Thursday, October 18, 2018

THE BOYS OF COMPANY B


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JACK

A beautiful stranger needs protection...
…but she’s anything but helpless.

All Texas Ranger Jack MacKinnon has to do to is keep Megan Harper alive while they hunt down whoever's framing her for a fatal shooting. But the gorgeous intelligence analyst is too independent for her own good...and Jack's peace of mind.

With a false murder rap and hit men gunning for her, Megan has no choice but to trust the cowboy-handsome lawman. She isn't used to playing it safe. Yet how can she let Jack put his career and life on the line? And how can they ignore the desire ratcheting up the stakes, tempting them to take one last risk before a killer erases their future?

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SLATE

Defending the innocent is a lifelong dream…

Vivian Watts’s mission to prove her brother’s innocence has left her destitute and desperate. So when Texas Ranger Slate Thompson arrives with his knock-me-out blue eyes and belief in her case, she dares to hope again…until her apartment is burned to the ground.

Slate offers refuge at his ranch. When evidence suggests Vivian is being hunted…can he face down the real killer to protect her?

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HEATH

His daughter has been taken…
Getting her back is all that matters.

They’ve been estranged for months, so Texas Ranger Heath Murray is surprised to be partnered with his wife…dedicated FBI agent Kendall Barlow. It’s the case of Kendall’s career—a career that has divided their marriage, though not their attraction. When their young daughter is kidnapped as a pawn, they have only each other to turn to.

Saving her together is their only option. The alternative is unthinkable.



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USA Today Bestselling author ANGI MORGAN writes Intrigues where honor and danger collide with love. Her work is a multiple contest finalist and Publishers Weekly best-seller. She drags her dogs –and husband– around Texas for research road trips so she can write off her camera. They now have a map with highlighted roads they’ve traveled. Every detour somehow makes it into a book.


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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

The Magic of BREAKDOWN

With: Peggy Webb

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It seems incredible to me that four authors who write in different styles and hail from four different states could all write about the same set of characters in the same town trying to solve the same murder. I’m so happy to be part of the group.  

It was thrilling to work with three of my best buddies, Debra Webb, Vicki Hinze and Regan Black to create the suspense series, BREAKDOWN. The first two novels, the dead girl and so many secrets, are available now, and mine, all the lies, will be available tomorrow, October 18. The final novel in the series, what she knew will be available next Thursday, October 25.

Each of us brought a unique voice and perspective to the series, and our separate books reflect that. I’m best known for the comedic voice I use in my Southern Cousins Mystery Series and the lyric style I use in my literary fiction novels, written as Elaine Hussey and Anna Michaels. I’ve written a few suspense novels in a thirty-three year career, but my current body of work is in comedic mysteries and literary fiction. You’ll see that comedic touch in all the lies in the character, Heidi Udall. I had a lot of fun bringing her to life. I hope you get a few laughs and a bit of comic relief when you read about her.

Another frequent motif in my novels is music. Probably because I’m a musician. I occasionally write blues lyrics, adore pounding out gospel and blues on my baby grand and am so happy to lift my voice (first soprano) in song every Sunday in my church choir. I found a way to weave music into this page-turning, chilling tale of murder, as well. I’ll leave it to you to discover the part music plays in all the lies.

Oh, and don’t miss the prequel to my BREAKDOWN novel. In just one look, find out why investigative reporter Julia Ford to fled to Shutter Lake. 

A couple of weeks ago, a reporter who did an interview asked me how the four of us made the unique BREAKDOWN series work. Credit goes to Deb and Vic for tons of advance planning. They worked out every small detail of setting, characters and plot. We couldn’t have written this series without that. But I think our friendship is the key to our success. Not only do the four of us enjoy laughing and talking and visiting with one another – mostly at conferences or on the telephone – but we also have great respect for each other as writers. 

Giveaways: 
For a chance to win a digital copy of all the lies, leave a post and tell me what kind of novels you love to read most. Dark and gritty thrillers? Comedy? Romance? Family sagas? To receive a free copy of the prequel, just one look, sign up for my free newsletter at www.peggywebb.com. 

A heartfelt thanks to Maureen Miller for hosting me. And thank you for stopping by!

Peggy Webb is the USA Today bestselling author of more than 80 books. Pa A heartfelt thanks to Maureen Miller for hosting me. And thank you for stopping by t Conroy called her work “astonishing” and reviewers compare her literary fiction to Harper Lee and Eudora Welty. A former writing instruction at Mississippi State University, she lives in a writer’s cottage among her gardens.    

all the lies is available on Amazon.

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Monday, October 15, 2018

Accused




I’m having a good time with my latest series -Atlanta’s Finest! The series is centered around a group of security specialists who are former CIA, police detectives, FBI agents or have other law enforcement backgrounds. In the first three books of this series you’ll meet Hamilton (Ham), Lazarus (Laz), and Kenton, and the women who bring them to their knees!
ACCUSED is book 3 of the Atlanta’s Finest Series. This is Kenton Bailey and Egypt Durand’s story! Here’s a little peek:
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He wants to forget his pastShe’s hiding from hers…

Former FBI agent Kenton Bailey traded in his badge when an assignment went horribly wrong. Now he provides personal security to high-end clients. But falling for Egypt Durand, the Queen of Supreme Security, wasn’t part of the plan. She’s smart, classy, and ignites a fire in him that only she can extinguish. Except she retreats from his advances…and she’s shrouded in a veil of secrecy.

Egypt has never met a man as sexy as Kenton. Funny and smart, he’s hard to resist. But her past leaves no room for a happily ever after. Still, with him, she dreams of a future.
Finally, Egypt’s startling truths are revealed, throwing Kenton off balance and forcing him to confront the past he left behind. And when threats from a dangerous crime family send Egypt bolting, Kenton convinces her to stay. Together they will fight to bring closure to their pasts, but will they live long enough to explore the passion brewing between them?

Excerpt:
Kenton started the engine and turned the heat on full blast. “Tell me that guy’s name, and what happened tonight. I also want you to make me understand why you didn’t want to file a police report.”
“Kenton—”
“But not right now.” He gently cupped her face, turning it slightly. “Right now, I need to get you home so you can put some ice on your cheek. It’s starting to swell.” The sharp bite in his tone made it clear he was still angry, but his gentle touch on her cheek was a tender contrast. When he put a little pressure on the spot, Egypt winced, only making him curse under his breath.
“Does it hurt when you open your mouth or talk? Any loose teeth? A headache?”
“My head hurts a little, and my cheek aches when I open my mouth or talk.”
No doubt the pounding in her head was a tension headache, and not one brought on by the slap. But mostly, she was embarrassed. Both Kenton and Dakota, when teaching women self-defense, harp on running away from an attacker. Egypt had been able to inflict a little pain on Ross, but her main goal should’ve been to run. She just hadn’t been quick enough.
“Are you sure you don’t want to go to the hospital and get your cheek x-rayed?”
“Positive, but thank you.” She rung her hands, fidgeting under his penetrating stare. “Let’s just forget tonight ever happened, okay?” Egypt hoped that would convince him to start the truck and head to her house.
“I will never forget tonight. It’s taking everything within me not to hunt that bastard down and beat his ass. And though I didn’t fight your decision, I think you’re making a huge mistake not filing a report.”
“Kenton, I know you don’t understand, but I don’t want to have to deal with cops or answer a ton of questions. Besides, it’s not like they’d do anything. At most Ross might get a slap on the wrist, and then they’d let him go. I’d be the one looking crazy in front of a bunch of people because I allowed a man to hit me.”
Hurt and embarrassment warred within her and Egypt turned her attention to the window. Kenton was right about one thing. No more online dating or dating period. So what if she lived the rest of her life alone. It might just be safer with less drama.
“His name is Ross, huh?”
Shoot. Of course, he had pick up on the name.
“Yes, and he wasn’t my date.”
Kenton’s hand froze, hovering over the gear shift before he could put the vehicle into drive. His brows pinched together. “Then who the hell was he, and where was your date?” He held up his large hand before she could respond. “You know what? Let’s table this conversation until we get to your house. Because right now I’m tired, hungry, and—”
“Angry as hell. Not a good combination,” Egypt added.
“Exactly. I have a feeling I need to be in a better frame of mind before I hear about your evening and this guy.”
*Copyright © 2018 Sharon C. Cooper

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About the Author:
Award-winning and bestselling author, Sharon C. Cooper, is a romance-a-holic - loving anything that involves romance with a happily-ever-after, whether in books, movies, or real life. Sharon writes contemporary romance, as well as romantic suspense and enjoys rainy days, carpet picnics, and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. She’s been nominated for numerous awards and is the recipient of an Emma Award for Romantic Suspense of the Year 2015 (Truth or Consequences), Emma Award - Interracial Romance of the Year 2015 (All You’ll Ever Need), and BRAB (book club) Award -Breakout Author of the Year 2014. When Sharon is not writing or working, she’s hanging out with her amazing husband, doing volunteer work or reading a good book (a romance of course). To read more about Sharon and her novels, visit www.sharoncooper.net

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Friday, October 12, 2018

My 240th book!



Hi, Everyone,

Today is publication day of my 240th book – yes, I did say 240th! – Wicked Christmas (Wicked Sinners 8). This is also the last book in the Wicked Sinners series, all Regency romantic suspense, and it features all the heroes and heroines from the previous 7 books in the series, plus a brand new HOT romance and a couple of mysteries.

I still remember my reaction after having my 1st book accepted for publishing. It was – oh no, now I have to write a 2nd one! I’m sure there are a lot of authors out there who have thought exactly the same thing – I definitely found the 2nd book the hardest to write. I think the reason for that is we have put all our heart and soul into that first book. Obviously, having now written 240 books, I did get that 2nd book written, but it was hard going, believe me.

The moral of the story? Never give up. If you have one book inside you, then you have another one, and then more still. 2018 is the 40th Anniversary of the start of my writing career – and I have loved every moment of it. I’m hoping to write many many more books in the years to come.          


I’m excited to announce that INDECENT (Regency Lovers 1) is NOW an Amazon #1 Bestseller! It has a great price of $1.99/£1.35!

The 2nd book in the series, OBSESSION (Regency Lovers 2), is also an Amazon #1 Bestseller.

 Bk 3 in the series, CRAVING (Regency Lovers 3), is ALSO an Amazon #1 #Bestseller, and is available for pre-order, with a publishing date of December 7th.

The stories in my Regency Lovers, Dragon Hearts, Knight Security, Regency Unlaced, Regency Sinners, and ALPHA series, are explicit in their language and sexual content. In other words, they’re hot, so you have been warned!

Happy Reading!

Buy Link for Wicked Christmas (Regency Sinners 8)
This whole series is also available on Barnes and Noble, Kobo, iBooks and Smashwords, Google.

Buy link for Regency Lovers series
(this will take you to the first 3 books in the Series)

Also available Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Google, Smashwords, iBooks 

Carole xx

Carole Mortimer has written 240 books, in Romantic Suspense, paranormal, Regency and contemporary romance, and is the Recipient of the 2017 Romantic Times Career Achievement Award, and the 2015 Romance Writers of America’s Lifetime Achievement Award. She is an Entertainment Weekly Top 10 Romance Author—ever. 2014 Romantic Times Pioneer of Romance. She was recognized by Queen Elizabeth II in 2012, for her “outstanding service to literature.”

She is very happily married to Peter. They have 6 sons and live on the Isle of Man.



Thursday, October 11, 2018

Can one incident change everything?


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Can one incident change everything?  Your whole life?

It can, and does for many.  It did for Dr. Dana Perkins, a psychologist who taught Kindergarten because that’s where she felt she could do the most good for the kids.  Dana is all about the kids.  Getting them off on the right foot, giving them what they need to succeed in life.  Giving all she’s got to help them become their best.  And then tragedy strikes her school and it is the one incident that rocks her world, and that of the students. Her deepest fear becomes reality.

Innocence is lost. The kids learn the meaning of death, of loss and grief.  Dana struggles.  But the children…their burden is even heavier.  They don’t fully understand the finality of death.  When you’re young and lack experience nearly everything is new and different.  But when death occurs as a result of violence in the presence of kids… it’s life-changing.  And for Dana, life-defining.

Kids are not shielded from the harsh reality of grief any more than adults.  They look to adults they trust and how they react to see how they should react.  And both need tools to cope.  To know it’s okay to be sad, to miss those who died.  Tools to protect themselves so they don’t always feel so vulnerable.  They need to know they can heal and recover and continue on in life.  That it’s okay to laugh and play and be happy again.  It’s not an insult to those no longer with them.

Dana wants nothing more than to leave.  But she can’t abandon her students now. Not when they most need her.  So she struggles, determined to give them what they need.  She’s a woman on a mission.

But that one incident changed everything.  For her and for the kids.  At the end of the school year, the kids moved on, and so did Dana—to Shutter Lake, where she accepted the position of principal at a new school. 

Shutter Lake.  The perfect town in a tranquil and calm community where there was no crime.  Exactly what Dana needed to heal.  And she was healing, had healed, until Sylvia Cole is murdered and Dana’s star student confesses to a crime Dana knows he did not commit.  Again her world is rocked…and then in attempting to prove his innocence is rocked again and again.  And again.  Because nothing is as it seems, and who knew behind the illusion that Shutter Lake was rife with life-altering, life-shattering illusions.  Who knew that the truth would rock not only Dana and her student but the entire town.  Because it seemed everyone was trapped in lives with so many secrets…

An Excerpt from So Many Secrets by Vicki Hinze

Five days.
Impossible to believe but that’s all it had taken for the idyllic vision of Shutter Lake, California, lauded by Country Living as the most perfect town in all of America, to prove  perfection is a façade and all the safety and security sought and found in it had been an illusion.
One murder. Illusion shattered.
One murder, and so many secrets…
A shiver crept up Dr. Dana Perkins’s backbone.  She stiffened against it, determined to reclaim her sense of security here. At the deli counter inside Stacked, a block off downtown’s main square, she ordered a grilled chicken sandwich with a side salad and a bottle of Evian berry-flavored water, then glanced over to the cluster of two-dozen tables. About half-full.  A lot of people were having a late lunch today.
Dana took a table surrounded by empties then settled in and reached for a sheaf of papers from her tote.  She had been through the school records at least a dozen times, but maybe in the sandwich shop, she would be more objective, gain some new insight, and see something she had missed.
Oh, but she needed to be certain she hadn’t missed anything.  After Phoenix, to retain her sanity she had to be absolutely certain she hadn’t missed any warning sign.
There had to be a reason this year’s best and brightest student had confessed to murder.  Some logical, rational reason that Vinn Bradshaw, gifted future nanotechnologist, studious, popular basketball player, who exhibited nothing short of fantastic leadership skills, confessed.  Vinn could not have killed anyone much less a prominent Shutter Lake founder’s daughter like Sylvia Cole.
Nolan Ikard, about thirty, tall and lean with sandy blond hair and a handsome man’s confident swagger, paused at her table. Nolan owned The Grind, a coffee shop sharing a common wall with Stacked that Dana frequented every morning on her walk from home to the school.
“How’s our favorite principal?” Nolan asked. “Things settling down any at S.L.S.?”
Many students, current and former, referred to Shutter Lake School as S.L.S. “Getting better,” she said because it was expected and not because it was true.  “The students are still rattled, but then aren’t we all?”
He nodded and avoided her eyes, his own gold-flecked ones clouded and troubled. “Guess the kids won’t settle down until their parents do.  Maybe we will all get back to normal soon.”
“Maybe we will.”  Dana smiled.
He walked on to his favored table beside hers and next to the front window.  How many times in the last year had she seen him staring out that window as if he had lost his last friend?  She’d been tempted often to ask if he was okay, or to offer to listen if he needed to talk, but something had held her back.  She couldn’t say what, but she always followed her instinctive urges on things like that.  In his case, she hoped she didn’t live to regret it. 
A waitress Dana didn’t recognize delivered her order.  She must be from Grass Valley.  She hadn’t been one of Dana’s students.
That was a perk of being principal of a school with three-hundred students. You knew them, and they knew you. The other items on the waitress’s tray were Nolan’s.  Cuban sandwich and a side of slaw. A hint of citrus, garlic and a splash of white wine gave the mustard on his sandwich a distinct scent that set her mouth to watering. It smelled spicy and tart, interesting. It smelled great.
When the waitress placed his food on the small square table in front of him, Nolan barely glanced at her.  That piqued Dana’s curiosity and fired a red-flag warning too bold to ignore.  Nolan Ikard not flirting with an eligible woman?  Normally, he’d flirt with a lamppost.  Oh, not offensive flirting, just friendly flirting.  It was as natural to him as breathing.  But not today.
Apparently his perfect façade of Shutter Lake also had shattered—and Dana certainly shouldn’t make too much of it. Everyone in the community seemed disturbed and wary and disillusioned these days.
Shifting her thoughts to her work, she studied the details in Vinn’s files and nibbled at her food, wishing she’d dared to order Nolan’s hot and spicy Cuban.  Stacked made the best sandwiches and slaw in the tri-county area, but with Dana’s stomach acting up since Vinn’s confession, she didn’t dare to risk eating anything not mild. 
About a third of the way through the teachers’ observation notes, she spotted Kristina Sharapova’s name. Her image sprang to mind: long dark hair and eyes, pale skin and a mischievous smile that was nothing short of infectious because it was so rare. Kristina bent toward being serious, which was normal for a teenage Russian exchange student.  They competed so fiercely for the chance to come to Shutter Lake to study.
Thanks to the wealthy and childless benefactors, the Windermeres, there were always foreign exchange students at Shutter Lake School.  Attending there was an amazing opportunity for all the students really.  A group of the most gifted professionals in the world in science, medicine, and industry designed and created the nearly self-sustaining community and they often shared their vast pool of knowledge and expertise with the students.
Dana was proud of the program she and Mayor Thomas Jessup had created. In two short years, its success rate at preparing knowledgeable, socially mature and motivated graduates had surpassed expectations and her wildest dreams.
On Kristina’s first day with them, she had been like a fish out of water. Who wouldn’t be?  Strange school, no familiar friends or faces. Living in a strange country and speaking a foreign language. But Vinn Bradshaw had picked up on her uneasiness. Without prompting, he’d taken her under his wing and helped her fit in. They were, according to the file observation note, good friends.
Dana too had been wrong about that.  She reached into her tote for a pen, accidentally pulled out a large Ziploc bag, and smiled to herself.  Every teacher she’d ever known carried a waterproof bag in her handbag or tote.  Old habits die hard.  Stuffing the frosted bag back in, she snagged the pen and then scribbled a new note on a page she had labeled “Things to tell Laney.”
Laney Holt was the Deputy Chief of Police and lead investigator on Sylvia Cole’s murder case. A beautiful young blond who favored long hair and ponytails over short red hair like Dana’s and, guessing, a year or two younger than Dana’s thirty-four.  Not just friends. She added the note to the list.

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I’m crazy about the BREAKDOWN series.  There are four novels of women seeking Sylvia Cole’s murderer in Shutter Lake and four short reads about the one incident—that life-defining moment—that drove those women to Shutter Lake. To celebrate, I’m sponsoring a…

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Comment with your life-defining moment, follow me on Amazon or Bookbub and post that in comments, or sign up for my mostly monthly newsletter and you’ll have a chance to win some Breakdown swag and a copy of her deepest fear and so many secrets!

Bio:
Raised in New Orleans, Vicki Hinze began writing before Kindergarten but her journey to writing books included a lot of corporate pit-stops. Eventually, she settled in and her first novel landed an array of awards and on the bestseller list. With nearly 40 books published, she's been back many times with awards in multiple genres and appearances on multiple bestseller lists, including USA TODAY. Vicki is recognized by Who's Who in the World as an author and an educator and is best known for chilling suspense, trailblazing, and creating series that genre-blend. Her works include suspense, mystery, thriller and romance. Since 1994, this former VP of International Thriller Writers has written heavily about military and military families and in nearly all genres except horror. Hinze is a Floridian married to a former Hurricane Hunter/Special Operations Officer. She constantly pushes the boundaries on existing genres, opening the door for new novel blends to entertain readers and inspire authors.



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