Friday, December 14, 2018

Expecting Danger




Expecting Danger
(Small Town Guardians #2)
ByJennifer Pierce
Inspirational Romantic Suspense
ebook, 187 Pages
Release Day: December 4th 2018

BOOK LINK: Amazon

Kate has been on the run from the men who killed her husband and left her for dead—which isn’t easy considering she’s eight months pregnant—but now they’ve found her. Again. Still reeling from her late husband’s betrayal, the last thing Kate wants is the help of a handsome stranger.

Security expert, Jacob Jones, is still grieving the loss of his pregnant wife, and he’s not ready to move on. But when he thwarts an attempted abduction of the beautiful Kate, he finds himself inexplicably drawn to her. Despite her reluctance, he’s determined to do whatever it takes to save her, including giving up his own life.

Kate’s only option is to take a leap of faith and allow Jacob to help her. But can she trust him to keep her and her unborn baby alive? Or will he fail her like everyone else in her life?


About the Author:

Jennifer Pierce currently lives in Arkansas with her husband and two children. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and River Valley Writers, where she serves as secretary.





Wednesday, December 12, 2018

More Than Appears…On The Surface


Congratulations to "Mary P.", the winner in Margo's giveaway. Please contact JUST ROMANTIC SUSPENSE to claim your prize.

What do a recently paroled ex-con and a bounty hunter have in common? More than what appears ON THE SURFACE, Brothers In Blue Book 1.


She’s an ex-con turned probationer desperate to restore her tarnished reputation. He’s an ex-cop turned bounty hunter desperate to fulfill a personal vendetta. The only thing they have in common may well destroy them both.

Wrongly convicted ex-con and recent parolee Jenny Reynolds wants to forget her tarnished past and focus on a brighter future. One that begins with a return to the small tourist town where she grew up. The restoration of her family’s once proud Rest Easy Bed and Breakfast is the only thing on her mind. Fleeing an ex who refuses to let her go, what she doesn’t need to complicate her already problematic life is another man. Enter handsome handyman Brad, a man who seems to care as much about restoring the B and B as she does. A man who soon becomes ready, willing and able to steal her heart. A man, as it turns out, with more than a few secrets of his own. A dropout from law enforcement, the real Brad Collins will use anyone and anything to fulfill a personal vendetta. When two pasts collide, and danger threatens, their budding love for each other may be the first casualty.

Here's a sneak Peek:

“Oh!” She drew away then froze as he reached toward her. Sure hands cradled her elbows and made her next breath hang in limbo above her heart, leaving her able to do nothing more than stare up at him.
“Sorry.” He released her with a sheepish smile. “I guess I did it again.”
“Did…” At the breathy rasp, she swallowed and tried once more. “Did what again?”
He lifted one of the towels from her arms and worked it briskly over his hair and face. “Walked in unannounced and scared you.”
You scared me all right, but not in the way you think. She clutched onto her towel and shivered. “In your defense, I never did take down the walk-in, please sign.” With hard fought for calm in her voice, she pressed at her face and hair with the towel she’d kept. “Anyway, you’re no longer a stranger around here. You can walk in any time.”
“I may hold you to that.” He peeled off his sodden shirt, brought the towel down to swipe at a firm and solid chest, then lifted his chin to dry his neck.
Jenny gripped the towel with more force as her fingers yearned to trail over hard muscle.
His head lowered, he leveled a somber gaze on hers. “Now what?”
I have no idea. “For starters—” She draped the towel she’d used over one arm and accepted the one he handed over. “—I’ll take care of these.”
Though she pivoted away to deposit them in the nearby hamper, his arms came around her as soon as she faced him again. Lids lifted, she found herself the center of a gray eyed gaze made up of two parts promise and one part hope.
“I’m not sure I can do this right now.” Her attempt to sound resolute failed. The only real resistance she came up with was a half-hearted push to his upper body.
“You can’t not do this right now.”

Giveaway
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Bio: Award winning author Margo Hoornstra writes contemporary romance and romantic suspense, always providing that happily ever after for her characters. Wife to one, mother to four and grandmother to four so far, Margo is a Detroit native who couldn’t be happier now living in rural Mid-Michigan.

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Excerpt from NORTHERN DECEPTION



Excerpt from NORTHERN DECEPTION by Laurie Wood © 2018


Kira Summers shivered as she stood beside her brother’s open grave. Winnipeg Memorial Cemetery stood bleak and empty. The November sky churned with rain clouds as purple as bruises.
            Her fingers trembled on the handle of her black umbrella. Sleety snow swirled across the grass and lashed around her ankles in her short dress boots. Kira’s pulse roared in her ears, and for a split second she swayed, feeling light-headed. She stifled her sobs with a tissue.
             “I’m sorry I’m late.”
            “Oh,” she gasped. Her heart thrummed against her chest. She didn’t need to turn around to know who was behind her.
            “How long have you been standing there?” She jammed the tissue in her pocket.
            “I just got here.” His hand grasped her elbow and gently turned her around. She looked up into ice-blue eyes she’d never forgotten. “Kira, I’m so, so sorry Michael’s gone.”
She raised an eyebrow at his hand on her elbow. He let her go and thrust his hands into the front pockets of his jeans, rocking back and forth on his heels.
            Here he was, Lukas Tanner, her long-lost love, and the last man she expected to see today. Or any day, for that matter. She tried to force a smile and failed. “How did you find out?”
            “The world’s a small place.” He shrugged. “We’ve still got newspapers up north. I saw his obituary.”
            She huffed as she turned away and blew her nose. “I meant, how did you know I was here? At the cemetery?”
            He took the umbrella from her and placed his hand again on her elbow, turning her away from the flower-drenched coffin. “Where else would you be? And where’s Aunt June?”
            “Her arthritis is acting up. The rain. She didn’t want to leave but.. .” Kira paused. “She did most of the funeral arrangements.”
            Lukas filled the space she hadn’t realized felt like a gaping hole. She had company now. Someone who knew her down to her soul. He stared into her eyes, with the space between them crackling like lightening in a hot summer sky.


            I wrote this scene in mid-July heat on the prairies in temperatures of 30 degrees Celsius. And yet the vision of this girl standing beside a newly filled grave, in freezing November, after a funeral, had filled my head in my backyard and I sat in my chaise lounge and filled my notebook with the fast scribbling that comes with the inspiration writers get when all the words come tumbling so fast your fingers can barely keep up.
            I re-wrote it many times but her tiny figure in black, standing against the sleety rain and snow that whips across our stiff prairie grass, never left my mind. I knew I had to figure out a) why she was alone at her brother’s funeral and b) why this man came late to the funeral. It was the kind of story that came out in chunks and that frustrated me. Usually, my stories are linear and I sit and type away. Maybe that’s why my first three novels didn’t sell. This one did and it was the hardest one to write so far. It felt like I was yanking huge pieces out of myself and trying to fit them together in a puzzle.
            Her dark secret is difficult to talk about—for her character and for me as the author. I wanted Kira to fight for her future by working through her past. She has to dig deep to decide she wants to change how she’s dealing with herself and her decisions. It’s difficult to admit when we make mistakes, but we all make them. So I wanted to tell a love story, along with a solid suspense story but also have the theme of “forgiving yourself” in the mix. How to find your way back to forgiving yourself and realizing that God is there all the time. He never moves away—it’s us who moves away. And Kira learns this through her experiences in the town, through the people she meets, and through finally questioning God directly and opening up that spiritual channel that she closed off years before.
            I hope that women will enjoy the story for what it is on the surface—a quick-paced romantic suspense with polar bears, and a lovable toddler, and enough animals for an ark! But I also hope that women will take away the idea that bitterness over past hurts or trauma only hold us back and hurts ourselves. It never hurts the other person. We need to decide to change and heal, and of course, that’s where God comes in. He’s the Healer. He is always with us. He never leaves us.


Northern Deception
(Heroes of the Tundra #1)
By Laurie Wood
Anaiah Romance
Release Day: December 4th 2018

BOOK LINK: Amazon

Book Blurb:

Reunions can be deadly.

After a savage attack in university, Kira Summers fled to the safety of northern Canada and her work as a polar bear scientist. But when her whistleblower brother dies in a mysterious car crash, she must return home to bury him and pack his belongings. Unaware she’s carrying explosive evidence someone’s willing to kill for, she has no choice but to rely on the one person she never thought she’d see again.

Lukas Tanner, a widowed single father of a special needs toddler, moved to Churchill five years ago. As the proud owner of Guiding Star Enterprises, a wilderness tour company, he and his daughter lead a simple life. But when Kira comes crashing back into his world, he realizes God has other plans. Now, Lukas and Kira must confront a merciless killer as their past and present collide in a deadly race—a race they must win if they have any hope of a future together.


About the Author:

Laurie Wood has followed her RCAF serving husband across Canada, raising their two special needs children to adulthood, and "keeping the home fires burning" while she began her writing career. She's a member of Romance Writers of America, where she's finalled in several prestigious contests, as well as American Christian Fiction Writers. She writes romantic suspense and historical novels.




Sunday, December 9, 2018

Exclusive Excerpt: Defending Chloe


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Chloe had never thought she’d be sitting on the floor playing War with someone like Ro. He wasn’t the kind of man who she’d thought would have the patience to sit for hours and play the monotonous and somewhat boring game. But somehow it wasn’t boring playing with Ro.

She’d laughed more than she had in the last three years. Ro was a poor loser, and when he got down to having only seven cards, he’d scowled at them, and at her, and pouted. But then they’d had a tie, and he’d won an ace back from her, and he’d quickly won back most of the cards he’d recently lost.

In the past, if someone had scowled at her like Ro had, she would’ve been more than a little leery, but instead she’d mocked and teased him for being a poor loser. And remarkably, he’d taken her teasing without complaint, and then crowed when he began winning once more.

Chloe knew what he was doing, and she didn’t mind. She knew he was trying to relax her, to make her stop thinking so much about her brother and what had happened. She actually appreciated his efforts. Lord knew she’d just about reached the end of her rope. She’d gone from being completely sure she’d landed in another awful situation that morning to being entirely relaxed by the time the sun had set.

Some might say she wasn’t being smart, but Chloe knew better. Ro wasn’t like her brother or his friends. She’d been around him long enough to be able to tell the difference. She might’ve been freaked out that morning, but she felt as if she’d had good reason. Leaving her alone, and giving her the tools to take off if she wanted to, had done exactly what Ro had hoped it would. It had made her trust him.

Chloe laughed when he lost another tiebreaker, and she won back one of the two aces he had in his pile.

“Bloody hell,” he swore under his breath as she collected the cards gleefully.

She heard the dryer buzz in the background and blushed anew. She really needed to stop being embarrassed about doing laundry, but it was obvious that Ro hadn’t thought about the fact she wasn’t wearing anything under her new clothes until Ally had mentioned using the washer and dryer. She’d seen his eyes drop to her chest and hips before he’d looked away.

Instead of feeling embarrassed or creeped out by him looking at her, it had aroused her. Which shocked Chloe. How had she gone from feeling totally disassociated from her body and not wanting any man near her, to wanting Ro to touch her? All over?

Standing, Chloe said, “I’ll go and get that.” She motioned to the laundry room with her head.

“Are you seriously going to take your cards with you?” Ro asked.

She mock-glared down at him. “Uh, yeah. The last time I got up, you stole an ace from my stack,” she scolded.

“I did no such thing,” Ro said with wide, innocent eyes.

Chloe’s lips twitched. He was the worst liar. At least, he was pretending to be the worst liar. “Whatever,” she told him as she headed for the dryer.

“Want something to eat?” Ro called out behind her.

Chloe turned. It was late. They’d stopped and had sandwiches for dinner, but she was hungry again. It was dark outside, and she was used to staying up way past midnight at the strip club. She wasn’t ready to go to bed yet; besides, she was winning the game again. “Do you have any junk food?” she asked a little shyly. Yes, she knew she shouldn’t eat snack foods, but it had been so long since she’d indulged.

“I think I can rustle something up,” Ro said dryly. “Go on. Get your clothes. But don’t dally. I’ve got a lucky streak coming. I can feel it.”

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DEFENDING CHLOE

Title: Defending Chloe
Author: Susan Stoker
Release Date: December 4, 2018
Publisher: Montlake Romance

Gorgeous women don’t just stumble onto Ronan Cross’s remote property. But this one—vulnerable, victimized, and needing the kind of help only Ronan can offer—tells a story that makes his blood boil almost as hot as his need to protect her.

Since her father’s death, Chloe Harris has become a prisoner. Her own brother, a flesh peddler and low-level player in the Denver Mafia, is forcing her to sell her body for an endgame Chloe never saw coming: control over a vast fortune. Her only way out is to run—straight into the arms of the one hard-bodied man she can trust.

Defending Chloe could rain punishment down on the Mountain Mercenaries. Her brother has Mob connections and the local police in his pocket. But Ronan still has an edge—the unshakable loyalty of his deadly teammates. As well as an unquenchable thirst for retribution…and Chloe.


Author Biography
Susan Stoker is a New York TimesUSA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author whose series include Ace Security, Badge of Honor: Texas Heroes, SEAL of Protection, Unsung Heroes: Delta Force, and Mountain Mercenaries. Married to a retired army noncommissioned officer, Stoker has lived all over the country—from Missouri to California to Colorado to Texas—and currently lives under the big skies of Tennessee. A true believer in happily ever after, Stoker enjoys writing novels in which romance turns to love. To learn more about the author and her work, visit her website, www.stokeraces.com, or find her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/authorsusanstoker.

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Friday, December 7, 2018

Craving



Hi, Everyone,

Not long till Christmas now, and I’ll be writing right up to the 21st of the month. This is normal for me, but I will be taking a week off over Christmas and New Year, as we have 4 of our sons staying for the holidays plus my brother and sister-in-law over New Year. I love Christmas and New Year! The choosing of presents, wrapping them, giving them, and all the lovely food I’ll be cooking over this 10 days period. We also have 2 family birthdays, one on the 2nd of January and one on the 4th. Busy, busy time!

Today is publication day of CRAVING (Regency Lovers 3). This story features Sophia Marchment, the very independently minded but also slightly mysterious headmistress from OBSESSION (Regency Lovers 2). I fell in love her hero, Magnus, the Duke of Weston. There’s also a villain in the story!

FORBIDDEN (Regency Lovers 4), is the 4th book in the series and is now available for pre-order, on all ebook sites. This book features the feisty Lady Clarissa Spencer, daughter of Magnus from CRAVING. This is one very determined young lady, who knows what she wants and is determined to get him. Unfortunately there is someone just as determined this couple won’t be together.
     
The first book in a brand NEW contemporary romantic suspense series, LOGAN (Steele Protectors 1), is now available for pre-order. Six brothers, all hot as hell, and the women who fall in love with them.

Happy Christmas!

Carole xx

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