Thursday, October 19, 2017

Check Out Paranormal Romance OF DECEPTION AND DIVINITY by N.D. Jones

OF DECEPTION AND DIVINITY
Death and Destiny Trilogy, Book 3
by N.D. Jones

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Meet Constance Bretes and Read About JADE'S REDEMPTION

About Constance 

I started writing contemporary romance and contemporary romance suspense fifteen years ago, and after multiple rejections, got my first contract for Delayed Justice, released in 2014.

I live in Basin, Montana, where three feline furballs own me and my husband, and a dog that lives next door named Sara, who thinks she also lives with the Bretes family. I love the mountains that surround my home, I love basket weaving, jewelry making, and just visiting all the folks in the small community we live in.

I currently have seven books published, and a number of other ones in various stages of edits. Right now, I’m working on a new book, called Roadside Love. A murder mystery/romance is a small town in Wyoming. I have two other books that are at the end of their editing days and now at critique partners, the books are Elkhorn In The Moonlight and Rocky River Gold. Both are small town romances.

About JADE'S REDEMPTION



He's an overworked police chief, and she's a disgraced cop. Can he rescue her from her own depths of hell without losing his heart to her in the process?

Someone is kidnapping newborn infants and selling them to the highest bidder. Police Chief Patrick Carter has his hands full investigating the case. To complicate matters, he's short on staff.

Jade Harlowe has secrets, ones that she vowed no one would ever know. She used to be a police officer, but when a tragedy occurred—one that everyone held her responsible for—she resigned and moved to another state to start over, accepting a job as a dispatcher for the police, fire, and ambulance departments.

When Patrick discovers Jade's past police experience he offers her a job on the force. He needs help working the kidnapping cases, and Jade previously solved a similar case, so she could be a valuable asset. But will they be able to fight the attraction that's sizzling between them? Something that could be very distracting if they can't control it.

The clock is ticking. They have to find those babies and prevent more from being taken. But a very nosy news reporter may compromise everything if she digs deep enough to uncover Jade's past.

Neither Patrick nor Jade thought they had room for each other in their lives, but working so closely together makes it impossible to deny the chemistry. Can Patrick break through the wall Jade has built up around her, or will her past finally catch up with her and she loses everything once again?

Excerpt

When Jade arrived at the police station that morning, she saw that Patrick’s vehicle was already there. Why was he in the office so early?

She scanned her ID to get into the communication call room. She acknowledged the two dispatchers still on duty, then grabbed her mug and went to the break room. After pouring herself a cup of coffee, she headed back. On her way, she greeted two officers and walked by Patrick’s opened office door.

“Jade, in my office. I need to talk to you,” Patrick said.

“Okay.” She didn’t report to him, so why did he want to see her? She entered his office.

“Close the door,” he commanded, his voice terse.

She closed the door and sat in the chair in front of his desk.

“There was another kidnapping last night. Here’s the file on both kidnappings and files from other known cases to cross-reference. I need you to investigate the cases and try to get these babies back and prevent another one from being taken. I want you to go out into the street, ask questions, get in people’s faces, and help solve this crime.”

“Um, not an officer, Patrick.”

“You are now. If you’ll stand, I’ll swear you in.” He opened the desk drawer to get the book out.

“You can’t make me an officer, just like that.”

“Yes, I can. I know you were an officer in Oklahoma City, and I know your credentials are up-to-date. You are certified and ready to be an officer. All I need to do is swear you in.”

“You checked up on me?” Jade asked, her voice faltering.

“No, at first, I called the Oklahoma City Police to find out about the kidnapping case you mentioned. In the course of my discussion with the chief, I asked if he knew you, which he said he did.”

“Then you know what happened there.”

“No, they couldn’t tell me due to your non-disclosure stipulation.”

“Then you shouldn’t hire me.”

“I’m giving you an opportunity here. This is your chance to prove yourself. You are given full range to investigate the cases. You’ll report back to me every day as part of your training. I will guide you to where and how to solve this crime and many others. Now, are you up to it and ready to start?”

“But…Patrick…um…Chief. This is so sudden. I...” She was speechless, she didn’t want to do an investigation into a possible kidnapping. She didn’t want to handle cases that involved children. How could she get out of this? Did she really want to get out of this?

“Say yes so we can get started.”

“You sure about this?” She wasn’t, but she couldn’t tell him no. This was the kind of once-in-a-lifetime opportunity you didn’t turn down. It felt strange though; he never talked this fast, and he wanted her decision now.

“Yes, I’m sure. So, what do you say?”

“Chief, I’m not sure this is a good idea.”

“Why not?”

What could she tell him? “I’ve been away from police work a long time, and I’ve never been a detective. I was only in training to be one.”

“Your previous employer said that you were showing signs of being a good detective. Jade, I need a detective. I need fresh eyes, someone quick to analyze the situation and get to the bottom of this. I’m offering you a chance to prove you are the right person to do the job. Anyone else would jump at the opportunity. Why are you hesitating?”

“I…um...” She couldn’t tell him she didn’t want to work baby or children cases. You couldn’t be selective when you were a detective. You took all jobs, no matter how difficult or painful it was.

“Have you talked to the fire chief? Does he know?”

“Yes. I talked to him this morning. He’s going to hire someone to replace you.”

“What about the police commissioners?”

“I’ll deal with them.”

She stared at Patrick and swallowed a big lump in the back of her throat. A detective? Her heart hammered hard in her chest. Could she do it? If he knew her past, why would he even consider her for the job? Talk about a bombshell dropping. Couldn’t she have time to consider it?

But a little glimmer of hope sparked in her heart. So there was a chance for her to redeem herself?

She’d be stupid to turn down the opportunity. “Okay. I’ll do the best I can.”

“Good.” Patrick stood up, pulled out a Bible, and said, “Place your hand on this and repeat after me.”

After she was sworn in, they sat back down and Patrick went over the second kidnapping with her and handed her the files.

“I want you to work with Clyde on this, as he’s been doing the legwork. Between this case, the first case, and a murder case, he’s been pulling double duty trying to handle everything. But before you go out anywhere, you check in with me and let me know what you and Clyde are doing.”

She wished she could say she’d do the murder case. “It looks like this second baby was taken the same way. The two cases are likely related. Did you have any evidence that we can use?”

“So far, no. CSI went to the second scene this morning to gather any trace evidence there, but we won’t know anything for a couple of days. When you investigated the case in Oklahoma City, how did you crack it?”

“I posed as a woman wanting to adopt a baby.”

“How did you know who to connect with?”

“It was a long shot. I started with the kidnapped baby’s mother, then it went to a person who knew a person who knew a person. Then I created an identity of a woman desperate to adopt. I made sure I stayed visible and willing to try anything to get a baby.”
“I see.”

Jade rose, walked to the door, and put her hand on the doorknob, but before opening it, she turned to him. “Are you sure you want me to do this?”

Patrick leaned back in his chair and stared at her as if he was reflecting on something. “Yes, I’m sure. There are a lot of things we need to discuss. But right now I need you to get on board with Clyde, quickly, and start working this case while it’s still hot.”

“Okay. Where do you want me to work?”

“The next room down the hall is the detectives’ squad room.” He gestured with his thumb. “Grab whatever desk and computer you want. Stop by the lock-up room and get Mike to assign you a gun.”
The case was the opportunity of a lifetime for her. It gave her the chance to prove to herself, to Patrick, and the whole world, that she could do the job. Would solving this help make up for the child whose life was taken because of what she did?

She took a deep breath, opened the door, and headed to the lock-up room. She had walked into the station today as a nine-one-one dispatcher, and was now walking out as a detective.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Meet Linda Carroll-Bradd and Read About Hearts In Rhythm, a Montana Sky Kindle Worlds Novella, Book 5 of Entertainers of the West Series

About Linda

As a young girl, Linda was often found lying on her bed reading about fascinating characters having exciting adventures in places far away and in other time periods. In later years, she read and then started writing romances and achieved her first publication--a confession story. Married with 4 adult children and 2 granddaughters, Linda now writes heartwarming contemporary and historical stories with a touch of humor from her home in the southern California mountains.

About Hearts In Rhythm

Can a recovering ballerina and a horse trainer combine their skills to create an act for Buffalo Bill's Wild West exhibition, or will they chase their goals separately?

Ballerina Savina Lombard recuperates on her cousin's Montana Territory ranch from an injury preventing her from returning to the stage. Now her eye is set on Buffalo Bill's Wild West exhibition. Estefan del Vado arrives at the ranch for his annual visit for breeding and training Appaloosas. Collaborating on an act involving her dance skills and his horses draws them together. Ultimately, they're faced with chasing their separate goals or finding a path they both can walk.



Excerpt

Returning to the settee, she straddled the armrest and braced her hand at the front edge, fingers gripping the indentation marked by a row of domed brass tacks. A backward swing of her legs brought her feet under her, and she balanced in a squat on the ball of one foot and the heel of the injured one. Arms held straight out for balance, she rose to a stand then dipped her knees before kicking out her left leg.

What other moves would be entertaining? A pirouette? Using her left heel as the anchor, she pushed off with her right. The sofa's fabric was nothing like a polished floor, and she only achieved a half turn before tumbling onto the cushions on her back, her skirts above her knees. She giggled at the wonderful sensation of that brief spin and using her training. The second and third attempts were more successful, so she pushed herself harder.

Humming put cadence into her movements. Using her right foot held in demi-pointe, she curved her left leg behind for attitude derriere. The skirt constricted so she slid it a couple inches higher before lifting her arms into graceful arcs—one level in front of heer chest and one pointing upward. Eyes closed, she held the position, counting to five in her head as she assessed her body posture. Stretching her muscles produced a sting, but she relished commanding her limbs into familiar actions.

"Hey, Savina."

The interruption of Trent's call broke her concentration, and her eyes snapped open as she windmilled her arms.

"What the dickens?" Trent called.

Footsteps ran across the rug. "Hold on, I'll catch you."

The deep rasp of the strange voice startled her, and she froze then teetered. A flash of black moved closer. She finally lost her balance and fell sideways away from the couch into a pair of outstretched arms. The first sensation she registered was heat. The dark shirt she grasped retained the morning sunshine and the scent of fresh air tinged with an herb scent. Rosemary? And the earthy smells of leather and horses. Then she glanced upward into the darkest eyes she'd ever seen under twin slashes of thick black eyebrows.

"Uh, Savina, what were you doing standing on the sofa?"

Trent's voice held a confused note. Or was that concern? Of course, he'd wonder at the unusual spectacle she'd created. Her cheeks flushed, and she wiggled to show her desire to be released. In this position, her bare legs were exposed by the splits of her skirt.

An eyebrow quirked, and the side of the stranger's mouth moved upward in a crooked smile.

After wetting her lips, she inhaled against the rapid heartbeat that threatened to keep her from speaking. "P-please, sir."

Grinning, he leaned forward, tipping her upright as he lowered her feet to the floor.

Savina landed on her right foot then gripped the settee's armrest for support.

Trent stepped forward to retrieve her crutch and held it out. "Estefan, this is my cousin, Savina Lombard. And, Savina, here is the horse trainer I told you would be visiting, Estefan del Vado.

The guest pulled the black hat from his head and grinned.

Her senses still reeled from being held in the stranger's arms, and she could only nod. Any further utterance at this moment was past her ability. The introduction gave her permission to glance again at the stranger. He was tall and lean, with straight black hair. Flat silver disks accented his leather belt, as did a large matching buckle. From their brief contact, she knew the body under his shirt was well muscled. Firmer and more rounded than the men who'd been her dance partners.

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Get a Jump Start on the Holiday Season With A CHANCE THIS CHRISTMAS, Book 3 of the Road to Romance Series

A CHANCE THIS CHRISTMAS
Road to Romance series, book 3
by Joanne Rock

Friday, October 13, 2017

: Meet Award-winning Author Pamela S. Thibodeaux and Read About THE INHERITANCE

About Pam

Pam is the Co-Founder and a lifetime member of Bayou Writers Group in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Multi-published in romantic fiction as well as creative non-fiction, her writing has been tagged as“Inspirational with an Edge!” ™ and reviewed as “steamier and grittier than the typical Christian novel without decreasing the message.”

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About THE INHERITANCE





After her husband’s death she discovers a future she never expected and a family she never imagined.

Widowed at age thirty-nine and suffering from empty nest syndrome, Rebecca Sinclair is overshadowed by grief and loneliness.  Her husband has been deceased for a year, her oldest child has moved to New York in pursuit of an acting career and her youngest child is attending college in France. Having spent over half of her life as a wife and mother, she has no idea what God has in store for her now.  Will an unexpected inheritance in the wine country of New York bring meaning and purpose to her life and give her the courage to love again? 

US Postal worker Raymond Jacobey has been in love with the little widow since he first set eyes on her.  A wanderer searching for the ever-illusive soul mate, Ray has never stayed in one place too long. Raised by self-centered, high-power executives, he’s longed for the idyllic life of residing in a cozy house in a small town with the love of his life. Will he gain the heart of the lovely widow or will he lose her to the wine country of New York?  

Excerpt  

A picture began to take shape in her mind…an old woman standing in the doorway of a big house…a young woman of heartbreaking beauty, thin, fragile, dark hair flying in the wind, sobs shaking her slender frame… “Look at her and tell me she’s not his!” She pointed to the little girl clinging to her skirt. Tugging the child from behind her, the young woman jerked around to face the old one once more. “She looks just like him!” she insisted, gripping the little girl’s hand.
Rebecca’s hand.

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An Interview with Pam

What inspired this novel? How did it come about?
The Inheritance is one novel that began with a simple thought: They say life begins at forty, but for Rebecca Sinclair that’s far from the truth. Of course, as a nosy writer I had to find out why Rebecca felt that way.

What was the hardest part of writing your book?
The hardest part of writing The Inheritance was making sure Rebecca’s feelings and emotions around her husband’s illegitimate child were authentic and stayed within her character – not what I would do or think.

How did you come up with the concept and the setting?
Characters came first then setting for The Inheritance. My step-children live in Washington and I’ve visited Hammondsport, NY so the places depicted in the novel are drawn from my memories and impressions of both.

What is the message you hope to get across in this story?
That, when it comes to love and forgiveness, we are called to be true imitators of Christ. I hope Rebecca’s handling of her deceased husband’s illegitimate child will encourage readers to open their hearts and minds and broaden their perspective on areas of pain, anger and unforgiveness in their own lives.

What is the one question you wish an interviewer would ask you?
            Q: To what or whom do you credit your success?
            A: Many people have a love/hate relationship with their muse. My muse is the Holy Spirit and I accredit every ounce of success to the grace of God because without HIM I seriously doubt I could write a single word, much less stories that bring hope and healing to so many.

What is your work schedule like when you are writing?
Unlike many writers, I'm not strictly disciplined. However, when I am actively writing, I write—very little editing, or working on other projects, limited time online, not much networking or blogging, sleep comes only in snatches, meals are scarce and light, and definitely no playing!

When do you feel like it all began to come together for you as a writer—was there a particular moment?
After years as a closet writer, penning stories in 5-subject notebooks, I'd have to say when I purchased my first, USED word processor and started typing in all those handwritten manuscripts I really began to feel like a writer.

Who has influenced you most as a writer and why?
There is really no one person to whom I can attribute this to, so many have helped me along the way. I’d have to say that my love of reading has influenced me the most. Reading opens doors to the imagination, takes you places you’d never be able to go otherwise and improves your visualization and vocabulary skills. Now, I’m able to implement all those things into my own writing.


What are some of the challenges you face as an author?
The biggest challenge I face is not having my work accepted by the “Christian” publishers. As one reviewer said, “though undeniably Christian, it is never dogmatic or insular; offering faith rather than religion.” (Review of Tempered Dreams by Elizabeth Burton for Blue Iris Journal) My books deal with issues in a way that is unacceptable in the traditional CBA market. Now that is not saying that my books are better than those published through traditional CBA publishers, only different. As I’ve said many times, everything that gives God glory deserves to be praised!


What are a few writing tips you could share with aspiring writers?
The bible exhorts us to “study and show yourself approved.” Keep studying, keep writing, keep learning, stay open to constructive critique and NEVER GIVE UP! Writing is both gift and talent given to you by God. Don’t hide your gift or bury your talent. Whatever you write, write well. Strive for excellence. Stay teachable, pliable, and flexible. Never believe that you know it all because knowledge is power and the more you know the more valuable you become. Above all share what you learn with others and make someone’s load lighter to bear.

Any marketing tips?
Marketing is an intricate part of the publishing business and publishers today expect authors to do their fair share. However, marketing/promotion can be overwhelming as the more you learn, the more there is to learn. For every thing you accomplish, there are hundreds more you can do. My motto is: Do something every day and your best then let God do the rest and remember it takes time to build a career.

What is your goal or mission as a writer?
A committed Christian, I firmly believe in God and His promises. God is very real to me. I believe that people today need and want to hear more of His truths wherever they can glean them and I do my best to encourage readers to develop a personal relationship with Him. The deepest desire of my heart is to glorify God and to get His message of faith, trust, and forgiveness to a hurting world. My hope is that all of my stories will touch the lives of everyone who reads them and - in some way - bring them a truer knowledge of God and urge them into a closer walk with Him.





Thursday, October 12, 2017

My New Historical Romantic Thriller SHARING HAMILTON Coming Soon!


I'm delighted to announce that I just signed a contract for my new historical romantic thriller, SHARING HAMILTON, co-written with best selling author Brian Porter. It centers on the nation's first sex scandal in 1791 between Alexander Hamilton and the beautiful Maria Reynolds, whose con artist husband James blackmailed Hamilton. This became tabloid fodder of the time, known as "The Reynolds Affair."
My British author friend Brian Porter writes murder mysteries set in England. I needed him to add his skills on writing about the darker side of life to produce the subplot about a Jack the Ripper-type murderer prowling the nighttime streets of America's first capital, Philadelphia. The challenge was to take my completed manuscript and seamlessly add the subplot as though the whole book was written in one continuous stream.
SHARING HAMILTON is coming soon from Creativia Publishing and I'll post about it here. Stay tuned!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

There's Something Strange About "The Mother-in-Law" - Suspense Thriller by Judy Moore

THE MOTHER-IN-LAW
by Judy Moore

Monday, October 9, 2017

It's Halloween Season!--BACK 2 SCHOOL Paranormal--Some Awesome Books

Friday, October 6, 2017

Check Out Paranormal Romance FINNGARICK by Victoria Danann

FINNGARICK
Black Swan D.I.T., book 2
by Victoria Danann

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Start the Halloween Season Off Right--Horror Thriller VEIN RIVER

VEIN RIVER
by Kellie Honaker

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

My New Historical Thriller SHARING HAMILTON Coming Out Soon



I'm delighted to announce that I just signed a contract for my new historical romantic thriller, SHARING HAMILTON, co-written with best selling author Brian Porter. It centers on the nation's first sex scandal in 1791 between Alexander Hamilton and the beautiful Maria Reynolds, whose con artist husband James blackmailed Hamilton. This became tabloid fodder of the time, known as "The Reynolds Affair."
My British author friend Brian Porter writes murder mysteries set in England. I needed him to add his skills on writing about the darker side of life to produce the subplot about a Jack the Ripper-type murderer prowling the nighttime streets of America's first capital, Philadelphia. The challenge was to take my completed manuscript and seamlessly add the subplot as though the whole book was written in one continuous stream.
SHARING HAMILTON is coming soon from Creativia Publishing and I'll post about it here. Stay tuned!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

ALL I WANT FOR HALLOWEEN, Contemporary Romance by Marie Harte

ALL I WANT FOR HALLOWEEN
by Marie Harte

Monday, October 2, 2017

Meet Kay Maree, Author of Paranormal Romance MAJESTIC,

MAJESTIC
Midnight Crest series
by Kay Maree