Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Turning Fantasy into Reality


Giveaway Alert!

On her first day on the job as a forensics specialist, Shaye Mallory quite literally walked into the man of her dreams.  She managed to stay on her feet that day, but she fantasized about police detective Cole Walker for the next two years, all the while knowing it would never be more than a fantasy.

Then a drive-by shooting at the police station that nearly killed her drove her out of police work, and out of constant contact with Cole.  Finally, after a year away, Shaye worked up the courage to return – only to be shot at again!  This time, she’s targeted at a grocery store parking lot, and from the off-the-books protection detail Cole has set up around her, she fears the gang responsible for the first shooting is back and after revenge for her testimony.
As the leads spiral into too many directions and Shaye wonders if she’ll ever feel safe again, she realizes one thing.  Life is too short not to go for what you want.  So, while Cole is at her house, keeping her safe and trying to run down the details of who might want to hurt her, Shaye makes a decision.

Here’s a snippet from the scene where everything changes for Shaye –

From the moment she’d met him, she’d put him up on a pedestal: her ideal, unattainable man. As a couple maybe they’d never make sense—she didn’t know what kinds of women he dated, but she knew he wasn’t shy. He went after what he wanted, and he’d never chased her. Not even close. But there was no question he was attracted to her.

She lived her life cautiously, always had. The biggest risk she’d ever taken was moving across the country for a job, but plenty of people did that without a second thought. Maybe for once she needed to stop thinking about all the consequences, stop worrying about the fact that there was no future for her with a man who ran into gunfire without hesitation. Maybe it was time to live for today.

Cole was heading into the family room, clearly expecting her to follow, probably planning to get back to work, tracking down anyone with a reason to hurt her.

The reminder strengthened her resolve. There was actually a gunman hunting for her. If he caught up to her, what would she regret not having done in her life?

Right now every answer she could think of involved Cole Walker.

She took a fortifying breath and followed him. It was time to stop having regrets…

Giveaway:
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Police Protector

She's become his whole world - and she's under fire

Ever since forensics analyst Shaye Mallory survived a police-station shootout, Detective Cole Walker has felt personally responsible for her wellbeing. Then another shooter takes aim at Shaye. Cole decides the only thing he can do is stay right by her side until he finds the man who wants her dead.

Cole knows that he must set aside his attraction to Shaye if he's going to do his job. But as the days - and nights - go on, it becomes harder and harder to resist his feelings. And, as danger moves ever closer to them both, Shaye realizes that her safety might cost her the life of the man she loves.

About Elizabeth Heiter
Critically acclaimed and award-winning author ELIZABETH HEITER likes her suspense to feature strong heroines, chilling villains, psychological twists, and a little bit (or a lot!) of romance. Her research has taken her into the minds of serial killers, through murder investigations, and onto the FBI Academy’s shooting range. Her novels have been published in more than a dozen countries and translated into eight languages; they've also been shortlisted for the Daphne Du Maurier award, the National Readers' Choice award and the Booksellers' Best award and won the RT Reviewers' Choice award.

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Rich Men


Rich men… Are they all alpha control freaks? Do they all come in and “save the day” because they can buy anything they need? And what about tough, kick-ass heroines? Does being tough and accomplished make a woman too hard for love?

Here’s an excerpt from LICENSE TO CARRIE

“They think I’m gay.”
Russell Randolph fixated on uncrossing his legs. He sat forward, spreading his knees farther apart and then leaning on them before pushing himself off the soft leather couch. It felt more manly to pace the length of his company’s tasteful but bland boardroom.
The Jetson’s cartoon collectibles were gone. It wasn’t like they’d been unframed posters or something. They were valuable, one of his first investments after making his own money. And another limited-edition poster from his office was nowhere to be found. He needed to find out where they’d been stored. But yeah, the room was totally bland.
“No one thinks you’re gay, Russ.” Collin Dougan answered like a best friend should. No response from Henry Mercer, the current Dallas Electronic Sprockets chairman of the board. He was also Russ’s only remaining advocate in the company.
“I haven’t been in the public eye for over a year. Now I have a different guy on my arm every night.” Russ heard the expected snickers from his two friends.
“Come on, man, they’re in the background. No one notices them,” Collin said, attempting to keep a straight face and failing miserably.
Russ slid part of the Lone Star News down the long polished table and watched it slow to a halt in front of the man in charge of company security. The same man who burst out laughing and turned the paper facedown, then faced the wall.
Russ waited, tapping out the seconds on the board table. Several slipped by before Collin could regain control.
“I’ve got enough explaining about my absence, Collin. I don’t need to worry where my protection detail’s hands are.”
“I don’t think anyone has a question of whose butt he’s grabbing. Sorry, I couldn’t resist.” He laughed, snorted, then laughed again while he fanned himself with the paper. “Come on, you’d have a blast if that was me in the picture. Admit it.”
Sure, he most assuredly would. Russ couldn’t blame Collin or anyone for that matter. It was a funny picture to those who knew him. His father had hee-hawed at least four minutes before making a sane comment. The picture captured an innocent enough gesture although the man had never actually touched him.
A pat on the butt–while practiced in locker rooms all the time–wasn’t appropriate at a five thousand-dollar-a-plate fundraiser. He honestly couldn’t care less what the world thought of him. Yet he was forced to because it mattered to corporate America and his stockholders.
At least that was the impression he’d received from the chairman of the board. He glanced at the retired man sitting with the Dallas skyline in the backdrop. He couldn’t lose the board’s confidence. Not his first month back as CEO.
“I’m calling a halt to the damn protection detail.” Russ waited for the explosion.
“Now wait a minute.” Henry jumped to his feet, bringing Collin to his, too.
“A protection detail is a condition of you returning. Fire your lackadaisical friend if you need to, but–”
Collin slapped the paper onto the table then pointed toward Henry. “Besides having a contract, which you forced me to sign and states you can’t fire me. I have–”
“I’m not going to fire anyone except the protection detail.”
Henry opened his mouth, but Collin stuck his hand up to silence him. “I’ll take care of this.” He walked around the head of the table to join Russ.
Friend or not, he wouldn’t talk him into having three armed guards with him any longer. A month into the routine and that’s all he had. A routine. No life outside the rotation of guards. No friends. No fun. He’d been followed or accompanied every minute since his return to the company had been made public.
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My bodyguards are kiack-ass women hooking up with rich heroes who need help. Don’t worry…these guys still know how to handle themselves, too. One carries a gun, another a huge hockey stick and another wields a classic guitar. I love ‘em and hope you will, too.

Guarding clients is easy. Avoiding their match-making Grammy is another story.
the BODYGUARDS IN HEELS series


It’s high time this match-making, motorcycle-riding Grammy takes the love-lives of her grandchildren into her own hands and gives love a sweet kick in the right direction.

LICENSE TO CARRIE, book #2
After an attempt on his life two years ago, millionaire businessman Russell Randolph needs protection, preferably someone who looks great in high heels and can pass as his girlfriend. Luckily for him, Carrie Dillon keeps a concealed holster strapped to her shapely thigh at all times. But Russ quickly realizes he needs to keep his eyes on his business, not the sexy bodyguard…or her legs.

Shielding the overprotective but insanely handsome millionaire isn’t Carrie’s only challenge since joining her cousin’s company, Bodyguards in Heels. Her Grammy wants to teach her how to use her family gift. Gift? Who knew what Carrie had always chalked up to hyper intuition was really a woo woo power that let her know when someone watched her?

When the murderers strike again, Russ can no longer fool himself that Carrie is just a pretend girlfriend. But can he trust her abilities to save them and a relationship with real staying power?


ANGI MORGAN combines Texas settings with characters in realistic and dangerous situations. Bodyguards in Heels is a smash-up of her favorite things to read: a little magic, a little comedy and a little suspense. She loves to pack up her husband and rescue dogs for road trips to locations she’s writing about. They have a goal to travel roads they’ve never traveled and find the best pie in the Lone Star State. Contact her via her website or other social media.

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Did your mother ever tell you it was just as easy to marry a rich man?

Friday, June 16, 2017

Low Tide: The Dark Side of Fame

With: Leslie Tentler

Giveaway of a $10 Amazon gift card!

I think many of us have fantasized about what it would be like to live the life of a Hollywood star. You’re one of the “beautiful people”—everyone adores you, your life is filled with champagne and caviar with none of the daily problems mere mortals face. But every so often, we also get a glimpse at the ugly side of fame, like the paparazzi and non-stop invasions of privacy, intense pressure on how you look…and obsessed stalkers.

If you’ve read BEFORE THE STORM, the first book in my two-book Rarity Cove series, you met actor Carter St. Clair as the younger brother of Mark St. Clair, a widowed South Carolina innkeeper running the family business while trying to bring up a young daughter left emotionally traumatized by the sudden death of her mother. But BEFORE THE STORM was Mark’s story, and at that time, Mark and Carter had a rather contentious relationship stemming from their youths. By the end of the book, though, the brothers had resolved their differences, and Carter’s acting career was heating up.

LOW TIDE takes place three years later, with Carter having skyrocketed to the top of the Hollywood A-list. He seems to finally be living the life he worked so hard to get. But as it so often does, fate has other plans…


LOW TIDE (Rarity Cove Book Two)

Hollywood leading man Carter St. Clair had it all—until a brutal stalker attack nearly takes his life. Seriously injured, he returns to his hometown of Rarity Cove, South Carolina, to recover in private, his outlook on fame forever changed by someone claiming to be his “number-one fan.”

Physical therapist Quinn Reese fled San Francisco to be free of her soon-to-be ex-husband, professional football player Jake Medero. Staying at her mother’s house in Rarity Cove seems like her only option until she can get back on her feet financially. When the St. Clair family makes her a lucrative offer of employment, Quinn sees the potential for starting over, even if it means working with Carter, who broke her heart years ago.

As Carter heals under Quinn’s care, a fragile bond forms between them. Carter also recognizes a parallel between his own stalker and the possessive pro baller who considers Quinn his property. But even as Carter steps into the role of Quinn’s protector, another dangerous storm is brewing…one for which neither of them is prepared.


LOW TIDE is the second book in the Rarity Cove series, so I recommend reading BEFORE THE STORM first. Low Tide is available at the following retailers:


Giveaway!
One lucky winner will receive a $10 Amazon gift card! To enter, just leave a comment or your email entry below.

About Leslie Tentler
Leslie Tentler is the author of six novels, including BEFORE THE STORM, LOW TIDE, FALLEN and the Chasing Evil Trilogy (MIDNIGHT CALLER, MIDNIGHT FEAR and EDGE OF MIDNIGHT). She was a finalist for Best First Novel at ThrillerFest 2012, and is a two-time finalist for the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery and Suspense. She is also the recipient of the prestigious Maggie Award of Excellence. A native of East Tennessee, she currently resides in Atlanta with her husband, standard poodle and three aloof cats.

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Change of plans


DOUBLE GIVEAWAY ALERT

When I signed up to be here today, I had an entirely different topic in mind. But then I had one of those days. No, not the kind with a fender bender, a plumbing leak, and a beehive in the chimney, but one of those great ones, the kind when you keep expecting to wake up from the wonderful dream.

On this great day, I received the awesome news that Wanted (FBI Heat) is a finalist in a writing contest. Let me give you a little background so you can understand why I’m so excited to receive this honor. The contest is officially called the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense, but that’s a mouthful, so I’ll just call it the Daphne. It’s sponsored by the RWA Mystery/Romantic Suspense chapter or Kiss of Death as it’s fondly known. The Daphne is named in honor of the author of Rebecca, which is often considered the beginning of romantic suspense. And finally, the winners are announced at the Death by Chocolate party at the RWA National Conference each year. Can you think of a better way to celebrate? So to me, the Kiss of Death and the Daphne represent the best in the genre I love most, and that’s why I’m so humbled by this recognition.

It’s also nice to have confirmation that this third book in my FBI Heat series is great on its own without reading books one and two first. Of course, I’d love everybody to read all three, but sometimes you just don’t have time to start with the first book. I know some readers hesitate to begin a series other than at the beginning, so I hope this contest recognition reassures them that the books in the FBI Heat series can truly be read in any order.

Fingers crossed that this blurb tickles your interest:

For San Diego’s elite FBI agents, risking their lives is standard procedure when it comes to capturing the city’s most dangerous criminals—but falling in love is the greatest risk of all.

Kat MacKenzie knows something is terribly wrong at the Diablo Beach Nuclear Power Plant, but she can’t figure out if it’s computer error, equipment malfunction, or human sabotage. Unfortunately, the only person she can trust with the problem is the man she left at the altar two years ago. If Dillon doesn’t already hate her, he surely will once he discovers why she abandoned him.

The last person he expects to call him is the woman who broke his heart. But FBI Special Agent Dillon O’Malley can’t ignore Kat’s plea for help—not when national security may be at stake. As enemies become clear and catastrophe threatens, can Kat and Dillon put the past behind them to save the day and secure their future?

And here’s one of my favorite snippets:

Dillon’s iPhone rang again from where it lay on the end table. Irritation bubbled to the surface at the sight of the same unfamiliar number. He shook his head. The damn telemarketer should get a raise for perseverance alone. But enough was enough. He grabbed the phone.

“Whatever you’re selling, I’m not buying. Quit calling me.”

As he pulled the phone away from his ear, ready to slam it on the table, he heard a woman’s faint voice. “Dillon?”

Who knew two syllables could pack such a punch? But they did and knocked the wind right out of him.

“Dillon?” came the barely audible voice again. “Are you there?”

Although the words were a whisper, he identified the caller instantly. Slowly, he placed the phone back against his ear and said the only word his paralyzed brain could produce. “Yeah.”

She didn’t answer for several seconds, and before she did, he heard her gulp. Twice.

“It’s me. Kat. Katriona MacKenzie.”

What the hell? How many Kats did she think he knew? There had been and always would be only one Kat in his life.

When he didn’t respond, she spoke louder. “Dillon? Can you hear me?”

“Yeah,” he managed again around a boulder in his throat. Lame, lame, lame. After two years and what she’d done to him, he should have more to say to her. A lot more.

“Am I…interrupting…anything?” she asked hesitantly.

God, he wished he could say something like Yeah, I’m in the middle of screwing my wife’s brains out or I’m on the other line with the President or I’m busy saving the world. But he was just watching football. Alone. So what could he say? “No,” he muttered, the tightness in his chest threatening to choke off his single-syllable words entirely.

“Uh…how are you?”

Thank God, her words sounded strangled also.

“Um, I’m great. Awesome, in fact. Never been better.” He cringed and closed his eyes. Shit, that was over the top.

“Good. I…I’m really glad.”

“You?” Damn, back to single syllables. And he still couldn’t breathe right.

“I’m…okay.”

Then she stalled. He sensed Kat was losing her courage, but he’d be damned if he would make it easier for her.

She sighed heavily. “This was a mistake. Sorry to bother you, Dillon. Bye-o.”

And just like that, she was gone. But not without a last dagger to his heart by using their special good-bye.

Are you hooked? Awesome! You can buy Wanted and the rest of the FBI Heat series here:
WANTED (FBI Heat):  Amazon     B&N     iTunes
TARGETED (FBI Heat):  Amazon     B&N     iTunes
HUNTED (FBI Heat):  Amazon     B&N     iTunes

About Marissa: I’m a wife, writer, chocoholic, and animal lover, not necessarily in that order. As a little girl, I cut pictures of people out of my mother’s magazines and turned them into characters in my simple stories. Now I write edgy romantic thrillers, steamy contemporary romance, and sexy paranormal romantic suspense. My stories will titillate your mind as well as your libido. I live in sunny Southern California with my husband, but enjoy traveling from Athens to Anchorage to Acapulco and many locations in between.

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Monday, June 12, 2017

CLEAN WATER ADVOCATE TAKES ON HER HOMETOWN


Congratulations to "LibraryPat", the winner in Connie's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

Childhood trauma can absolutely set the course of a life—towards good or evil –depending on how the person responds. When Eve Jackson, the heroine of HIDDEN THREAT, was orphaned after her mother died from drinking contaminated water, she decided to fight back in the best way she knew how.

Eve is now an absolutely fierce clean water advocate. When she hears that a baby has been hospitalized from possible water contamination, she rushes back to her hometown of Safe Harbor, Florida, and starts flinging accusations around. She’s especially vocal in accusing local rancher Cole Sutton—who happens to be her high school crush—and the one man she could never forget.

But as she digs deeper and the danger around them escalates, she and Cole will have to trust each other enough to work together –if they want to survive the investigation.
Excerpt from HIDDEN THREAT
Eve walked out onto the porch when Cole rapped on the door.
“We brought your car back.”
“Thank you so much. I appreciate it. I could have gotten—“
“No problem.” By his expression, she knew he’d seen the article in the Gazette. Which told Eve she’d get the same warm welcome from all of Safe Harbor today.
“Don’t you ever get tired of causing trouble for people?”
“I wasn’t trying to cause—“
“If people think there’s a problem at Sutton Ranch, how do you think that will affect buyers for my livestock? Or the sale of the crops we’re growing?”
Eve thought of the calves they sold for veal and didn’t think a lack of buyers was a bad thing. But she wasn’t na├»ve. Selling calves was part of the business, an income ranchers like Cole depended on—no matter how much it horrified her. “I was just trying to—“
Cole planted both hands on his hips. “For once, Eve, I wish you would think about the collateral damage your crusading leaves behind.”
Without another word, he climbed behind the wheel of the pickup and disappeared.
Eve paced the porch for several minutes, then headed for the hospital before she exploded with frustration. She never wanted to hurt people, but she couldn’t just stop fighting for justice. Without people like her, who fought for the Glory Daughtrys of this world?

GIVEAWAY: 
You can win a copy of HIDDEN THREAT in either print, e-book or audio. (Winner’s choice) To be entered, just leave me a comment and tell me about your favorite kind of heroine.

HIDDEN THREAT

She’ll uncover who’s poisoning her hometown—at any cost.

An environmental crisis is the last thing clean-water crusader Eve Jackson expected in her hometown. She’s used to taking on powerful DC politicians in her fight, but when a baby in Safe Harbor, Florida, shows mysterious signs of possible poisoning, the danger hits painfully close to home, stirring memories of her own mother’s death.

Eve’s search leads her to the Sutton Ranch, now run by her high school crush, Cole. Focused on keeping the family ranch afloat as a series of deformed calves are born to his herd, Cole has no time for Eve’s crusade. But as her unwelcome questioning ostracizes her from locals, Cole’s irritation turns to intrigue—not only about the source of the poisoned water but also the tenacious, loyal, and passionate woman determined to help.

As Eve digs deeper into Cole’s operation, she sees her suspicions in Sutton Ranch may be misplaced. Yet she can’t shake the feeling that his ranch, and perhaps his past, hold the answers she seeks. When the sabotage escalates, the two must work together to uncover the culprit—if they can survive the investigation.


About Connie Mann
Connie Mann is a licensed boat captain and the author of romantic suspense novels Tangled Lies, Angel Falls and Trapped. Her latest novel, Hidden Threat, (book 2 of the Safe Harbor series) is now available from Waterfall Press. When she’s not dreaming up plotlines, you’ll find “Captain Connie” on Central Florida’s waterways, introducing boats full of schoolchildren to their first alligator. She’s also passionate about helping women and children in developing countries break the poverty cycle. She and her hubby love traveling and spending time on the water with their grown children and extended family. (Hubby says they are good at fishing, but lousy at catching.) Visit Connie online at www.conniemann.com

Connect with Connie:
Website:  www.conniemann.com

HIDDEN THREAT is available in print, e-book or audio from Waterfall Press


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