthstone pendant.
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zoraida grey and the voodoo queen
Magic may save Zoraida’s skin, but what about her heart?
Zoraida Grey needs help. With the witchy Logan clan holding her best friend hostage in a haunted Scottish castle, she can’t trust anyone—certainly not beguiling but dangerous Shea Logan. And Al, her overprotective boyfriend, doesn’t believe in magic.
Only one creature strikes fear in the blackened hearts of the Logan witches. Trouble is Jock disappeared five centuries ago leaving a trail of destruction across the Gulf of Mexico. Now he’s stepped into a steaming pile of Voodoo.
Can Zoraida drag wayward Jock back to Scotland? And what’s she supposed to do with two men who promise completely different futures?
A Scottish wizard, stripped naked and painted blue—a Voodoo priestess bent on immortality—a yacht-load of Caribbean pirates. What can possibly go wrong?
A cold, dead vapor crawls across the walls of the cenote, rustling the branches of the Ceiba trees and obscuring Al’s worried face. The stench of death floats upward. Something stirs in the black pit.
Shea moves closer to my side. “What in the name of Horus is that?”
“That’ll be the bloody vampires. God almighty! I’ll be glad to get back to Scotland where the worst ye have to deal with are the witches.” Jock puffs out an exasperated sigh.
“I thought you were joking about vampires.” My feet freeze to the ground.
“Camazotz is what the Mayans called ‘em. Means Death Bat, if ye want to know.” Jock expels another frustrated burst of air. “I’d love to drink tea and tell ye all about the finer points of battling these wee beasties, but we havenae the time. Mind their fangs and claws.”
About the author...
I always intended to be a writer but life, family, and bills got in the way—Oh, I took some bad advice, too. I taught English for many years but in 2014, I returned to my original plan and published Just Like Gravity, my first full-length novel. Since then, I’ve been working on a Gothic trilogy which will be finished and published in 2018. Now, I live in deepest, darkest Missouri where I plan to write until they haul me away. I like a wee nip of Scotch and will drop everything to attend any Scottish festival I can get to.
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