Calisa Rhose presents ~ The Martini Club 4 series authors #MFRWAuthor #roaring20s

Osiyo~

Man-oh-man am I excited to introduce you all to these four fabulous writers, and ladies I consider friends, today!!! All but one are previously published, so a special welcome and congrats on your debut, Krysta Scott!!!

I’ll get right to it and turn the round pen over to these four friends who wrote a series together over months of martinis. Ladies, you’re up! :)

Martini Club 4 – The 1920s

A few years ago, myself and three of my writer friends—Amanda McCabe, Kathy L Wheeler, and Krysta Scott—began meeting each Friday evening (unless something extremely important kept one of us away, and trust me, it had to be IMPORTANT) for Martinis and various other libations, at the Martini Lounge in Edmond, Oklahoma. In time, we came to dub our gathering the ‘Martini Club.’ We unwind, vent, chat about writing, laugh, and strengthen an already strong bond of friendship. It’s not only fun, it’s beneficial. As all writers know, no other friend besides a writer friend truly understands us. (We also have an honorary MC member, Cindy Sorenson. Although she is a writer, she declined to write one of the stories, but she has been invaluable as far as brainstorming and beta reading. So, what else could we do…we named a character after her in the series!)

During one of these gatherings, one of us, and I can’t remember who, made an offhand remark about writing stories centered around the Martini Club. The idea blossomed from there, and the ‘Martini Club 4’ series was born. We thought it would be fun to set our first MC4 stories in the 1920’s, but we intend to write more in other decades in the future. During the planning, plotting, and writing, we have had a few weekend retreats that were loads of fun, and some were even productive. J What a joy to do something that I love so much—writing—with a group of ladies that I love so much!

Today is release day, and we are all so excited!

*** The price through the end of February is ONLY 99¢ each – Regular price $2.99. ***MC4coverbanner

Blurb:

Four young English women discover friendship, romance, and danger in 1920’s New York City…

  • Jessica:  An aristocratic reporter with a penchant for trouble, she encounters sexy, mysterious Frank Markov, owner of an elegant new speakeasy and a man with secrets she’s dying to uncover. ~ Rebellious
  • Eliza: She fled England in pursuit of a better life, but her illusions are shattered when she falls prey to a scoundrel who draws her into a life of prostitution. When she meets Vince Taggart, a former boxer in search of his missing friend, she finds hope and the promise of love. ~ Ruined
  • Margaret: Her impulsive nature lands her face-to-face with gangsters and bootleggers. Even more disarming is her undeniable attraction to the enigmatic Harry Dempsey. ~ Reckless
  • Charlotte: Her dreams of owning her own bakery crumble when blackmail and murder land at her feet. Is the dashing detective her ruin or her salvation? ~ Runaway

Excerpt: (from Reckless by Kathy L Wheeler)

Meggie couldn’t believe it. She, Jessie and Lady Charlotte Leighton, or Charli as she preferred now that she was embarking on a new life too, were just blocks from walking up the gangplank to freedom. A new start. No more innuendoes from her mother and brothers. If they could just make it to the ship without Charli giving them away.

“Don’t look so terrified, Charli.” Meggie tried to curb her irritation. Charli couldn’t help being so shy. “This is an adventure.”

Jessie looped her arm through Charli’s. “You’ll see. We’ll have a grand time. You won’t have to marry that stodgy Lord Brigdon. In no time at all you’ll be baking, not just the best scones Americans have ever tasted, but the best cakes, and pastries for the most lavish parties imaginable.”

Meggie had to give Charli credit as she tried smiling through her fear, yet not quite managing the feat.

“I’d just feel better if we’d brought a maid or…or some companion.” Her voice trembled.

Meggie was careful to keep her tone gentle. “You know we couldn’t have dared trusting anyone.” They hadn’t boarded the Empress of India yet. Not all danger lay around the London docks. Samuel’s dukedom could stifle their plans as effectively as murder.

Thick fog hovered low in the early grey morning skies. A shudder skittered up Meggie’s spine. “Let’s hurry,” she said, broadening her steps.

Activity picked up the closer they grew to the water, along with the stench. All conversation stalled, and Meggie gripped the handle of her bag as they made their way briskly down the street.

“No!” The voice reached through the dense atmosphere a mere block from their destination.

“Come on, love. I’ll be gentle,” the words slurred heavily.

Meggie stopped.

“What are you doing?” Charli whispered, her voice as alarmed as the girl Meggie was trying to discern through the soupy sky.

“We have to help,” she whispered back.

“Oh, Megs.” Jessie rolled her eyes—Meggie could hear it in her voice.

At least Jessie would understand. If Meggie hadn’t stopped she had no doubt Jess would have.

“Let me go. Let. Me. Go.” The panicked pitch rose two octaves.

“She’s over there,” Meggie said. “In that doorway.” Meggie lifted her skirt and ran, briefly picturing her mother’s horror. Jess and Charli’s footsteps pounded behind. She followed the frightened sound, pausing before an abandoned shop.

A tall, lanky man hunched over a girl who tried to crouch away, his hand gripping her breast.

Meggie dropped her valise. The sound carried in the quiet street. “There you are, you silly girl. You scared us, getting separated like that.”

Luckily, the girl lost no time in picking up the ruse. She shoved away the brute’s hand and brought up her knee. His pained high-pitched cry erupted. To Meggie’s surprise, he stumbled, tripping back and falling into a fetal position. A remarkable move, really. Something to ask the cheeky girl about later. Meggie grabbed her hand, snatched up her bag and took off, the other girls quickly following.

A half block from the ship, Meggie bent to catch her breath, taking in the girl’s matted hair and dirt-streaked face.

“Thank you, milady.” Her lips trembled though she put up a brave front.

“The name is Meggie. This is Jess—” She indicated with one hand. “And Charli. What’s yours?”

“Eliza.”

“Well, Eliza. The docks aren’t safe for a girl alone. Where are you going?”

“The same as you I imagine.”

“You’re going to America?” Excitement spilled from Jessie. “That’s brilliant.”

The girl’s gaze flitted away. “Um, uh, y-yes.”

Charli frowned. “Alone?”

Meggie narrowed her eyes on her wrinkled frock where something suspicious streaked across the bodice. She prayed it was mud. This girl was in trouble, something Meggie and Jess were no strangers to. “You’ll come with us.”

“Oh, I couldn’t possibly—”

“Of course you can. We need a fourth, besides.” That settled, Meggie took her arm once more, leaving Jess to handle Charli. “We’re on an adventure.”

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The entire series can be found at this link on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=series_rw_dp_labf?_encoding=UTF8&field-keywords=Martini%20Club%204%20Series%20-%20The%201920s&url=search-alias%3Ddigital-text

MC4authorsLeft to Right: Alicia Dean, Amanda McCabe, Kathy L Wheeler, Krysta Scott

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I, for one, have already got my copies on my Kindle, thanks to pre-ordering weeks ago! But I am offering a set of all four books to one lucky commenter who can tell me what they like best about the roaring 20s. The clothing styles? Debonaire men? The risque-ness of simple things we now take for granted?

Also tell me what format you prefer in your comment. (mobi or PDF)

I’ll choose a name Sunday and announce the winner Monday in this same post. All I ask in return is that the winner leave a review of all four combined, or each independently, on Amazon, BN or Goodreads–all three would be even better! Or if you blog, you can just review them there and share the link for me in comments here, or email the link to me at calisa(dot)rhose(at)gmail(dot)com once you’ve read the books.

Remember to contact me once I call your name (winner) so I can get your books to you! If I don’t hear from the winner by the end of 48 hours I will choose another winner.

Above all, don’t forget to check next week to see who won. It could be you Random.org chooses! :)

 

 

Calisa Rose presents ~ Blood Stitches by Erin Fanning #NApromo #paranormal #MFRWAuthor

Survival Knitting: How an earthquake inspired a book.
In 2009, an Italian woman, trapped underneath her bed after an earthquake, kept herself occupied by knitting. Author Erin Fanning read about the incident around the same time she was learning how to knit. She imagined firefighters digging through the rubble and finding the woman wrapped in a knitted afghan.
 
The story tumbled around in Erin’s brain, somehow intersecting with her interest in Mexican culture. From there, she discovered the Mayan twin myth and the battle with the demon Vucub Caquix. Bits and pieces of Mayan mythology adhered themselves to her imagination, morphing into a history of magic and needlework.
 
Soon characters formed, along with a question: what if you could not only knit your way to safety but also create a disaster through knitting? It wasn’t long afterward that Blood Stitches pushed its way through her fingertips.

BloodStitchesBannerBlood Stitches

By Erin Fanning

Coming May 12, 2015 from Lyrical Press

Love and danger intertwine…

Blurb:

It’s called El Toque de la Luna—The Touch of the Moon. At least that’s how nineteen-year-old Gabby’s older sister, Esperanza, refers to the magical powers she inherited from their Mayan ancestors. Esperanza says women with El Toque weave magic into their knitting, creating tapestries capable of saving—or devastating—the world. Gabby thinks Esperanza is more like touched in the head—until a man dressed like a candy corn arrives at their Seattle home on Halloween. But “Mr. C” is far from sweet…

Soon, Gabby and her almost-more-than-friend, Frank, find themselves spirited away to a demon ball, complete with shape shifters—and on a mission to destroy Esperanza’s tapestries before they cause an apocalyptic disaster… And before it’s too late to confess their true feelings for each other.BloodStitchesCover

Excerpt:

A gust of wind scattered leaves across the University of Seattle campus. My hair tangled over my face. New contacts tortured my eyes, and books weighed down my backpack. It didn’t matter. A tornado could have snatched me up. As long as it carried me home and put an end to the anniversary of the worst day of my life.

“Watch out, Gabby.” My best friend Frank thrust his hands deep into the pockets of his pinstriped suit. “We’re being followed by a giant candy corn.”

“Giant candy corn? Yeah, right.” If I turned around, Frank would laugh and say, “Gotcha”, or some other dorky thing. The mind-numbing boredom of Calculus I, our last class of the day, always set Frank off, making him zanier than usual.

“I mean it. We’ve got a candy corn on our tail.” Frank whistled a Lester Ruben song as he sauntered ahead.

“Okay, okay. Let me see this Halloween wonder.” If I didn’t give in, Frank would never leave me alone. I whirled, ready to hear Frank’s laugh, and almost ran into a man. His face glowed orange, like someone who’d spent too much time in a tanning booth, and he wore a white cap pulled down to his ears. A yellow scarf hid his neck and chin. For once, Frank wasn’t kidding. The man resembled a giant candy corn.

Shredded paper and a postage stamp poked out of his scarf, and a moon decorated an edge of the knitting, like one of my older sister Esperanza’s creations. It didn’t seem possible, but no one else I knew added garbage and a signature moon to their knitting. A wool coat covered the rest of him, except his face and steel-tipped boots.

“Sorry.” I jumped back.

Frank’s chuckles mixed with squirrels chattering in a nearby tree. Drizzle moistened my forehead, and a cold dampness seeped into my bones. Everything seemed to happen in slow motion, like watching Esperanza unravel her knitting one stitch at a time to fix a mistake.

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About the author:

AuthorPhotoFanningErinErin Fanning spends her summers on a northern Michigan lake, where her imagination explores the water and dense forest for undiscovered creatures. In the winter, she migrates to central Idaho, exchanging mountain bikes and kayaks for skis and snowshoes. She’s the author of Mountain Biking Michigan, as well as numerous articles, essays, and short stories. 

 

 

Links

Website: www.erinfanning.com

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Blood-Stitches-Erin-Fanning-ebook/dp/B00ONTR8I6

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23450191-blood-stitches

Lyrical: http://www.kensingtonbooks.com/book.aspx/31335

Calisa Rhose presents ~ My Name Is A’yen by Rachel Leigh Smith #MFRWAuthor

Osiyo~

Welcome one and all! Grab a beverage of choice, something sweet and sinful. No-no, not the men. What’s the matter with you? You know the hands-on rules… The guest gets first pick! ;) Take a comfy seat for another, or a first, spin in the Round Pen.

RachelLeighSmith2.24I’m thrilled to welcome my wonderfully talented guest today, Rachel Leigh Smith, who is sharing their book, My Name Is A’yen with us!

Please show Rachel some real Ranch love!

Before I get to the nosy 5-3-4 part of this interview, tell us a bit about you.

I write romance for the hero lover. The hero is always my favorite character in a romance, and usually I have a difficult time connecting with the heroine. I frequently believe she’s not good enough for him, and/or despise her. Finding romances where it’s his story and he carries the narrative, is not an easy thing to do.

When I’m not writing I can be found doing counted cross-stitch while watching TV, devouring a book, or snuggled up with my half-crazed calico, Zoe.

Okay, I’ll begin with five questions, then follow with three more, and end with four final ones.

My writing area at the moment is a corner of the couch in my living room. What does your writing space look like?

I have a desk, in my bedroom. I have a few reference books on it, and the timeline for my A’yen’s Legacy series taped to the wall above my laptop. My mouse pad is one of my favorite Selina Fenech pieces, The storekeeper, and it’s a little bit of inspiration for me. It’s a young woman sitting in a stone chair writing in a book.

For a lot of writers it’s a life-altering event coming up with titles and character names. Others it comes as naturally as breathing. Which is it for you?

Character names are easy. They tend to come to me name in hand. Book titles tend toward easy as well, but series titles not so much. I write and think in series (and prefer them as a reader).

What advice would you offer aspiring and new writers?

I’m copying a published friend of mine. Finish your firfirst draft! Until you’ve written a whole novel, from beginning to end, you’ll never realize who you are as a writer, and you’ll never learn your process. I learned so much by finishing my first novel.

The constant shift of the industry makes me often scratch my head and ask ‘what next?’ So, what do you think it takes to be a successful author at the moment?

Determination and dedication to being the best writer you can possibly be. You have to be willing to keep learning and keep getting better. And keep producing! Don’t make the mistake of finishing a book, and doing nothing while you query or figure out what to do. Keep writing!

Who would you like to meet in the publishing industry- dead or alive- and why?

I would love to meet Sherrilyn Kenyon and have a fangirl moment. I love Dark-Hunter and The League, have a massive crush on Acheron, and am in awe of her imagination. I’d love to sit down and talk world building with her and how she keeps track of her worlds.

It’s time for 3 in 1! I’ll ask the questions and you answer them in one word. :lol:

Favorite animal? Cat

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter? Summer

Favorite food? Chocolate

Well done! :)

Okay, Flash four. Ready? What are you working on now?

I’m wrapping up the first draft on A’yen’s Legacy #4, Freedom’s Embrace.

What are you sharing today?

The opening paragraphs of my debut novel, My Name Is A’yen.

Three hundred sixty-six days and the images continued to haunt him. His screams and cries. Master’s whispered final words to not lose himself, no matter what.

Damn humans. Taking the one person he loved above all others and locking him in this hell called holding. Fitting, really, since A’yen Mesu’s entire life had been put on hold when the enforcers dragged him away. Loks Mé. Less than human. An alien. Nothing but a slave. One easily replaced since no one cared he was an expert cartographer in his own right.

A whirring sound filled the cell block. The mag-locks. Buyers. A’yen forced himself off his bed, went to the bars keeping him prisoner, and positioned his hands where he wouldn’t be forced to stand for who-knew-how-long in an awkward position. The cuffs on his wrists reacted to the mag-lock and stuck to the bars so tight he couldn’t get free if his life depended on it.

He kept his gaze glued to the floor to avoid punishment from the hold keeper. When a pair of small feet in black boots stopped, he stiffened. So far no woman had dared to stop in front of him. Due to fear, most likely. They didn’t understand most Loks Mé men couldn’t stand the thought of hurting a woman, or seeing a woman hurt, while they were helpless to stop it.

The feet stepped closer. “You were owned by a cartographer?” Her sweet voice didn’t mean she’d stay that way.

“Yes.”

“A member of the Guild?”

“Yes.”

“You can look up.”

He did, and the breath left his body. Five inches shorter than his six feet four, but finely-boned at the same time. Delicate. Hair dark as a black hole framed a kind looking face, with bright green eyes studying him. She glanced at her tablet again and he sucked air into his lungs.

Where can we find you and your books?

You can find me at my website, www.rachelleighsmith.com. You can also sign up for my newsletter here: http://eepurl.com/Wqx6D. I can be found at www.facebook.com/rachelleighsmithauthor and sometimes on http://twitter.com/rachelleighgeek. You can also head over to my Pinterest and have a look at the boards for each book to see how I envision the characters and what the planets look like, www.pinterest.com/rachelleighgeek.

My Name Is A’yen, A’yen’s Legacy #1MyNameisA'yen_RLSmith2.24

They’ve taken everything from him. Except his name.

The Loks Mé have been slaves for so long, freedom is a distant myth A’yen Mesu no longer believes. A year in holding, because of his master’s murder, has sucked the life from him. Archaeologist Farran Hart buys him to protect her on an expedition to the Rim, the last unexplored quadrant.

Farran believes the Loks Mé once lived on the Rim and is determined to prove it. And win A’yen’s trust. But she’s a breeder’s daughter and can’t be trusted.

Hidden rooms, information caches, and messages from a long-dead king change A’yen’s mind about her importance. When she’s threatened he offers himself in exchange, and lands on the Breeders Association’s radar. The truth must be told. Even if it costs him his heart.

Where to buy it:

Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00N06HCGG

Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1120027890?ean=9781501424267&itm=1&usri=9781501424267

Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/my-name-is-a-yen

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Rachel_Leigh_Smith_My_Name_Is_A_yen?id=63tlBAAAQBAJ&hl=en

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id904469987

All Romance Ebooks: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-mynameisa039yen-1703878-343.html

Where will you be next?

I’m doing a Facebook party this week. See my Facebook page for the event link pinned at the top.

I also have a question for everyone. Who’s your favorite romance hero?

Thank you so much for playing along Rachel! Wishing you much luck with your book and writing. I hope you’ll come visit again one day.

Dodadagohvi~

Calisa Rhose presents ~ Love, Lattes and Mutants by Sandra Cox #YAFantasy #MFRWAUthors

LoveLattesandMutants_SandraCox02.18.15LOVE, LATTES, AND MUTANTS

Sandra Cox

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Blurb: Finding love is hard, even when you aren’t a mutant.

Like most seventeen-year-olds, Piper Dunn wants to blend in with the crowd. Having a blowhole is a definite handicap. A product of a lab-engineered mother with dolphin DNA, Piper spends her school days hiding her brilliant ocean-colored eyes and sea siren voice behind baggy clothing and ugly glasses. When Tyler, the new boy in school, zeroes in on her, ignoring every other girl vying for his attention, no one, including Piper, understands why…

Then Piper is captured on one of her secret missions rescuing endangered sea creatures and ends up in the same test center where her mother was engineered. There she discovers she isn’t the only one of her kind. Joel is someone she doesn’t have to hide from, and she finds herself drawn to the dolph-boy who shares her secrets. Talking to him is almost as easy as escaping from the lab. Deciding which boy has captured her heart is another story…

Bio:

SandraCoxMulti-published author Sandra Cox writes YA Fantasy, Paranormal and Historical Romance, and Metaphysical Nonfiction. She lives in sunny North Carolina with her husband, a brood of critters and an occasional foster cat. Although shopping is high on the list, her greatest pleasure is sitting on her screened in porch, listening to the birds, sipping coffee and enjoying a good book. She’s a vegetarian and a Muay Thai enthusiast.

Links:

EKensington: http://www.ekensingtonbooks.com/author.aspx/31643

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Love-Lattes-Mutants-Sandra-Cox-ebook/dp/B00PP2ZXBE/ref=sr_1_7?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1420399004&sr=1-7&keywords=sandra+cox

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/love-lattes-and-mutants-sandra-cox/1120791624?ean=9781616506063

Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/love-lattes-and-mutants

Blog: www.sandracox.blogspot.com

Twitter: http://twitter.com/sandra_cox

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SandraCox.Author

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Calisa Rhose presents ~ One More Second Chance by Jana Richards #MFRWAuthor #LobsterCove

Osiyo~

I’m welcoming to the Round Pen sister WRP author and a wonderful writer, Jana Richards, to share her contribution in the Lobster Cove multi-author series.

ONE MORE SECOND CHANCE is part of the Lobster Cove series from The Wild Rose Press. Lobster Cove is a fictional small town in Maine, and stories included in series include contemporary romance (like mine), romantic suspense, historical romance, paranormal and erotic romance. Writing a story in a multi-author series was a lot of fun, but it had its challenges. The series needed continuity and consistency, so characters and buildings, and even the landscape had to be the same from book to book. That necessitated a lot of emailing back and forth between writers and our senior editor, Lori Graham. Lori even created a map of the town! I found the map very helpful in moving my characters around town, and just getting a picture of what the town looked like.

I love small town romances, probably because I came originally from a small town. In ONE MORE SECOND CHANCE, I wanted to explore what it would be like for someone from ‘away’ to fit into a place where everybody knew everybody. Coming from a big city, would he find Lobster Cove too small and set in its ways, too lacking in the things he was accustomed to in a larger center? Or would he discover that despite living in each others pockets, people in Lobster Cove sincerely cared about one another and looked after their own when the chips were down?

Good question. These books are special to me because I was in on the creation of Lobster Cove from the ground up and have met most of the characters as they came to Lobster Cove from their writers’ minds. I’m still working on my book (romantic suspense) for the series, but many others are already flying through the cyber book stores. Let’s learn about Jana’s book now!

Title: One More Second Chance

Author: Jana Richards

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, the Lobster Cove Series

Release Date: February 6, 2015

Blurb:

Dr. Alex Campbell has an agenda—finish his contract to provide medical services in Maine, pay off his medical school debt, and head back to his real life in San Diego. But when he meets Julia, all his carefully laid plans are put in jeopardy.

Julia Stewart, Lobster Cove’s high school principal, swears she’ll never let another man drag her away from the home she loves. Her aging parents need her, and the Cove is where she wants to raise her daughter. When her mother’s illness brings her and the big city doctor closer together, panic sets in. Her marriage taught her men don’t stay.

Can she put aside the heartaches of the past and trust Alex enough to accept the love he’s offering? Or will her fear of abandonment mean she’ll send him away forever?perf5.000x8.000.indd

Excerpt:

“What did the x-ray find?” she asked.

“A spiral fracture of the right arm.” He paused for a moment and took a deep breath as if trying to control his emotions. “I’ve seen this kind of injury before. A fracture like this can be the result of a fall, but it can also be an indication of child abuse. An arm as small as Ava’s will break like a twig if it’s twisted hard enough. I’m obligated to contact the authorities if I suspect abuse.”

Julia stared at him in mute shock, her brain struggling to process his words, as if trying to translate some unintelligible language. The words child abuse rang in her ears. Finally she found her voice.

“You think someone deliberately hurt her?”

“Her injuries are consistent with abuse.”

“I don’t give a damn what they’re consistent with. Ava has not been mistreated. My mother said she fell down the stairs, and if that’s what she said, then that’s what happened.”

“I believe there’s more to the story than a simple fall.”

“If it comes down to believing you or believing my mother, I’m going with my mother.”

“Perhaps you don’t know your mother as well as you think you do.”

Julia sucked in a breath and stared into Dr. Campbell’s dark, accusing eyes. The idea that her mother would hurt Ava was ridiculous. She adored Ava, would do anything for her…

She blinked and looked away, remembering an incident the other day. She’d heard her yelling at Ava about the milk she’d spilled on the kitchen floor, making such a huge deal of it that Ava had cried. It had struck her as strange, since she couldn’t remember her mother yelling at anyone, ever. She wasn’t as patient as she used to be. And how did she explain her strange phone call telling her Ava had been hurt? Of course she’d been upset, but her mother had been nearly incoherent with distress. Was something going on she wasn’t aware of? She was seventy-one now. Maybe looking after a rambunctious five-year-old was too much for her.

No. She shook her head to reject the disloyal thought. Dr. Campbell was the one who was wrong.

“I know my mother. She didn’t do this. It was an accident.”

“We’ll soon find out. Sharon is questioning Ava now.”

Julia stared at the door. “She’ll be scared, all by herself.”

“Sharon’s very good at what she does. She has a way of making kids feel comfortable.”

Julia turned on him, the anger and despair she’d been holding inside spilling out. “And you? Do you enjoy upsetting five-year-olds and turning families’ lives upside down? Does it make you feel powerful to sic the authorities on us?”

“Look, Mrs. Stewart, I take no pleasure in bringing in the authorities. But I’ve seen child abuse, up close and personal, and I can tell you it’s damn ugly. The things parents and caregivers are capable of doing to defenseless children…”

He stopped abruptly, his chest heaving. Closing his eyes, he averted his face and took a deep breath. When he turned back to her, his steely control was back in place. “So yeah, if I have even the smallest suspicion that a child has been abused, I’m going to ask questions. And I’m not going to apologize for it.”

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Bio:

JanaRichardsWhen Jana Richards read her first romance novel, she immediately knew two things: she had to commit the stories running through her head to paper, and they had to end with a happily ever after. She also knew she’d found what she was meant to do. Since then she’s never met a romance genre she didn’t like. She writes contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and historical romance set in World War Two, in lengths ranging from short story to full length novel. Just for fun, she throws in generous helpings of humor, and the occasional dash of the paranormal. Her paranormal romantic suspense “Seeing Things” was a 2008 EPPI finalist.

In her life away from writing, Jana is an accountant/admin assistant, a mother to two grown daughters, and a wife to her husband Warren. She enjoys golf, yoga, movies, concerts, travel and reading, not necessarily in that order. She and her husband live in Winnipeg, Canada with their Pug/Terrier cross Lou and several unnamed goldfish. She loves to hear from readers and can be reached through her website at www.janarichards.com

Social Media Links:

Website: http://www.janarichards.com

Blog: http://janarichards.blogspot.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/JanaRichardsAuthor

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/JanaRichards_

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/author/janarichards

Newsletter Signup: http://www.eepurl.com/m3UnT

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2892274Jana_Richards

Google+ Profile: https://plus.google.com/100820406211390323245

Buy Links:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/More-Second-Chance-Lobster-Cove-ebook/dp/B00S46KSX6

The Wild Rose Press: http://www.wildrosepublishing.com/maincatalog_v151/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=195&products_id=6065

Kobo:

http://store.kobobooks.com/en-CA/ebook/one-more-second-chance

Chapters/Indigo:

http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/one-more-second-chance/9781628307061-item.html?ikwid=Jana+Richards&ikwsec=Books&ikwidx=0

ibooks:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/one-more-second-chance/id959306323?mt=11

Your book sounds great, such sensitive subject matter, and I love the cover, Jana! Congrats on your release and for letting me be a part of the release party!!! Now to work on my budget so I can get the book! :)

Dodadagohvi~

And the WINNER of a copy of Kelly Moran’s A Ghost of a Promise is… #freebook, #MFRWAuthor #winner

Osiyo~

I suppose I could have mentioned how long I was running this for, but I forgot to add that detail. LOL I had decided to let it go for a week in hopes of more comments, but that’s ok. I let Random.org select the winner tonight, so here she is.

Congratulations Kathie Thompson Juliano!!!!!!!!! Email me from here and I’ll get your copy of A Ghost of a Promise to you! I hope you’ll leave a review for Kelly on Amazon, B&N and Goodreads (or all that apply).

For those who didn’t get one this time, click the title to grab a copy at the low price of $2.99.

Thank all of you for visiting!

Since this is so fun, I’ve decided to do another giveaway next week!

What am I offering? Check in tomorrow to find out! :lol: All I’ll say right now is it will be a wonderful novella from the Wild Rose Press by an awesome writer! Yes, I know all their authors are awesome, but this one is a personal friend, as well. One hint: She’s been on the Ranch more than once recently, you can dig through previous posts if you want to try to figure out whose book I’ll be gifting next week.

Calisa Rhose presents ~Review and a FREE book~ A Ghost of a Promise by Kelly Moran #MFRWAuthor #review #freebook

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See the end for how to get a free copy of A Ghost of a Promise.

A few weeks ago I was honored to receive an ARC (advanced readers copy) of A Ghost of a Promise by Kelly Moran. She’s one of my auto buy authors. I LOVE her work! So when the publisher was sending out copies for review I quickly raised my hand, even though I’m not a fluent or regular reviewer. Sure, I review books I read on Amazon, Goodreads, B&N and other places if possible, but I don’t call myself a “reviewer” by title. I’m a reader who gives back to the community with a small opinion of books I read. I admit I don’t remember to review every story I read and rarely–very rarely–have I put those reviews here on the Ranch. But there are a few I want to start reviewing here on the Ranch. I’m thinking of putting a tab in just for those reviews, but maybe I’ll just blog them. We’ll see.

On to my 5* review of Kelly’s latest release!

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New website design! Share your thoughts with Calisa Rhose #MFRW #feedback

Welcome old guests and new! I’ve finished the remodel on the Ranch for now and would love to hear what you think. To help you with what I need feedback on I’ve made a short list. If you don’t like it I can take that, as long as you tell me what you don’t like. :)

I welcome your opinions on:

1. ease of navigation (personally I don’t care for the almost hidden comment button that gets lost in the tags section at the bottom of each post, but I can’t change it)

2. header appearance (should I turn in my design badge and hire someone?)

3. readability (I visit sites that the font and background color combinations hurt my eyes and I strive to avoid that here on the Ranch)

4. other tips or comments welcome too (by clicking that hidden comment button I mentioned up ^ there in 1

I’m not too worried about the colors since I like to do a new monthly theme that will change each month, so that isn’t on the list. But if there is a certain color or shade that interferes with you enjoying your visit I absolutely want to know. :)

As always, thanks for visiting!

Site Reconstruction

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Osiyo~

Please excuse the construction mess on the Ranch. I’ve decided to start Spring Cleaning early :D

It will be back to it’s usual prettiness very soon. I hope it will, anyway!

Thank you for your patience.

While you wait, please check out this month’s UnCover Monday sweetness

by some awesome artists and authors!!

http://calisarhose.com/2015/02/02/calisa-rhose-presents-uncover-monday-february-mfrwauthor-coverreveals/

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Dodadagohvi~

Calisa Rhose presents ~ UnCover Monday ~ February #MFRWauthor #CoverReveals

To satisfy your stare reflex urges–here’s a brilliant UnCover Monday post for Valentines Day! Enjoy awesome cover art and the super authors, publishers and artists who made them possible for you to gaze upon this month. It would be great if you leave a comment letting everyone know what you think about them and maybe even check out a few author links to meet those behind the books. Or just say hi. Don’t forget to tell your friends to stop by so they can appreciate some greatness too!

UnCover Mondays on The Ranch!!! This feature is only to highlight the authors (though if you see one you want to buy I’m sure the authors won’t mind :lol: ). Enjoy this months’ covers to ogle and explore. If there is one provided, you can follow the artist links by clicking on the name, or if there’s an artist link provided, to learn more about the amazing creators of these beautiful covers. I think they deserve fair mention since they helped create the book! As always, click the covers for author websites to find out more. I wish everyone a fabulous new year in 2014!

I’ve added a heat level rating for covers, one through five scale, for your benefit. If there’s anything else you’d like to know about covers being revealed here, please don’t hesitate to let me know. You can leave it either in a comment or by my contact page http://calisarhose.com/say-hey/ with what you’d like to know. :)

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ALoveLaidBare_ConstanceHussey02.02.15Title: A Love Laid Bare
Author: Constance Hussey
Weblink: www.constancehussey.com
Genre: Historical romance
Heat Level: 2-Sensual
Publisher: Smashwords
Cover artist: Lex Valentine
Release date: November 1, 2014
Missing, presumed dead
Devastated after his young bride vanishes at sea only months after their wedding, Lord Halcombe is finally beginning to accept her loss when she suddenly reappears almost two years later—with a child she claims is his daughter. Where has she been, and why had she stayed away all this time? Hard questions he needs answered before he dares allow her back into his life. Torn between the pain she has caused him and the love he still feels for her, Halcombe is forced to decide both her fate and his. Just what was he to do about Frances?
Pregnant, penniless and trapped in a foreign country, Frances has but one goal—survival for herself and her daughter. Only after a perilous move to Portugal is she free to choose her destiny—return to the husband she still loves and who may have betrayed her, or build a new life far from England. Frances is no longer the naïve girl Lord Halcombe married. Can he accept the determined, self-reliant woman she is now?
Two strong-willed people must navigate a rocky path strewn with heartache and risk. Only if they can learn to put the past aside and build on the future will they succeed in creating the loving union they both desperately desire.

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BeastCoast_J.C.McKenzie02.02.15Title: Beast Coast, #2,
A Carus Novel
Author: J.C. McKenzie
Weblink: www.jcmckenzie.ca
Heat Level: 3-Steamy
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Cover artist: Debbie Taylor
Release date: January 8, 2014
Sometimes the greatest danger comes from within…
When Master Vampire Lucien Delgatto threatens her potential mate Wick’s life, Shape Shifter Andrea “Andy” McNeilly will employ a den of witches, a bedazzled thong, and her ability to shift into multiple animals to meet his demands. She plans to keep Wick safe—even if she’s not speaking to him.
Lucien’s unwelcomed control over Wick’s life has thrown Andy into a whirlwind of emotions. Though Wick vows to do whatever it takes to earn Andy’s forgiveness and win back her trust, it may be too late. This recent conflict awakens something within Andy, an animal she’s never learned to control. For hidden beneath all her forms is a beast whose anger and brutality rivals none.
And she’s pissed.

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EndofLonelyStreet_AliciaDean01.08.15Title: End of Lonely Street
AAuthor: Alicia Dean
Weblink: www.aliciadean.com
Genre: Vintage Romance
Heat Level: 1-Sweet
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Cover artist: Debbie Taylor
Release date: January 8, 2015
Can she let go of the past, before it destroys her future?
All Toby Lawson wanted was to go to college to pursue her dream of becoming a teacher and to be free of her alcoholic mother and the painful memories of finding her and the guy Toby loved kissing. But when her mother nearly burns the house down, Toby must put her dreams on hold and return home to care for her. The only time she isn’t lonely and miserable is when she’s listening to her heartthrob, Elvis Presley. His music takes her away, helps her escape from everything wrong in her life.

Noah Rivers has always loved Toby, but no matter what he says, and even though she knows her mother initiated the kiss, and that he didn’t kiss her back, she can‘t seem to get past what happened. He soon realizes that the true problem lies in Toby’s belief that she’s not good enough for him and in her fear that she will be just like her mother.
What will it take to prove to her that she deserves to be happy, and that he would give anything to be the man to make her dreams come true?

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ForAllofEver_SherryEwing02.02.15Title: For All of Ever

Author: Sherry Ewing

Weblink: www.sherryewing.com

Genre: Historical Time Travel

Heat Level: 4- Hot

Publisher: Kingsburg Press

Cover artist: SelfPubBookCovers

Release date: November 20, 2014

Sometimes to find your future, you must look to the past…

Katherine Wakefield has dreamed and written of her knight in shining armor all her life. Never finding a man to measure up to the one of her imagination, she and her three closest friends take a dream vacation to England. Yet, strange things begin happening while visiting Bamburgh Castle, but how could they have known they’d find themselves thrown back more than eight hundred years into the past?

Riorden de Deveraux travels to Bamburgh answering the summons of King Henry II knowing his past life is about to catch up with him. But nothing prepares him for the beautiful vision of a strangely clad ghost who first appears in his chamber, let alone the fact he begins having a conversation with her.

Centuries are keeping them apart until Time gives them a chance at finding love. But there are obstacles threatening the fragile bit of hope that Riorden and Katherine can remain together. Will the past of one consume what their future may hold, or will Time take the decision from them and hurdle Katherine forward to where she truly belongs?

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MagicandSteel_HelenHenderson02.02.15Title: Magic and Steel,
A Legend from the Dragshi Chronicles
Author: Helen B. Henderson
Weblink: helenhenderson-author.webs.com
Genre: Fantasy
Heat Level: 2-Sensual
Publisher: High Eyrie Publications
Cover artist: Fantasia Frog Designs
Release date: October 30, 2014
The Lady Mairin Alidryer of the Dragshi searched the world for the one man who would be her mate. Like the true dragons, once their intended mate was found, the dragon shifters mated for life in this world and the one beyond. However, the man she left behind when she gained the freedom of flight refused to accept the truth—that she did not love him. Now the head of a band of raiders, he swore to have Mairin on her knees in front of him.
Only one man stands between the stalker and his target–Kedar. Bodyguard to the Lady Mairin, he dares not fail in his duty—or even worse, love her.

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OfftheGrid_KarynGood02.02.15Title: Off The Grid

Author: Karyn Good

Weblink: www.karyngood.com/blog

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Heat Level: 4-Hot

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Cover artist: Tina Lynn Stout

Release date: November 7, 2014

A committed doctor to Vancouver’s inner city, nothing fazes Sophie Monroe—until a pregnant teenager shows up at her clinic on Christmas Eve requesting sanctuary and claiming the baby’s father is one of the city’s most influential businessmen. Sophie is in over her head and thankful when aid shows up in the form of an attorney who’s a little too confident and a lot too sexy. 

Family Law expert Caleb Quinn just wants a date, a chance to prove he isn’t the elitist jerk Sophie assumes. Helping deliver a baby is not what he has in mind. But before long protecting a traumatized teenager and her son become his first priority. Even if saving them pits him against the baby’s father, a childhood friend. A man who will do anything to keep his dark side private.

But justice never comes cheap. Will doing the right thing cost Sophie and Caleb their reputations? Or their lives?

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Sean'sSweetheart_AllieKincheloe02.02.15Title: Sean’s Sweetheart

Author: Allie Kincheloe

Weblink: www.alliekincheloe.com

Genre: contemporary romance

Heat Level: 3-Steamy

Publisher: Secret Cravings Publishing

Cover artist: Dawné Dominique

Release date: September 29, 2014

Sean has spent five years cleaning up his life. He’s shoved his past behind him and built a profitable business in the town’s most popular dance club. Falling in love with a college sophomore wasn’t in his plans. But, from the moment he rescued Talia, she brings out his every protective instinct. He tries to resist getting involved on a personal level. Talia’s persistence, however, is stronger than his will. 

Despite just ending an abusive relationship, Talia finds an instant connection with a man unlike any she’s dated before. Older, tattooed, and totally inappropriate for her, Talia couldn’t keep Sean off her mind, especially once he calls her “sweetheart” in that deep drawl of his. 

When Talia is in danger, they discover just how strong their relationship is. Can Sean and his sweetheart make things last when horrors from their pasts come back to haunt them and family seems determined to keep them apart?

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SlightlyNoble_LillyGayle02.02.15Title: Slightly Noble

Author: Lilly Gayle

Weblink: www.lillygayle.com

Genre: historic romance

Heat Level: 4-Hot

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Cover artist: Angela Anderson

Release date: February 2015

American privateer, Captain Jack isn’t really an American, but heir to a viscountcy. When his father dies, he leaves everything not entailed with the estate to his worthless cousin. Jack’s only hope of inheriting his mother’s ancestral home and honoring her dying wish is to marry and produce an heir before his thirty-fifth birthday—in five months. And he doesn’t have a single prospect.  

Pregnant and unwed, Abigale Halsey is sent by her father to an Anglican convent until he can find a family to adopt his grandchild or a husband for his daughter. Abby has other plans, but they go awry when she goes into labor early and her rescuer, a pirate captain turned lord, insists on marrying her.

Is Jack too much like his jealous, unforgiving father? Can Abby overcome her fear of men and have a real marriage? Or will she never be anything more than the unwanted wife of a Slightly Noble Viscount?

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TheHeartofthePhoenix_BarbaraBettis02.02.15Title: The Heart of the Phoenix

Author: Barbara Bettis

Weblink: www.barbarabettis.blogspot.com

Genre: Historical

Heat Level: 4-Hot

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Cover artist: Debbie Taylor

Release date: September 3, 2014

Some call him a ruthless mercenary; she calls him the knight of her heart.

Memories

Lady   Evelynn’s childhood hero is home—bitter, hard, tempting as sin. And haunted by secrets. A now-grown Evie offers friendship, but Sir Stephen’s cruel rejection crushes her, and she resolves to forget him. Yet when an unexpected war throws them together, she finds love isn’t so easy to dismiss. If only the king hadn’t betrothed her to another.

Can Be Cruel

Sir Stephen lives a double life while he seeks the treacherous outlaws who murdered his friends. Driven by revenge he thinks his heart is closed to love. His childhood shadow, Lady Evie, unexpectedly challenges that belief. He rebuffs her, but he can’t forget her, although he knows she’s to wed the king’s favorite.

And Deadly

When his drive for vengeance leads to Evie’s kidnapping, Stephen must choose between retribution and the love he’s denied too long. Surely King John will see reason. Convict the murderers; convince the king. Simple. Until a startling revelation threatens everything.

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TheHeist_AdrianaKraft02.02.15Title: The Heist

Author: Adriana Kraft

Weblink: www.adrianakraft.com

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Heat Level: 3- Steamy

Publisher: B&B Publishing

Cover artist: Dawné Dominique

Release date: July, 2014

A heist? A murder? It’s villain’s choice.

A special-order art theft? Tedious, but seamless – until small town museum director Kara Daniels calls in the experts. Furious her favorite trio of priceless impressionist paintings has been stolen from its traveling exhibit on her watch, Kara is determined to save not only the paintings, but her future in the art world. She’ll stop at nothing to entrap the thief.

Ted Springs knows the underbelly of the criminal world a little closer than he might like—but he’s turned it to good advantage, first as a police officer, and now as detective for the Upper Midwest Arts Council. His job? To guarantee the security of the valuable paintings in the Council’s traveling exhibits.

Heat sizzles when Ted and Kara collide—can they work together, before it’s too late?

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I want to thank all the authors who submit and make this a special place to share their work!

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To see YOUR cover here visit my UnCover Monday page for detailed instructions.

Special Note: Some covers might suggest more heat than the actual content of that book. Please take note of the heat level rate on those.

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