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Calisa Rhose presents ~ Uncover Monday ~ August #MFRWAuthor #CoverReveal

UnCover Mondays on The Ranch!!!

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

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

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AGuyandaGirl_VictoriaAdams08.14Title: A Guy and A Girl

Author: Victoria Adams

Weblink: www.victoriaadams.blogspot.com

Genre: NA Contemporary Romance

Heat Level: u/k

Publisher: Victoria Adams

Release date: June 18, 2014

After an ugly past forced Hunter Connolly to escape to Europe, the talented hockey player is back in North America and determined to land a position with a professional team. But he can’t hide from his past forever, especially when his beautiful classmate, Chelsea, forces him to reexamine his life. Soon, hockey is not his first priority anymore.

Chelsea Henderson is a bright co-ed working towards her dream of being a professional dancer. She forms a unique friendship with one of her father’s newest recruits and would love nothing more than to take it to the next level. However, there’s just one small problem. He doesn’t know she’s his coach’s daughter.

Amid the deceptions, danger lurks closer than they could ever imagine. Will fate contrive to rip the young lovers apart? Or will Hunter and Chelsea have their shot at love?

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BigSkyBrazen_DawnLuedecke08.14Title: Big Sky Brazen

Author: Dawn Luedecke

Weblink: www.dawnluedecke.com

Genre: Historical

Heat Level: u/k

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Cover artist: n/a

Release date: January 10, 2014

After discovering her horses missing, DeEtte hunts the man who stole them, only to discover things aren’t as they seem. Her adventures lead to Bozeman where she joins up with a cattle drive north – a lawless place run by a cattle baron society. John, the man who stole her horses and broke her heart, trails after her. Many difficulties arise that prevent him from wooing the headstrong woman — from two timing outlaws, to deadly secrets, and finally to DeEttes ability to find trouble in any situation. John needs to settle his score with a man from Texas, protect DeEtte from not only outlaws but also determined suitors, and convince her trust him enough to marry. Can he clear his name and keep her from running head first into a range war and possible death?

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BloodEternal_ToniKelly08.14Title: Blood Eternal

Author: Toni Kelly

Weblink: www.authortonikelly.com

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Heat Level: u/k

Publisher: Lyrical Press, Imprint of Kensington Books

Cover artist: Renee Rocco

Release date: February 3, 2014

He’s her judge, jury and executioner. She’s his only chance to truly live.

Savannah Michaels is in desperate need of cash…for all the right reasons. Determined to leave behind her hospital debt and the nightmares of her past, she answers a classified ad to be a paid travel companion in Italy. Of course, she hardly expects her employer to be a tall, handsome and moody vampire.

Luke Evans has a very good reason to seek revenge against the world’s greedy souls. After all, greed cost him his wife and mortal life two centuries ago. His latest ploy, classified ads, is working out well. Until he meets Savannah Michaels. She is not what she seems and even worse, hasn’t the slightest idea just how different she is.

Suddenly, Luke realizes playing judge and jury over his victims comes at too high a cost, especially when his latest victim may be the love of his life…and the death of his race.

CONTENT WARNING: Vampires with sexy accents; may lead to seduction.

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CowboyontheRun_DevonMcKay08.14Title: Cowboy On The Run                                                    

Author: Devon McKay

Weblink: www.devonmckay.weebly.com

Genre: contemporary romance

Heat Level: u/k

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Cover artist: Tamra Westberry

Release date: May 2014

Running from a torrential past, Nate Walker had never planned on returning to a town where the only good thing had been a brunette-haired beauty with more compassion than he deserved. Finding himself on a ranch for boys facing the same issues not only taught him how to be a man, it taught him that there was more to life than running away. However, returning for what he left behind was going to be anything other than easy.

The minute Nate walked into the Lucky Horseshoe Jessie Calhoun froze. The man always did know how to make an entrance. Unfortunately, he’d also had the same impact when he left her mending a broken heart in a cloud of dust and taillights. And she still wasn’t over him. But this time would be different. No longer a gullible, naïve girl, she’d be a fool to fall under his spell again. Especially now that she had more at stake –two very important reasons.

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GoddessAwakened_CateMasters08.14Title: Goddess, Awakened

Author: Cate Masters

Weblink: http://catemasters.blogspot.com/

Genre: Paranormal/fantasy

Heat Level: u/k

Publisher: Kensington Publishing

Cover artist: Renee Rocco

Release date: July 7, 2014

With a little help from a goddess, battling evil is a piece of cake for Jocelyn Gibson.

A descendant of the goddess Iris, Jocelyn Gibson may have forgotten about the realm of magic, but it hasn’t forgotten her. When Eric Hendricks is targeted by a demon, Joss must step in to battle the evil and save the town’s awkward, but endearing, vet…who also happens to be the man she loves.

Joss’s new inn, a culinary career specializing in cooking with lavender and a new love all make for a fine recipe of disaster. She needs to embrace her inner goddess and harness the powers she never knew she had before it’s too late.

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PlayingWithDestiny_DianeEscalera08.14Title: Playing With Destiny (Latin Heat Trilogy #3)

Author: Diane Escalera

Weblink: www.DianeEscalera.com

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Heat Level: u/k

Publisher: Diane Escalera

Cover artist: Gilded Heart Design

Release date: May 29, 2014

Fate brought them together. Will Destiny keep them apart?

Destiny Quinn lives for her job. She loves being an IT Recruiter, traveling nationwide. But all work and no play has left her feeling restless. It’s been a year since she’s gone out on a date — or slept with a man. Suddenly, Destiny can’t think about anything else. She’s not looking for a relationship, just a good time and a sexy diversion. One steamy night of mind-blowing pleasure, then maybe she can get back to business.

Christian LaCosta wants to prove to his family — and himself — that he is relationship material. Lately, it seems like everyone around him is in love. Maybe it’s time to give up the fast life and fast women, quit being the odd man out. Christian decides to take the plunge and join an online dating service. When he’s unwittingly hooked up with a luscious neighbor named Destiny, the coincidence is too much. Christian doesn’t believe in fate, but one look at Destiny, and he’s seeing a whole new future. Now he must convince this career-driven beauty that work isn’t everything. Take a chance on them, and she can have it all.

WARNING: Food Play, Hot Sex, Latin Hunk

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Title: Scenting Scandal

Author: Suzi Love

Weblink: www.suzilove.com/

Genre: historical romance

Heat Level: u/k

Publisher: Anna Scheuringer N/A

Release date: February 23, 2014

Lady Laura Jamison has a gift and she’s not afraid to use it. She’s after a husband, but not just any husband. She wants a man who meets her logical and scientific criteria. Her extraordinary olfactory senses lead her to Richard, the Earl of Winchester. He might not know it-yet-but he’s her perfect match.

Richard has no time for family friend, Laura, the mad scientist. He’s been pursued by many a female, but never on the premise that one sniff can decide your soul mate. Besides, he wants to marry a sweet and docile  woman, a socially acceptable young lady, the exact opposite of Laura.

But when he’s tasked with stopping fraudulent trading in Britain’s railways shares, he finds he needs Laura’s help. As they work to expose the culprit, Richard begins to think Laura may be on to something, because when he’s with her, passion and desire explode with one look, one touch, one kiss…

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ShareTheMoon_SharonStruth08.14Title: Share the Moon

Author: Sharon Struth

Weblink: www.sharonstruth.com

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Heat Level: Sensuous

Publisher: Kensington Books-Lyrical Press

Cover artist: N/A

Release date: August 4, 2014

Sometimes trust is the toughest lesson to learn.

Sophie Shaw is days away from signing a contract that will fulfill her dream of owning a vineyard. For her, it’s a chance to restart her life and put past tragedies to rest. But Duncan Jamieson’s counter offer blows hers out to sea.

Duncan still finds Sophie as appealing as he had during boyhood vacations to the lake. Older and wiser now, he has his own reasons for wanting the land. His offer, however, hinges on a zoning change approval.

Bribery rumors threaten the deal and make Sophie wary of Duncan, yet she cannot deny his appeal. When her journalistic research uncovers a Jamieson family secret, trust becomes the hardest lesson for them both.

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SilverWolfClan_TeraShanley08.14Title: Silver Wolf Clan

Author: Tera Shanley

Weblink: www.terashanley.com

Genre: Paranormal

Heat Level: Spicy

Publisher: Lyrical Press-

Imprint Kensington Publishing Corp

Cover artist: Fiona Jayde

Release date: August 4, 2014

Loving him will be legendary…if she can survive it.

What happens when monsters turn out to be real? One summer night while camping in the woods, Morgan Carter finds out in a big way. A tall mysterious stranger, Greyson Crawford, risks his life to try and save her sister from the vicious wolf attacking their camp. When he’s bitten and disappears into the night, Morgan can only assume the worst.

Greyson shows up a year later, and he’s a different animal altogether. His eye color shifts constantly and the rumble in his throat sounds more animal than human. She hasn’t any idea where he’s been all this time, but a good guess as to what he’s become.

Grey is determined not to let the darkness of his new existence affect Morgan and the little girl in her care. He hasn’t been able to stop thinking about Morgan but knows he should stay away and let her live a normal life. That’s easier said than done, though. A new danger pulls him from the shadows to keep her safe, and he’s no wolf in sheep’s clothing.

Can she accept what lurks just below his surface? More importantly, can she survive him?

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TakeMeifYouDare_NinaCrespo08.14Title: Take Me If You Dare

Author: Nina Crespo

Weblink: www.ninacrespo.com/

Genre: Contemporary

Heat Level: †Steamy

Publisher: Entangled Publishing

Cover artist: Heather Howland

Release date: 30 June 2014

One decadent dare, one steamy night…

It’s been a year since Jasmine Stewart dumped her cheating ex, so when her best friend dares her to have a one-night stand during a business trip to Miami, Jasmine is all in. But just as she hits her cheesy-come-ons limit, a wickedly hot former soldier comes to her rescue.

Security specialist Ethan Worth’s instincts tell him the gorgeous woman at the bar is trouble. After a sexy dance and even sexier kiss, he knows she is. But when their scintillating night leads to more, the possibility of another long distance relationship sends Jasmine running for the door.

Until the unthinkable happens. Jasmine’s company assigns her to Bode-Wynn, the military security firm where Ethan works. Forced back together, the undeniable heat between them flares to life. But sex is all it can ever be, because taking it further goes against everything Jasmine wants…and everything Ethan fears.

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

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

Special Note: Some covers might suggest more heat than the actual content of that book. Because of this I am adding heat levels to this feature so there isn’t any mixup. The covers on this feature are NOT those of any erotic/a books. Those in question will have this symbol () next to the heat rating.

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Calisa Rhose welcomes Cate Masters with Goddess Awakened #MFRWAuthor

Osiyo~

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

Hey Calisa! Oo, these seats are comfy, thanks. I’d love a lavender margarita. If you’ve never heard of recipes made with culinary lavender, you should visit my heroine’s Lavender Hill Inn, where it’s one of her specialties on the inn’s menu!

I’m thrilled to welcome my wonderfully talented guest today, Cate Masters, who is sharing her book, Goddess, Awakened with us! Lavender margaritas? Sounds positively yummy, Cate. Give me the recipe and I’ll have cook whip some up for all of us!

For now, please show ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Cate some real Ranch love!

Thank you, thank you very much. 🙂

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

I’m just a writer living the dream. My hubby of 36 years acts as chief cheerleader and enabler, my three wonderful grandboys keep me young (and exhausted!), and my dog Lily and cat Chairman Maiow are my furry babies who keep me company while I write.

We have five grandgirls. Oh for a boy! LOL Okay, I’ll begin with five questions, then follow with three more, and end with four final ones.

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAMy writing area at the moment is a cozy recliner in a corner of the my living room. What does your writing space look like?

After 18 years raising three kids in a cramped rancher (with one bathroom, ugh), we moved to a house in the country with A SPARE ROOM (and three bathrooms, yay)! I claimed the extra room as my writing room, painted it a pale blue and added my good-luck-writing totems – among them, a Hawaiian ukelele-playing Gumby, a Chinese dragon, a Sgt. Pepper’s music box and several owls in various sizes. I use the desktop as the business end of writing and playing with Photoshop. The laptop has no Internet, so that’s my writing computer, which on nice days I love to take outside to the deck.

Oo, that room sounds heavenly! I’m jealous. LOL 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?

Titles used to stump me but are getting easier. Character names, on the other hand, are the one thing that will hold up a story. If the name doesn’t fit the hero or heroine, it all feels wrong to me. Sometimes I insert [hero] as a placeholder until I figure out who the heck he is.

What advice would you offer aspiring and new writers?

Write, write, and then write some more. Experiment. Don’t try to copy anyone or write to trends. Follow your heart.

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?

Great question. I don’t believe there’s any one answer. What works for one author will not work for another. Sometimes a book goes viral because it resonates with readers who help spread the word. Yet I know some fantastic authors who seem to be in the Best Kept Secrets category.

What a wonderful answer, and very true. Who would you like to meet in the publishing industry- dead or alive- and why?

Ray Bradbury. I fell in love with his stories as a teen, and am still in awe of his writing. After I became serious about learning the craft of fiction, his enthusiasm for writing was a great inspiration.

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

Favorite animal? Dog

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter? Fall

Favorite food? Tiramisu

I’m a dog person too. Well done! 🙂

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

I’m in revisions with the second Goddess Connection novel set in Egypt, where I’ve wanted to visit since forever. Luckily, as a writer I can go anywhere virtually, at least. This heroine (each book’s a standalone and features a different one) is a descendant of Bastet, the goddess of cats. Here’s the draft blurb: Ancient pyramid spells. Mummified warriors. Artifacts appearing from nowhere. And that’s just Sandy Whitaker’s day job. When spells become curses, and the dead return for vengeance, her dream job turns into a living nightmare. Once Sandy embraces her goddess heritage, can she fulfill her destiny?

The warrior Iker’s triumphed over pharaohs and returned from battles victorious, but dealing with Sandy Whitaker is his hardest task yet. A descendant of Bast, she’s headstrong, naïve and completely alluring. Can he convince her to perform the ritual spells to save the Queen Pharaoh Hatshepsut’s eternal soul? More importantly, can he help her realize she doesn’t need to be descended from a goddess to be one herself?

I love being able to travel through books and yours sound so interesting! What are you sharing today?

Goddess, Awakened – The Goddess Connection, Book 1

Fantasy/paranormal romance novel, about 89,700 words

Blurb:GoddessAwakened_CateMasters08.14

In starting her life over, Joss had expected some resistance, even some trouble, but not this. The bedroom floor boards trembled beneath her golden-slippered feet. Tendrils of an unseen power curled upward from deep within the ground, tingling through her toes. She paused to steady herself, then continued to put the finishing touches on her costume. The tremors grew into rumbles and their hum seeped beneath her skin. When their tiny wisps twined through her mind, she clenched her hands. Enough. Go away.

Thick as starlight on a clear summer’s eve, sweet as the lavender blossoms she had yet to plant, energy whooshed up through the cracks of the worn wood and out into the October night.

She gripped the bureau until it passed, the vibrations rolling over her in lessening waves. Bubbly, effervescent waves. “Third time tonight, Taz.” Each departure took longer, and more of the essence remained.

When the dog whined, she stroked his fur. “Don’t worry, it won’t hurt you.”

Even if tonight the waves were palpable enough to make her hairs stand on end. Oh, no, please.

Nothing could ruin tonight. More than a party, this event would determine her future. And after three years of grief, she’d never allow anything to trap her in its clutches again.

Where can we find you and your books?

Amazon | Barnes & Noble |All Romance eBooks| Kensington

Blog: http://catemasters.blogspot.com

Email: cate.masters@gmail.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Cate-Masters/89969413736?ref=ts

Twitter: @CateMasters

Where will you be next?

This summer’s crazy busy. Along with a review tour and a release day bash (both with great giveaways), I’m going to be visiting so many places, it’s best to keep an eye on my blog so you can follow along: http://catemasters.blogspot.com

Do you have a favorite goddess?

Great question. I’ll wait to see what others say. 😆 Thank you so much for playing along Cate! Wishing you much luck with your book and writing. I hope you’ll come visit again one day.

Thanks so much for having me today! It’s been a real pleasure. I’d love to visit again!

Dodadagohvi~