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Calisa Rhose presents~Uncover Monthly #December2016 #mfrwauthor #coverlove

Osiyo~

Welcome one and all!

Can you believe this is the fourth year for UnCover Monthly? This month, however, will be the last of UCM as you’ve come to know this wonderful feature. Beginning in January or February I will be introducing a revamped UnCover Monthly. Stay tuned for more covers and specials in the new year! I’m very excited!!

In the meantime, go HERE to get the application, then hurry and submit your covers for 2017! Remember, the early bird gets the earliest slots. 😀

For now, enjoy more awesome cover art by the incredible authors, publishers and artists who make 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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abodyguardstriptoperu_annraina12-05-16Title: Jazmin & Ethan,

A Bodyguard’s Trip to Peru

 Series, bk # 4

Author: Ann Raina

Weblink: www.facebook.com/ann.raina.7

Genre: Contemporary romance

Length: Novel

Heat Level: 4- hot

Publisher: eXtasy Books 

Cover artist: Carmen Waters

Release date: August 12, 2016

The conference for counter-terrorist cooperation in Lima was meticulously prepared. But for all that Ethan and the team of bodyguards can’t avoid a clash with assassins trying to kill the Secretary of State and an encounter with the resident drug cartel out for revenge. Once more the couple fights for their lives.

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aknighttoremember_m-j-schillerTitle: A Knight to Remember,

 Bk 3, Romantic Knights trilogy

Author: M.J. Schiller

Weblink: www.mjschillerauthor.blogspot.com

Genre: Sci-fi Romance

Length: Novella

Heat Level: 4-Hot

Publisher: Kissmet Publishing

Cover artist: Steven Novak

Release date: October 1, 2015

Maggie’s grief over Darius and Bella’s deaths is nearly crippling.

But when she sees Orion at The Knights’ Gala, she wonders if it might be possible to find happiness again. It won’t be easy when there are others who are intent on keeping them apart.

For Orion, no other woman is like her.

But winning Maggie back doesn’t mean he’s going to stop looking for Darius’ killer. They may have taken his Master’s life, but he’ll be damned before he allows them to steal his reputation. However, getting too close to the truth forces Orion into hiding, leaving Maggie alone to face their enemies.

Can Orion and The Forgotten Ones take on The Eleven and win?

The Eleven members of the Grand Council hold all the power. Can the ragtag group Orion gathered help him to restore his Master’s good name and give the people back a Knight to remember? Or will taking the risk mean losing the people he loves?

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fortuna_elainecantrell12-05-16Title: Fortuna

Author: Elaine Cantrell

Weblink: www.elainecantrell.com

Genre: Romantic comedy

Length: Novel

Heat Level: 1- sweet

Publisher: Clean Reads Publishing

Cover artist: Cora Graphics

Release date: January 27, 2016

Aimee Sherwood never dreamed that following her fiancé into the witness protection pro-gram would land her in a haunted house in a town that’s downright creepy. She’d have laughed if she had been told the guy who lives down the road might be her soul mate, not the man whose ring she’s wearing. Life in West Virginia is nothing like life in Los Angeles, but between bean ball battles with Marilyn Monroe, remodeling a crumbling farmhouse, and starting a new online business, life in the country is anything but boring.

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hiding_katherinemcdermott12-05-16Title: Hiding

Author: Katherine McDermott

Weblink: www.kmcdermottauthor.

wordpress.com

Genre: suspense romance

Length: Novel

Heat Level:  1-Sweet

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Cover artist: Kim Mendosa

Release date: Aug. 8, 2015

Teresa Worthington escapes her abusive boyfriend, Alex, and flees to Paris to pursue a dream career in art. Along and wary of men, she gradually makes friends and explores her new home.

She is distraught to learn that Alex is still stalking her but is determined to create the life she had always wanted.

Handsome, compassionate, and brave, Serge Gervais, a young Frenchman, slowly wins her trust. He show her the sights of France and promises to protect her from Alex. Teresa finds herself falling in love for the first time until the unspeakable happens. Alex tracks her down and forces her into the catacombs beneath the city. Will Serge find Teresa in time to prevent Alex’s vengeance?

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Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000040_00025]Title: Mind Control,

Medici Protectorate Series,

Bk 2

Author: Staci Troilo

Weblink: www.stacitroilo.com/

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Length: Novel-496 pages

Heat Level: 4.5

Publisher: Lagan Press-

 Oghma Creative Media

Cover artist: Casey W. Cowan

Release date: June 24, 2016

Three decades. Two continents. One secret… that could cost him everything.

Too. Many. Secrets… and Vinnie Falco is buried in them. He works undercover day and night to keep watch over Jo Notaro, whose fiery temperament matches her boundless energy and unparalleled beauty.

Jo is unable to withstand the endless scrutiny and constant surveillance, so when Vinnie’s ever-watchful gaze lingers too long, she can feel his touch—and she doesn’t know if she loathes it or loves it.

Vinnie’s job to watch Jo goes much deeper. He’s a vice president of an international corporation, a front the Medici Protectorate, a brotherhood which continues a tradition going back nearly 500 years to guard the Medici line. Jo and her sisters are the descendants of the Medici and someone wants them dead.

But Vinnie has another secret he’s desperately trying to hide. A secret that could push Jo too far away for even him to save her.

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nothingbutahounddog_marciajames12-05-16Title: Nothing But a Hound Dog,

 Klein’s K-9s Service Dogs series

#3

Author: Marcia James

Weblink: www.MarciaJames.net

Genre: Contemporary romance

Length: Novella

Heat Level: 4-Hot

Publisher: Marcia James

Cover artist: DR Graphic Expressions

Release date: January 2016

Is it coincidence or karma that lands a stubborn loner in an animal shelter run by his soulmate? In this sensual contemporary romance novella (the third in the dog-lovers’ “Klein’s K-9s” series), two deserving people discover there’s so much more to life than work.

After a night of raucous partying in a North Carolina town, country music star Ryan “Rowdy” Gates is sentenced to two months of community service at the Jenkins Animal Shelter. The last thing he expects is to bond with the caring shelter workers and nurture an abandoned puppy. The biggest surprise, however, is seeing his secret high-school crush all grown up and in charge of the shelter. Fifteen years ago, she was way out-of-his-league. Is it possible life has handed him a second chance?

Shelter director Cindi Landon has dreamed of Ryan since she was sixteen. How can she supervise his court-ordered work when just being near him makes her body sing. He’s returning to Nashville in sixty days, and she’s not sure which she’d regret more—letting this chance to be with him slip away or starting an affair that could leave her heartbroken. But when she sees him bottle-feeding a tiny Basset Hound puppy named Buddy, Cindi knows it’s already too late to protect her heart.

Cindi and Buddy offer Ryan something he’s never had—a home, a family, and unconditional love.

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onceforever_m-s-kaye12-05-16Title: Once & Forever

Once series bk 3

Author: M.S. Kaye

Weblink: booksbymsk.com/?page_id=243

Genre: contemporary romance

Length: Novella

Heat Level: 1- sweet- sensual kissing only

Publisher: Inkspell Publishing

Cover artist: Najla Qamber

Release date: December 5, 2016

Eden, a nun, is constantly struggling against her dark past

of living on the streets, and her attraction to Trace, an ex-convict farm

worker. After a twelve-year separation, Eden is finally reunited with her brother,

Thomas, but why hadn’t she reached out to him in all those years? As Eden and

Trace grow closer, confessing their pasts to each other, will they be able to

resist getting too close?

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siegeoftheheart_elisecyr12-05-16Title: Siege of the Heart

Author: Elise Cyr

Weblink: www.elisecyr.wordpress.com

Genre: Historical Romance

Publisher: Kensington-Lyrical Press

Cover artist: Renee Rocco

Release date: April 7, 2014

He fought for king and country, but that battle is nothing compared to the one he’ll wage for a woman’s heart.

Still reeling from the news of her father’s death during the Norman Conquest, Isabel Dumont is unprepared when trouble arrives at the castle gates. Alexandre d’Èvreux, a Norman knight with close ties to England’s new king, has arrived to secure the land and the loyalties of the Dumont family. Desperate to protect her people, Isabel strives to keep the confounding knight at arm’s length and hide the truth about her father’s death.

For Alexandre, the spoils of war come with more than just a generous gift of land. They come with Isabel Dumont. Vowing to marry only for love, Alexandre finds himself in a difficult situation as a conqueror granted dominion over the land and its people. Isabel is the one person capable of helping him win the regard of those living in the war-torn country…if he chooses to accept her.

Just when Alexandre finds a spark of hope that he and Isabel have a chance at love, she vanishes. His quest to find her plunges him deeper into the conquest’s fallout. Was she taken? Or did she leave?

CONTENT WARNING: Entering into this novel may cause extreme affection toward knights of old, admiration for strong-willed women, and the overwhelming belief that love really can conquer all.

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snowboundwithmr-wrong_barbarawhitedaille12-05-16Title: Snowbound with Mr. Wrong

 Snowflake Valley series, Bk 1

Author: Barbara White Daille

Weblink: www.barbarawhitedaille.com

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Length: Novel

Heat Level: 1-Sweet

Publisher: Entangled Bliss

Cover artist: N/A

Release date: November 1, 2016

Worst. Day. Ever. After Lyssa Barnett’s sister tricks her into reprising her role at Snowflake Valley’s annual children’s party, she doesn’t think anything can be worse than squeezing into her too-small elf costume. Then tall, dark, and way too handsome Nick Tavlock shows up to play Santa…and an unexpected storm leaves them snowbound in the isolated lodge.

The last thing Nick wants is to spend a cozy Christmas Eve with a trio of kids and the woman who dumped him. But as much as Lyssa frustrates him, he can’t stop thinking about her. And soon, he’s fighting very un-Santa-like thoughts of kissing a certain sexy Miss Elf under the mistletoe. As Nick starts to fall for Lyssa all over again, he knows it will take nothing short of a miracle to have Lyssa in his arms on Christmas Day.

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steeleandstone_kayphoenix12-05-16Title: Steele and Stone,

Bk #1, Daring Hearts series

Author: Kay Phoenix

Weblink: www.KayPhoenix.com

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Length: Novel

Heat Level: 4-Hot

Publisher: Wild Rose Press

Cover artist: Kristian Norris

Release date: November 2, 2016

Elle Thompson was raised in Denver. She paints. She hikes. She knows how to avoid cougar attacks.

The only cougars Michael Williams usually worries about are the ones that wear leopard print leggings on 5th Avenue.

But, when his acquisition firm sets its sights on Elle’s family business, his tidy life goes awry. As things unravel, so do all his preconceived notions of love and what makes a perfect partner.

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theskeletoncanyontreasure_krisbock12-05-16Title: The Skeleton Canyon Treasure

Author: Kris Bock

Weblink: www.krisbock.com/

Genre: Romantic Adventure

Length: Novel

Heat Level: 1-Sweet

Publisher: Pig River Press

Cover artist: Alan Erickson

Release date: July, 2016

When Camille Dagneau finds a strange man searching the college machine shop she runs, she’s ready for battle. Ryan MacAllister acts equally suspicious of her, but he claims he’s merely looking for his missing uncle, who disappeared while hunting for a lost treasure. He believes Camie is the key to finding the treasure, and his uncle. But beautiful, brilliant, and prickly Camie isn’t about to trust this oversized geologist, or the attraction she feels.

Following the clues in the missing man’s journal will take Camie, Ryan, and Camie’s remarkable cat Tiger on a trail through New Mexico and Arizona. They’ll visit the Tombstone graveyard at night, uncover clues in museums, and ultimately wind up in Skeleton Canyon, where legend says nineteenth-century cowboy bandits hid their treasure. To rescue Ryan’s uncle, they’ll face steep cliffs, twisty tunnels, and worse dangers in human form, but trusting each other may be the biggest challenge. And they’re running out of time…

If you love suspense and romance, don’t miss this gripping adventure! The Southwest Treasure Hunters novels include The Mad Monk’s Treasure and The Dead Man’s Treasure. Each novel stands alone in this series mixing action and adventure with light romance.

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!!!!!!MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!!

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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 the

UnCover Monthly

page for detailed instructions.

(UCM page will also be updated in the new year)

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Calisa Rhose ~ Heads up about Tuesday’s SPECIAL Guest! #MFRW #surpriseguest #hint

Osiyo~

WhoisBNSorry, initials is the only hint you get for who my special, special, SPECIAL!!! guest will be September 15th. Curious?

Although, I will add that she’s a very BIG NAME author and (other than the obvious ones, my pub-house sisters/brothers) my favorite suspense author. I was sucked into her amazing world when I read her “Perfect” trilogy several years back. I was flying to California and blogged about my reading choices, Michelle Willingham’s (then) new release, or The Perfect Liar. I chose TPL as my flight read and discovered it was actually book 2 in the trilogy that changed my reading life for the better. When I got home I got the other two books and they all remain on my Keeper Shelf.

Yes, I know that was more than another couple of hints. I’m horrible at keeping my own secrets! I’m also horrible at buying people gifts early and holding them until the celebrations they’re for. LOL But go ahead, click that link. I challenge you to see who is visiting, and then NOT come by Tuesday to say hi yourself! 😆

Do you want to know who is visiting the Ranch? I’ll bet you do (if you haven’t figured it out already). She’s got a surprise of her own that you’ll have to come by to find out about. 😀

We can’t wait to ‘see’ you at the Ranch for Tuesday Round Up! 😉horses_chestnut_grey

Until then, I’d love to hear your guesses in comments.

Dodadagohvi~

Calisa Rhose ~ Solstice Island by Mae Clair is #FREE #MFRWauthor

End of Summer Sale: Solstice Island by Mae Clair

is FREE 8/31 and 9/1

#cryptidfiction #romance #adventure

MaeRoseFrame2_TeeratasI know summer isn’t officially over until the autumnal equinox rolls around mid-September, but by the time the calendar reads August 31, I’m already thinking fall. My husband and I will be closing our pool this coming weekend, Halloween stuff is stocked in most every store I visit, and the days are growing noticeably shorter. I live in the northeast where summer is much, much too short. Blink and it’s easy to miss. I love fall, but I thrive on summer. So…I’m lamenting the demise of my favorite season with an end of summer sale on SOLSTICE ISLAND, my breezy romantic adventure novella.

Why should you read it (other than the fact it’s like a shot of summer wrapped up inside Kindle pages)? I’m glad you asked. 😀

 The Top Ten Reasons Why You Should Read Solstice Island by Mae Clair:

  1. You’ll meet a hot charter boat captain trying to live down his family legacy.
  2. You’ll encounter a spunky heroine cryptozoologist, determined hot captain should embrace said family legacy and all the baggage that goes with it.
  3. You’ll be able to impress your friends with your stunning new knowledge of cryptozoology.
  4. You may find yourself struck by the uncontrollable urge to look up blurry images of strange creatures online or go on a cryptid hunt (think Loch Ness, Big Foot, and the Jersey Devil).
  5. You’ll learn why you should never ignore a craving for mint chocolate chip ice cream.
  6. The next time your boat is attacked by a rampaging sea monster, you’ll know precisely what to do.
  7. You’ll be swept up in a tale of romance, adventure, and folklore.
  8. You’ll uncover buried treasure, thwart a villain, and discover a new use for a boat oar.
  9. As a 72 page novella, SOLSTICE ISLAND makes a quick end of summer read.

And the number one reason you should read SOLSTICE ISLAND:

  1. It’s FREE on Amazon August 31 and September 1!

http://www.amazon.com/Solstice-Island-Mae-Clair-ebook/dp/B00JHN4EBC

SOLSTICE ISLANDSolsticeIsland_MaeClair09.01.14 Blurb:

Can an ancient leviathan work magic between a practical man and an idealistic woman?

Rylie Carswell is an amateur cryptozoologist in search of a mythical creature, the Sea Goliath. In order to reach Solstice Island, a location the ancient leviathan is rumored to haunt, she’s forced to hire charter boat captain, Daniel Decatur.

Initially, Daniel wants nothing to do with the trip or the fool woman waving double payment in his face. Convinced she’s yet another loony treasure hunter looking for gold on the remote island, he reluctantly agrees. An embittered neighbor wants to have his charter license yanked, so the extra cash will help him stay afloat.

It doesn’t take long for Daniel to realize Rylie is after the same beast his parents were tracking when they mysteriously vanished ten years earlier. He’s avoided all links to cryptozoology ever since, but the smart and sexy cryptid hunter has him second-guessing his oath and wondering what he’s signed on for.

Warning: A family legacy, glowing plankton and rough waters.

About Mae Clair:

Mae Clair has been chasing myth, monsters and folklore through research and reading since she was a kid. As an adult, she stumbled onto the field of cryptozoology and realized there were others like her who loved speculating about weird and wonderful creatures.

Her blog, From the Pen of Mae Clair, features a weekly post each Monday where she examines a different myth or urban legend. In 2013 and 2015, she journeyed to West Virginia to learn more about the legendary Mothman, a creature who will factor into an upcoming series of novels.

As a writer, she pens tales of romantic mystery flavored with a twist of myth or folklore. Married to her high school sweetheart, Mae lives in Pennsylvania. Her passions include cats, history and exploring old graveyards. Look for Mae on her website at MaeClair.net

 You can find Mae Clair at the following haunts:

Website and Blog

Twitter (@MaeClair1)
Google+

Facebook Author Page

Amazon Author Page

Goodreads  

Sign up for Mae’s Newsletter

Download SOLSTICE ISLAND Free from:

Amazon

Add SOLSTICE ISLAND to your Goodreads TBR

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

Osiyo~

It’s that time again, time for gorgeous covers to take the spotlight in the round pen here on the Ranch! Enjoy awesome cover art and the super authors, publishers and artists who made them possible for you to gaze upon this month and 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 too!

UnCover Mondays on The Ranch!!! 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. If I have it, I link the cover to the artist, otherwise, it’s linked to the author. I think they deserve fair mention since they helped create the book! I wish everyone a fabulous new year in 2014!

There’s a heat level rating for covers, one through five scale, for your benefit. You should never see a 5* on the Ranch. 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/ with what you’d like to know. 🙂

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BalladBeauty_LaurenLinwood05.04.15Title: Ballad Beauty

Author: Lauren Linwood

Weblink: www.laurenlinwood.com

Genre: Historical Western Romance

Heat Level: 4-Hot

Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing

Cover artist: Ramona Lockwood

Release date: March 25, 2015

After ten years apart, Boston schoolmarm Jenny McShanahan receives a letter from her beloved father that instructs her to join him in Texas. She has no idea that he’s become Famous Sam McShan, the Robin Hood of the West. She arrives to find Sam already gone, but he left instructions for Jenny to hire a guide and rendezvous with him in Nevada.

Texas Ranger Noah Daniel Webster knows Sam personally because his father, Pistol Pete Webber, was Sam’s longtime partner in crime. When Pete is killed during their last big score, Noah requests the assignment to bring Sam to justice. Going undercover, he volunteers to act as Jenny’s escort across the dangerous prairie, using her to track her outlaw father’s location.

As they journey through rough country, love blossoms—but Noah knows the second he arrests Sam, his betrayal will kill Jenny’s love for him. Should the lawman do his duty as a Ranger, or should he let love rule? The choice Noah makes will change their lives forever.

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girlcover_152x228_finalTitle: Fate Accompli,

Aegean Lovers #1 (ver.2)

Author: MM Jaye

Weblink: www.mmjayewrites.com

Genre: Contemporary Romance.

Heat Level: 2- sensual- passionate scenes, closed door sex

Publisher: MM Jaye

Cover artist: George Saliaris

Release date: November 21, 2014

Monica Mitchell flies all the way from Boston to Athens, Greece, not to get a tan but a very specific job. Because besides an MBA, this twenty-four-year old has a mission: to prove to Alex Argiros, the gorgeous Greek magnate, that she has now grown out of the habit of flashing her underwear and looking like a zombie flick castoff … in the presence of hundreds.

The catch? She has to hide who she is. Thankfully, not having seen him since her early teens helps, and soon she gets all she wants and so much more. Not only does Alex not connect his highly qualified new assistant to the disaster magnate of his distant past, but apart from his admiration, he also offers her his heart.

Now, Monica has a new mission: to keep it forever. But first she has to come clean before he finds out her connection to the bane of his existence. Because if he does, he’ll rightfully assume she plays the part of the Trojan Horse, and then he’ll shed the sleek businessman exterior, letting his hot-blooded Greek nature take over.

She knows he could destroy her.

She knows, yet she needs just a little longer to savor his searing kisses…

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MythandMagic_MaeClair05.04.15Title: Myth and Magic

Author: Mae Clair

Weblink: www.maeclair.net

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Heat Level: 2-Sensual

Publisher: Kensington Publishing/Lyrical Press

Cover artist: N/A

Release date: June 9, 2015

Love and danger intertwine

AS CHILDREN THEY PLAYED GAMES OF MYTH AND MAGIC…
Veronica Kent fell in love with Caith Breckwood when they were children. As a teenager, she was certain he was the man she was destined to marry. But a traumatic event from Caith’s past led him to fear a future together. He left Veronica, hoping to save her from a terrible fate. Twelve years later, Caith, now a P.I., is hired to investigate bizarre incidents at the secluded retreat Veronica manages. Returning to his hometown, Caith is forced to face his nightmares—and his feelings for the woman he’s always loved.
THEN ONE DAY THE MONSTERS BECAME REAL.
After the callous way Caith broke her heart, Veronica isn’t thrilled to see him again. But strange occurrences have taken a dangerous toll on business at Stone Willow Lodge. Forced to work together, Veronica discovers it isn’t ghostly apparitions that frighten her, but her passion for a man she has never forgotten. Or forgiven. Can two people with a tarnished past unearth a magical future?

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perf5.000x8.000.inddTitle: Skater’s Waltz

Book 1 in the MacQuire Women Series

Author: Peggy Jaeger

Weblink: www.PeggyJaeger.com

Genre: Contemproary

Heat Level: 4

Publisher: The Wild Rose press

Cover artist: Rae Monet

Release date: March 4, 2015

Figure skater Tiffany Lennox is busy with rehearsals for an upcoming ice show when the only man she’s ever loved comes home after a two-year overseas stint. She needs him to see her for the woman she’s become and not the child he knew to ensure he stays home, this time, for good. With her.

For all his wanderlust and hunger for professional success, Cole Greer comes home wanting nothing more than to rest, relax and recover. He is delighted in being Tiffany’s hero and has a special place in his heart reserved for her. But faced with the oh-so-desirable woman she’s become, he starts questioning his determination to keep their relationship platonic.

When forced by the television network to go back on assignment, Cole – for the first time in his life – is torn between his career and his heart.

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TheBookOfHoursMariaElenaAlonso-Sierra05.04.15Title: The Book of Hours

Author: Maria Elena Alonso-Sierra

Weblink: www.MariaElenaWrites.com

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Heat Level: 4-Hot

Publisher: Maria Elena Alonso-Sierra

Cover artist: Scott Carpenter

Release date: February 12, 2015

For artist Gabriela Martinez, psychopaths do hit twice.

In The Coin, two star-crossed lovers were cruelly used by fate—and now, in The Book of Hours, destiny isn’t done.

Back then, Gabriela almost lost her life to a psychopath hoping to claim her artwork, her career, her body, and her love. If not for Richard, the operative sent to protect her, she would have fallen victim to his twisted vision.  The dramatic showdown pushed Gabriela and Richard together, even in the face of countless obstacles.

With someone new threatening Gabriela’s life, Richard will risk everything to protect the woman he loves.  But with a new villain on the horizon, bent on possessing Gabriela’s latest work no matter what it takes, she is forced to fall back on old friends, including the man who changed her life not so many years ago.

With an even more dramatic threat looming, and far more to lose, if they don’t stay one step ahead of the danger, their lives, their love, and their future may very well go up in flames.

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TheDeadMan'sTreasure_KrisBock05.04.15Title: The Dead Man’s Treasure:

Treasure Hunters Book 2

Author: Kris Bock

Weblink: www.krisbock.com/

Genre: Romantic Adventure

Heat Level: 1

Publisher: Pig River Press

Cover artist: Alan Erickson

Release date: January 25, 2015

Rebecca Westin is shocked to learn the grandfather she never knew has left her a bona fide buried treasure – but only if she can decipher a complex series of clues leading to it. The hunt would be challenging enough without interference from her half-siblings, who are determined to find the treasure first and keep it for themselves.

Good thing Rebecca has recruited some help, in the form of a green-eyed charmer determined to show her that a desert adventure can be sexy and fun. But there’s a treacherous wildcard in the mix, a man willing to do anything to get that treasure – and revenge. In a frantic race across New Mexico, Rebecca will have to ignore caution in a defiant bid for victory. If she fails, she could lose everything.

Action and romance combine in this lively Southwestern adventure, complete with riddles the reader is invited to solve to identify historical and cultural sites around New Mexico.

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TheKissofaRose_AugustinaVanHoven05.04.15Title: The Kiss of a Rose

Author: Augustina Van Hoven

Weblink: www.AugustinaVanHoven.com

Genre: Paranormal Romance.

Heat Level: 2- sensual- passionate scenes, closed door sex

Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group

Cover artist: N/A

Release date: October 21, 2014

A DISTANT PAST

In 1882, Rose Van Buren loved the wrong man and paid for it with her life. Now, more than a century later, the angel Gabriel has granted her another shot at living. In exchange, she must convince a smart, handsome, up-and-coming lawyer to set aside his lofty ambitions.

A FUTURE PRESENT

Stephen Winship is headed straight for the governor’s chair. He has a brilliant career, solid allies, and a seemingly perfect girlfriend. But night after night he finds himself dreaming of a heavenly beauty, a luminous but long-dead girl. Like some altered Ghost of Christmas Past, she shows him her own tragic tale in order to “save him.” And he’s beginning to see Rose is risking her heart as much as baring her soul. Yet falling for her will cost him everything—and open him up to a happiness he never imagined.

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marquess cover.inddTitle: The Passion of a Marquess

The Sisters of the Aristocracy, Book 2

Author: Linda Rae Sande

Weblink: www.lindaraesande.com

Genre: Historical

Heat Level: 4-Hot

Publisher: Linda Rae Sande

Cover artist: KGee Designs

Release date: January 6, 2015

They say you learn from mistakes … but what if they’re not your own?

After four Seasons and no prospects, Lady Samantha is resigned to life as a spinster. Her aunt, Caroline Fitzsimmons, Viscountess Chamberlain, insists they set sail to Italy for a tour she hopes might allow her charge to meet and marry a European aristocrat.

His mines having suffered a multitude of disasters, Ethan Range, Marquess of Plymouth, needs to secure an Italian invention to help alleviate fires.. He’s none to happy to discover Lady Caroline traveling on the same ship as he is to Rome. He knows her secret and is rather incensed she’s been able to hide Samantha’s true past from the ton.

While taking a late-night stroll on deck, Samantha is confronted by the scowling marquess. Incensed by his assertion that Caroline is really her mother, Samantha barely has time to slap the man before a sudden storm sends a wave of water onto the ship, washing them both overboard.

Forced to save each other, the two end up as castaways on a deserted island in the Mediterranean. Although they face perils a plenty during the week they’re stranded, they have far more to fear from one another than from hunger, weather, and pirates. Can the two realize the mistakes of the past are not their own? Or will their week on the island lead to more turbulence? The heart may be the best life preserver in “The Passion of a Marquess.”

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Title: To Save A Life (A’yen’s Legacy #3)

Author: Rachel Leigh Smith

Weblink: www.rachelleighsmith.com/

Genre: Science fiction/paranormal

Heat Level: 2-Sensual

Publisher: Rachel L. Smith

Cover artist: Laura Gordon

Release date: May 4, 2015

A’yen’s loved ones are under attack. To save them, he’ll risk everything.

Half the Lokmane are free and the resettling of Lok’ma is in progress. A’yen is crowned king, but it isn’t stopping his enemies. Someone is after Ro, and the woman he’s falling in love with is caught in the middle.

When Fae is injured in a cave-in at a dig site, A’yen knows who’s to blame. Proving it is the hard part. Things get worse when he walks into a political trap, and Ro is framed for murder. Saving his reputation is easy compared to saving Ro. Ro’s demons come for him, taking him back to a life not worth living.

A’yen races to save Ro before he can act on his deepest desire: killing his tormentor. Happily ever after can’t happen if Ro is dead.

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Willpower_AnnaDurand05.04.15Title: Willpower

Psychic Crossroads, Book 1

Author: Anna Durand

Weblink: www.annadurand.com

Genre: paranormal romance

Heat Level: 2 flames; sensual

Publisher: Jacobsville Books

Cover artist: Lisa A. Shiel

Release date: December 18, 2013

Grace Powell awakened one day with no memory of the previous eight months. Now a relentless enemy hunts her, but she has no clue why. Terrified to trust anyone, Grace has no one to turn to. Except for the sexy stranger who appears out of thin air—literally.

David Ransom sacrificed his freedom to protect Grace, yet now he’s a stranger to her. If he can’t stir her memories, and the secret power buried inside her, they may both fall prey to an invisible foe. The passion flaring between them gives him hope they might save each other. But will unearthing the truth about Grace’s past destroy them both?

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Z is for Zoo~ #atozchallenge #MFRWAuthor #zoo

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Zoo. Tuesday was Andee’s end of the year field trip for her fourth grade class for which I was a chaperone. She was thrilled that her mom and little sister were able to join us for a day of fun even though it was raining most of the morning. That didn’t hinder the animals or us! I hope you enjoy this peek into our day.

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Peacocks were out in force among the crowds, proudly strutting their stunning beauty. One let Andee get almost close enough to pet.

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The kids wanted a fun picture, then a nice lady offered to take a photo of my little group in the pachyderm house. Baby Mackenzie had fun at the elephants.

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It was an awesome experience to pet the stingrays! They feel like catfish to me; soft and velvety. It’s interesting that you simply put your hand into the water and they come to you and brush against your hand for a pet.

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Obviously, I can’t post all the pictures taken, but here are a few I like. Those catfish in the picture right above with the geese were crazy! We fed the geese and those things made the water boil with their feeding frenzy. The baby elephant was born in December, and the animal in the next picture is a bat-eared fox. The pink flamingos were spectacular, but the red and green macaw didn’t have a spot of red on it, that I could see. 🙂

Thank you for joining me on my first complete A to Z Challenge. Today brings it to a close, but feel free to browse back through posts to see how my April 2015 went. You can click the top logo to visit blogs of other participants or to find out more about this fun journey you might like to join next year. It’s not just for writers, but bloggers of all kinds.

Until next time,

Dodadagohvi~

Y is for Yellow with a side of remodel~ #atozchallenge #MFRWAuthor #yellow

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Yellow. This past weekend we painted our new bedroom and it made me think about when I was ten and how yellow was my favorite color. I had the only (mismatched) yellow plate that the family knew was ‘my’ plate. I cried when it got broke one day when I was doing dishes. For years I’ve loved yellow. I still do, even though green and burgundy top it these days. 🙂

I always wanted a sunny yellow kitchen when I got my own house. That never seemed to happen in the other homes we’ve owned, until we bought this house four years ago. The whole house is pale, boiled-egg yolk, yellow inside, except for the three bedrooms which were pink, burnt orange and purple. The purple is the only one still that color and it will get a new green coat soon, as my office. The pink is Andee’s room and now in her favorite color blue as of two summers ago, and the burnt orange was painted a lovely beige over this past weekend with a clean white trim. I’m thinking about some deco-painting in there to break up the beige, since I’m a fan of color and hubby is not. 😀

The living room will be beige one day, with a pale green accent wall or wainscoat all round, I haven’t decided which yet. Oh, and the bathrooms are white, not yellow. The downstairs one will be aqua blue and golden sand to accentuate my ‘fish’ theme, not sure what we’ll do with the upstairs one yet, but probably the generic beige with white trim too. I might consider leaving yellow in the kitchen, but a brighter shade and only in moderation to bring out the red already there. Not the whole room, I’ve had my fill of yellow these last four years! LOL

All in all, I can’t wait to get to painting the rooms in colors that make me happy!

What do you prefer for your home, color or not? Which makes you happy?

Join me for tomorrow for the letter Z, which will be a lot more exciting, I hope.

Hint: Andee had her class end of the year field trip yesterday. 😉

Dodadagohvi~

X is for~ #atozchallenge #mfrwauthor #no clue

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What? Honestly, my mind is a total blank. So, I’m taking the easy way out and not saying anything. LOL

I’m sorry, but I don’t have a clue what to say for ‘X’. I’ll be back tomorrow, hopefully with a more creative post. 🙂

Dodadagohvi~

W is for~ #atochallenge #MFRWAuthor #Wishes

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Wishes and prayers. It’s one of those “I can’t talk about that here” days, weeks. I wish I could and one day maybe I can, but for now… I apologize for this post being a little late.post being a little late.

I’m wishing something painful wasn’t, and praying for someone so very special. If you’d care to, we could sure use your prayers, too. Good wishes, whatever you believe in as a higher power, we could use lots of right now.

Thank you.

Dodadagohvi~

V is for~ MFRWAuthor #atozchallenge #visualize #writing

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Visualize. It’s what we all want readers to do with our writing, but it’s one of the hardest parts of writing there is, for me, at least. How can I help readers ‘see’ what is in my head as I write? It all comes down to showing vs telling. Don’t just tell the story. I’ve heard non-writers say “I can write a book. I’m good at telling stories.” Oh if they only knew. Yes, almost anyone can tell a story.

My ten year old granddaughter can tell a story, but can she write a story that will pull me in? Not yet. It’s about digging in, knowing your characters and portraying them on paper, or screen, so readers also know them as the story progresses. It’s more than sharing the key points. It’s showing how a character reacts to a point, how they perceive it and get through it. It’s feeling like you are in the story, living it.

Have you ever seen Inkheart with Brendan Fraser? Talk about living the story! But that’s how I feel when I read some authors books and how I strive to write for my readers. Well, maybe not exactly like that. I don’t think I’d like getting stuck in the story I’m reading and having to find someone to write me out again!

Writing a visual story, struggling to do so, can be enough to kill a writer’s dream or make them give up before they finish the story.

It’s damn hard. Anyone who says otherwise hasn’t written a story that I’d want to read. It’s painful, unnerving and, at times, depressing. It’s what, in the end, makes me glad I’m a writer who doesn’t give up before the heart of a story is revealed and put out there for others to live.

Would you rather read a book that makes you sad it’s over, or miss the characters when you close the book? Or would you want an author to tell you a story just so you know what happened? What is it in your favorite books that the author(s) do to help you visualize every nuance and close the book feeling like you’d just lived it?

I hope you’ll join me Monday for the letter ‘W’, as I near the end of my first successful (so far) Blogging A to Z Challenge.

Until then, have a wonderful weekend!

Dodadagohvi~

U is for~ atozchallenge #MFRWAuthor #unrestricted

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It’s been three years since I sold my first book. It’s been three and a half years that my fil has been living with us. That’s how long it’s been since I was able to go and do what I needed or wanted without restrictions, a time line for returning home. See fil couldn’t be alone very long at any given time, so any time I went out, whether to go shopping, visiting or with hubby, I knew before I left that I had about two to three hours before I’d need to be back. Just in case. In case something happened, he had another stroke, he wanted to cook on the stove, in case of any number of reasons, I had to be home.

It’s strange now to go somewhere with anyone and not have that restriction to hurry back. I didn’t mind the restrictions for the most part, I was glad hubby had that special time with his dad that I didn’t have with my own. But it made it hard to go anywhere over night, like to visit our daughter when they still lived in Colorado, or to my brothers’ in St. Louis. Now I find myself thinking I need to get back soon, when I don’t. It’s a good feeling, yet strange, and a little sad.

Youngest daughter and I went to see fil this morning and we were both relieved he seems to be integrating into his new home, making acquaintances with other residents and the staff. He was in a light mood, laughing and chatting with us. No, we didn’t always understand what he was saying (he lost his speech with the first stroke), but he was trying to interact. He gave us the in depth tour of the game area today. Board games, puzzles, books, pool table, computers, and even stopped to tease one of the directors in her office. That’s a very good sign.

So for today’s letter I have to embrace and learn how to be free and Unrestricted, and plan my days around that again. I plan to make the most of this as soon as the current remodel is done in a week or so.

Dodadagohvi~