Author Archives: Calisa Rhose

Calisa Rhose presents ~ Gambler’s Choice by Linda Nightingale #mfrwauthor #abouthorsepeopleforhorsepeople

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Today I have a special guest who is a new and very dear friend and fellow horsewoman who has been instrumental in helping me through an, at-times, unbearably intolerable week. Please welcome the multi-talented and lovely Linda Nightingale to the Ranch! She’s brought her new book to share. I absolutely LOVE this cover and can’t wait to read my copy of the book. Here’s Linda to share about the book.

Gambler’s Choice

By Linda Nightingale

A novel about people who love horses…

From The Wild Rose Press

Cover Artist: Debbie Taylor

Editor: Mary Harmony

Tagline:   An English aristocrat and a Virginia socialite go head-to-head—and feet-to-feet—in a battle over ownership of a very special horse.

Rating: Spicy

Digital Price: $4.99

Print Price: $16.99

Here’s a video trailer to enjoy in lieu of a blurb.😀

Gambler’s Choice:

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Rebecca McQuaid was in England for one reason.

To find the perfect match.

Size was important. Becca was a tall girl. Money was of no consequence whatsoever. Becca was a wealthy girl. Heart mattered most. He must have the heart to go the distance. She dreamed of a partnership that would last a lifetime. But looks did rank quite high on her list of priorities.

“I simply can’t ride an ugly horse. That would be like dating an ugly man.” Tossing her long blonde hair over her shoulder, she laughed and winked at her friend.

Meg shot her a frown, her tone accusing Becca of being an uncivilized colonist. “Rebecca McQuaid, you say the damnedest things.”

An appreciative chuckle turned her around to squint into the sun. A tall, elegant, dark figure of a man on a magnificent horse caught her imagination mid-stride. She couldn’t see the rider’s face, but she knew he’d overheard the exchange with her friend. He saluted her with a tap of his whip to the brim of his hat as he rode past. Excitement capered over her, and she smiled. The horse’s muscled, blood bay rump glistened. The stallion was sixteen-two hands, fit and impeccably groomed.

“Nice buns. That one’s good-looking enough for me.” She elbowed her friend. “Who is it?”

Meg shaded her eyes. “Gambler’s Choice and Austen Heath. Both horse and rider satisfy your criteria, my dear girl.”

“The horse is handsome.” She wished she had gotten a better look at the bay, but he was a mahogany blaze in the morning sun. “Are you telling me the rider is?”

“That’s the general consensus, but Austen hides in that rambling, dark mansion of his.” Meg studied the pair picking up a trot along the arena. “Fierce competitors. Hard to beat at Intermediate. We’ll see how they handle Advanced.”

“An Advanced horse?” Becca wriggled her shoulders. “I’m in the market.”

“Look elsewhere.” Meg’s finger jutted at Becca’s nose. “Austen won’t sell Gambler for love or money. Guaranteed. Not even for the kind of money you’re willing to spend.”

“Meggie.” She linked arms with her friend. “Everything has a price.”

Meg balked like a donkey. “You’re in a different world, princess.”

“Well, not everything. Love doesn’t have a price.” Pain wrenched her heart as a memory of the breakup with Daniel flashed through her mind. The hurt was too fresh to even think of another man. “But I’m not in the market for love.”

Becca had found that the best way to protect her heart was to play spoiled little rich girl. She had that part down pat, and, as Winston Churchill had said, There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man. She was looking for a horse to fall in love with and help mend her broken heart.

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Linda and Bonito perform a Musical Freestyle to Phantom of the Opera

Linda and Bonito perform a Musical Freestyle to Phantom of the Opera

From the time I was born, I was in love with horses. Every Christmas, I’d rush to the window to see if there was a pony tied to a tree. Sadly, there never was until my parents moved to a small farm near where we’d formerly lived. Then they bought me a black paint gelding I named First Fling. I was thirteen at the time. From that beginning, after I married, I went on to breed Egyptian Arabians and later the magnificent Andalusian horse. My stallion Bonito was three times National Champion.

So, it was predestined that at some time I would write a book about horses and the people who love them. I can testify that this love can be one to distraction! I had never participated in 3-Day Eventing, a very demanding and dangerous sport, but my friend in Florida was an eventer. If I ran into a problem with the technical information, I called Helen. She’d walk me through the event. I didn’t ramble off into too much detail because I didn’t want to bore the non-horsey reader. The techniques of the half-pass, the shoulder-in, and the canter pirouette are probably not familiar to most people outside the horse aficionado.

LindaNightingaleGambler’s Choice is the name of a jumping class in a horse show. I think that name and the excitement of that race against the clock inspired the book. In this class, each team (horse and rider) that makes a clean round goes on to the next. The fences are raised, and again they must beat the best time of other entries. A sit-on-the-edge-of-your-seat kind of experience.

I named the equine star after the class. Though the book is a romantic suspense, the story is really about two people who love one horse. Becca is willing to pay any amount for Gambler’s Choice. Austen is not going to sell his best friend for any price. Perhaps, a horse person is the only one who’d understand how dramatic this conflict is.

I love to chat with readers so come see me at these locations around cyberland.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LNightingale

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

Buy Link: print http://ow.ly/YaLsh or digital http://ow.ly/YaLFD

Web Site: http://www.lindanightingale.com – Visit and look around. There’s a free continuing vampire story.

Blog: https://lindanightingale.wordpress.com/ – Lots of interesting guests & prizes

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4839311.Linda_Nightingale

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/lbnightingale1/

Book Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03972_A_5-Y

Thank you for visiting and sharing GC with my readers today, Linda. I can’t wait for news on future projects!

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Calisa Rhose presents ~ the Montana Sky series #14authorspt1 #kindleworlds #mfrwauthor

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I’ve invited fourteen wonderful authors to share their series with us this week. I’ll turn the round pen over to spokeswoman E. Ayers to tell you about these books and to share the beautiful covers created for each author. Because we know you are busy and have other blogs to visit, too, we’ll show half today and half another day. Read on!😀

Waving hello to all your readers. I’m excited to be here and to tell you about something brand new! Amazon has a division called Kindle World, which is a wonderful place for fan fiction. For readers it’s a great place to read more on favorite characters and storylines. For writers it gives them a chance to write in another world.

Debra Holland created Morgan’s Crossing, Montana, a historical series of mail order bride books. Kindle World asked her if she’d add Morgan’s Crossing, to Kindle World. I believe this will be the first western historical world for Kindle World, Montana Sky Kindle World. And she asked her friends to go into this venture with her.

It’s been loads of fun writing in Debra’s world with authors I knew, such as Cynthia Woolf, and some I didn’t know until this project. We’ve each brought our own stories and characters, and set them into Debra’s world. We’ve borrowed each other’s characters and used Debra’s. We’ve traded bits and pieces of stories to be certain of accuracy.

I still can’t believe that I’ve collaborated with Caroline Clemmons. She’s an icon when it comes to romance books. She’s been putting out best selling books for years.

A little drum roll, please!

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EA-MSE. Ayers: Loving Matilda http://amzn.com/B01BL0HKHS

Matilda “Matt” Berwyn, forced to live disguised as a boy in a mining town, longs to escape and blossom into the female she’s always wanted to be. But her desire to leave Morgan’s Crossing escalates when she realizes she’s being stalked.

Stockyard hand Zeke Hillerman knows her secret and has fallen in love with her. He helps her flee to his parents’ home in the east to learn to be a lady, while he struggles to start his own ranch. As Matilda grapples with Victorian expectations of young women, Zeke’s plans for their future unravel, and he realizes that the cost of her ticket out of Morgan’s Crossing may have been his own heart.

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CW-MSCynthia Woolf: Thorpe’s Mail Order Bride http://amzn.com/B01BL0HKL4

Lena DuBois never knew her father until he suddenly reappeared in her life to tell her he’s arranged for her to marry one of his business partners. Lena flees, deciding to become a mail-order bride, where at least she’s the one doing the choosing. Her future husband, John Thorpe, has requested a woman of good moral character which Lena considers herself to be. The problem is her mother is the most celebrated madam in all New Orleans. What will happen if he discovers her secret?

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CC-MSCaroline Clemmons: Amanda’s Rancher http://amzn.com/B01BL0HKPK

One desperate young woman.
A chance meeting.
A life-changing outcome.

Growing up in a brothel, Mara O’Sullivan battled public disdain and contempt, but always remained kind-hearted and gracious. After testifying against vicious bank robbers, her life is threatened and Mara must find sanctuary far from everything she knows.

One train ride changes her life as she fatefully meets a half-sister and a niece she never knew existed. But when circumstances end her sister’s life, Mara makes a promise that she’ll raise her niece as her own and take her sister’s place as Preston Kincaid’s mail-order-bride. As Mara and Preston grow closer, their marriage no longer seems like a ruse, but a relationship of love, passion, and desire.

Mara’s past comes back to haunt her and she finds herself in danger—will her new husband forgive Mara’s deceit and protect her as his own?

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MF-MSMerry Farmer: The Wild Bride http://amzn.com/B01BL0HKS2

Minnie Faraday is clever, daring, and out of control. When she finally goes too far, her parents hatch a plan to send her up to Morgan’s Crossing to marry the man she’s been in love with since she was a little girl. It’s the perfect plan to settle and ground her, and one her parents are sure will bring happiness to everyone involved.

One problem… They neglected to tell Minnie about the plan before shipping her off.

Freddy Chance always had a soft spot for the bright, adventurous girl who followed him around through his youth, but marriage is the furthest thing from his mind. He has made a life for himself as a mechanic in Morgan’s Crossing, in spite of a mining injury that slowed him down. Minnie doesn’t fit into his plans, but, feeling a sense of obligation, he’s willing to entertain the idea of marriage.

But when the beautiful and very grown up Minnie steps off the stage, what was once innocent affection blossoms into passion. Only, Minnie isn’t finished getting into trouble, and this time her life and Freddy’s are on the line.

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KM-MSKit Morgan: Anson’s Mail Order Bride http://amzn.com/B01BL0HKQY

When Anson Jones discovers one of the men who embezzled money from his family’s company hid the loot near Morgan’s Crossing in Montana Territory, he leaves Oregon and travels there under the guise of setting up a horse ranch. Then all he has to do is wait for the culprit to slink into town, dig up the money, and have him arrested. There’s only one problem. Anson just sent train fare to the Pettigrew Bridal Agency for his mail-order bride! He can’t bring a woman into such danger and telegraphs the agency to stop everything. But when his message to Mrs. Pettigrew is altered, she thinks he wants her to send his bride to Montana! Misunderstandings, a loony villain, plenty of romance and a few surprises make for a fun romp.

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SylviaMcDaniel-MSSylvia McDaniel: Faith http://amzn.com/B01BL0HL40

Trent Anderson is bound and determined to protect his young daughter from the fate of his late wife, refusing to allow her to end up like a bored socialite ruled by wealth and prestige. When his father sends for a woman to take over his daughter’s academic training as well as her feminine etiquette, Trent refuses to bow down to his father’s wishes.

Until he sees the beautiful and elegant teacher exit the train…
She just might be what his daughter needs–and what he desires.

Still dreaming of independence and self-worth that don’t require her to be shackled to any man, Faith Warren denies her attraction to the rugged cowboy–as she dreams of starting her own girls’ school. But once she starts falling hard for the Montana rancher, she must decide between what her heart wants and where her convictions guide her. Can she find a way to give her heart to the man who teaches her about home and family, while still holding firm to her beliefs?

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CH-MSCassie Hayes: Hope on the Horizon http://amzn.com/B01BL0HKJ6

When tragedy strikes, love blooms…

Jasper Eaton couldn’t be happier with his life. Despite having the deck stacked against him since the day he was born, he beat the odds and found himself a home in Morgan’s Crossing, Montana. He has friends, a farm and a future brighter than the stars in the night sky. Nope, he couldn’t be happier.

Or could he?

Cora Winters is a good girl who always does what she’s told. When she’s forced to marry an older man headed west, she never dreams she’ll end up widowed, injured and left for dead by the side of the road.

After Jasper rescues her, Cora proves to be a charming helpmate on his farm as she recovers. But it won’t last long. For the first time in her life, Cora must choose her own path. She could settle in Montana or continue on to her homestead in Hope Springs. But heading to Idaho would mean leaving Jasper behind because he would never give up his farm.

Or would he?

As their friendship blossoms, they each dare to dream of a better life together. When Cora’s past comes back to haunt them both, a gunman’s bullet threatens to kill their future before it even begins.

Hope on the Horizon is the prequel to the Western Sunset series, set in the fictional town of Hope Springs, Idaho. Look for the first book in the series in April, 2016.

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How exciting do these seven sound? Come back Saturday for the other seven! Thanks you E. for offering these books to readers.:)

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Calisa Rhose presents ~ UnCover Monday ~ #February2016 #MFRWauthor #CoverLove

UnCover Mondays on The Ranch!!!

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It’s February already, the month dedicated to love and romance. Here on the Ranch it’s time again for gorgeous covers to take the spotlight in the round pen. Enjoy more awesome cover art by the incredible authors, publishers and artists who made them possible for you to gaze upon each 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, or get in on the fun, too!

This feature is only to highlight the authors and artists (though if you see one you want to buy I’m sure the authors won’t mind 😆 ). Enjoy this months’ covers to ogle and explore. If there is one provided, you can follow the artist links by clicking on the name, if there’s an artist link provided, to learn more about the amazing creators of these beautiful covers.

There’s a heat level rating for covers, one through four scale, for your benefit. You should never see a *5* rating on the Ranch since I don’t feature anything erotic in nature. 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 https://calisarhose.com/say-hey/. :)

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Title: 3 Wishes-

A Candy Hearts Romance

Author: Peggy Jaeger

Weblink: www.peggyjaeger.com

Genre: Contemporary romance

Heat Level: 1- sensual

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Cover artist: RJ Morris

Release date: February 8, 2016

Valentine’s Day is chocolatier Chloe San Valentino’s favorite day of the year. Not only is it the busiest day in her candy shop, Caramelle de Chloe, but it’s also her birthday. Chloe’s got a birthday wish list for the perfect man she pulls out every year: he’d fall in love with her in a heartbeat, he’d be someone who cares about people, and he’d have one blue eye and one green eye, just like her. So far, Chloe’s fantasy man hasn’t materialized, despite the matchmaking efforts of her big, close-knit Italian family. But this year for her big 3-0 birthday, she just might get her three wishes.

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Cinderella'sEnchantedNight_AmberDaulton02.01.16Title: Cinderella’s Enchanted Night

bk 4, Cinderella Body Club series

Author: Amber Daulton

Weblink: amberdaultonauthor.blogspot.com/

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Heat Level: 2- Sensual

Publisher: Books to Go Now

Cover artist: Books to Go Now

Release date: May 20, 2015

Annalise Gallagher wanted Elijah Burleigh. Plain and simple. She’d watched him from afar for months, her friends called her ‘his own personal stalker’, and then she made a wish on a magic pendant for a full-body makeover. Transformed into the gorgeous knockout she’d always wanted to be, she asked Elijah out on a date and wore a haute couture gown straight from Paris to his friend’s wedding. 
With just twenty-four hours on the clock, her enchanted night faded into the morning hours and everything crashed down around her. Annalise harbored a shameful secret and Elijah demanded the truth with the veil of magic gone. 
The truth, however, could destroy her fragile confidence and push him away forever.

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Title: Heart-Strong

Author: Bonnie McCune

Weblink: www.BonnieMcCune.com/

Genre: Traditional romance

Heat Level: 1-sweet

Publisher: Prism Book Group

Cover artist: Joan Alley

Release date: 2013

Headstrong. Rachel Kinsey fits the description perfectly. The divorced soccer mom may be ditzy and as sympathetic to losers as a charity, but she knows what she wants. A man completely different from her unreliable ex-husband and the outrageous characters she’s usually doomed to attract.

 Enter Jim Landers, the ideal candidate. An accidental encounter introduces her to the tall, dark attorney who loves soccer and kids. The only problem? He’s not prepared for a ready-made family and a woman as comfortable as a beloved sweater rather than a beauty queen. A woman whose kindness, enthusiasm for life, and unguarded honesty may disturb a man who values order, perfection, and serenity. Jim turns to the flawless yet distant Donna as a substitute for Rachel.

 She should show him how much he means to her, but rejection from an absent father and a capricious ex-husband may have ruined Rachel’s ability to connect to Jim. Will she risk herself, her son and their future by revealing how much Jim means to her?

 A touching, tender tale full of gentle humor, about thinking too much and feeling too little. Rachel must learn to be heart-strong in order to find her soul mate.

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RichGirl_JoanneSexton02.01.16Title: Rich Girl,

Bk #1, Saucy Girls Series

Author: Joanne Sexton

Weblink: www.josextonbooks.com

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Heat Level: 4-Hot

Publisher: Tirgearr Publishing

Cover artist: Tirgearr Publishing

Release date: June 26, 2015

There’s a fine line between love, obsession, and hate.

Chelsea Summerville has a stalker who is kidnapping and murdering women resembling her, just to carve them up with a message. Judged unfairly by the sociopath, Chelsea fears for her life.
The murders sting Detective Lucas Hudson’s raw nerves. In order to save Chelsea, they become partners, intimate partners. Lucas recalls the past, determined to prevent the mayhem unfolding, and this time to stop a killer before he loses the woman he loves.

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TheOtherSide-Trent'sStory_StarrGardinier02.01.16Title: The Other Side: Trent’s Story

Bk 2, Other Side series

Author: Starr Gardinier

Weblink: www.QueenWriter.com

Genre: Paranormal

Heat Level: 1 sweet

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Cover artist: The Wild Rose Press

Release date: January 22, 2016

Melinda James is finally out of Skyview Haven—an asylum where she was confined for years—and is living her life, free at last. However, things are not going as planned; harassed by unexplained paranormal experiences, she doesn’t feel safe in her own home. And when she turns to her best friend Trent for help and support, she is surprised to find her feelings for him have grown far beyond a simple friendship.

Trent Miller isn’t prepared to fight evil, but he will do whatever it takes to save Melinda from an evil entity that is seeking revenge for past events. Armed with knowledge gleaned from television shows, a team of paranormal investigators, and the prayers of family and friends, he is ready to face anything.

The question is, does he tell her about his feelings for her before or after he fights a battle with evil for Melinda’s very soul?

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Title: The Untouchable

Author: Gina Rossi

Weblink: http://www.ginaginarossi.wix.com/

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Heat Level: 4-Hot

Publisher: Gina Rossi

Cover artist: www.humblenations.com

Release date: November 2015

Creative introvert, Rosemary Hamilton, lives day by day, her fragile existence disrupted when she acquires celebrity neighbour, Marco Dallariva, charismatic world-champion motorcycle racer who lives life on the edge. Their initial meetings are disastrous. Opposites, clearly, do not attract even if they share troubled ground. When Rosy knocks Marco off his motorbike in the driveway of his secluded home, there’s hell to pay-but also a spark of undeniable attraction. Rosy is puzzled by her deep anxiety when Marco goes missing, and, when he finds himself desperate in an emergency, he immediately turns to Rosy. To share Marco’s life, Rosy changes her own. Always in his shadow, without freedom or privacy, friends or family, she exists beyond her comfort zone. Against all odds, the relationship flourishes-but cruel, life-changing secrets have nowhere to hide. Are Marco and Rosy heading for a win? Or will they wipe out in the face of a devastating, impossible choice?

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WBWM_GSS02.01.16Title: When Black Women Fall (Promo tour)

Author: Various

Weblink: www.whenblackwomenfall.com

Heat Level: 1-4

(level 5 inc., but not promoted specifically)

Genre: Various

Publisher: Heartspell Media

Release Date: February 8-14, 2016

Romance novels featuring African American heroines in the contemporary, historical, paranormal, new adult, and erotica genres.

Romance novels are increasingly featuring heroes and heroines of color, from Courtney Milan’s Brothers Sinister series to Nalini Singh’s Guild Hunter series. As society and its citizens increase in diversity so does the market. With more and more authors bypassing publishers and uploading these colorful romances on their own, starved readers now have a buffet of books to choose from.

When black women fall in love it’s a sign of the times in these contemporary offerings.

In Farrah Rochon’s “All You Can Handle” love was the last thing professional pastry chef Sonny White was looking for, but she finds it in a sleepy town with a motorcycle riding hottie.

In Lena Hart’s “Because You Love Me” when an old desire is reawakened Sabrina will discover that even an imperfect love can triumph over all.

In Xio Axelrod’s “Falling Stars” Hollywood actress’ Val Saunders finds her career skyrocketing which makes her real-life attraction to her on-screen love interest come at the worst possible time.

In Ines Johnson’s “Pumpkin: a Cindermama Story” having given up on fairytales after falling for her toad of an ex, Pumpkin is afraid to take a chance on a prince charming who comes to her rescue.

In Kim Golden’s “Maybe Baby” Laney must choose between the man who offers her financial security and the one who makes her mind and body sing.

In Victoria H. Smith’s “The Space Between” Lacey has dreams of the opera, but life has its obstacles, namely a man  who lights a fire inside of her that challenges everything she thought she wanted.

In Christina C. Jones’ “Inevitable Conclusions” Friends? Lovers? Both? For Kora and Tariq, those lines have been blurred for a long time.

When black women fall in love it’s a magical affair as you’ll find in these paranormal stories of love.

In L Penelope’s “Angelborn” he gave up eternity for love… and lost. Will Maia be his second chance?

In Laverne Thompson’s “Angel Rising” Thalya, a soulless creature, meets her match when she hungers for the love of the man assigned to hunt her.

When black women fall in love it’s a defining moment as you’ll find in this historical romance.

In Piper Huguley’s “The Preacher’s Promise” Amanda Stewart aims to teach newly freed slaves, but meets with the resistance from the town preacher. Can these two put aside their differences and come together?

When black women fall in love it’s full of growing pains as you’ll see in this new adult romance.

In Twyla Turner’s “Chasing Day” Daylen is the shy cellist who falls in love with her best friend who also happens to be the popular quarterback.

n Rebekah Weatherspoon’s “So Sweet” Kayla is shocked when the sexy billionaire she meets on an online dating app turns out to be a dream in and outside of the bedroom.

In honor of Valentine’s Day and Black History month, check out one or all of these romances.

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I want to thank all the authors who submit their covers

and make this a special place to share!

To see YOUR cover here visit my

UnCover Monday

page for detailed instructions.

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WINNERS ANNOUNCED!!!its-a-party-happy-birthday-tena-stetler-freebook-mfrwauthor-candyheartsromance

And the winners are….. Barbara White Daille! Wooot!!!!! Tena will get your copy of Charm Me out to you so be sure to watch your email.

The lucky winner of Risk Factors is… Darcy Lundeen!!!!! Yippeeee!!!! Watch your email sugar and I’ll get your gift to you too.

Thanks to everyone for visiting us this weekend! I appreciate you all so much!

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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.

I know it’s Friday Fanfare day, but it’s also my guest’s birthday today so we’re mixing it up a tad with a character interview, rather than the usual author one.😀 I’m thrilled to welcome my wonderfully talented guest today, Tena Stetler, who is sharing her new book, Charm Me with us! Don’t you think the cover is precious? And keep reading fans, because it’s YOU who get the gift.

Please show ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Tena some real Ranch love once again! Happy birthday, Tena!!!

First I need to ask, how did the writer’s journey begin for you, Tena?
tena7 300-2Paranormal romance, cozy mysteries and romantic suspense are what I enjoy writing and reading. I admit to having an over-active imagination, which helps in the paranormal realm. As a tween, I wrote my first vampire romance to the chagrin of my mother, but my friends loved them. Colorado is home, that I share with my husband, a brilliant Chow Chow, a spoiled parrot and a forty-two -year-old box turtle. On cold, snowy winter evenings I love to curl up in front of a crackling fire with a good book, a mug of hot chocolate and a big bowl of popcorn.
You can check out my writing endeavors or what’s on the horizon for me on my website http://www.tenastetler.com, which includes my blog.

That’s enough about me. I believe I see Summer and Devlin at the door. They are the hero and heroine of Charm Me, my new release, A Candy Hearts Romance from The Wild Rose Press.

Welcome, Summer. Devlin, thanks for stopping by. Who’s this you brought with you?

“That’s Piper, she’s my canine companion.”

“And damn fine guard dog.” Devlin added.

“Yeah, but you won her over.” Summer said.

“As with most things female.” Devlin barely got the sentence out of his mouth before he roared with laughter.

“Oh, I don’t know, I’m pretty partial to you.” Summer bumped hips with him and grinned.

(Tena intervenes) Hey Devlin, tell us a little about life after being a Navy SEAL What do you miss most about it?

(Calisa) “Would you like a cup of coffee, tea, hot chocolate?”

“Coffee for me,” Devlin said.

“Hot Chocolate, please.” Summer added.

He walked over to the couch, waited for Summer to sit down then settled in beside her, his arm across the back of the couch behind her. “I enjoy the ability to plan my life without waiting for complications. Being there for my dad, now that mom’s gone. He lives in Montana with my sister and the twins. My brother lives in Canada. Always being on high alert wears on your body, I hate to admit it, but it’s a young man’s profession. Well, to be at the top of your game, anyway. Anything less and you’re a danger to yourself and your team. But I miss the comradery, the thrill, if you will and some of the guys got delicious care packages.” Devlin reached out and took the steaming mugs from Calisa. Handing the hot chocolate to Summer.

But the secret missions. Was that exciting, can you tell us a little about that?

“Nope, that’s classified.” Devlin took a sip of coffee, sat the mug on a table, and leaned back on the couch.Summer shifted in her seat, wrapped her hands around the mug and peered at him. “But you’re no slouch in the kitchen. When you cooked me dinner at your place, the home-made lasagna and garlic bread was fantastic. The Tiramisu was to die for. That Valentine’s Day dessert – um—Cinnamon Maple Twist, I believe you called it, was scrumptious.” Summer licked her lips.

Devlin’s lips twitched. “A man’s got to eat. Seriously, my mom, who was Italian, insisted that my brother, sister and I learn to cook. She called it survival skills. Each one of us cooked a meal during the week. She and dad graded us on it. It became a competition, so we all turned out to be reasonable cooks. Never had much time to hone the skill until I retired.”

“Summer what attracted you to Devlin?”

Summer raised a brow, a slow smile curved her lips as she looked him up and down. She waved a hand toward him. “The whole package, look at him. Well defined muscles, chiseled facial features, a smooth deep voice, like warm honey.” She fanned herself with her hand. “He doesn’t take no for an answer. And Piper liked him — eventually.” The dog was curled up obediently, at Summer’s feet, Piper’s head on her paws, eyes wary. She leaned into Summer’s hand when she reached down and scratched the dog’s ears affectionately.

Devlin flexed his muscles and grinned. “Gee I feel like a piece of meat on display.”

“When I took the yoga instructor position as far from home as possible, I thought I’d left magic behind. But it was his mysterious magic signature that also attracted me. Didn’t know…” Summer paused.

The watch on Devlin’s arm beeped. “Looks like we need to wind this up, we have an appointment shortly.”

“Then let me ask one last question. Devlin, what attracted you to Summer?”

Devlin wiggled his eyebrows. “It was her no-nonsense attitude, great sense of humor, and I’d never known a witch before that was intriguing. Even when I wasn’t with her, she danced around the edges of my thoughts. I’d had two failed long term relationships and had sworn off women. But there was something about her. The rest, as they say, is history.” He leaned over, kissed her, lingering for a long moment, then stood up. “Got to go. It was nice meeting everyone.”

“Yes, it was,” Summer nodded as Devlin wrapped a strong arm around her waist, motioned for the dog to follow.

(Calisa) Thank you both for dropping by today to help celebrate Tena’s birthday.

“Happy Birthday, Tena!” Summer and Devlin said in unison.

Well, I guess now would be a good time to tell you a little more about Charm Me.

Blurb:

Summer Dawn Riley’s an extraordinary elemental witch whose troubled past haunts her. She’s created a calm life for herself teaching yoga and keeping people at a distance. Her life takes a one eighty degree turn when she enrolls in a women’s weapons class and meets ruggedly handsome Devlin Sawyer.

Devlin, a former Navy Seal, has sworn off women after two long-term failed relationships, but there is no denying his attraction to Summer. She intrigues him like no other woman ever has. Despite her attempts to ignore him, Summer is drawn to Devlin. His magic signature is strong, but he’s no warlock. Will Valentine’s Day magic find them a future together?perf5.000x8.000.indd

Excerpt:

Getting to her feet, she brushed the dust from her black yoga pants, tugged at the bottom of her bright orange tunic, and flipped the light switch on. A soft glow of florescent lighting flooded the large room, soothing Summer’s nerves. Guess she would never be the same carefree individual she was before the incident. Oh, shake it off. You’re safe and it’s time to get on with life. “Come on Pip, let’s get this place open.”

A massive stone fireplace towered in the corner. She picked up an arm full of wood and flung it in the general direction. Logs landed in the fire pit and neatly arranged themselves in a tepee shape. With a magic flick of her finger toward the hearth, flames raced up the aspen logs. “That’s better.”

She raised her arms, about to send the yoga mats back to their proper place when the heavy wooden front door creaked open. Piper rushed toward the door, teeth bared and a growl rumbled in her throat. Summer whirled around and yelped as Devlin ambled into the room, black hair tousled and glistening with melting snowflakes. His nonchalance at the dog’s approach surprised her as he slowed to a stop. Piper sniffed around him, backed up a few inches, then stood at alert in front of Devlin.

“You scared the bejeebers out of me.” Summer held her hand to her chest as her heart thundered. “What are you doing here?”

“Call your guard dog off and I’ll tell you.” The corners of Devlin’s mouth curved up into a smile, a faint light twinkled in the depths of his dark eyes.

“Piper, leave it…come.” The dog gave Devlin a last sideways glance, trotted back to Summer and sat at her side.

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“Where can readers find you and your books, Tena?” Calisa asked.

“I’ve listed them below:

http://amzn.com/B018L2U904
http://www.wildrosepublishing.com/maincatalog_v151/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=195&products_id=6579
https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/charm-me
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/charm-me-tena-stetler/1123082834?ean=2940157816506

Website http://www.tenastetler.com/

Twitter https://twitter.com/TenaStetler

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/tena.stetler

Is there anything else you want to share or add?
Yes, you can find all the Candy Hearts Romances on my website as they are released. http://www.tenastetler.com/authors-secrets/
There is also a chance to win a Kindle Fire, from The Wild Rose Press, so make sure and stop by. Thanks so much for having us Calisa. It was a fun time.

Thank you so much for sharing Charm Me, Tena! Summer and Devlin sound delightful. Wishing you much luck with your book and writing. I am so thrilled you came back to visit us here at the Ranch.

Here’s the gift part. For Tena’s birthday bash I’m offering one copy of my book Risk Factors! All you have to do to be entered for our drawing is *leave your email with a comment. Thanks for coming to meet Tena, Summer and Devlin!

Dodadagohvi~

*All winners chosen by Random.org after 9 p.m. the day after this post goes live, and announced right here. Winner has 48 hours to contact me with an email address, if no email is left in a comment, before a new winner is chosen.

Calisa Rhose presents ~ The Connection Between Urban Fantasy and Romance #MeganMorgan #mfrwauthor

I’m turning the Round Pen over to my special guest today. Please welcome author, Megan Morgan! She’s here to enlighten us on the post title.

THE CONNECTION BETWEEN URBAN FANTASY AND ROMANCE

Hello everyone! I’m happy to be here today on the Ranch and want to first thank Calisa for having me.

I’m always eager to chat and make new friends! My name is Megan Morgan and I’m an urban fantasy and paranormal romance author—I also write a bit of contemporary erotic romance on the side. You could say that’s my ‘naughty’ side. I’m an author with Lyrical/Kensington and last year was the debut of my Siren Song urban fantasy series with them.

I’m here today to talk about the connection between urban fantasy and romance. Some people say urban fantasy is a subcategory of science fiction while others feel it’s a subcategory of romance. Sometimes urban fantasy is even relabeled as paranormal romance. Much urban fantasy out there today does involve a romantic subplot, even if the main focus is on something else.

In my series, my heroine June Coffin has a lot on her plate, but she also finds herself in a romantic triangle with two very different men. June is a siren living in a world where paranormal people exist, are acknowledged by the general population, and are scientifically studied—sometimes, to nefarious ends. June tries to keep her power low-key and stay away from all the politics and science, until her brother is taken hostage by a shady scientific institute in Chicago and she has to rescue him.

June must find some help to do this, however. She meets Micha Bellevue, a non-paranormal human who advocates for paranormal rights. Micha is a sweet, wholesome, handsome, good guy, who is fascinated with June and her slightly less wholesome, spunky, punkish ways. However, there’s one huge problem—Micha’s wife has just been murdered, but he has no memory of it, or of her, because June accidentally erased his memory with her power.

She also meets Sam Haain, the brash and outspoken leader of a paranormal group that believes humans and paranormals shouldn’t mix—and that scientists certainly shouldn’t be studying paranormal people. He’s the tall, dark, and handsome type with big ambitions and an even bigger mouth. He thinks June would be much better suited in his corner, fighting the good fight at his side.

At first June has misgivings about both of them, for many obvious and not-so-obvious reasons, and she’s much more focused on saving her brother and getting out of Chicago. However, as the series progresses, feelings blossom and she finds herself torn between them. Even in the upcoming third book, on the surface she appears to have made her choice, but deep down, she really hasn’t.

So, does this make my particular series a subcategory of romance? There’s certainly a lot of emotions involved as the story unfolds, and romance does bloom. However, the story doesn’t always focus on the relationships, so does that mean it’s not romance?

I think it’s up to the reader to decide. Fans of urban fantasy probably have a lot of opinions on the matter. As for myself, I like urban fantasy that has a romance subplot. Some say urban fantasy tends to be sexier and racier than typical romance, but again, I think this depends on reading tastes and the author.

How about you? Do you think urban fantasy fits in the romance category, or do you think it’s something else? I’d love to hear your opinions! Comment and you’ll be entered to win an e-copy of the first book in the Siren Song series, The Wicked City.
BLURB FOR THE WICKED CITY (Siren Song #1)SS1_MM01.19.16
She’s got a voice to die for…
Whatever June Coffin says, goes—literally. And it’s not just because she’s a chain smoking rebel. As a Siren, June has the ability to force people to obey any command she voices. But in a world where those with supernatural powers quickly become lab rats for science, she’d rather look out for herself than fight on the front lines…until her similarly gifted twin brother, Jason, is captured by Chicago’s Institute of Supernatural Research.
To save Jason, June has no choice but to enter a hidden world of conspiracy, murder—and strange bedfellows—including a widowed paranormal advocate whose memory June accidentally erased, and a fiery paranormal separatist leader. Soon the lines between attraction and strategic alliance become blurred. But in a city exploding with paranormal crossfire, and her brother’s life at stake, June will have to face her inner demons and finally take a stand.
Read the first chapter.
WHERE TO BUY:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | All Romance Ebooks | iTunes | Google Play
BLURB FOR THE BLOODY CITY (Siren Song #2)SS2_MM01.19.16
On the run…
It’s been four months since the head of the Institute of Supernatural Research was murdered. But that doesn’t mean June Coffin is out of hiding yet. In a world where being different can get you killed, it’s best to keep a low profile. Especially for a Siren who can control other people with the call of her voice. That goes double if your powers might be inexplicably growing…
On the hunt…
But June isn’t the only one trying to clear her name. There’s Sam, the charismatic paranormal rights leader, and Micha, the first human on record to go paranormal. All of them must bargain with a mysterious vampire named Occam Reed if they want to stay alive.
Out of time…
As tensions increase between humans and paranormals, June must decide who to trust. If only she could hear the song inside her heart…
Read the first chapter.
WHERE TO BUY:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iTunes | Google Play | All Romance Ebooks
BLURB FOR THE BURNING CITY (Siren Song #3)SS3_MM01.19.16
When the smoke clears, who will be left standing?
Tattoo artist June Coffin has another, more hidden talent: she’s a Siren who can influence people with the sound of her voice. But in the wake of a murder and shake-up at the Institute of Supernatural Research, her own powers are starting to kill her. The only chance she has of saving herself—as well as her kidnapped brother and best friend—is to become a vampire. But joining the ranks of the vengeful vamp, Occam Reed, is the last thing June wants to do.
Occam isn’t the only danger June needs to worry about. Power hungry telepath Robbie Beecher will stop at nothing to gain control over Chicago. He’ll destroy anyone who gets in his way—and June’s lover, Sam, is high on the hit list since his bid for Mayor. With the city and June’s heart being pulled in different directions, it’s only a matter of time before the powder keg explodes…and time isn’t something June has much of left. With a city on fire, can she rise from its ashes?
Available July 5, 2016
WHERE TO PRE-ORDER:
Amazon | B&N | Google | iTunes | Kobo

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MeganMorgan01.19.16AUTHOR BIO:
Megan Morgan is a multi-published award winning urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and erotica author from Cleveland, Ohio. RWA member, bartender by day, and purveyor of things that go bump in the night, she’s trying to turn writing into her day job so she can be on the other side of the bar for a change. Hailing from the often-wintry shores of Lake Erie, she lives with an attention-seeking cat and her adult son, both of which shed too much.
Website: http://www.meganmorganauthor.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/morgan_romance
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/megan.morgan.author
Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/1/116773473236786103709/about
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/mmorganauthor/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8380732.Megan_Morgan
Amazon Page: http://www.amazon.com/Megan-Morgan/e/B00LBHTUSE/

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Well, these definitely sounds exciting, Megan, and those covers are to sing for!😉 To make her visit even better, did you notice up there ^ that Megan is offering one ecopy of THE WICKED CITY (Siren Song #1) to a lucky commenter who leaves their email for her. Believe me, I wish I could qualify to win this one! :lol:  *She will randomly draw the winner by nine p.m. tomorrow (Wednesday) night, so get your email registered by commenting now!😀

As usual, I want to thank Megan for dropping by and all of you who visit her. Please don’t forget to Like and share this post from any of the many buttons provided above.:)

*If no email is available for contact, and the winner doesn’t respond in the comments with one within 24 hours, Megan will draw another winner, so be sure to check back often to see if you’ve won.:)

Calisa Rhose presents ~ UnCover Monday ~ #january2016 #MFRWauthor #CoverLove

UnCover Mondays on The Ranch!!!

Osiyo~

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2016!!!!!!

I hope you all had a fabulous 2015 and look forward to a bright 2016. Here on the Ranch it’s that time again, the time for gorgeous covers to take the spotlight in the round pen. Things got so busy and hectic around here that I was forced to skip UCM for December. I’m making those up this month, so please, enjoy more awesome cover art and the incredible authors, publishers and artists who made them possible for you to gaze upon each 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, or get in on the fun, too!

This feature is only to highlight the authors and artists (though if you see one you want to buy I’m sure the authors won’t mind 😆 ). Enjoy this months’ covers to ogle and explore. If there is one provided, you can follow the artist links by clicking on the name, if there’s an artist link provided, to learn more about the amazing creators of these beautiful covers.

There’s a heat level rating for covers, one through four scale, for your benefit. You should never see a *5* rating on the Ranch since I don’t feature anything erotic in nature. 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 https://calisarhose.com/say-hey/. :)

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BeneathTheLake_CasiMcLean01.04.16Title: Beneath the Lake

Author: Casi McLean

Weblink: casimclean.com

Genre: Romantic suspense/

Time Travel/Historical

Heat Level: 2– sensual

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Cover artist: Rae Monet

Release date: August 5, 2015

A ghost town submerged beneath Atlanta’s famous man-made Lake Lanier reportedly traps victims in a watery grave. But when Lacey Montgomery’s car spins out of control and hurtles into the depths of the icy, black lake, she awakens in the arms of a handsome stranger, in a place she’s never heard of—thirty-four years before she was born.

The desperation to find her way home dissolves as Lacey falls in love with a town destined to be erased from the face of the Earth, and Bobby Reynolds, the man who vows to protect it. When Bobby suddenly disappears, Lacey must tangle with treacherous bootleggers and discover the key to the mysterious portal before time runs out and leaves the star-crossed lovers to wander forever through a ghost town buried beneath the lake.

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Beautiful girl in a white dress

Beautiful girl in a white dress

Title: Cinderella Treasure Trove

Author: The Glass Slipper Sisterhood /15

Weblink: www.facebook.com/groups/482493158588214

Genre: Multi

Heal Level: 1-4- Multi levels

Publisher: Books To Go Now

Cover Art: Rebekah R. Ganiere

Release date: January 1, 2016

A collection of fifteen romance authors have written retellings of the Cinderella story. From tear-jerking heartaches, nail-biting suspense, haunting magic, bubbly chick lit humor and dream-come-true romance, we’ve got something for every reader! We’ve compiled excerpts from each story into one free  volume, the upcoming “Cinderella Treasure Trove,” which we’ve filled with recipes and ideas to inspire your next party. We launched this volume on New Year’s Eve. To highlight this treasure trove, as well as our individual titles, we’ve crafted a book trailer which we hope you might enjoy.

*Learn more about these individual books here http://ow.ly/WA1CJ and here http://ow.ly/WA1Fo in a special 2-part blog appearance. The trailer can be found on Youtube at https://youtu.be/9iQeoybSd0o?list=PLMxj85qIUzd9IY9GYRNRXPTgmbcsOYCFE

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DarknessRising_LisaCarlisle01.04.16Title: Darkness Rising

Chateau Seductions 0.5

Author: Lisa Carlisle

Weblink: www.lisacarlislebooks.com

Genre: paranormal romance

Heat Level: 2- sensual

Publisher: Lisa Carlisle

Cover artist: Lisa Carlisle

Release date: July 9, 2015

Antoine Chevalier harbors a secret. Born a gargoyle shifter, he wants nothing more than to cultivate his art. His hard work pays off the night he completes his greatest sculpture. But the excitement of his accomplishment doesn’t last.

He’s drawn the eye of the wrong group—a clan of vampires. Antoine wakes into darkness, changed. Shattered. His dream of becoming a renowned sculptor is destroyed.

One question remains—how will he ever survive an eternity of darkness alone?

Darkness Rising is part 0.5 of the Chateau Seductions series by USA Today Bestselling author Lisa Carlisle. Readers have requested more on the dark and mysterious Antoine. In this short story, Antoine tells his tale, which continues in the series with Dark Velvet. Dark Velvet is written from Savannah’s perspective as a newcomer to an art colony who is intrigued by the proprietor.

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GrandmaMustDie_MaureenL.Bonatch01.04.16Title: Grandma Must Die

Bk #1- A Touch of Magic Series

Author: Maureen L. Bonatch

Weblink: www.maureenbonatch.com

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Heat Level: 3

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Cover artist: DCA Graphics

Release date: October 7, 2015

She’s a witch hunting a spell. He’s hunting witches and falling for her.

Carman has worn out more towns and last names than impractical shoes protecting the secret of her magic blood. But when a friend goes missing, and another is infected with a deadly spell, Carman must choose. Expose her magic blood by curing the spell—or stop the infection from spreading by killing the source…the grandmother.

Magic bounty hunter Dylan has scoured libraries of banned magic paraphernalia seeking a method to distinguish genuine witches from impersonators. He suspects unorthodox librarian Carman might hold this information tighter than the hair he’s dying to unleash from her bun. With a past as hidden as his sleeve of tattoos, Dylan discovers he’s been used to gain Carman’s trust and their passion risks more than mixing mortals and magic.

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LeavingthePack_DavidJO'Brien01.04.16Title: Leaving the Pack

Silver Nights Trilogy, Bk 1

Author: David J. O’Brien

Weblink: www.davidjmobrien.wordpress.com

Genre: Paranormal

Heat Level: 3

Publisher: Tirgearr Publishing  

Cover artist: EJR Digital Art

Release date: May 2014

Nobody believes in werewolves.

That’s just what Paul McHew and his friends are counting on.

They and their kind roam our city streets: a race of people from whom the terrible legend stems; now living among us invisibly after centuries of persecution through fear and ignorance. Superficially Caucasian but physiologically very different, with lunar rhythms so strong that during the three days of the full moon they are almost completely controlled by their hormonal instincts, you might have cursed them as just another group of brawling youths or drunken gang-bangers. Now at the point of extinction, if they are to survive their existence must remain restricted to mere stories and legend, but, paradoxically, they also must marry outside their society in order to persist.

The responsibility for negotiating this knife-edge is given to Paul, who runs the streets with his friends during the full moon, keeping them out of real trouble and its resultant difficult questions. Having succeeded for years, he finds his real test of leadership comes when he meets Susan, a potential life-mate, to whom he will have to reveal his true identity if he is ever to leave his pack.

10% of the author’s royalties will be donated to WWF,
the World Wildlife Fund.

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StakingaClaim_DevonMcKay01.04.16Title: Staking A Claim

Author: Devon McKay

Weblink: www.devonmckay.weebly.com

Genre: Contemporary

Heat Level: 4

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Cover artist: Debbie Taylor

Release date: September 30, 2015

For most people, seeing Alaska is a dream come true. For Miami Beach resident, Samantha Held, it is merely a job assignment. Creating an advertisement for vacationing in the state gets her one step closer to achieving her career goal—partnership in Kolinsky’s Advertisement Agency. 

Blake Langford is not willing to accept any exploitation of his beloved state, no matter how desirable the striking, southern blonde bombshell with fiery green eyes is, and he’s determined to sabotage Sam’s goal in every way. Falling in love with the enemy, however, was never part of the plan.

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TheUnkindestCutofAll_SueBarnard01.04.16Title: The Unkindest Cut of All

Author: Sue Barnard

Weblink: www.facebook.com/suebarnardauthor

Genre: Romantic intrigue

Heat Level: 1- sweet

Publisher: Crooked Cat Publishing

Cover artist: Crooked Cat Publishing

Release date: June 9, 2015

Beware the Ides of March…
Brian Wilmer is God’s gift to amateur dramatics – and he knows it. So when the Castlemarsh Players take the ambitious decision to stage Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, there is only one man who can play the title role – even though Brian’s posturing ‘prima donna’ attitude has, over the years, won him few friends and many foes. 

Rehearsals progress apace, and the production draws ever closer. But when another member of the cast has to drop out due to illness, local journalist Sarah Carmichael (a stalwart of the Players’ backstage crew) suddenly finds herself called upon to step into the breach at the eleventh hour. 
Not surprisingly, Sarah finds that Brian is in his egotistical element playing the mighty Caesar. The fact that the final performance of the play takes place on the infamous Ides of March – the day when, according to tradition, Caesar was fatally stabbed – only adds to the excitement. 
But tragedy is waiting in the wings. And when it strikes, it falls to Sarah – with the help of Brian’s personable, and fascinating, nephew Martin Burns – to uncover the incredible truth about what really happened…

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I want to thank all the authors who submit their covers

and make this a special place to share!

To see YOUR cover here visit my

UnCover Monday

page for detailed instructions.

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Calisa Rhose presents the Glass Slipper Sisterhood #CinderellaTreasureTrove #parttwo #mfrwauthor

Osiyo~

I’m so excited to present part two of the special 2-post event kicking off the New Year!

As I said yesterday, I was approached by an awesome group of authors a while back to help promote their Cinderella Treasure Trove. Remember, 15 Cinderella stories. FIFTEEN! And, of course, I wanted to help. So, again keeping this short for your time’s sake, today I bring you the next half of these wonderful and talented ladies to share their covers and stories. Thank you for returning! If you missed yesterday’s post, read it here http://wp.me/p1tz0T-1q9 and we’ll wait. Ready?

Please welcome more special GSS guests!

We are the Glass Slipper Sisterhood. A collection of fifteen romance authors who have written a retelling of the Cinderella story. From tear-jerking heartaches nail-biting suspense, haunting magic, bubbly chick lit humor and dream-come-true romance, we’ve got something for every reader! We’ve compiled excerpts from each story into one free volume, the upcoming “Cinderella Treasure Trove,” which we’ve filled with recipes and ideas to inspire your next party. We will be launching this volume on New Year’s Eve with a huge princess giveaway. To highlight this treasure trove, as well as our individual titles, we’ve crafted a book trailer which we hope you might enjoy.

Please take a look at the trailer, which can be found on Youtube at https://youtu.be/9iQeoybSd0o?list=PLMxj85qIUzd9IY9GYRNRXPTgmbcsOYCFE, or you can view it right here. It’s movie day on the Ranch! The Cinderella Treasure Trove:

Here’s the link to our Amazon store which features all of the books highlighted in the sampler book.
http://astore.amazon.com/glassslippers0b-20?_encoding=UTF8&node=7
We also have a web page: http://stacyjuba.com/blog/glassslippersisters/ and a Facebook group where we interact with readers about all things Cinderella. https://www.facebook.com/groups/482493158588214

JoanReeves_Nobody'sCinderellaIn Nobody’s Cinderella by Joan Reeves, Darcy is the oldest cliché in the world

—a woman in love with her boss. She’s not even a blip on Chase’s radar, but her

matchmaking friend has a plan. All it takes? A couple of lies—and a wish on a

Christmas star. Darcy should heed that old advice: be careful what you wish for!

 

 

InesJohnson_PumpkinIn Ines Johnson’s “Pumpkin: a Cindermama Story”, having given up on

fairytales after falling for her toad of an ex, Pumpkin is afraid to take a chance

on town royalty Manny who believes she may be his soulmate.

 

 

 

 

 

PJSharon_SavageCinderellaIn PJ Sharon’s “Savage Cinderella”, Brinn Hathaway survives for years in

the wild after being kidnapped and left for dead, only to be drawn out of hiding

by a young nature photographer who steals her heart. Now, Brinn must decide if

coming out of hiding is worth the hope—and the danger—that may await her.

 

 

 

SharonKleve_SecondChanceCinderellaRaven St. James only has 24 hours in her Cinderella body in Sharon Kleve’s

“Second Chance Cinderella.” What will she do with it? Will she become the

confident, strong, flirty girl she wants to be? Will she get the guy she has always wanted?

 

 

 

 

 

AngelaFord_SpellboundCinderellaIf you had your dream body for only 24 hours… What would you do? In Angela Ford’s

“Spellbound Cinderella,” one magical pendant gives Tess one wish to use before the

clock strikes twelve.

 

 

 

 

 

 

MelissaMcClone_TheCinderellaPrincessIn Melissa McClone’s “The Cinderella Princess,” a scandal-ridden prince must

marry a royal if he doesn’t want to be disowned, but he falls for the American sent to find

him a princess bride.

 

 

 

 

 

 

RochelleWeber_TheThinPersonInsideIn Rochelle Weber’s “The Thin Person Inside”, rock star Sean Wesley and three-hundred

pound Kristen Jensen are an unlikely match. But strange things happen when food and drug

addicts come together at the Danville (Middle-of-Nowhere), Illinois, VA Hospital.

 

 

 

 

 

LynetteSofras_WishfulThinkingIn Lynette Sofras “Wishful Thinking”, a struggling single mother and a pop-icon turned

Hollywood star meet in unusual circumstances. Fate drew them together but the intrigue and

trappings of stardom threaten to unravel love’s ties.

 

 

 

 

 

Tune in for UnCover Monday throughout January where I’ll also be hosting this fabulous group’s combined Cinderella Treasure Trove cover art, which will link back to these two posts as well. Thank you for stopping by this week. Be sure to chat with the authors right here on the Ranch!

Dodadagohvi~

Calisa Rhose presents the Glass Slipper Sisterhood #CinderellaTreasureTrove #partone #mfrwauthor

Osiyo~

I’m so excited to present a special 2-post event to kick off the New Year!

I was approached by an awesome group of authors a while back to help promote their Cinderella Treasure Trove. I was stoked! 15 Cinderella stories? FIFTEEN! Well, yeah, I wanted to help!!! So, keeping this short for your time’s sake, today half of these wonderful and talented ladies will share their covers and stories, then tomorrow you can return to meet the rest.

Please welcome my special guests!

We are the Glass Slipper Sisterhood. A collection of fifteen romance authors who have written a retelling of the Cinderella story. From tear-jerking heartaches nail-biting suspense, haunting magic, bubbly chick lit humor and dream-come-true romance, we’ve got something for every reader! We’ve compiled excerpts from each story into one free  volume, the upcoming “Cinderella Treasure Trove,” which we’ve filled with recipes and ideas to inspire your next party. We will be launching this volume on New Year’s Eve with a huge princess giveaway. To highlight this treasure trove, as well as our individual titles,  we’ve crafted a book trailer which we hope you might enjoy.

Please take a look at the trailer, which can be found on Youtube at https://youtu.be/9iQeoybSd0o?list=PLMxj85qIUzd9IY9GYRNRXPTgmbcsOYCFE, or you can view it right here. It’s movie day on the Ranch! The Cinderella Treasure Trove:

Here’s the link to our Amazon store which features all of the books highlighted in the sampler book.
http://astore.amazon.com/glassslippers0b-20?_encoding=UTF8&node=7
We also have a web page: http://stacyjuba.com/blog/glassslippersisters/ and a Facebook group where we interact with readers about all things Cinderella.  https://www.facebook.com/groups/482493158588214

Annalise wanted just one night with Elijah, in Amber Daulton’s “Cinderella’s Enchanted Night,”

but will an antique locket and a bit of Cinderella magic fulfill her every dream?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Jennifer Conner’s Cinderella had it Easy, Cami only has 24 hours in her Cinderella body.

Will she keep hiding or can she learn how to live life?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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In Kae Elle Wheeler’s “Cinderella Series,” a concerned queen and a feisty fairy godmother

unleash mischief. All due to an impulsive decision from the prince and the glass slipper fitting

other than the intended foot.

 

 

 

RebekahRGraniere_CinderellatheFaeIn Rebekah Ganiere’s “Cinder the Fae”, When Prince Rome’s father initiates a contest to win

him a wife, Cinder finds herself having to fight sixty other females for his heart while trying to

keep the evil vying for the crown from destroying them all.

 

 

 

 

 

LisaScott_FairytaleFlirtsShe’s an unappreciated housekeeper with an eye for designer goodies.

Find out if Cindi gets her dream shoes and her dream guy in Lisa Scott’s “Fairy Tale Flirts!

Volume 4; a sweet, funny modern take on Cinderella.

 

 

 

 

 

StacyJuba_FoolingAroundWithCinderellaEver wonder what happens when the glass slippers pinch Cinderella’s toes? In Stacy Juba’s

“Fooling Around with Cinderella”, when Jaine Andersen proposes a new marketing role to

the local amusement park, general manager Dylan Callahan charms her into filling Cinderella’s

glass slippers for the summer.

 

 

 

 

CarolineClemmons_HomeSweetTexasHomeIn Caroline Clemmons’ HOME SWEET TEXAS HOME, Courtney Madison has battled poverty

her entire twenty-five years. When she receives an inheritance she learns that while money

improves her life, it doesn’t guarantee happiness. The only way wealthy rancher/entrepreneur

Derek Corrigan can protect his family and himself is to keep his private life very private, and

that includes keeping his distance from his attractive new neighbor. Besides, he knows what

women do to him—they always leave and take chunks of his heart with them.

He’s been there, done that, had the vaccination and is cured. Isn’t he?

Tune in for UnCover Monday throughout January where I’ll also be hosting this fabulous group’s combined Cinderella Treasure Trove cover art, which will link back to these two posts as well. Thank you for stopping by this week. Be sure to chat with the authors right here on the Ranch!

Dodadagohvi~

Calisa Rhose presents ~ Shatterproof by KK Weil #mfrwauthor #tuesdayroundup

Osiyo~

Welcome KK Weil to the round pen today! She’s sharing her new book, Shatterproof, and I’m asking her a few random questions. KK also has a special offer at the end.

Thank you so much for having me on your blog! I’m very excited to be here.

I’m thrilled to have you! Let’s get started.

What is your writing routine?

As soon as my kids leave for school, my computer goes on. My coffee sits next to me and if the weather is nice, I either work outside or open all my windows. Fresh air inspires me. Usually, I take care of any “business” first, like social media or communications with other authors. After that, I dive into writing. What that means depends on the day. It might be picking up where I left off and spewing out tons of words or maybe I just go over what I did the day before and tweak it. Of course I find the days when I get more pages out to be more productive, but both kinds of days are necessary. I work until the kids come home, which often means losing track of time and neglecting everything else that needs to be done. And then my computer goes back on when they go to sleep.

Which comes first for you—plot or characters?

It depends. For my first book, At This Stage, I knew the premise of the plot before anything else. I developed my characters around what I wanted to happen in the story. In my new release, Shatterproof, my hero, Griffin is a character from the first book. I fell in love with him while I was writing At This Stage, and I knew I wanted to give him his own story. Shatterproof developed entirely around Griffin, so in that case, character definitely came first. In the book I’m working on now, I started with a general idea of the plot, but was having some trouble with my heroine. Then I used a character sketch to get to know her better and then everything started flowing like magic.

What aspect of writing comes easy to you? What is difficult?

For me, the most natural part of writing is the story development. I absolutely love creating something from nothing and every time plots come together in ways I didn’t initially expect, I get very excited. I tend to write about sensitive subjects, so I guess I’d have to say the hardest part is how to handle them. For example, a large part of Shatterproof is about how Griffin deals with his anger towards his mother for staying in an abusive relationship for years. I really wanted to capture what he was going through, while making it clear that the feelings were his as a product of that household, and not mine as a writer. It can be tricky.

What was your first writing piece and where is it now?

I’ve always written, so I couldn’t name my first piece. But my first “full length book” – which would have to be judged by how many pages it took up in a marble composition notebook – was about twin girls. One good, one, bad, naturally. And the trouble they got into. I think I wrote it in Junior High. I still have it, tucked away in my basement, in a duffle bag filled with old stories I’ve written.

Where in the world would you want to visit (all in the name of research, of course) and why?

My number-one dream destination is, without a doubt, Australia. I’ve actually had my itinerary planned for years, because one day, it will happen. There are so many things I want to see there. The opera house and the beautiful Great Barrier Reef are at the top of my list. But above all, I want to visit the outback, Ayer’s Rock and learn about the Aborigines. I couldn’t imagine a more wonderful place to take my family. And imagine the stories it would inspire!

Who would you like to meet in the publishing industry and why?

Margaret Atwood. (https://twitter.com/MargaretAtwood1) To me, she is the queen of dystopian fiction, one of my favorite genres. I’d do anything to pick her brain.

Favorite movie and why?

I have so many, and they truly change with my mood. But two of my all-time favorites are Bullworth and Oh Brother, Where Art Thou, because I love satire.

Salty, sweet, or both?

Salty, salty salty. Except if you’re offering me a peanut butter cup.

Shatterproof Blurb

Griffin Stone knows the stats. Sons of abusers become abusers. This is his single fear.

After witnessing firsthand his parents’ tumultuous marriage, Griffin worries that he, too, harbors an explosive dark side. Can he escape from his father’s rage-fueled ways or is he destined to become part of the cycle?

Unable to persuade his mother to leave and wrestling with his resentment towards her for staying, Griffin volunteers at Holly’s House, a safe haven for abused women. Through sculpture, Griffin gives these women pieces of themselves they’ve long forgotten. Holly’s House is the only place where Griffin finds peace and purpose.

Until he meets Frankie Moore.

Frankie is an aspiring photographer, finding beauty in things most people miss, including Griffin. Griffin is attracted to her free-spirited, sassy attitude but fears Frankie will trigger the most intense part of him, the one he must keep buried.

Frankie’s got to get her act together. Her anything-goes behavior is leading nowhere fast. She’s hopeful that her latest hobby will be a building block for the future. But when a stranger appears on the other end of her camera, looking as complex as he is handsome, Frankie thinks this might be just the change she needs.

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Shatterproof Excerpt

“You need to grow up, Griffin,” my father spat at me. “Life isn’t perfect. You need to get over it and move on. Your mother can. She’s happy with me and whatever we have between us is our business, not yours. Grow the hell up, and start acting like a man instead of a petulant child.”

Heat shot through my body at lightning speed. “Act like a man—like you?” I shouted. “What should I do, go pick some amazing woman who’s full of life and beat it out of her until she can’t even recognize herself any more, until she can’t even differentiate between love and pain? Is that what a man does, Dad? Is that what I should do?”

My father broke into a smile. An evil, condescending, terrifying smile. “You think you’re so different from me?” He hovered over me. His tone was sinister, as if he was trying to cut through my skin with nothing but his voice. “Get up.” He yanked my arm and pulled me by the elbow into the bathroom. He grabbed the back of my head and forced me to face the mirror. “Look at yourself, Griffin. And look at me. Everything about you comes from me. You may deny it now. You may put yourself on a pedestal, thinking you’re above being human, but just know that the fire inside you, that’s my fire. That passion, it’s mine. And when you have an uncontrollable desire to love, to hurt, to possess a woman, it’s from me. Nothing is yours alone. Even this face.” He snagged my chin between his strong fingers. I tried to yank it away from his grasp, but he held on too tight. “It’s mine. And there’s nothing you can do about it. You can try to mask it in this mess of hair and clothes and tattoos you have going on, but know that every time a woman falls in love with that face, every time she says she can’t resist you because of it, every time she can’t walk away from you…it’s because of me. It’s because you are me. We. Are. The. Same.” He released my chin with a shove and left the bathroom.

Author Bio:

Instead of telling you how I’ve always loved to write (which is true) or how I dabbled in different genres for years while I was a teacher, before I took it up full-time (also true), I’d like to let you get to know me a little.

KKWeil11.24.14I love trying all different foods. I enjoy everything from street meat to decadent delicacies. When I travel, I pester the locals for restaurant recommendations, off the beaten path. Having said that, I am a savory fan. I don’t have a sweet tooth. I’d much rather have another bite of dinner and one more glass of wine that save room for dessert. There is one exception to this rule. Reese’s peanut butter cups. Sometimes I think I love those more than I love my children. I’m kidding. Maybe.

I’m left handed. I blame my horrendous handwriting on this, even though I don’t really believe they’re related. Everything in this world is built for and by righties. (Ever try using a can opener with your left hand?) So when I meet another left-handed person, I feel an immediate bond to her, like we’re in this special club. A club founded on being inconvenienced. When I was young, I was desperate for my sister to be a leftie like me. So even though she grabbed things with her right hand, I’d quickly switch them to her left. Now she’s ambidextrous.

I always save the best of everything for last. It’s a compulsion. I don’t like pizza crust very much, so I eat it first. I tear it off, piece by piece (I don’t bite the slice backwards. I’m not a Neanderthal, for God’s sake), until there’s just a little bit left in the center. I use this as a handle.

I have an irrational fear of lice, bedbugs and any other insect that can become an infestation.

I prefer beaches over grass, heels over flats, dramas over comedies, coffee over tea, night over morning and fall over spring.

She sounds interesting, doesn’t she? Check out:

Shatterproof, a New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Amazon http://amzn.com/B015UESACU
Nook http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/shatterproof-k-…/1122695550…
Kobo https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/shatterproof
The Wild Rose Press http://www.wildrosepublishing.com/maincatalog_v1…/index.php…

Follow Me

Website: http://www.kkweil.com

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/KK_WEIL

Blog: KKWeil.blogspot.com

I have one leftie (of my three girls) and teaching her was a challenge in a lot of ways as she grew up, since I’m a rightie. She’s ambidextrous also, mostly because she was right handed until a nine foot fall when she was almost 2 that rewired her brain some. Thank you for visiting the Ranch and sharing your work and yourself, KK!

For a chance to win a copy of one of her books, tell KK if you are a rightie, or a leftie.:)

Dodadagohvi~

 

Calisa Rhose presents ~ A Demon’s Witch by Tena Stetler

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.

I’m thrilled to welcome my wonderfully talented guest today, Tena Stetler, who is sharing her book, A Demon’s Witch with us! Don’t you think the cover is YUMMY?

Please show ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Tena some real Ranch love!

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

tena7 300-2Tena Stetler is a paranormal romance author with an over-active imagination. She wrote her first vampire romance at the age of twelve, to the delight of her friends and the chagrin of her mother. Tena finds stories in the strangest places, while camping, kayaking, or hiking in the mountains. So far, she’s only found one dead body (imagined not real) during a camping trip, turned it into an exciting paranormal romantic suspense that’s nearly complete.

For many years Tena worked as a paralegal for a criminal law firm. Talk about dry uncreative writing. You won’t believe the tales she can tell! Then she tried her hand at IT and Office Management for an electrical contracting firm. She’d honed her writing skills throughout her careers, and finally, the stories just wouldn’t wait. Tena dusted off and polished up one of her WIP, A Demon’s Witch and at a friend’s insistence she submitted it to The Wild Rose Press, the rest is history.

Colorado is her home; shared with her husband, a brilliant Chow Chow, a spoiled parrot and a forty-year-old box turtle. She loves the adventure of a road trip. Together with her husband and their companion animals, they have logged thousands of miles in their RV visiting over 3/4 of the United States. The great northeast and Alaska are still on the bucket list.

Any winter evening, you can find her curled up in front of a crackling fire with a good book, a mug of hot chocolate and a big bowl of popcorn.

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 living room. What does your writing space look like?

Tena's officeI have a small office in my home, pictured below. It has all my stuff where I need it. I have a table top computer, but sometimes just use my little pink laptop, so I can carry it out to the sunroom when the mood strikes. I love to hear the birds singing and the fresh air wafting through all the open windows.

So organized! I love it.:) 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?

So far my characters have introduced themselves to me with their name. The titles seem to come to me in the middle of the night, so I keep a pen and paper on the nightstand. Stories come to me like that too sometimes. Makes for a rough night’s sleep. <grin>

What advice would you offer aspiring and new writers?

Hone your craft. Attend writers conferences, try your hand at Novel Writing Month (NANOWRIMO), check out workshops offered through RWA, Pikes Peak Writers and other online venues.

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?

Heaven only knows, and their not telling. Writing the best book possible, submit, write and then do it all over again. I do think luck has a hand in it too. Also networking with authors both self-published and traditionally, publishers, agents, etc. Above all, keep writing. Check out all avenues available to you. Remember if you don’t ask, the answer is always no.  

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

Nora Roberts, I grew up reading her books. And James Patterson. He built a publishing empire. I’ve read articles about how he did it, but I’ve still got questions.

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

Favorite animal? Moose

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter? Fall

Favorite food? Pizza!

Well done! :) Haven’t had anyone choose moose as a fave animal. Cool!

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

Polishing the next book in the Demon’s Witch series, A Vampire’s Unlikely Alliance, getting it ready to submit.

What are you sharing today?

A Demon’s Witch

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Blurb:

Keeping a lid on all the paranormal beings inhabiting Washington D.C. is a daunting job. Bruce, a six hundred year old demon and the Territory Overlord of the Western Hemisphere, keeps his finger on the pulse of DC’s power players through the activities at his highly successful Wycked Hair Salon. His movie star good looks and body builder physique keeps his dance card full and the rumor mills running. Within these walls, his anonymity is safe, mostly.
Bruce’s world spins out of control when Angelique, a pint size, gorgeous witch, with an attitude breezes through the doors of his salon. She is the younger sister of Tristian, Bruce’s long time trusted enforcer, whose professional skills are second to none. Tristian is furious at the relationship between Bruce and Angelique, a dangerous situation. The undeniable attraction between demon and witch promises to tear apart both their professional and personal worlds.

Excerpt:

     Suddenly, he felt the magic aura shift and switched his attention to the front door. She breezed in, hair like spun gold flowing to her waist, with a seductive yet regal body and a sway to her hips that should be illegal even in DC. She wore a snug rose and cream colored sweater, cut low enough he could see the swells of her rounded breasts, tailored black slacks that fit her cute ass like a glove and four-inch spike heels. She paused in the center of the salon, wet from the sudden spring storm, and lowered the briefcase she’d used as an umbrella. Her sparkling violet eyes glanced up to the mezzanine where Bruce stood watching. Blatantly her gaze wandered over his well-muscled body, undressing him piece by piece, until he felt naked. He shook his head slightly and smoothed his shirt and slacks with his hand, just to make sure he was still wearing them.

On the first floor, Owen, a stocky well-muscled man of slightly over six foot, with thick silver hair that fell to his shoulders, smiled and stepped toward her holding out a large towel. “Mother Nature frown on you?” His dark amber eyes twinkled as he watched water pool at her feet.

“It would seem so.” She grinned and took the towel, dried off then knelt down to wipe up the puddle.

       “Don’t worry about it.” Owen snapped his fingers. Mia came from the back room with a wheeled bucket and a mop. “It’s been one of those mornings.” He reached out, took the towel from her, and handed it to Mia. “Now, what can I do for you?”

Where can we find you and your books?

Website: http://www.tenastetler.com/

Buy links for A Demon’s Witch.

Amazon – http://amzn.com/B014BVSZIC

The Wild Rose Press http://www.wildrosepublishing.com/maincatalog_v151/index.php?main_page=index&manufacturers_id=1264

 Kobo – https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/a-demon-s-witch

 Barnes and Noble – http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-demons-witch-tena-stetler/1122560853?ean=2940151032469
Where will you be next?

Casi Mclean’s Author’s Bare All. http://casimclean.com/authors-bare-all/   and I am participating in The Romance Review’s Year End Splash where a reader can win an e-book of A Demon’s Witch http://www.theromancereviews.com/event.php

On December 8th, I have an interview with Abigail Owen on her blog http://abigailowen.com/blog/

Finally, I’d like to know what makes readers pick a certain book. Is it the author, the cover or what?

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

Dodadagohvi~

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