Archive | November 2015

Cyber Monday Sale at Liquid Silver Books

All novels at Liquid Silver Books are 50% off now through the end of Cyber Monday (i.e., until 12:01 p.m. EST, December 1, 2015), including Hearts in Ruin. The catalog includes romance of every kind, available in all eBook formats. Hearts in Ruin is a romantic suspense novel, and revolves around an archaeological site involving a controversial discovery.

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Liquid Silver Books is one of the longest standing eBook publishers in the market. Liquid Silver’s listings include descriptions, excerpts and “heat” levels, so you can find just the right touch for your reading pleasure.

Following is the opening few pages of Hearts in Ruin:

Prologue

Despite the warm evening wind, Tala drew her knees close and shivered. Under the starlight, below the community’s terraced crops, mastodons filled the valley, their footfalls echoing in the dirt. But above, the Fire Star grew.

Not a good sign.

“I have something for you,” said Bin. He crouched near her on the grassy hill. “Close your eyes.”

She inclined her head. “What is it?”

“Hold out your hands,” he prodded.

She complied. A cold weight pressed down upon her palms. “Can I look now?”

“Yes.”

Her breath caught in her throat. His gift was a beautiful bowl, bright and colorful with intricate, flowery designs. Around its interior were three words.

Bin loves Tala.

“Do you like it?” he asked.

She didn’t know how to respond. It was very sweet. But now? The Fire Star loomed. They faced imminent change—a shift that would unbalance everything. Still, this simple display pierced those concerns.

“I want you and no one else,” he said.

“Bin, I…”

He frowned. “You feel that way, too…don’t you?”

Tears welled. She glanced at the Fire Star.

He followed her gaze. “That’s a good sign,” he assured her. “It means we will be happy.”

He extended a hand. She drew a deep, slow breath, accepted his hand, and stood. The bowl slipped from her lap and cracked against a stone.

She gasped.

His eyes widened. His Adam’s apple bobbed. An intense remorse swept through her, momentarily eclipsing her fear of the Fire Star. She had to make this right.

She placed her hand on his chest and held his gaze. “I do love you, Bin.”

He blinked.

She kneeled and lifted the bowl and a fragment that had fallen from it. “This is a good sign. The words are intact.” She then handed the piece to him and arranged his hand. She held the bowl and placed it with the shard in his hand, matching. “This is yours.” She motioned. “And this is mine. It means we belong together.”

She watched his expression shift from despair to joy. He smiled and wrapped his arms around her. His eyes sliced to the Fire Star and back. He flashed a cocky smirk. “Everything will be fine,” he crooned. “You’ll see.”

She pressed her face against his chest. No, she thought. It won’t.

Bin lowered his mouth toward her ear. “We have everything we need. Nothing can change all this.”

She squeezed. He was right about how she felt. She would accept him into her heart. She saw no reason to deny that. But he was wrong about everything else.

Things would not be fine.

They would not last.

At least they had each other—even if only for now.

Chapter 1

Three unexpected visitors waited at the summit overlooking the New Mexico high- desert site. Wind whipped at them. Crouched near the center of the dig, Daniel recognized only one—his friend, Sammy Bia, the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer.

The others wore suits.

Daniel groaned. He dropped the unusual artifact he’d been examining into a plastic bag, scribbled a precise location with a fading pen, and stuffed the sample into his shirt pocket. He did not need a distraction. Just yesterday he rid himself of the pesky Spring- semester team. The next batch had to be better.

Daniel climbed the makeshift walkway to greet the trio. He didn’t want them tromping all over the excavation.

Naturally, this encounter does not go well. To keep reading, visit Liquid Silver Books.

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Alice Orr: Strawberries are Red — Tractors are Pink

Several years ago I bought my husband Jonathan a 1947 tractor to drive in the annual town parade. Back then I had no idea how much that tractor would come to mean to our family. Because back then I had no idea I’d be diagnosed with breast cancer.

We lived on Vashon Island then in Puget Sound twenty minutes by ferry from Seattle. We followed our grandchildren there from New York City – and their parents too. We were all at our first Strawberry Festival Parade when my tractor quest began.

The village main street was packed with people. Children cross-legged on the curb waited to scurry after candy tossed by the marchers. The smell of burgers and sausages drifted from a nearby food booth next to the biggest strawberry shortcakes I’d ever seen.

This was the island’s blowout event of the year but for me it was much more. I grew up in a town where they had summer parades. I’d scramble for a seat on the curbstone just like these kids now. I never expected to be part of anything like it again. Yet here I was – swallowing a sudden lump in my throat.

JJonathan on the Pink Tractoronathan didn’t share my nostalgia. It was a hot day and his interest had already flagged. Then he saw the antique tractors. The crowd roared but Jonathan wasn’t applauding. He was absolutely still. The closer they rolled. The brighter his eyes shone. I vowed right then and there that someday Jonathan would drive his own tractor in this parade.

Pink turned up three years later in Eastern Washington – a hot prairie contrast to the notoriously wet weather where we lived in Western Washington. The sun is so intense over there that our new old tractor had bleached from orange to a lovely shade of pink. We decided to leave her that way and our five acres became known as Pink Tractor Farm.

The first year Jonathan tried his best to get Pink running for the parade but despite his efforts she didn’t make it. The next year we’d moved from the island to the mainland. Before long we were yearning for the small community life we’d grown to love without realizing it. Then Pink Tractor Farm was on the market again and we bought it back.

Two months later we were back on Vashon. Same house and five acres. Same pink tractor. The difference was I had cancer. The last thing we needed was another project. But Jonathan understood what a boost it would be for me to see Pink in the Strawberry Festival Parade.

With the help of an old tractor hand named Milt – Jonathan worked many frustrating hours to get Pink running strong enough to drive the two miles to town then another mile along the parade route plus back home again.

Midnight before parade day he was tinkering by lamplight. He tinkered the next morning too until there was no tinker time left. He and Pink had to get to the parade lineup or it would be no-go again this year. They chugged down our driveway to the road. Ahead lay the long hill from our place to the lineup point.

Our two grandchildren were with me in my red jeep to spot Jonathan as he attempted the climb. Several times Pink’s engine turned over then ran a few minutes and stalled. Jonathan pronounced the inevitable by cell phone. “She’s not going to make it.”

But the children weren’t ready to give up. “Grandpa can do it!” five-year-old Julian said over and over as his ten-year-old sister Maya crossed all of her fingers. That hope and belief radiating out the jeep window to Jonathan and his pink charger may explain why he gave her one more try and she rumbled to life at last then began to climb the hill.

“Come on, Honey. You can do it,” I whispered as the kids and I drove ahead to find a parade-watching spot. “Grandpa will make it,” Maya assured me and I prayed she’d be right. It was nothing less than a family victory when Pink bumped past us at about three miles an hour smack dab in the middle of the Procession of the Antique Tractors.

“Yay Grandpa. Yay Pink Tractor Farm,” the children cheered as they jumped up and down waving the bright pink poster-board signs I’d made three years before and somehow preserved.

I’d been through six surgical procedures since spring and faced a seventh the following week. We didn’t yet know that by summer’s end I’d be blessed with a miraculous prognosis. Ninety-five or more percent chance of no recurrence of the cancer.

That Saturday parade morning I was simply tired. I planned to stay in my camp chair and wave. But as Jonathan drove by I got out of the chair and walked into the road. I reached up and grasped my husband’s hand.

We stared into each other’s eyes for a moment that contained all of the challenges between our first Strawberry Festival and this moment which was about a lot more than a pink tractor. Later on I would sum it up in this bumpy three-mile-an-hour rhyme.

Strawberries are red.
Tractors are pink.
There’s more triumph inside us than we may think.

Alice Orr – http://www.aliceorrbooks.com

Alice 72 headshot[1]“Alice Orr is a brilliant writer who has a Number One best seller hidden in her pocket. I look forward to more of her work,” says one Amazon reviewer. I say “Thanks!” I love to write. Especially romantic suspense novels and blog posts. I’ve been a workshop leader, book editor and literary agent. Now I live my dream of writing full-time. I’ve published thirteen novels and four novellas – both traditionally and independently – plus a memoir so far. I wrote my nonfiction book, No More Rejections, as a gift to the writers’ community I cherish. A revised edition is now in progress. Amazon says, “This book has it all.” About my romantic suspense, Amazon says, “Alice Orr turns up the heat.” Most of all, I like to hear from readers. Visit my website at http://www.aliceorrbooks.com. I have two grown children and two perfect grandchildren and I live with my husband Jonathan in New York City.

A VACANCY AT THE INN
Riverton Road Romantic Suspense Series Christmas Novella
Luke & Bethany’s Story by Alice Orr

On a cold December day Bethany Miller and her son Michael arrive in Riverton.

A Vacancy at the Inn - Cover 2 200x300 - 20.6 KBShe grew up on Riverton Hill in remote upstate New York where her complicated family still lives. She moved away to escape all of that and more. Now she’s back because of complications in her present life with what is best for her son. She hopes the Miller family will be a Christmas blessing for Michael. She’s less hopeful about what this homecoming will be for her.

The last thing Bethany wants is further complication. That means the last person she needs to see is Luke Kalli staring down at her from the roof of Miller’s Inn. They shared a glorious connection before she fled from here. The power of that encounter and the deep feelings she experienced came at a tumultuous moment in her life. They were yet another strong reason to leave Riverton Hill on Riverton Road and never return – until today. She has no idea this place will put her son in peril.

A Vacancy at the Inn is the first Novella of the Riverton Road Romantic Suspense Series featuring the Kalli family and now the Miller family too in stories of Romance and Danger. A Wrong Way Home is Book 1 of the series. A Year of Summer Shadows is Book 2.  A Villain for Vanessa will be Book 3 – coming soon.

Available at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B017RZFGWC.

All titles are available at http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B000APC22E.

 

 

New Release: Trusting Love Again by Starla Kaye

 

2013 Starla-Prof 2 5x5.1Starla has been writing and publishing in different romance sub-genres and lengths for twenty years. Her first published book, Tug of Love, was a “sweet” romance published with iUniverse. Currently she mainly writes edgier romances with an erotic or slightly naughty focus.

She enjoys writing about strong-willed, independent women who butt heads with equally determined, self-confident, and slightly domineering men. Her belief in relation to her heroes is to find them their perfect match, but make him really work for the happily-for-now or happily-ever-after with the woman who wins his heart. Of course, she likes her heroines to be challenged as well. Love isn’t easy.

To date she has published 20 novels, 39 novellas, 8 anthologies, 18 short stories, and 3 audio books. Starla writes for Decadent Publishing, Black Velvet Seductions, and Blushing Books. CLICK HERE for a Printable Book List.

Where to Find Starla Kaye

Trusting Love Again

trusting love again.inddAll she wants is to start over, live a peaceful life…

After an abusive marriage and an ugly divorce, Toni needs to rebuild her self-confidence and start a new life in her hometown. Going home again and confronting people she’d hurt when she’d left is never easy. She’d hung onto the idea of buying a long-abandoned old house and remodeling it to help her recover. But a man from her past has recently purchased it for his business. That’s her emotional breaking point and she does something reckless. Now she must pay the legal consequences of her foolish actions…by working for him.

All he wants is to focus on his work…

Chad’s job as a lawyer working to protect the rights of the abused elderly consumes his time and energy. It cost him his marriage and an aborted child he hadn’t known about. Now he works harder, guards his bruised heart. Yet the return of someone he’d held secret feelings for comes back to town. She upsets his world, starting with minor destruction of his business property and causing him minor injury. He shouldn’t become involved in helping this troubled woman, yet he can’t keep from doing so.

Two heart-damaged people have trouble trusting love again.

Excerpt

“I feel like such a wimp, letting him get to me again.” She moved away and walked over to slump down on the sofa. “All it took was hearing his voice.”

Chad closed the door and took a calming second before he faced her. “You’re not a wimp. That scumbag should be locked up for what he did to you.”

The color had returned to her face once more and she gave him a fragile smile. “I’ve come to realize that everything that happened wasn’t all his fault.”

He blinked at her. “What?”

She shrugged out of her coat and let it fall behind her. “I allowed it to happen, and not just because of the whole love, honor, and obey stuff. I was blinded by his charm, and his ease at throwing me apologies is not an excuse. I saw through them. But I wanted to believe in the magic of love too much. I wanted him to be the Prince Charming of my dreams. He wasn’t. He’d never been that, not even when we started dating. I was just too determined to make him into it.”

“You always were a romantic.” He remembered how much she’d liked the Disney movies, especially the ones with happy endings for one couple or another. Ted had done his best to avoid them. Beauty and the Beast had been her favorite; The Little Mermaid was another one Chad knew she’d watched over and over. To his friend’s disbelief, he had sat with her in the Thornton family room and watched both of them one day when she’d been miserable with the chicken pox. She’d been ten, he fifteen. He’d taken a lot of ribbing from Ted for doing it, but he’d done it anyway. Did she even remember that time?

She gave him an amused smile. “I don’t watch Disney movies anymore. Well, not like I used to do.”

He glanced at the coffee table and the thick paperback lying on top, a romance novel. After what she’d been through, it surprised him. “I would have expected you’d be reading a murder mystery or something dark.”

She shrugged. “I still enjoy a good happy ending, particularly a story that pulls my heart strings. Just because there isn’t such a thing in my life, doesn’t mean I don’t want it for others.”

He understood why she felt that way, but it bothered him. “You shouldn’t give up, Antoinette. Give yourself some time. Don’t rule out having something special because of one jerk.”

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Book Details

  • Book Title: Trusting Love Again
  • Publisher: Black Velvet Seductions
  • Date Published: November 8, 2015
  • ISBN: 2940156674237
  • ASIN: B017RNS888
  • Genre: Contemporary romance
  • Heat Rating: 3
  • Page Count:  99

 

Cowboys and Christmas: Ring in the Holidays with a Helping Hand

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Welcome to the 2nd annual

Cowboys and Christmas

Blog Tour!

Raising funds and awareness for the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund

Ring in the Holidays with a Helping Hand

NoJCCF logovember 1 through Dec. 24, 10 percent of the net proceeds from all Shanna Hatfield book sales will be donated to the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund. The JCCF is a non-profit organization that assists rodeo athletes who’ve sustained catastrophic injuries and are unable to work for an extended period. Every book purchased during this promotional period adds to the donation total. Don’t forget to add books to your Christmas lists!

USA Today Bestselling Author Shanna Hatfield writes character-driven romances with relatable heroes and heroines. Her historical westerns have been described as “reminiscent of the era captured by Bonanza and The Virginian” while her contemporary works have been called “laugh-out-loud funny, and a little heart-pumping sexy without being explicit in any way.”

Season of Giving

It’s a pleasure to be here today sharing a little about my holiday romance The Christmas Cowboy, the first book in the Rodeo Romance series.

Bronc9Tate Morgan is a good-looking, dimple-cheeked saddle bronc rider chasing his dream of earning a World Champion title.

Frequenting the small airport near his ranch in southeast Washington on his way to rodeos, he keeps seeing the same beautiful brunette. He finally works up the courage to sit down next to her one morning and strikes up a conversation as they wait for a flight to Denver.

Kenzie Beckett is a trainer for a direct sales company, traveling coast-to-coast as she works with consultants and the corporate team. Gone more than she’s home, she doesn’t have time to invest in relationships, particularly with a cowboy. Burned twice by sweet-talking men wearing Wranglers and boots, the last thing Kenzie plans to do is give a third one the chance to break her heart.

As the name of the book implies, Tate is The Christmas Cowboy. He loves everything about the holiday season from sweet treats to decking the halls. His enthusiasm for the holidays made it so much fun for me to incorporate several holiday tidbits into the story.

In The Christmas Cowboy, Tate is injured at a rodeo. While I was writing that particular scene, I wanted to make sure I had my facts straight so I reached out to the Justin Sportsmedicine Team ™. They have mobile medical centers they take to more than 125 PRCA rodeos annually. When they responded to my many questions, I was so impressed with them I wanted to do something nice in return.

That’s when I got the idea of donating part of my book sale proceeds to the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund. The non-profit organization assists professional rodeo athletes who have sustained serious injurious and could be out of work for an extended period. I think it’s a very worthwhile cause and giving back to them is just my way of saying thanks for their help in answering my questions.

All my books are included in the promotion although the idea for the donation generated with The Christmas Cowboy.

Christmas Cowboy 1Excerpt:

“It was very nice to meet you, too,” Kenzie said, genuinely pleased he sat beside her the other day as they waited for their flight to Denver. It would be so easy for her to fall for the handsome, charming cowboy, but Kenzie didn’t intend to make that kind of mistake.

After today, she’d probably never see him again anyway.

“Maybe I’ll see you around sometime.” Tate didn’t want to let go of Kenzie’s hand and walk to his truck, but he needed to get on the road home.

“Maybe.” Finally mustering the strength to pull her hand from Tate’s grasp, she smiled at him. “Good luck with the rodeo season.”

“Thanks.” He started to walk away then stopped, unable to leave without tasting her lips. Suddenly dropping his bag, he took a step back and put his hands on either side of her face.

Gently rubbing his thumbs across her incredibly soft cheeks, he moved closer until his belt buckle brushed against the front of her suit and peered into her eyes. Fully expecting to see disapproval or surprise, he smiled when he recognized a look of invitation.

He whispered “for good luck,” right before his lips settled on hers in a demanding kiss that took her breath away. Unable to think of anything except how right it felt to be with him, she lingered in his embrace.

Lost in the sensations produced by his insistent mouth, her hands wound around his neck, while his wrapped around her waist, pulling her flush against him. Abruptly, reality washed over her and she pulled away.

Stunned for a moment by the impact of the kiss, Kenzie tried to regain her mental footing. Tate dropped his hands and stepped back.

~*~

New Releases

To kick off the second annual Cowboys and Christmas Blog Tour and the JCCF campaign, two brand new holiday romances will release Nov. 12!

Capturing Christmas CoverCapturing Christmas is the third installment in the sweet holiday western Rodeo Romance series.

Life is hectic on a good day for rodeo stock contractor Kash Kressley. Between dodging flying hooves and babying cranky bulls, he barely has time to sleep. The last thing Kash needs is the entanglement of a sweet romance, especially with a woman as full of fire and sass as the redheaded photographer he rescues at a rodeo.

Determined to capture the best images possible, rodeo photographer Celia McGraw is fearless and feisty. Not one to back down from a challenge, her biggest risk isn’t in her work. Danger lurks in the way her heart responds to one incredibly handsome stock contractor. Will Kash and Celia capture the spirit of the season?

Pre-order your copy today! http://amzn.to/1FC8ZQj

Rodeo-Romance-Block-for-webGet all three books in the Rodeo Romance series!

The Christmas Vow CoverThe Christmas Vow is the fourth book in the Hardman Holidays sweet Victorian romance series.

Columbia River Pilot Adam Guthry returns to his hometown of Hardman, Oregon, after the sudden death of his best friend. Emotions he can’t contain bubble to the surface the moment he sees the girl who shattered his heart eleven years ago.

Widow Tia Devereux escapes her restrictive life in Portland, returning to the home she knew and adored as a girl in Hardman. She and her four-year-old son, Toby, settle into the small Eastern Oregon community, eager for the holiday season. Unfortunately, the only man she’s ever loved shows up, stirring the embers of a long-dead romance into a blazing flame. When her former father-in-law, a corrupt judge, decides he wants to raise Toby, Adam may be the only hope she has of keeping her son.

You can pre-order your copy today for only $2.99! http://amzn.to/1KQHhvI

Hardman-Holidays-block for webDon’t miss out on the Hardman Holidays series!

 

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You’re Invited to PARTY!

You’re invited to join in the online Cowboys & Christmas Facebook Party, Thursday, Nov. 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (PST). Drop in anytime during those four hours to enter to win great prizes, chat with guest authors, and more (many of the giveaways will stay open until the following morning)!

Here’s the link to the party: http://tinyurl.com/cowboychristmasparty2

The talented guest authors joining in the celebration include:
10 a.m. – Carmen Peone
10:30 – Kayla Dawn Thomas
11 a.m. – Melanie D. Snitker, Author
11:30 – Julie Cerniglia Lence
Noon – Author CJ Samuels
12:30 – Rachel Rossano
1 p.m. – Author Kristin Holt
1:30 – Dani Harper

 

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Enter to Win Prizes!

To enter the drawing for an Amazon gift card, Wrangler Tote Bag, Rock & Roll Cowgirl T-shirt, autographed books, chocolates, and more fun goodies, fill out this form. Winners will be randomly drawn and announced Nov. 16. http://tinyurl.com/cowboychristmasprizes2

Where to Find The Books

The Christmas Cowboy Cover Start the Rodeo Romance Series with The Christmas Cowboy.

Kindle | Amazon

christmas bargain coverTravel back to a time of grandeur in the old west

with the Hardman Holidays series.

The Christmas Bargain begins the popular series

and is available free for a very limited time!

Kindle | Amazon

About Shanna Hatfield

Shanna Hatfield 2Convinced everyone deserves a happy ending, hopeless romantic Shanna Hatfield is out to make it happen, one story at a time. Her sweet historical and contemporary romances combine humor and heart-pumping moments with characters that seem incredibly real.

When she isn’t writing or indulging in chocolate (dark and decadent, please), Shanna hangs out with her husband, lovingly known as Captain Cavedweller.

This USA Today bestselling author is a member of Western Writers of America, Women Writing the West, Romance Writers of America, Sweet Romance Reads, and Pioneer Hearts.

Find Shanna’s books at:

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Your NaNo Guide: Covers are Apparently Important so Lets Make One

The Writing Crafter

I got bored so I made a cover. My NaNo book cover

If we believe NaNo’s website, (and at this point we should because they’ve suckered us into this impossible task), then making a cover for your book will make you more likely to win. I’ve made a pretty cover for my novel, now I’m going to show you how to do it too!

Its really quick, fairly painless, and doesn’t need any pricey software, I’m using a free internet site called picmonkey, which is great and you can do almost anything with it.

Disclaimer: This is just a cover for NaNo, its not meant to be used for publishing (although you could if you want), but if you decide to use this for publishing, be extra careful that you have permission to use the images. Go here for information about copy rights.

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Appearing in this year's Miko Fogarty as Clara.

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How to NaNo like a boss in 5 easy steps

Million Words

NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month, and refers to a group of over 300,000 writers who engage in a yearly writing endeavor, the goal of which is to write 50,000 words in a month. Although the word count is the flashiest thing about NaNo, it’s really a way to celebrate stories and writing, and help guide people towards producing a final project. Here are a few tips for NaNo success.

Time to buckle down and write!Time to buckle down and write!

1. Don’t worry so much about word count

This may come as a shock, I know, but the truth is that NaNo’s word count goal simply doesn’t work for everyone. For some people, it’s a great motivator. This is particularly true of those who like to throw all propriety and dignity to the wind and sprint through a first draft, then come back and do heavy revisions later.

Not everyone writes that way, however…

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