Bar V5 Dude Ranch Series by Melissa McClone

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Bar V5 Dude Ranch Series

by Melissa McClone

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BLURBS:

 

Three couples. Three stories, where you can follow one pair from meeting to wedding day!

 

  1. Mistletoe Magic – short story – $0.99 for Kindle and Nook, FREE at Smashwords
  2. Kiss Me, Cowboy – eBook novella — $0.99 on Kindle Oct 17 – 22
  3. Mistletoe Wedding — eBook novella — New Release! Only $2.99

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Spending a quiet Christmas housesitting and reading novels about hot cowboys sounds perfect to Caitlin Butler. Until a stray kitten brings her face-to-face with Noah, her crush from college. Watching the handsome vet in action melts Caitlin’s heart and brings back long forgotten emotion. She would be safer back at the house lost in the pages of a book. But a toe-curling mistletoe kiss tempts her to stay. Maybe she won’t be spending this Christmas… alone.

 

Veterinarian Noah Sullivan isn’t a Scrooge, but the Christmas Eve tradition of hanging mistletoe in the clinic’s waiting room annoys him. Kissing doesn’t belong at the Copper Mountain Animal Hospital. Noah rethinks his position when Caitlin arrives with a stray kitten she found freezing in the snow. All he wants now is to maneuver the pretty preschool teacher under the mistletoe. If he’s not careful, he’ll wind up on Santa’s naughty list.

 

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She didn’t mean to kiss him…

When dude ranch wrangler Charlotte – aka Charlie – Randall kisses Zack Harris in an act of empathy, she falls hat over spurs for the handsome military veteran turned cowboy. Zack has too many demons, however, and refuses to get involved. A year later, he’s still stonewalling, and Charlie needs to move on with her life so she can find a fulfilling relationship, not frustrating unrequited love. Putting distance between them seems the best way to get Zack out of her head and heart…but that means quitting the job she loves and accepting a position in Colorado.

He didn’t mean to kiss her back…

Growing up, Zack longed for a real family, and had one with his squad while deployed in Afghanistan. Now, he’s back in the States and doesn’t want anything messing up his new ranch family, no matter how much he’s attracted to the sexy, hard-working Charlie. She could break his heart and ruin the comfortable working relationship they and the other wranglers enjoy. Besides, her friends claim she’s looking for the perfect guy, and perfect he’s not.

A kiss is just a kiss…or is it?

When Zack learns Charlie’s thinking about leaving the ranch, he decides to find her a boyfriend — someone so good, so perfect, she has a reason to stay in Montana. Until he realizes too late that the only cowboy he wants her kissing is him. Can he commit to love and convince Charlie not to leave? Or has she made up her mind to put the past, and the kiss that started it all, behind her and move on without him?

 

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Longer: Event planner at the Bar V5 Dude Ranch, Meg Redstone is dreaming of a white Christmas with twinkling lights, sparkly decorations and strategically placed mistletoe. She loves making dreams come true for others, whether planning a holiday wedding or giving her young daughter the best Christmas ever.

Ranch foreman Tyler Murphy loves the holidays, but his newest employee has taken over his barn with her over-the-top decorations. He admires Meg’s desire to give her daughter the perfect Christmas while planning a winter wonderland wedding, but he wants to show her that a Montana Christmas is more than glitter and lights.

After raising his younger sister, an instant family is not on Ty’s Christmas wish list. But he finds himself falling hard for the single mom and her little girl. Meg, however, is not interested in a romance with a cowboy like Ty, or any man. Getting her under the mistletoe is going to take a Christmas miracle . . . or a little help from Santa.

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 Excerpt One:

MISTLETOE MAGIC

The clinic’s front door opened.

A woman in a puffy powder blue down coat entered. Her hat pushed long strands of brown hair over her face. She carried something bundled in a black and white checked fleece blanket. “Please help me.”

The crack in her voice and pale complexion sent him into action. Two long strides, he was at her side. “I’m Noah. A vet.”

Worried green eyes met his. Familiar eyes, except these weren’t as young and innocent as the ones he remembered. These eyes were wary and concerned. But they still reminded him of that girl he’d just thought about, the freshman with cute freckles and twinkling jade-green eyes.

Her gaze widened with recognition. “Noah. It’s you.”

His heart crashed against his chest. His world tilted.

“Caitlin.” His arm reached forward, as if touching her would assure him this —she—was real. That of all the vet clinics in Montana, she’d walked into this one. “I can’t believe it.”

“Me, either.” She gave her head a shake, then lifted the blanket toward him. “I found a kitten in the snow. Something’s wrong with him. Or her. I don’t know which. Can you help?”

Noah remembered where he was, what he was. He took the bundle, ignoring the million questions racing through his mind. Talking could wait.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links: AuthorPic

With a degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University, Melissa McClone worked for a major airline where she traveled the globe and met her husband. But analyzing jet engine performance couldn’t compete with her love of writing happily ever afters. Her first full-time writing endeavor was her first sale when she was pregnant with her first child! Since then, she has published over thirty romance novels with Harlequin and Tule Publishing Group. She’s also been nominated for Romance Writers of America’s RITA® award. When she isn’t writing, you can usually find her driving her minivan to/from her children’s swim practices and other activities. She also sends care packages to deployed service members and fosters cats through a local no-kill animal shelter. Melissa lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, three school-aged children, two spoiled Norwegian Elkhounds and cats who think they rule the house. They do!

Website: http://www.melissamcclone.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MelissaMcCloneBooks

Twitter: @melissamcclone

 

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1.         Mistletoe Magic

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3.         Mistletoe Wedding

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Book Trailer Reveal! The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel

*I was forunate enough to snag a review copy of The Book of Ivy.  This isn’t my usual go to story genre, but I was awesomely surprised. Come back on November 11th to find out why I, an extreme non-fan of the dystopian genre, gave The Book of Ivy 5 Stars!*

 

The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel

TBoIReleasing November 11, 2014

 

Book Trailer Info

Link to the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QB9MvY0V-Cc

Book synopsis:

 

After a brutal nuclear war, the United States was left decimated. A small group of survivors eventually banded together, but only after more conflict over which family would govern the new nation. The Westfalls lost. Fifty years later, peace and control are maintained by marrying the daughters of the losing side to the sons of the winning group in a yearly ritual.

 

This year, it is my turn.

 

My name is Ivy Westfall, and my mission is simple: to kill the president’s son—my soon-to-be husband—and return the Westfall family to power.

 

But Bishop Lattimer is either a very skilled actor or he’s not the cruel, heartless boy my family warned me to expect. He might even be the one person in this world who truly understands me. But there is no escape from my fate. I am the only one who can restore the Westfall legacy.

 

Because Bishop must die. And I must be the one to kill him…

 

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Goodreads link:

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 About Amy Engel:

 

Amy Engel was born in Kansas and after a childhood spent bouncing between countries (Iran, Taiwan) and states (Kansas, California, Missouri, Washington, D.C.), she settled in Kansas City, Missouri where she lives with her husband and two kids.  Before devoting herself full time to motherhood and writing, she was a criminal defense attorney, which is not quite as exciting as it looks on TV.  When she has a free moment, she can usually be found reading, running, or shoe shopping.

 

Find Amy online:

Website: http://amyengel.net

Twitter: http://twitter.com/aengelwrites

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Desert Bound by Elizabeth Hunter

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Author: Elizabeth Hunter

Release Date: October 14, 2014

Genre: Paranormal Romance

 

Summary

 

Can you turn the clock back on your first love? Would you even want to try?

 

Alex McCann and Teodora “Ted” Vasquez left Cambio Springs together. Ted came back. Alex didn’t.

 

Now, years later, the future alpha of the McCann wolves has returned with plans to bring new life to the dying desert community. Plans that could change everything for the isolated enclave of shapeshifters in the California desert. Some love the plan. Others hate it.

 

As the town’s doctor and one of the strongest daughters in the cat clan, Ted has her own concerns about exposing her community to outsiders. The two former lovers are at each other’s throats. And everyone is watching to see what happens.

 

But when murder once again strikes Cambio Springs, can they overcome their past to help the community they both call home? And can the love they shared once burn again when so many stand against it?

 

Goodreads Link

 

Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22913793-desert-bound

 

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Author BiographyElizabeth Hunter

 

Elizabeth Hunter is a contemporary fantasy, paranormal romance, and contemporary romance writer. She is a graduate of the University of Houston Honors College and a former English teacher. She once substitute taught a kindergarten class, but decided that middle school was far less frightening. Thankfully, people now pay her to write books and eighth-graders everywhere rejoice.

 

She currently lives in Central California with her son, two dogs, many plants, and a sadly dwindling fish tank. She is the author of the Elemental Mysteries and Elemental World series, the Cambio Springs series, the Irin Chronicles, and other works of fiction.

 

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Lady Catherine’s Secret by Sheridan Jeane

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by Sheridan Jeane

Secrets and Seduction #2

Publication Date: December 1, 2014

Also in this series: It Takes a Spy

Genres: Historical, Romance

Synopsis:

London, 1853. Despite Lady Catherine’s love of fencing, she needs to stop pretending to be a boy and

fraternizing with men…but not until after the fencing tournament! Her mother plans to marry her off by

the end of the season, so this will be her last chance to enjoy her freedom. When she impulsively puts

her reputation at risk to save the life of a dashing competitor, all seems lost when he sees through her

disguise, but he vows never to reveal her secret. Thank goodness for gentlemanly honor!

Daniel, Marquess of Huntley, wants to overcome the rumors of his father’s madness so that he can

be embraced by London society. His plan is to marry the most proper woman who will have him, and

then raise stable, respectable children. He certainly isn’t interested in some hoyden with a penchant for

masquerading as a boy and flaunting society’s rules. In fact, he’d prefer to keep his distance.

When an obsessed suitor discovers Catherine’s secret and threatens blackmail, the only path out of

social ruin is marriage. But what kind of protection does matrimony provide when a vengeful suitor is

plotting the ultimate revenge?

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Sheridan Jeane writes exciting and emotion-packed historical romances set in the Victorian Era that

confront issues of trust and conformity.

With the advent of the industrial age, life was changing. Many people tried to hold on to the old ways of

life while others embraced the new opportunities open to them.

Join Sheridan as she explores the clash between the old and the new.

Sheridan has always loved books, history, and stories about amazing people who blaze new trails.

Despite naming their daughter Sheridan because they thought it might someday look great on the cover

of a book, Sheridan’s parents urged her in a more practical direction for college. Sheridan earned a

Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science with a minor in English.

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Raven Bower’s Blood and Chocolate Pie

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This is Johanya’s, a character from Bleeding Edge, favorite dessert. She adores chocolate and blood…ahem…so it combines two of her favorite things – her men aside that is.

I’ve toned the recipe down a bit from her version and used cherries instead of blood. So no need to worry about ending up in an orange jump suit 😉

Before starting all this, put a medium stainless steel mixing bowl into the freezer to chill. You can use glass, but I’ve found that it’s easier to get the cream to fluff in stainless.

Then it’s time to begin!

Procure –

1 deep-dish piecrust – regular or graham. For extra chocolaty doom, try the chocolate graham crust

Wisk together in a medium pot:

2 Tbl. Hersey’s Special Dark Cocoa

¾ cup sugar

3 Tbl. Corn starch

Dash of salt

Make sure to annihilate any lumps before adding the cream or else they’re a bugger to work out later.

Add to the pot:

½ cup heavy cream

Whisk until the mix is smooth and then place the pot over medium heat.

Slowly add:

½ cup heavy cream

1 ½ cup vanilla flavored almond milk – if you want to supercharge the chocolate more so than it already is in this recipe, use the dark chocolate almond milk instead

It takes forever to warm, so I start on the next step here and multi-task whisking the liquid mix with putting together the solids.

Add to a medium bowl:

2 Tbl. Butter, chopped

1 1/3 cup Toll House dark chocolate chips (these are so good! It takes a while to get them up measured out because they somehow just disappear…It’s the imps, I swear!)

1 tsp. vanilla

Keep whisking the liquids until the whisk starts making thick trails in what now ought to look like pudding.

(pssst…and you can eat the remains just like pudding because this recipe does make a little more than what can fit in a deep dish. But don’t tell the minions that or they’ll steal it!)

Ahem. Anyway.

Once the liquid is at pudding consistency, dump it all into the dry mix and whisk until no lumps are visible. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate until it’s cool.

BandC4When the gooey chocolate guts are cool, spoon it into the piecrust leaving ample room for the topping.

I like to do the topping last so it doesn’t fall and homemade whipped cream is always best when freshly made. If you don’t feel like making this from scratch you could try using pre-made whipped cream.

Get all the ingredients ready before removing the bowl from the freezer.

1 cup heavy cream

¼ cup powdered sugar

1 teaspoon maraschino cherry syrup

BandC3Dark pie filling cherries

Beat the heavy cream in the chilled bowl until it forms soft peaks. Add everything except the pie cherries and beat until the cream holds hard peaks.

Gently, beat in as many cut up dark pie cherries as you wish. You can also use maraschino cherries instead – they just don’t look quite as gory.

Spread a generous layer of the whipped cream over the pie filling and serve as-is or jazz it BandC2up a bit with dripped cherry syrup and more cut pie cherries.

Enjoy!

~Raven

Brantwijn Serrah’s Top 10 Favorite Ghost Stories

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When I was little, I hated ghost stories. For many years I slept on the floor in my brothers’ room, too scared to sleep in my own because my best friend had spooked the hell out of me with terrible horror stories (which, by today’s standards, were pretty silly).

Somewhere along the line, though, tales of ghosts and hauntings stopped terrifying me, and really started to captivate me. My feelings changed completely, and by the time I was a teenager I ate up tales of Halloween horrors—including cheesy slasher flicks like Halloween—with a ravenous appetite.

While I enjoy a lot of different types of scary stories now, I still have a select few types that really, really make me shiver. Stories and movies that I can happily watch…as long as I have a happy Disney movie to watch right after! Otherwise, I’ll never get to sleep!

But I do love scary stories, and ghosts are some of the best. So here are my Top 10 Favorite Ghost Stories (and Movies).

 

#10. The Frighteners

The Frighteners is a 1996 film starring Michael J. Fox. He plays a paranormal investigator  who sees ghosts and helps them to their final resting place, but gets caught up in a twisted series of murders where each of the victims is labelled with a number, the killer tallying his “score”. It’s fun and interesting, though not exactly “scary”…this one is a nostalgic love my husband and I share, though, and one concept in particular from this film directly inspired the antagonist in my new release, His Cemetery Doll.

#9. The Shining

Honestly, I wasn’t too impressed when I first read The Shining, but Stanley Kubrick’s film really did a lot to bring the terrifying sense of “haunting” to life. I like the story overall, stretching from book to film, because they are different and I think both have elements which are important. For example: the film terrifies me when going room to room in the Overlook seeing glimpses of the ghosts from decades before; the book contains a scene in which topiary lions are stalking Danny, and thats pretty eerie as well.

#8. The House on Haunted Hill

Another favorite from long nights munching popcorn with my husband, is the 1999 remake of House on Haunted Hill. I have a bit of a fondness for ghost stories involving mental asylums and twisted, horrifying history/mystery. One of my favorite things about these stories is learning how all the pieces of a puzzle fit together, how the characters are chosen, and what they must do to escape the powers of paranormal vengeance. House on Haunted Hill is one of the most famous for exactly that, and I do, really, adore it.

#7. Mirrors

Mirrors is not exactly a “ghost” story, so much as a “demon” story, but it’s presented in a way that preys on all the best ghost-related suspense. There are mysterious voices and screams, handprints and footprints appearing without a source, visions of fire and victims that aren’t really there. Mirrors has some of the most convincing manifestations, when it comes to a story point of view. It’s one of those films I can only watch once in a while, and only if I have my husband beside me to cuddle.

#6. Bag of Bones

This is my real favorite of Stephen King’s ghost stories. I love the atmosphere, the character, the imagery…it struck me as incredibly sad, right from the get-go, as the main character starts out the story as a widower and much of the tale focuses on the importance and character of his wife. I never did watch the movie (miniseries?), but the book really more than covered it for me.

#5. The Woman in Black

Daniel Radcliffe amazes me, as a talented young actor. When I learned he was making a film based on a ghost story, I couldn’t wait to see it! The Woman in Black is one of those ghost stories that demands a mystery of the past be pieced together once again, and I just hang on every scene, wanting to know more and more.

#4. Koudelka

Koudelka is a “ghost story” most readers won’t immediately recognize, though they might know the related video game series, Shadow Hearts. I actually only played the original.

Koudelka follows three playable characters through an ancient monastery haunted by ghosts and demons of the past. It has all my usual favorites: the tragic tales of murdered prisoners and captives, horrible histories of twisted doctors or priests or secret societies. The story puts together some incredibly frightening imagery, as well. When I was leading a role-play group through an “adventure” version of His Cemetery Doll, I was fond of telling them the monsters they were about to encounter were inspired by the baddies of Koudelka’s haunted monastery.

#3. Silent Hill

My knowledge of the Silent Hill franchise is mostly limited to the 2006 film, though I am a fan-by-association of the video games, which my husband has played through from beginning to end. It’s a great haunted hospital story, but it goes beyond the hospital to create a whole haunted town. No one can really say how or why this town goes between the real world and the hell world of one victim’s vengeful creation. There are so many creepy, crazy images and personalities in the ghost world…I love them. My personal favorite is the iconic “Pyramid Head”.

#2. La Llorona/”Woman in White” Stories

When it comes to traditional, tales-told-round-the-campfire ghost stories, I’m a real fan of the traditional “Women in White” tales. La Llorona—the Spanish folk tale of the weeping woman haunting graveyards—is probably the most well-known and fastest recognized, but there are lots of versions of similar tales. I particularly liked the version of the story told in the pilot episode of Supernatural.

#1. Thir13en Ghosts

The 2001 film Thir13en Ghosts has got to be my favorite movie about a haunted house. The house in question is a crazy, creepy labyrinth of glass and metal, haunted by a collection of 12 ghosts making up “The Black Zodiac”. I’ve been hard-pressed to find a more twisted collection of tortured souls than those created in this film. The cast is pretty impressive and the psychological terror created in the setting and the cinematography make it just a stunning, unforgettable story for me.

 

Author bio

When she isn’t visiting the worlds of immortals, demons, dragons and goblins, Brantwijn fills her time with artistic endeavors: sketching, painting, customizing My Little Ponies and sewing plushies for friends. She can’t handle coffee unless there’s enough cream and sugar to make it a milkshake, but try and sweeten her tea and she will never forgive you. She moonlights as a futon for four lazy cats, loves tabletop role-play games, and can spend hours watching Futurama, Claymore or Buffy the Vampire Slayer while she writes or draws.

In addition to her novels, Brantwijn has had several stories published in anthologies by Breathless Press, including the 2013 Crimson Anthology and 2014 Ravaged Anthology.  She’s also had a short story published in the Cleiss Press Big Book of Orgasm and the anthology Coming Together Through The Storm. She hopes to have several more tales to tell as time goes on.  She has author pages on GoodReads and Amazon, and loves to see reader comments on her work. Her short stories occasionally pop up at Foreplay and Fangs, her blog at http://brantwijn.blogspot.com.

 

 

Book cover and blurb

There’s a woman in the graveyard.

Conall Mackay never put stock in ghost stories. Not even after thirteen years serving as the cemetery keeper in the village of Whitetail Knoll. But things change. Now, his daughter is dreaming of a figure among the tombstones. The grounds are overrun by dark thorns almost faster than Con can clear them. White fog and gray ribbons creep up on him in the night, and a voiceless beauty beckons him from the darkest corners of the graves.

When the world he knows starts to unravel, Conall might finally be forced to believe

 

Book excerpt-any heat level accepted.

He hadn’t slept long before he heard sounds from down in the kitchen below.

“Shyla!” he called gruffly. “Weren’t you heading into town?”

No answer came from below, but the sounds of pots clanging told him his daughter toyed about down there. Perhaps she’d decided not to leave him after all and taken it into her head to now re-organize the house, since he’d so clearly wanted her to stay out of the cemetery. With a low groan, Conall rolled out of bed and stepped out into the hall.

“Shyla!” he called again, coming to the head of the stairs. If she had stayed home, she could at least do it without making a lot of noise.

“Shyla, I—”

He staggered then, as the hallway dimmed. Afternoon light flickered strangely, lightning cracking a dismal sky outside, and in the space of time afterward everything else darkened. Conall darted a glance around him as the house fell into shadow.

From the top of the stairwell, he saw the first whispering tendrils of white fog.

The heat of adrenaline shot through his limbs. Conall stumbled back into his bedroom, even as the fog pursued. His gaze shot to the window as the last gray light of day faded away and eerie darkness replaced it, like an eclipse sliding over the sun.

More cold mists veiled the glass, dancing and floating. Trembling overtook him as he spun to find another escape.

He froze, finding himself face-to-face with the broken mask of the cemetery doll.

“You—” he gasped. His breath came out white as the fog enveloped them both, leaving a space of mere inches between them, so he could still see her expressionless face. Gray ribbons wound and curled through the air around him.

“Who are you?” he asked.

The doll stared up at him. He sensed her searching, looking into his eyes even though hers remained covered. She held him there with her unseen gaze, until her cool, cold hand came up to touch his bare chest.

Conall let out a low breath. He closed his eyes, and a shudder of strange ease rippled through his body. The cool pads of her fingers ran down his sternum, to his navel. The silky ribbons brushed along his side.

Then he noticed her other hand. She lifted it up, to her own chest, and she held something tightly in her fingers: Shyla’s stuffed dog.

“I made that…for my daughter,” he whispered. The woman with the broken mask tilted her head down toward the small toy, studying it. For a fraction of a second, her fingers appeared to tighten around it. She returned her gaze to him, then, and the toy fell from her grip into the fog, forgotten.

“Wait—” he said, but she brought her other hand up to his chest to join the first, and he recognized eagerness in the way she pressed her icy skin against his. Her face tilted to him, and then came her lips again, ivory and flawless.

“I—” Conall breathed. “I…don’t understand…”

Her fingers slid up, around his neck, but he pulled away.

“No, this…this can’t real. I’m asleep. I must be.”

Gray ribbons danced, pulling him back to her, and she stroked his face. He sucked in a breath at her touch and found his own hand coming up to brush hers.

“You’re so cold,” he said. “Like stone…but…”

Her cool touch thrilled him; it made his skin tingle and the heat of his own body sing. Her perfect flesh did, in fact, prove soft under his hands, as if the contact with his worn calluses infused cold ivory with yearning. She caressed his cheek, and Conall leaned into it. Before he could stop himself, he bowed his head to her and kissed her frozen lips.

 

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Book One of the Sloane Osborne: Haunts for Sale Series

 

Sloane Osborne is a paranormal realtor in the business of selling haunted houses but, in truth, she’s only searching for one ghost. And her time is running out. It’s the 366th day after her fiancé’s death. Michael used to like putting things off for “a year and a day”—so tonight’s the night. Sloane will do anything to make contact with him before the clock strikes midnight. When she gets a call to check out a home in Waukesha, Wisconsin, it’s the last place she thinks Michael would contact her. Sloane is dead wrong. Michael appears…and tells her to get out of the house. Immediately.

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Excerpt 1:

“Hello?” Sloane’s voice was tentative, even to her own ears. It was one thing to talk to Michael, but he was a ghost she known in life. It was another to start a conversation with a dead stranger. “Can you hear me?”

The woman didn’t turn, her whole body focused on the next drop of water until it had floated through her hand again.

The woman sighed, sitting back on her heels as she watched the wall.

“Water,” she rasped. “Do you have any water?”

“I’m sorry. I don’t have anything.” Sloane said. “I tried to give you water last night, but no one drank it.”

“What are you doing here? You aren’t supposed to be here!” The woman’s voice was so raspy Sloane could barely hear her. She turned her head slowly as though removing her gaze from the little bit of water seeping through the stone was painful. When her gaze finally rested on Sloane, her eyes were dark black pits, swirling with tiny dancing lights.

Sloane stepped back involuntarily, then gathered her courage to approach the apparition. She could sense the poor girl wasn’t dangerous. She was trapped here as much as Sloane was herself.

“I found the secret door and got pushed in.” Sloane said. “Then the door shut behind me and I couldn’t get out.”

“Ah, you must have been at Alvin’s house,” the woman rose to her feet. “Not a safe place to be. Though nothing about this area is safe.”

 

 

Excerpt 2:

Sloane stared at her third—or was it her fourth—drink as if Captain Morgan himself was going to step out of the glass with the advice she so desperately needed.

Her desire to do what was right overrode her desire for a sale.

That man rotting away back at that nursing home was a mass murderer. She knew it. And the only way to free the poor souls trapped in his house was to prove it. But she had no idea how to do that.

After her departure from Alvin’s room, she drove through the early afternoon sunshine until she found a bar that was open. It was run-down, dirty, and smelled like the dark goo now sticking to her shoes so it reflected her mood quite nicely, and she decided it was as good a place as any for a drink—or five.

She tried to ignore the man that slid onto the bar stool next to her, focusing on her drink instead, but it was almost impossible to do.  She could recognize those rugged good looks and wide shoulders anywhere.  He smelled good too—like green grass on a summer day—and she found herself content to just sit beside him for a while, smelling.

Why wasn’t she surprised he found her?

 

 

Excerpt 3:

“What are you doing here? You aren’t supposed to be here!” The woman’s voice was so raspy Sloane could barely hear her. She turned her head slowly as though removing her gaze from the little bit of water seeping through the stone was painful. When her gaze finally rested on Sloane, her eyes were dark black pits, swirling with tiny dancing lights.

Sloane stepped back involuntarily, then gathered her courage to approach the apparition. She could sense the poor girl wasn’t dangerous. She was trapped here as much as Sloane was herself.

“I found the secret door and got pushed in.” Sloane said. “Then the door shut behind me and I couldn’t get out.”

“Ah, you must have been at Alvin’s house,” the woman rose to her feet. “Not a safe place to be. Though nothing about this area is safe.”

“You knew Alvin?” Sloane asked.

The look the woman gave Sloane was laughable. “Do you think I’d be down here if I hadn’t? I knew him better than anyone. That’s why I was never in the hole. Doesn’t make much difference, hole or tunnel. You still die.”

 

AUTHOR BIO:

 

 

Kat de Falla

Author Kat de Falla was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where she learned to roller-skate, ride a banana seat bike, and love Shakespeare thanks to her high school English teacher. Four years at the UW-Madison wasn’t enough, so she returned to her beloved college town for her Doctor of Pharmacy degree and is happily employed as a retail pharmacist where she fills prescriptions and chats with her patients. She is married to her soulmate, classical guitarist, Lee de Falla and raising four kids together ala the Brady Bunch.

 

Kat de Falla is also the author of The Seer’s Lover, a dark fantasy released by The Wild Rose Press.

 

Author Website: www.katdefalla.com

Kat Green’s Website: www.hauntsforsale.com

Blog: www.quillorpill.blogspot.com

Twitter: www.twitter.com/@katdefalla and www.twitter.com/@hauntsforsale

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R.A. Green

Born in St. Charles, Illinois, R.A. Green has wanted to be an author since sixth grade when her English teacher told her she should consider writing as a career. After many years of trying, she is finally making that dream come true. She attended Carroll University where she majored in English and History, with a minor in French. She went on to become an in-home daycare provider where she spends her days singing, dancing, and doing projects that cover her house in glitter. For years, she’s frantically written as much as she can during nap time. She is a breast cancer survivor, a Brewers fan and a “Disney Dork” who can’t wait to start planning her next Disney vacation. She currently lives in Wisconsin with her wrestling coach husband and two children, and all three are the greatest blessings in her life. First Contact is her debut novel.

 

Author Website: http://rgreen1017.wix.com/ragreen

Kat Green’s Website: www.hauntsforsale.com

Romance Flash: www.romanceflash.com

Twitter: www.twitter.com/@hauntsforsale

Facebook: www.facebook.com/authorkatgreen

Add to Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/work/editions/42666367-first-contact

 

 

 

 

Interview with D.B. Reynolds

Unforgiven

Thank you for joining me in the shadows. Pay no attention to that odd silhouette over there. Weird things live here.  Where do you hail from?

My darling husband and I make our home in a lovely canyon near the Malibu coast. It’s quiet and green and very flammable.

Tell me about your latest book. What makes it stand out from the crowd?

I have two new releases, both of which are in my Vampires in America series—UNFORGIVEN, which is a Cyn & Raphael e-novella releasing on 10 October, and VINCENT, my latest book releasing on 1 November. What I think distinguishes my vampires from many others in this genre is my preference for the classical vampires of old. Which means my vamps aren’t tormented or even conflicted about what they are. They embrace what they’ve become. They love the power it gives them, and they relish the hunt and the taste of human blood. They’re sexy as hell, but also aggressive, violent and blood-thirsty. As a result, my books are not only sensuous and sexy, but there’s also some pretty blatant and blood-drenched scenes of vampire violence.

Do you have anything new in the works and can you tell us a bit about it?

I am actually already hard at work on DECEPTION, which is Book 9 of my Vampires in America. With this book, we begin a whole new story arc. It’s a theme that’s been building almost from the very beginning, and that’s the impending invasion by the European vamps, who want to move in and take over North America. And there’s a teaser for DECEPTION included at the very end of VINCENT.

What advice would you give to writers just starting out?

First … write, write, write. And second, join a good writing group—one that will offer genuine critiques along with encouragement and friendship.

How did you deal with rejection letters? Any tips for unpublished writers?

You just have to admit that the judgement of editors and agents is, by its nature, completely subjective, and nothing you write will be loved by everyone who reads it. Then you suck it up and keep writing and submitting. Rejection is simply part of the business of writing. It’s ugly, but true.

What tools of the trade are must-haves for you?

Like every other writer, I have my routines. But in addition to my brain and typing ability, there’s only one tool I really can’t do without, and that’s a computer, preferably my laptop computer.

What do you like to read?

My reading preferences change every once in a while, but right now I’m reading a lot of Romance—mostly Paranormal, Contemporary, and Suspense. I also love the broader field of Suspense/Thrillers, especially international suspense that has a special ops/assassin bent to it. Some Mysteries, too, although I’m particular about which mysteries I like, and prefer them to be somewhat brutal and edgy.

Now for the fun questions.  Let’s strip away the veil of invisibility. Do you have a day job alongside writing and will you tell us about it?

No day job, not anymore!

If you weren’t a writer, what career might you have chosen?

Writing is actually my third career. I was headed toward a career in academia, but got sidetracked into Hollywood and a career in Sound Editing.  And that’s where I stayed until my husband made it possible for me to pursue a career in writing.

Who is your favorite superhero (or heroine)? Can be from a comic book, movie, novel, cartoon, video game or anywhere else heroes reign.

It’s so difficult to distinguish anymore between movies and the comic/books they’re based on. Hollywood is doing such a terrific job with superheroes these days. But I’d have to say Aragorn from Lord of the Rings and Thor from Marvel’s Avengers. 

Your favorite book hero?

My Raphael is my favorite book hero, of course. But I also love Ilona Andrews’s Curran, Nalini Singh’s Lucas Hunter, and Suzanne Brockmann’s Navy SEAL Sam Starrett.

You finally have an evening free to spend any way you want. Money is no object. Where do you go? What would you do?

I’d fly to Paris with the one I love, have dinner and a lovely bottle of wine at one of our favorite restaurants on the Seine, then stay awake until dawn.

You’ve been gifted (or cursed) with the ability to shift into another form by a witch. What kind of shifter are you? Why?

I’m not a cat person, but I’d want to be a cat shifter. A big, powerful hunting cat.

Thanks so much for being my guest today! Anything else you’d like to share with my readers?  Don’t forget to give us links to your website etc.

Thank you for having me!

Website:  www.dbreynolds.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dbreynoldswriter

Twitter: @DBReynoldswrite

Unforgiven (A Cyn and Raphael Novella Book 3)  by D.B. Reynolds

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Release Date: October 10, 2014

Buy Link: http://amzn.to/1qCnqF5

 

ALLEGIANCE . . . the ties that bind. Friendship, duty, blood.

 

TREACHERY . . . when friendship is abused, duty turns to burden, and blood is not enough.

 

UNFORGIVEN . . . because there are some things that can never be forgotten.

 

Allegiance . . . Treachery . . . Unforgiven.

 

War is imminent, and a spy has infiltrated Raphael’s estate. But his target is not Raphael; it’s his sister, Alexandra, whose earlier duplicity nearly cost Cyn her life. Raphael and Cyn are determined to play the spy’s game, traveling to Mexico to discover who their enemy is and just how far he’ll go to win. But once Raphael finds his sister, can he take the chance that she won’t betray him again?

 

About the Author:

D. B. Reynolds is the RT Award-Winning author of the popular Vampires in America series of Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy and an Emmy-nominated television sound editor. She lives with her husband of many years in a flammable canyon near the Malibu coast, and when she’s not writing her own books, she can usually be found reading someone else’s. Visit her blog at www.dbreynolds.com for details on all of her books, for free stories and more.

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Karen Rose Smith: All-hallow-even

All-hallow-even by Karen Rose Smith

Nathans Vow New

 Energy surrounds us all the time. But around Halloween, we’re even more aware of it. Who hasn’t heard something go bump in the night when there is no logical explanation for the noise? After a loved one passes, have you ever felt their presence? On an important occasion or maybe on a holiday? Love is energy that never leaves us and I think we go on feeling it throughout our lives. I have an antique chest that belonged to my mom. Every time I pass it, I remember my childhood and the house where I grew up. Every once in a while, it seems to give off a scent that can take me back there in my mind…and in my heart. When it does, it seems to be at those times when I need the touch of my mom’s hand on my shoulder the most.

     I think energy, a sixth sense and intuition are all closely related. That’s why it was easy for me to create a heroine who can find missing persons through their bonds with their loved ones. In NATHAN’S VOW, Nathan asks Gillian to assist him in finding his ex-wife and daughters. Although Gillian was recommended to him because of her success rate, he is skeptical at first.  But he soon learns she indeed has a gift. He also learns that love is the greatest gift of all.

Halloween stirs up the pot of ideas beyond our usual realm.  Maybe that’s why some of the images surrounding it are so macabre.  But “Halloween” means “all-hallow-even.” Maybe it’s simply a night to celebrate everything we don’t understand and everything we wish we did!

 

Karen Rose Smith is the best-selling, award-winning author of 86 published romance and mysteries.

 

Blurb for NATHAN’s VOW:

“If you enjoy traditional contemporary romance packed with a lot of emotion, you will love Nathan’s Vow by Karen Rose Smith.” Barbara Meyers

Contemporary Paranormal Romance
Search for Love series, Book 1.

When Nathan Bradley’s ex-wife disappears with his daughters, he does everything in his power to find them. His private investigator hits a wall and suggests Nathan convince psychic Gillian Moore to help him. At first, Gillian is reluctant. She’d come to L.A. from Indiana to get lost in the crowd…to escape her gift that sometimes seemed more like a burden. As a manicurist, she is learning to relax again and enjoy life. But when Nathan makes his plea and shows her a picture of his girls, she knows she must help him. However, the spark and sizzle between them becomes a fascinating impediment to her progress. Gillian, who was once burnt by a divorced dad, tries to keep her perspective. But Nathan is a force to be reckoned with. Will her gift lead her to love or heartache once again?

Read Book 2 in the Search For Love series about Nathan’s private detective, Jake Donovan, in JAKE’S BRIDE. Book 3 is Nathan’s best friend’s story. Linc Granger is involved in a mystery and the search for love in ALWAYS DEVOTED. Book 4 ALWAYS HER COWBOY is a contemporary ranch romance. Readers will get to know Zack Burke, the doctor in ALWAYS DEVOTED. Book 5 HEARTFIRE (reunion/family romance) details journalist Tessa Kahill’s romance (from ALWAYS DEVOTED). In book 6, CASSIDY’S COWBOY, Lucy and Cassie search for their dad but Cassie finds love along the way. A family ripped apart finds bonds again in HER SISTER, Book 7 (women’s fiction).

Buy Links:

Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Nathans-Vow-Search-Love-Book-ebook/dp/B005EZCK54/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1412003476&sr=8-1&keywords=Nathan%27s+Vow

 

Barnes and Noble:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/nathans-vow-karen-rose-smith/1104532791?ean=2940013142886&itm=1&usri=2940013142886

 

Websites:

http://www.karenrosesmith.com

http://www.karenrosesmithmysteries.com

 

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https://www.facebook.com/KarenRoseSmithBooks

 

Twitter:

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