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Calisa Rhose presents ~ Book III in The Golden Key Legacy by AJ Nuest #MFRWAuthor #GKL #AJNuest

Osiyo~
Today’s post is special. Special because my dear friend, AJ Nuest, has Book Three in her Golden Key Legacy release TODAY!!!!!!!! And there’s gonna be a heck of a party. If you want to get advance peeks at any and all of AJ’s cover art, you should join her Street Team! She also shares private excerpts of all her work there too. I love being a member for those and so many other reasons. 🙂
Read on for all the details and a view of the spectacular cover.

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Thursday, January 29th marks the release of
Book III in The Golden Key Legacy…
by
AJ Nuest

AWizardRisesThe homecoming celebration held in honor of Princess Faedrah is fraught with
perilous frustration. Her nightmares have returned thricefold and, to her
horror, a horrendous blight has spread like a plague throughout the kingdom. Compounding
her worries, Rhys’ arrival in her world has been welcomed with the exact horror-filled
reaction she expected. Her beloved has been cast into the dungeons, and no amount
of arguing with the king and queen will prove he’s her fated love.

Magical powers were supposed to be a gift, or so Rhys McEleod had always believed. Too
bad the second he landed in Faedrah’s world the legacy he inherited slammed
into his body like a weight. He’s got zero control and his constant visions of
Faedrah fighting an evil entity aren’t helping. At least her parents made the
right decision and stuck him away someplace safe. Until he can figure out his
next move, prove himself an ally and uncover the clues to stopping Faedrah’s
nightmares, he’s got no choice but to wait…and learn exactly what he’s become.

It’s a $0.99 SALE!!!

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The entire The Golden Key Legacy
is sale priced!!!
 
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A Furious Muse, Book I…
http://www.amazon.com/Furious-Muse-HarperImpulse-Fantasy-Romance-ebook/dp/B00O7CP4ZI/ref=pd_sim_kstore_2?ie=UTF8&refRID=1FNAMYJVR6ZNVS9FN9X4

Since the day of her birth, Princess Faedrah Austiere has been defined by her place
within the kingdom. As the single heir to the half-blood gypsy king and his
prophesied white queen, she is fiercely protected, shuttered inside an ivory
castle and well-trained in the art of war. Yet neither her obligations as
future queen nor the black infestation threatening her kingdom fail to hinder
the mysterious pull of the antique armoire hidden in her parents’ bedchamber. And
stealing the golden key for a leap through time is the only way to confront the
dark lord haunting her dreams.

One face. The image of one defiant, relentless woman has been stuck in Rhys
McEleod’s head ever since he was old enough paint her luscious curves on the
canvas. But the day she walks into his life off the street—sexier than hell and
itching for a fight—he’s not convinced she’s the same women he’s envisioned
since childhood. That is, not until he spots the golden key around her neck—an
object he’d never fully shown in any of his paintings.

Now if he could just persuade his lovely muse he’s not the enemy. Unless the
elusive Faedrah Austiere learns to trust him, he’ll never have her in his
bed—the one place he’s convinced she belongs.

 
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The Sacrifice, Book II…
http://www.amazon.com/The-Sacrifice-HarperImpulse-Fantasy-Romance-ebook/dp/B00O7CP4XA/ref=pd_sim_kstore_1?ie=UTF8&refRID=0TXJ3B839GJXX58M6QG5

The second Faedrah Austiere walked into his life off the canvas, everything in Rhys
McEleod’s world stopped making sense. Not only does her story sound like a
Grimm’s fairy tale, evidently he’s been cast as the villain. If that isn’t
enough, the mirror inside that old, beat up armoire at her uncle’s condo is
supposedly a doorway to another world. Ever since the pathway opened, something
inside him has seemed…off. If what his muse says is true, they are headed for
an epic showdown, but he isn’t about to let her go. Nothing is more important than
Faedrah’s protection, even if her parents refuse to accept him.

Though certain their fates are bound by more than the golden key Princess Faedrah
wears around her neck, it is paramount Rhys’ true identity be kept secret.
Should news of his bloodline ever reach her kingdom, their entire quest to save
her people could be lost. Their only hope to prove his loyalty is to steal the
map to the dark lord’s Crystal Crypt. Yet her a plan endangers her beloved more
than the accusations he faces in her kingdom and, to escape evil’s grasp, she
and Rhys must take a leap of faith beyond her wildest imagination. 

 
Pre-Order the Final Installment in this epic time travel fantasy romance!
Releases February 26th!
 
http://www.amazon.com/Time-Reckoning-HarperImpulse-Fantasy-Romance-ebook/dp/B00O7CP50C/ref=pd_sim_kstore_4?ie=UTF8&refRID=0KEPCA95M6RJAYR3YJBB

Rhys had one job to do. One measly errand that shouldn’t have been a problem, given
the nature of his powers. But when an old enemy reappears, detailing the result
of his actions, Rhys is forced to make a choice between a future with Faedrah
or dying before his time. Frustrated and out of options, he agrees to her
suggestion they to leap forward in time to the future…even though a good chance
exists his powers will be nothing but a memory in his world. Flying blind on a
wing and a prayer, they prepare to fight for everything they love against a
wizard of insurmountable power.

Faedrah does her best to gather their closest allies. The sides are squared in a war to
control the future of both worlds. With the stakes so high, only one advantage
has been cast in their favor. The sigil of utmost protection inherent in Rhys’
signature. If not enough to thwart the evil awaiting at the Austiere gates, she
could find herself imprisoned in the future, while her kingdom and all those
she has sworn to protect are lost to the mists of time.

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Calisa Rhose presents ~ Sarah Grimm- Secondary Characters Who Demand Their Own Stories #MFRWAuthor #BlackPhoenixseries

Happy December!!!

I know I typically have Friday FanFare instead of guest posts on Friday, but Christmas is coming and I have my first pressy! My number one book boyfriend has escaped from authorland this week and is everywhere just for you to meet, so I have to introduce you to Dominic Price. *swoon*

So as a special event today, I invited Sarah Grimm to tell how Dom’s story came to be with a little taste of Dom’s and Rebecca’s sizzle, and where you can get your copy of Midnight Heat. I already have my copy and can’t wait to read it! 🙂

When I was writing After Midnight—Black Phoenix book 1—I honestly had no intention of creating a series. I had one story in my head, one where in the midst of wrapping up the hero and heroine’s happily-ever-after with a bright red bow, I would also give secondary character Dominic Price his. Then he walked onto the page and instantly stole my heart. I knew immediately he would need his own book. He was blunt, didn’t believe in lying and often said whatever he was thinking. He was funny—I’m a sucker for a man who makes me laugh—but also…wounded. There was a sadness to him. A deep sadness tied to a woman he loved desperately, but had walked away from: Rebecca Dahlman. I had to explore this—had to—and so Midnight Heat was born.

Writing Dominic’s story wasn’t easy. At times I was an interviewer asking questions of him, then rewording them when he wouldn’t give me an answer. At times a psychologist, studying his mind and behavior, digging for the reasoning behind his actions. Dom was afraid to trust me with his backstory, just as he was afraid to trust Rebecca, but eventually, I got it out of him. Then, I had to figure a way to help him win Rebecca back. In the end, he didn’t need my help after all.

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Rebecca pulled into her driveway to find Dominic leaning against the post of the front porch. It’d been a lousy week and the last thing she needed, the last possible thing she could deal with right now, was him. Yet here he was. Looking as sinfully gorgeous as ever.

His long black hair was messy, like he’d been running his fingers through it. Her own twitched with the need to bury her hands in his hair and pull him to her. Pull him in tight, setting aside everything that stood between them. Trusting this time would be different.

For a long moment the temptation was so great she couldn’t breathe. She walked past him, used her key to unlock the door but didn’t open it. Exhaustion pulled at her, made her limbs heavy and her eyes burn. The double shift she’d just come off had been difficult, made more so by the arrival of Mr. Masters – the little boy’s father. He hadn’t said anything, just stood against a light pole outside the emergency entrance. In a fashion eerily similar to the way Dominic stood now.

It had taken her the entire drive home to shake off the trickle of alarm from between her shoulder blades.

Unable to summon the most basic of manners, she sighed. “Not tonight, Dom.” Tonight she felt far too exposed and vulnerable. “Honestly, I don’t have the strength for another go around with you.”

He looked her over slowly, studying her without a word. She knew what she looked like, had seen her reflection in the mirror after getting cleaned up at the hospital. Dark circles of fatigue beneath bloodshot eyes, her naturally pale skin more drawn than normal. She couldn’t hold her tongue when she was tired. No doubt he’d use that to his advantage.

“Are you okay?”

The fact that he asked, after everything they’d said to each other, nearly brought tears to her eyes. No. “Yes.”

He was quiet a moment, then blew out a breath. “I was hoping to have that talk you wanted, but I can see tonight’s not the night.”

She allowed herself to relax a bit. “It’s really not.”

“Just so you know, I’ll go home tonight, but I’m not going away.”

“What does that mean?”

Dominic gazed deep into her eyes. “I want a second chance, Rebecca.” His tone was a dark promise that curled around her and had her pulse kicking hard. “A chance to show you how much I’ve changed. To be what you want me to be; a lover and a friend.”

Heart in her throat she could only whisper. “For how long?”

“As long as you’ll have me.”

She closed her eyes and swallowed back the ache, the longing. Yes, cried her heart. Oh please, yes. Her head refused to believe. “Dom,” she murmured.

He didn’t speak. Nor did he walk away. Instead, he stepped closer. So close his breath brushed her temple, his body heat warmed her. She opened her eyes, tipped her head up to see into his. He stood close enough to touch her, only he didn’t. “Your best friend’s name is Karmen.”

Confusion scattered her thoughts. “How?”

“You’re wrong. I met her once – the same night I met you. She’s Latina, pretty but…I barely remember her.” His eyes darkened to mirror the night sky. “I was too blinded by you.”

“Dominic.” She lifted a hand and settled it in the center of his chest, feeling the hard muscle as well as the heat—traced her fingers over one pec and his body tightened.

Still, he didn’t touch her.

“You listen to classical music all the time. So much it used to drive me bonkers. But only if you’re happy. When you’re sad, you listen to the blues.”

Or his. She’d grown quite fond of Black Phoenix’s music over the years.

“I don’t recall what make or model your car was, just that it was a bit dodgy and smelled like cheese.” His chuckle vibrated up her arm.

God, how was she supposed to resist this? He was giving her everything she’d demanded of him the other night. All the answers she’d accused him of not caring enough to have. Rebecca leaned in, pressing closer, absorbing his scent, his proximity, and still his arms remained at his sides. He wasn’t going to make it easy on her. Anything that might happen, everything was being left up to her.

“I had a kink in my ass for a week after that first night.” His gaze fell to hers as she laughed. “I would do anything to make you laugh.” His voice was low, raw, as he reverently touched her cheek. “I would do anything to make sure I never make you cry again. I don’t want to be what makes you cry, Rebecca. Not anymore.”

Her body wouldn’t stop shaking. “Dominic.”

“I miss you so much. I miss us. There’s not a day goes by that I don’t regret walking away from you.”

It was too much to take in at once. Rebecca couldn’t move, and her vocal cords seemed to be temporarily useless. She ended up just standing there, as her heart took a hard leap against her ribs and hope blossomed.

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See what I mean?! I’m in lust for this man! Whew!!

If you haven’t read Black Phoenix, Book One- After Midnight– you’ll want to get it and meet Noah and Isabeau too. I adore those two and they revisit in Dom’s story. I love keeping up with past characters. Don’t you?

Ok, here’s the other important information you’ll want.

BUY LINKS:

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id943576931

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/midnight-heat-sarah-

grimm/1120790396?ean=2940046316315

Amazon: http://amzn.com/B00NU8M0QQ

Amazon : UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00NU8M0QQ

Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/midnight-heat-2

Author Bio:

Sarah Grimm is a wife and mother of two—five if you count her much-loved dogs.

She resides in beautiful West Michigan, with her husband, two sons & three

rescue dogs. Her addictions include reading, laughter and drag racing.

Author Links:

Website: http://www.sarahgrimm.com

Blog: http://www.sarahgrimm.com/blog

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SarahGrimm.Author

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

Thanks for stopping by! Can you remember your all-time favorite hero, the one who makes your blood boil in that good way and your head light? Sarah will gift one copy of Midnight Heat to a commenter. Seriously, once you meet this HAWT bassist–you’ll never look at rock-n-roll the same!

Calisa Rhose and Tuesday Roundup presents ~ 30 Seconds by Chrys Fey #MFRWAuthor #romanticsuspense

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.

chrysfeypicI’m thrilled to welcome my wonderfully talented guest today, Chrys Fey, who is sharing her book, 30 Seconds with us!

Please show ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Chrys some real Ranch love!

Before I get too nosy, tell us a bit about you.

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

My writing area is also in my living room. I have my desk positioned in a corner where I can look out the window and my back is to the rest of the room. Right now my desk is decorated in the spirit of autumn, but soon it’ll look like a winter wonderland.

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

Naming my books and characters comes easy to me. Usually. For a long time I referred to 30 Seconds, my romantic-suspense novella, as another title based after my characters’ last names. My heroine is Dani Hart and my hero is Blake Herro, so I thought I’d call their story, Hearts and Heroes, but I changed my mind when my favorite band, Thirty Seconds to Mars, inspired me.

Interesting. What advice would you offer aspiring and new writers?

Never give up! There were many times when rejections got me down and I wonder ask, “When will it be my turn?” But I continued to push toward my dream, knowing that I wouldn’t have the story ideas circulating in my head if I wasn’t meant to publish them. And I believe the same for you!

Always sound advice. Persistence is key, but 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?

At the moment, social media presence…If you’re not on at least 1-2 social media sites then readers won’t know about you, and you want readers to know about you!

I agree. As much as I don’t get, so don’t particularly like, social media, we have to put our best foot forward. We have put ourselves out there each day. That part I don’t mind. 🙂

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

JK Rowling. I’d love to sit with her talk about writing, our books, and life over a cup of tea. She seems like a wonderful person who I’d get along with real well.

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

Favorite animal? Giraffe

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter? Fall

Favorite food? Pasta

Well done! 🙂

Okay, Flash four. Ready? YES!

What are you working on now?

Currently I am working on the sequel to Hurricane Crimes and a short story for readers who enjoy 30 Seconds.

What are you sharing today?

My romantic-suspense novella 30 Seconds.30Seconds_ChrysFey11.18.14

When Officer Blake Herro agreed to go undercover in the Mob, he thought he understood the risks. But he’s made mistakes and now an innocent woman has become their target. He’s determined to protect her at all costs.

The Mob’s death threat turns Dr. Dani Hart’s life upside down, but there is one danger she doesn’t anticipate. As she’s dodging bullets, she’s falling in love with Blake. With danger all around them, will she and Blake survive and have a happy ending, or will the Mob make good on their threat?

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Where can we find you and your books?

30 Seconds can be found on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, KOBO, and The Wild Rose Press.

And I can be found on Facebook and Goodreads. I also have a blog called Write with Fey.

Where will you be next?

On Thursday I’ll be visiting Barbara Edwards, another Rose from The Wild Rose Press.

Chrys Fey’s Question: If the Mob was after you, what would you do and where would you go to stay safe?

Ooh, great question. I’m going to wait to see what others say. 🙂

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

Dodadagohvi~

Calisa Rhose welcomes Desiree Holt to the Round Pen #MFRWAuthor #Promo

Osiyo~

I have the uber talented and gorgeous Desiree Holt in the Round Pen today. Talk about a wonderful lady with a crazy sense of humor! She’s talking about writing and the need for research with her new book, Finding Julia so I’ll let her have at it. Check out her lovely cover on your way to the excerpt! 🙂

DesireeHolt8.26.14People say that writing is a solitary occupation and to a great extent it is. I mean, no one can do the writing for you, nor would you want them to. But it also takes a lot of research, especially for me. I am known as Miss Picky because I go to great lengths to get things right.

When I was writing Finding Julia, there were some specific scenes in the story that I needed details on. For example, there’s a cabin in the woods in Massachusetts. I had to know if there was still open land outside Boston, where it was, how much open space, all that good stuff. I managed to find a real estate agent who was willing to take time out of her busy day to answer my questions, although I think she was secretly hoping I was actually looking for property to buy.

There is also a scene at a restaurant called Harry’s House. Now this is of course a fictional place but it’s based on a real restaurant, Little Harry’s, a French colonial structure in Detroit with a lot of ambience. I lived in that city fir twenty-five years and Little Harry’s was a place where Detroit’s gentrified elite as well as their Mafia elite frequently dined. Media were strictly prohibited so it was a place where people could be assured of privacy, especially with the restaurant divided into small rooms.

Unfortunately it no longer exists. Singer Anita Baker bought it and planned to turn it into a recording studio. She ran into so much resistance she built an IHop instead. Kind of like when my late husband and I went to Texarkana to see some of the historic landmarks of his ancestors and at one spot found a Taco Bell.

Oh, well.

Blurb:

Sometimes life is not fair. For Julia Patterson meeting Luke Buchanan opened the door to a new life and brought her to life as a woman. In his arms she learns for the first time how real passion and emotion can enrich your life. He claims her body with the pleasure of erotic sex and his heart with unrestricted love. But Fate was laughing at Julia, just as she is about to step over the threshold into a wonderful new life. When her almost-ex-husband Charles is diagnosed with a fatal heart condition her divorce is put on hold along with the rest of her life. Turning her back on Luke and the intense passion and emotion they shared is the most difficult thing she’s ever done. But Julia has a secret, one that Charles has discovered and uses like a club. Thirteen years later when Luke walks back into her life the passion and emotion are just as explosive as ever. Will they finally have their chance at happiness or will her secret destroy it forever?

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Excerpt:

“Our executive vice president is tied up in a meeting right now,” Howard whispered as the executive staff filed in. “He’s the one who says yea or nay. He’ll join us as soon as he can.”

Great. Would he expect her to do it all over again for him?

She sighed and began her presentation again.

It was well into the afternoon and she was pulling out copies of the proposed budget to distribute when the door to the boardroom opened quietly, and Julia’s stomach dropped to the floor. She felt as if an electric surge slammed into her, plucking at every one of her nerve endings.

The man who silently took a seat at the end of the table wasn’t necessarily handsome, but he was one hundred percent male. Liquid brown eyes were framed by the thickest lashes she had ever seen on a man. She noticed the strong jaw and the lines of character etched on an incredibly masculine face. Straight brown hair, a hint of silver reflecting in the lights, was worn just a little long, giving him a slightly rakehell look.

The classic dark business suit barely concealed the power he radiated. More than that, he exuded an aura of self, of authority, of comfort in his own skin few men were able to attain. She could think of only three words to describe him. Dark. Edgy. Dangerous. In her entire thirty years, no man had ever affected her the way this man did. Certainly not Charles. She clamped down on her reaction, forbidding herself to let her thoughts wander into forbidden territory. As she’d learned, her judgment where men were concerned left a great deal to be desired.

“Let me interrupt a moment.” Manning jumped to his feet. “Julia, meet Lucas Buchanan, our executive vice president. He’s been in another meeting until now.”

“I’m pleased you could join us, Mr. Buchanan.” Julia pasted on her professional smile and hoped her voice sounded firmer to the others than it did to her.

Lucas Buchanan nodded at her. “Luke, please. Sorry to be late. Please don’t let me interrupt.”

She struggled to pick up the threads of what she’d been saying, her brain suddenly addled, and her hands unsteady. It took every ounce of personal discipline to keep focused on her presentation.

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Author bio:

Known the world over as the oldest living author of erotic romance, and referred to by USA Today as the Nora Roberts of erotic romance, Desiree Holt is three times a finalist for an EPIC E-Book Award (and a winner in 2014), a nominee for a Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award, winner of the first 5 Heart Sweetheart of the Year Award at The Romance Studio as well as twice a CAPA Award winner for best BDSM book of the year, and winner of the Holt Medallion for Excellence in Romance Literature. She has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning and in The Village Voice, The Daily Beast, USA Today, The (London) Daily Mail, The New Delhi Times and numerous other national and international publications.

“Desiree Holt is the most amazing erotica author of our time and each story is more fulfilling then the last.” (Romance Junkies)

Learn more about her and read her novels here:

www.desireeholt.com

www.desiremeonly.com

http://www.facebook.com/desireeholtauthor

Twitter @desireeholt

Pinterest: desiree02holt

Also on LinkedIn and Google+

Thank you for visiting The Ranch, Desiree!

Dodadagohvi~

Calisa Rhose presents ~ Start Me Up by Kristina Knight #MFRWAuthor #RockerRomance

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, Kristina Knight, who is sharing their book, Start Me Up with us!

Please show Kristina some real Ranch love

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

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

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

It depends on the day! Today, I’m working on more ‘business-y’ stuff – like blog posts and art fact sheets, so my office is my actual desk in our living room. I’ve got a lot of knickknacks laying around – including an orange stress ball, a broken Boyd’s Bear figurine and a ceramic pic. When I’m writing the actual books, my ‘office’ changes to suit my mood – I might curl up in our recliner with my iPad, I might hit Starbucks or McDonalds or even the library.

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

Character names usually come to me, although I’ve had a character insist – half way through a draft, in fact! – that I got their name wrong. lol Book titles are … so much harder. Finding the right 3-5 words that encompass an entire book is so hard!

What advice would you offer aspiring and new writers?

Keep pushing yourself. Try to make each paragraph, chapter and book better than the last. That doesn’t mean whip out the thesaurus every other word, it just means dig deep into your well to get the emotion, characterization and setting right.

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?

I still think the key is perseverance. There are so many ‘nos’ in this industry that it is easy to pack it in and just write for ourselves…it’s the people who keep pushing forward, who don’t take the first for five hundredth ‘no’ who make it.

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

I soooooo want to have a sit-down with Nora Roberts. She writes amazing books, first of all, but she’s had her own battles and I think it would be so interesting to get her take on things.

I agree 100%. It’s time for 3 in 1! I’ll ask the questions and you answer them in one word. 😆

Favorite animal? Dog (hazel-the-pup)

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter? Summer!

Favorite food? Bacon (just had BLTs for lunch and yum!)

Well done! 🙂 And who doesn’t like doggies, warm weather and bacon? Well, I suppose there are some who don’t, but not here on the Ranch! 😆

Okay, Flash four. Ready?

What are you working on now?

I just got copyedits on my first SuperRomance, called The Daughter He Wanted, so I’m working on that. I have a proposal I’m polishing up the proposal for my second SuperRomance (*squeee*) and I’m finalizing the draft of a super secret project that I’m hoping to be able to share with you all soon!

I can’t wait! Can I cheat? 🙂 What are you sharing today?

I’m sharing a quick excerpt from my new book, Start Me Up, the second in my Rockers trilogy. Here’s the tagline: When Hollywood hunk Chase MacIntyre proposes a faux relationship, disgraced L.A. matchmaker Nina Wright can’t refuse…until some serious sexiness makes “on paper” happen between the sheets!StartMeUp_KK

The excerpt:

“I can’t lie to your family.”

            “We are lying to the entire world, with or without dinner.” It was a reminder to himself as much as to her.

            The lights dimmed again, cutting off further conversation. But not before he saw the flash of hurt in Nina’s eyes.

            Nate took the stage, welcoming the audience and introducing the first performers, a brother-sister duo competing on the reality show Star Power, which Nate and Chase’s sister, Lily, starred on.

            “I’m hoping to sign them after the season,” Chase whispered in Nina’s ear. “I’m sorry about that lying to the world thing. I didn’t mean it. Nate kind of caught me off guard.” Not her apparent attraction to his friend. Definitely not that.

            “I didn’t think about the family thing, either. This is a little more complicated that I imagined,” she said. Nina took his hand in the dark, cementing the connection between them. Her touch was soft. Soothing. A juxtaposition because the inch of space separating their thighs was a shooting gallery of heat. And then it was only the two of them. No residual doubt at her reaction to Nate. Nothing but Nina’s hand against his.

            The couple on stage went into the chorus, singing about hurt. Chase joined in the applause as they left the stage a moment later. A flash of deep purple caught his attention and he saw Jillian from the corner of his eye. She offered him a finger wave and, unsurprisingly, Chase didn’t feel a thing.

            It was Nina who held his attention throughout the show. Nina who he wanted to dance with.

            Two dates and a single kiss and the woman had his blood at the boiling point.

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Where can we find you and your books?

You can find me: Website: http://www.kristinaknightauthor.com

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

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

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/authorkristina/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5827833.Kristina_Knight

Google+: https://plus.google.com/+KristinaKnightAuthor/posts

Buy Links:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Harlequin-Contemporary-Romance-Box-Set-ebook/dp/B00KPJP7G8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1406740028&sr=8-1&keywords=start+me+up+by+kristina+knight

BN: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/harlequin-e-contemporary-romance-box-set-volume-3-sarina-bowen/1119641002?ean=9781460339534

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/harlequin-e-contemporary-romance/id896507885?mt=11

Where will you be next?

I blog every Tuesday and Thursday on my personal blog (www.kristiknight.blogspot.com) and each Wednesday at WordWranglers (http://wordwranglers.blogspot.com), and you can always catch me on Twitter and Facebook (don’t tell my editor!!!)

I’m giving away an e-copy of my backlist, you get to choose, for those of you who tell me what it is that you love about romance novels?

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

Dodadagohvi~

Calisa Rhose presents ~ Top Ten Reasons by Mae Clair #MFRWAuthor #guestpost #SolsticeIsland

Osiyo~

Hey everyone and welcome. I know it’s been a while…ok, over a month, since I’ve had a true guest on the ranch. Let’s just say it’s been closed for remodel. Will that work? 😆

But to make up for the lack of activity, I give you a great summer read by a wonderful writer and friend. Mae Clair branched into self-publishing this year and I’m so dang excited for her! I’ll turn the round pen over to her now and we’ll have some fun.

Welcome back Mae! It’s all yours.

Thank you for letting me take over your blog today, Calisa. It’s always a pleasure to hang out at the ranch! For my visit, I’ve brought a Top Ten list along with my romantic-adventure novella, SOLSTICE ISLAND. It’s summer, so I thought your readers might enjoy a short summery read with a coastal setting. With that in mind, I give you:

Solstice Island_MCThe 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 all 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 summertime read.

And the number one reason you should read SOLSTICE ISLAND:

  1. You can buy it on Amazon for just $.99!

SOLSTICE ISLAND 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, she journeyed to West Virginia to learn more about the legendary Mothman, a creature who will factor into an upcoming novel.

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  

Purchase SOLSTICE ISLAND from:

Amazon

Add SOLSTICE ISLAND to your Goodreads TBR

Well, that makes me want to explore cryptids! Thanks for sharing your book, Mae. I wish you tons of luck on this one.

Don’t forget to like this post and say hi to Mae!

Dodadagohvi~

Calisa Rhose presents ~ Hearts in Harmony by Gemma Brocato #coverreveal #preorder

Osiyo~
I can’t express how thrilled I am to have my Lyrical sister and friend, Gemma Brocato on the ranch today to share her super new book cover with us! It’s for book two, so you know what that means. Yep, more to follow! If I’m lucky Gemma will agree to let me showcase all as they publish. 🙂 So, here ya go,

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Calisa Rhose presents ~ Uncover Monday ~ March

 UnCover Mondays on The Ranch!!!

Hey-Ho cover oglers! Are you ready for Spring? I know I am! But until it arrives, here’s March’s lovely cover art and the awesome authors, publishers and artists who made them possible for you to gaze 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 authors–not to sell books (though if you see one you want to buy I’m sure the authors won’t mind 😆 ). Enjoy this weeks’ 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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 AbandonAllHope_MJSchillerTitle:  Abandon All Hope       

Website: www.mjschillerauthor.blogspot.com

Genre:  Contemporary Romance

Publisher:  Kissmet Publishing

Cover artist’s name: Steven Novak

Release date: June 13, 2013

It was one of those mornings for newspaper-writer/photographer Hope Creswell. The alarm clock didn’t go off and she cut her finger on broken glass. Not one to let such things get her down, Hope headed into her assignment meeting with excitement, only to leave it stunned. Her new assignment is to trail the sensational rock-star, Chase Hatton, for an article. Chase Hatton! No one knows the power that name holds for her. No one knows of the childhood friendship that blossomed into romance, only to abruptly die on the night of Hope’s senior prom. No one knows of the ache that still fills her heart.

What starts out for Chase Hatton as an average publicity trip to Chicago suddenly becomes complicated when his manager tells him Hope Creswell will be interviewing him in the morning. He spent eight years trying to forget Hope, and now she would be in his penthouse in a matter of hours?

When Chase opens the door to his penthouse and finds Hope on the opposite side, his heart begins beating a rhythm the rocker has yet to capture in any of his music. The smoldering embers of their former romance are fanned by their mere proximity. Will they both be burned again?

Can Hope ever trust her heart to Chase after what he did? Can Chase bear to see her walk out on him a second time? And what about Hope’s boyfriend, Phillip? Where does he fit into the picture that Hope is developing?

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DreamReunion_JJDiBenedettoTitle: Dream Reunion

Author: J.J. DiBenedetto

Website: www.writingdreams.net

Genre: Paranormal Romance/Suspense

Publisher: J.J. DiBenedetto

Cover Artist: Ami Low

Release date: December 16, 2013

“I wish someone – my mother, my husband, anybody – would really let me have it, instead of telling me everything’s not my fault when it obviously is…”

Sara’s seen the cost of interfering in other people’s dreams firsthand; it’s measured in ruined lives and cemetery plots.

When her supernatural dreams start up again, Sara is faced with problem after problem. And the only solution she can see is the one she’s sworn never to attempt – changing the minds of the dreamers from the inside-out.

Sara thought that fighting against serial killers, mobsters and crooked politicians was difficult, but she’s about to come up against the most difficult foe she’s ever faced: her own conscience.

Dream Reunion is the emotional sixth book in the Dream Series.

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MusicForMySoul_LaurenLinwood

Title: Music For My Soul

Author: Lauren Linwood

Website: www.laurenlinwood.com

Genre: Medieval romance

Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing

Cover Artist: Ramona Lockwood

Release date: May 14, 2013

As the third wife of an abusive French vineyard owner, Madeleine Bouchard hasn’t produced the expected heir after three years of marriage. Fearing he plans to kill her, she flees during a trip to England. Unable to make her way home, she joins a troupe of traveling mummers and reinvents herself as the only woman troubadour in the land, captivating audiences with both song and story.

Nobleman Garrett Montayne’s fascination with Madeleine causes him to pay the troupe to bypass their next stop in order to journey to his estate. Though he suspects Madeleine of being a thief with dark secrets, love blossoms between them under the magical moon of summer solstice.

But Madeleine’s past is about to catch up with her, as her husband is set to arrive to conduct business with Garrett. Madeleine determines to free herself from her loveless marriage and make a new life with Garrett, no matter what the cost.

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NoOtherLove_JeanAdamsTitle: No Other Love

Author: Jean Adams

Weblink: www.adventuresinauthorland.blogspot.com

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Cover Artist: Diana Carlile

Release date: TBA 2014

Lucas Nelson, a man brought to his knees and humiliated by two women, had given up on them. When he finds himself falling in love with Jenna, who he has problems avoiding, he knows he’s in trouble.

Jenna Blake is living the life of her dreams and has made it clear she’s not interested in a relationship with an ordinary man. She wants to marry an aristocrat, like the Earl of Kendal. Nothing must be allowed to get in the way of everything she’s worked for, not even true love.

But Jenna finds Lucas hard to resist. Will she follow her heart? Or the earl and his aristocratic trappings win her over?

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PushingtheLimits_NancyFraserTitle: Pushing the Limits

WebLink: www.facebook.com/nancyfraserauthor

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Entangled Publishing

Artist: Heidi Stryker

Release date: December 30, 2013

When a case of mistaken identity puts Cade Tucker in the wrong place at the right time, he can’t believe his luck. Drawn to the beautiful Julia McCormack, he flirts his way into her bed, and they welcome the New Year together.

Though they agreed their time together was to be a no-strings-attached arrangement, Julia’s having a hard time letting go of the best sex she’s ever had. She dives into work at her corporate law firm, hoping to get her mind off the man who rocked her world.

But then Julia finds out the senior partner has appointed a new attorney to work with her on her biggest case, and her co-counsel will be Cade Tucker. Her plans to make partner are in serious jeopardy when she and Cade disagree on the best legal strategy for their case. What will happen when they can no longer fight their desire, and the company’s strict fraternization policy threatens both of their jobs?

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TheGirlandtheRaven_PaulineGruberTitle: The Girl and The Raven

Author: Pauline Gruber

Website: www.paulinegruber.com

Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Dragonfly Ink, Ltd.

Cover Artist: Phatpuppy Art

Cover Designer: The Bookish Brunette

Release date: December 13, 2013

Good versus evil just got complicated.

Sixteen-year-old Lucy Walker just wants a normal life, until she learns she is half-witch, half-demon. Now she’s got other problems, like keeping her demon dad from killing her boyfriend, the witches in her life from killing her demon dad, and her non-supernatural friends safe from both sides. She’s walking a tightrope between good and evil, drawn to both, uncertain which she will ultimately choose.

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TheLadyandtheEarl_ChristineDonovanTitle: The Lady and the Earl

Author: Christine Donovan

Website: www.christinedonovan.org

Genre: Regency Romance

Publisher: Christine Donovan

Cover Artist: Cali Taylor

Release date: June 2, 2013

Lady Amelia Seabrook spends her days at her brother’s country estate, far removed from London Society. Ever since the tragic death of her betrothed, Captain Rycroft, she can’t bear the London Social Scene. Most days she can be found sitting on the banks of a small stream daydreaming about happier times with her captain. One day a stranger appears and spoils everything, or does he?

Living in self-imposed exile the past twelve years, William Spencer, the Earl of Bridgeton loves the solitude of the countryside. Some days it bothers him to read the daily papers from London and still see his name being mentioned. After twelve years one would think the gossip mongers would have someone else to gossip about. Someone else to blame for the murders of his family members.

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TheSaint'sDevilishDeal_KristinaKnightTitle: The Saint’s Devilish Deal

Website: www.kristinaknightauthor.com

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Kristina Knight

Cover Artist: Carey Doucet

Release Date: December 5, 2013

A billionaire surfer… A down-on-her-luck hotelier… One hot summer fling…

Esmerelda Quinn has been looking for a place to belong since her parents were killed in a car crash when she was young. The closest thing to home has always been Aunt Constance’s villa in Puerto Vallarta, so after a string of dead-end hotellier jobs, she’s coming home to run the villa.

Santiago Cruz has called the villa home for as long as he can remember. In between surfing events, Constance has always had a room for him. Color him surprised when Constance decides to retire – and leaves a joint interest in the villa to both Santiago and Esme.

Esme isn’t thrilled to share ownership of the villa with the youngest Cruz brother – especially when she learns Santiago’s brother has been after the villa for years. But Santiago has grown up while she’s been away at school and soon she finds herself falling for the rich boy down the hall.

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UntangleMyHeart_MariaKAlexanderTitle: Untangle My Heart

Author: Maria K. Alexander

Website:  http://mariakalexander.com

Genre:  Contemporary Romance

Publisher:  The Wild Rose Press

Cover artist:  Diana Carlile

Release date:  March 19, 2014

When her marriage ended in tragedy, Kate DiFrancesco rebuilt her life, but has never gotten over the pain of what she lost. Seeking the help of an ex-lover ignites feelings she’s promised never to have again. She’ll need to untangle herself from dangers in her past in order to break the hard shell around her heart.

Edward Weston has a lot to prove, both to his stuffy upper-crust British family, and to himself. Working alongside Kate, a woman he had a casual relationship with, stirs unexpected feelings. Helping her family makes him realize what he’s missing. For the first time, he wants more than a one-night stand.

When Kate is threatened, Edward must overcome feeling unworthy to protect the woman he loves and fight for the family he never thought he’d have.

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WelcomeHome_KaraO'NealTitle: Welcome Home

(Pikes Run Series-Book 1)

Author: Kara O’Neal

Website: www.karaoneal.com

Genre: Historical Romance

Publisher: Resplendence Publishing

Cover Art: Adrian Nicholas

Release date: September 18, 2013

Emma Prescott, determined and selfless, flees from wealth and her murderous father, wanting the love and forgiveness of poor cotton farmer, Kyle Lonnigan.

Although Kyle refuses to forgive her for her part in his father’s death, Emma stays and works her own farm.  Over the next several months, Emma proves to Kyle she is not the spoiled girl he remembers. 

Emma’s sudden re-entrance into Kyle’s life only conjures long-buried painful memories.  Kyle does his best to avoid her, needing to keep the pain at bay, and stopping her from reminding him of their last moments together before bullets shattered their world.  But, he is unsuccessful.  The love he denies is too strong, and soon Emma and Kyle are tumbling headlong into the past and passion.

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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:

https://calisarhose.com/ranch-guests/un-cover-monday-cover-reveal/

Friday FanFare welcomes ~ Chrys Fey with Hurricane Crimes

Hurricane Crimes

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Hi Chrys. Welcome to the Ranch!

How did the writer’s journey begin for you?

My journey began at a very young age. I wrote my first story when I was six, which I still have. I became a serious writer at twelve after a strange find sparked the idea for a series of books. I later rewrote these books, and I was searching for an agent to represent them when I sent Hurricane Crimes to The Wild Rose Press. I count myself very lucky, but I still hope to publish my supernatural-thriller series one day.

Tell us three things about you-the writer-readers wouldn’t typically know.

1. I had spine surgery when I was fifteen, so I can seriously say I am a woman of steel. 😉

2. Last year, I donated 14 inches of hair to Locks of Love.

3. I rescued four stray kittens.

Those are very interesting facts!

It all began when…

Hurricane Frances visited Florida back in 2004 and Tropical Storm Fay came and didn’t want to leave in 2008. I was inspired greatly by Tropical Storm Fay and even wrote a song while she was causing floods, but Hurricane Frances by far impacted me the most. I always knew something would come out of her reign of stormy chaos. It was only a matter of time.

Where did you get the premise for this book?

I started writing Hurricane Crimes on Christmas morning 2011. I had just finished reading a book set during a blizzard and pondered the fact that I had never been in a snow storm because I live in Florida, so the idea to write a story that really focuses on a hurricane immediately became my goal. Although I wanted Hurricane Crimes to be a romance, I didn’t want it to be a typical romance. Thus, I created Donovan, a sexy and passionate man who may be a murderer.

What stands out about this story that made writing it different for you?

I really wanted the hurricane in Hurricane Crimes to be one of the essential characters, but I had never created a character before that wasn’t alive in the way that human beings and animals are, so it was a challenge to make a force such as a storm into a character that readers could identify with on a human level. I think I did a good job though.

Were there any difficult challenges or special subject matter you came across while writing this book?

In the beginning I did have a problem with the POV because there were moments when I wanted readers to know Donovan’s suspicious thoughts, but since the story is in Beth Donovan’s perspective I had to omit it. I think it came out better though because it made Donovan even more mysterious.

What about this book would make us want to read it more than others of similar taste?

There are many romantic-suspense stories out there, but not a lot are set in Florida during a hurricane. And if they are, they probably don’t have a murder mixed with the romance and extreme weather.

What do you want readers to take away from this book?

Strength comes when you least expect it, and so does love.

Tell us about the finished book. Is there anything special we might not know after reading it?

I am a huge advocate of domestic violence awareness, and with Hurricane Crimes I had the opportunity to give one of my passions to Beth Kennedy, a tough woman who is a self-defense instructor.

Blurb:

After her car breaks down, Beth Kennedy is forced to stay in Florida, the target of Hurricane Sabrina. She stocks up supplies, boards up windows, and hunkers down to wait out the storm, but her plan unravels when she witnesses a car accident. Risking her life, she braves the winds to save the driver. Just when she believes they are safe, she finds out the man she saved could possibly be more dangerous than the severe weather.

Donovan Goldwyn only wanted to hide from the police, but the hurricane shoved his car into a tree. Now he’s trapped with a beautiful woman while the evidence that can prove his innocence to a brutal crime is out there for anyone to find.

As Hurricane Sabrina wreaks havoc, Beth has no other choice but to trust Donovan to stay alive. But will she survive, or will she become another hurricane crime?

HurricaneCrimesExcerpt:

On the television set, which was fighting to stay alive, was breaking news. She caught bits and pieces of it as she emptied the bowl of blood-tainted water and threw out the cloth. It was about a high-speed chase that had occurred about a half-hour ago. Beth shook her head. Apparently, Donovan wasn’t the only idiot driving around during a hurricane.

She went back into the living room and began replacing all the medical supplies into the first-aid kit. Behind her, a reporter was explaining that the driver of the car was believed to be a murder suspect.

“The name of the—”

The lights flashed, prompting Beth to snatch up her flashlight.

“Donovan Goldwyn.”

Her fingers went cold around the plastic tube as ice frosted her veins. She straightened her spine and turned stiffly to the television, her heart wasn’t beating in her chest. On the screen was the picture of the man who was right now changing in her bedroom. Above it was a caption in bold letters that read—SUSPECT.

She gripped the flashlight in her frozen fingers. Her heart thudded fearfully. She stared into the immobilized violet eyes through the glass.

“Oh my god,” she gasped.

She had brought a murderer into her home!

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Where can readers find you and your books?

Amazon: http://amzn.com/B00GVK921G      

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18757793-hurricane-crimes

Facebook: www.facebook.com/chrysfey

Blog: www.writewithfey.blogspot.com

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/ChrysFey

Google +: www.google.com/+ChrysFey 

Is there anything else you want to share or add?

I would like to thank you, Calisa, for having me on your wonderful blog.

It was my pleasure. Thank you for coming over, Chrys. Good luck with your books!

Calisa Rhose presents ~ David Russell writes romance