Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Promo and Spotlight Review: REUNITED WITH THE RANCHER by Sara Orwig

REUNITED WITH THE RANCHER – Sara Orwig
Texas Cattleman’s Club: Blackmail, Book 3
Harlequin Desire #2504
ISBN: 978-0-373-83831-8
March 2017
Contemporary Series Romance

Royal, Texas – Present Day

After Tom and Emily Knox lost their only son in a tragic accident, their marriage fell apart and they’re currently living separately. One day Emily receives an anonymous email with a picture attached showing Tom with another woman and two small children. The emailer claims Tom has another family, and unless Emily pays the blackmailer, they’ll make the information public knowledge to embarrass her. An angry Emily confronts Tom and learns the woman and children in the picture are the family of Tom’s late military friend, and he was only helping them out. Tom is concerned that someone out there is blackmailing Emily and decides to stick close to her. Meanwhile, the divorce proceedings start, as Emily says it’s time to end their marriage.

Tom convinces Emily to let him move into her house, which she has been in the process of remodeling. With his assistance, they work on the house during the day, and at night they talk and get to know one another again. Of course, being so close again rekindles the attraction which first brought them together. But their son’s death is like a wall between them. Has too much happened to ever allow them to love again? Will they find out who the blackmailer is?

Losing a child is hard for couples, and in REUNITED WITH THE RANCHER, it causes Tom and Emily’s marriage to crumble under the weight of despair. They tried to conceive another child afterwards, but Emily discovered she is now barren. There were no big fights—they just drifted apart—but the chasm is so wide that they now aren’t speaking to one another. When Emily gets the blackmailer’s email with the picture, she immediately assumes it’s true, and the knowledge forces her to finally end her marriage to Tom.  After confronting him first, he convinces her of the truth, but the fact that someone would try to pull them even farther apart worries him. Is someone trying to harm Emily? Despite their marriage woes, Tom will not let anyone hurt Emily.

Their days are filled with fixing up her house, while the nights are occupied with talk and remembrance of the good old days when they were in love. These memories also have them reliving the times when making love was something they cherished doing with each other. Tom and Emily are soon kissing, and because of their past history, lovemaking follows. Their “reunion” is sweet, but both feel it will be short-lived because their marriage bonds are broken. In REUNITED WITH THE RANCHER, can Tom and Emily find their way back down the happily-ever-after road?

REUNITED WITH THE RANCHER is part of the Texas Cattleman’s Club: Blackmail series, and a few characters from other books make brief appearances, but this tale can be read as a standalone. Can Tom and Emily rebuild their crumbling marriage, or is too late? Discover the answer in the intriguing REUNITED WITH THE RANCHER.

Patti Fischer


Q&A with Sara Orwig Reunited with the Rancher


1)      Describe the relationship between Tom and Emily Knox. Were there challenges in writing it?

Reunited with the Rancher is about an estranged couple whose young child has died.  My vision for that book was that losing a child has to be one of the most agonizing, disruptive events in a marriage.  It was a challenge to write about such a loss and so much pain.  The love between Emily and Tom has to be deep and lasting, strong enough that they can’t give up even in such a traumatic situation.

2)      What is your favorite part about writing Contemporary Romance books?

My favorite part of writing contemporary romance is just that—it’s contemporary.   There is an immediate feeling about contemporary—it’s today and what is happening now.  It is current places and fun background things like limos and rodeos and terrific makeovers.

3)      Do you have any traditions you enjoy during early Spring?

Early spring means my husband and I can get the garden ready for flowers and some easy-to-grow veggies.  We love and raise roses.  My favorite rose bush is a Chrysler Imperial.  Early spring means I can walk outside.  One spring tradition is at Easter the family gets together for the grandkids to dye eggs and bake a bunny cake.  


4)      When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

When I was growing up, I never thought of being a published writer.  As far back as I remember I loved books.  It didn’t occur to me to try to become a published writer until after I was married.  I wrote and sold a short story and then started writing books.

5)      How long does it take you to write a book?

My writing schedule isn’t routine.  I had children and now grandchildren.  I’ve taught in high school.  I’ve also taught at the University of Central Oklahoma.  Later I worked for a state agency where I retired three years ago, so I don’t have regular hours or a regular schedule.  When I travel, I carry an iPad.  I have a laptop and a PC.  I write in airports, in the mountains, wherever I have some time.  There isn’t a regular, consistent amount of time.



6)      Where do you get your inspiration to write about a heartbreaking past and a hidden family secret?
 Stories come out of living, going through the happy times, as well as the painful moments.  I’ve known sorrow and I’ve known joy, so that all goes into my feelings about what happens to characters in my stories and how they deal with life.

7)      How many books have you written? Do you have a favorite?

I had my 100th. book out in July 2016, Expecting the Rancher’s Baby, Harlequin DesireThis year in January, The Rancher’s Nanny Bargain, Harlequin Desire, was out and now this March, Reunited with the Rancher, Harlequin Desire, will be book #102.
My favorite Desire book is a Texas Cattleman’s Club book, The Playboy Meets His Match.  My favorite of all 102 books is a Harlequin Regency Romance, The Fairfax Brew.

8)      What book are you reading right now? 

I’m currently reading several.  Sometimes I read more than one at a time.  I’m reading an old book that I love and read over and over again: The Joyous Season by Patrick Dennis.  I love that book because I can laugh all the way through it.  I’m also reading Maureen Child’s The Baby Inheritance, Karen Booth’s Pregnant by the Rival CEO and Maisey Yates’s Take Me, Cowboy.    

9)      What are your current projects?

My May book, The Rancher’s Cinderella Bride, Harlequin Desire, is the third book in a series called Callahan’s Clan, about Texas best friends whose relationship changes to their surprise.  The fourth and last Callahan’s Clan book, The Texan’s Baby Proposal, Harlequin Desire, will be out this summer and then I’ll have a new series called Texas Promises.

10)  What advice do you have for writers? 

My most important advice for new writers would be to network with other writers.  Go to writer’s conferences and enter writing contests.  Advice for writers in general is to stand up often if you sit to write.  Walk, swim, go to the gym, whatever works.  Exercise is essential for me. 

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Promo: ONE MORE NIGHT by Sarah O'Rourke



 





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Crenshaw Jacobson met the woman of his dreams...and he was determined to spend every night possible with her. But Waverlee Armstrong was leery of commitment, having been abandoned by her family at an early age. She knew that she loved Shaw...but can she learn to trust him and spend just one more night?
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 Shivering against him as she parted her lips to speak, Waverlee moaned as his tongue swept forward, stealing the opportunity to deepen their kiss. And holy moly, the man could kiss. And not just any old kiss either. It was the-steal-your-breath-I-can’t-live-without-his-touch-because-nothing-else-in-the-world-matters kind of kiss a girl spends her life dreaming about. Their tongues danced together for long minutes as everything else faded away. The people. The noise. Everything took a backseat to the fierce passion Shaw created with a simple touch of his mouth to hers. Forcing herself to find her voice when Shaw lifted his mouth from hers to take a deep breath, Waverlee flashed a furtive glance up at his darkened eyes. “Wow,” she breathed shakily, clutching handfuls of his light blue dress shirt in her fists as the world seemed to spin at warp speed, “I..I...don’t think I’ve ever felt anything like that before,” she whispered, the words catching in her throat as his finger swept against her lower lip. “Then you best hold on real tight to me, baby, ‘cause I’m just getting started,” he replied, dropping his head to steal another deep, wet kiss from her lips as he curved one big hand around her neck, wrapping her silky hair around his fist and tugging gently.


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Monday, March 20, 2017

Promo: A PRINCESS IN WAITING by Noelle Adams


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A Princess In Waiting


Synopsis:
I was born the youngest princess of a tiny country in the Alps, but I've never been any good at being a princess. I'm shy and bookish, and I don't know how to flirt. The only man I'm comfortable around is my best friend, Alex. I used to have a crush on him, but I don't anymore.
I absolutely don't.
Right now, I'm interested in a handsome French millionaire, but I need Alex to help me learn how to be attractive to men. He agrees because he's my friend, but he doesn't seem happy about it.
And I need to remember that Alex is just giving me lessons. He isn't the man I'm trying to win.

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Excerpt:

“So, since you’re my friend, what do you suggest I do to move things along with Stefan.”
He stared at me blankly. “Move things along?”
“I don’t mean I want to jump into bed with him, but I’d like to know if he’s a possibility. What if he still doesn’t want to kiss me?”
“He will.”
“What if he doesn’t?”
“I just said he will.”
“But you said he did last time, and he didn’t even try.”
“Did you give him any encouragement?”
“What kind of encouragement?”
“You know.”
I gave an outraged huff. “I do not know! What do you think I’ve been telling you all this time? I’m completely clueless. I’ve never done this before.  What kind of encouragement am I supposed to give a man to get him to kiss me?”
Alex straightened up, shifting slightly in his seat. “Just… just… I don’t know… gaze up at him soulfully.”
I snorted. “How am I supposed to do that? What does that even mean?”
He groaned, but then evidently decided to take on this particular task. He turned to face me more fully and reached out to take my shoulders, turning my body toward his. “Okay,” he said in a different tone. “Look at me. In the eyes.”
I gazed up at him without hesitation. I looked at him all the time. There was no one I’d rather look at than Alex.
Our eyes met, and he murmured, “Now stop looking like you want to dig into my brain for answers to your questions.”
I gasped at this comment, but he didn’t give me time to respond.
He continued, “I’m serious. Relax. Stop thinking. Just look at me.”
I tried to do what he said and was startled by the look in his eyes. He was gazing at me too, and for a moment I was trapped by the softness, the depth, the warmth of his expression.
My mind blurred over and my heart started to beat wildly. I could feel my pulse in my wrists, my head, my throat.
“That’s good,” Alex murmured huskily. “Really good. Just like that.”
My breathing was growing more shallow, and other parts of my body started to throb. He wasn’t even touching me, but it felt so much like he was.
Trying to make my mind work the way it was supposed to and engage in this conversation, I asked, “So what if he… if he still doesn’t kiss me.”
“Try touching him.”
“I don’t want to humiliate myself.”
“So make it a little casual touch. Nothing definite. Just touch his arm or his chest or something.”
Instinctively, I lifted my hand and pressed it lightly against Alex’s chest. He was wearing a dark blue crew neck shirt, and I could feel his hard, warm chest beneath the fabric.
I heard his breath hitch slightly. “Good.”
Willing myself to act normal, I managed to say, “What if he still doesn’t kiss me?”
“He will.”
“What if he doesn’t?”
“He will.”
“What if—”
He smothered a soft groan. “Then move your hand. Maybe touch his face. But just lightly.”
I raised my hand and used my fingertips to gently stroke along the line of his jaw. “Like this?” I whispered.
Alex seemed frozen, unmoving, as he sat stiffly and stared at me.
I loved the feel of his face so much that I stroked my finger back up to his cheekbone.
He let out a low groan and grabbed my face in both of his hands, pulling me toward him until he was kissing me hard.


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I was born the oldest princess of a tiny country in the Alps, which means my future has been planned out for me since I was an infant. I was supposed to marry a rich, arrogant stranger to help restore the royal bank accounts, but I decided to go to college in the States instead. It was the one act of rebellion in my very sheltered life. 

That's how I met Jack Watson. He lives next door, and he's the nicest, sexiest guy I've ever known. My time here is almost over, though. Soon I have to go back home and be the daughter my family and country expects. So there's no sense in letting Jack seduce me with his slow smile, his skillful hands, and his husky drawl. 

Even if I was allowed to have him for a boyfriend, Jack hates formal occasions, pretentious people, and being the center of attention. He'd never hook up with a princess. 

Which is why he can never know who I am.

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I was born the middle princess of a tiny country in the Alps, which means my primary duty in life has always been to make a good marriage for my family and country. That's why I'm marrying Edward Channing. He's rich, handsome, arrogant, and silent.

Seriously, he almost never talks to me at all.

He might be marrying a princess, but he obviously doesn't want to spend any more time with me than he has to. I have no problem with that. We can live entirely different lives and pursue our own interests. I'm sure we can make this arranged marriage work.

Of course, we do need to produce an heir, but I'm trying not to think about that.

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About Noelle Adams:
Noelle handwrote her first romance novel in a spiral-bound notebook when she was twelve, and she hasn’t stopped writing since. She has lived in eight different states and currently resides in Virginia, where she reads any book she can get her hands on and offers tribute to a very spoiled cocker spaniel.

She loves travel, art, history, and ice cream. After spending far too many years of her life in graduate school, she has decided to reorient her priorities and focus on writing contemporary romances.

If you'd like to contact Noelle, please contact her at noelle.s.adams@gmail.com. Or connect with her on TwitterFacebook, and Goodreads.





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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Book Giveaway: DEEP INTO TROUBLE by Dawn Ryder

Blurb:

Desire is more dangerous than anything in Deep Into Trouble, the next Unbroken Heroes novel from Dawn Ryder.
Saxon Hale lives for the hunt―taking down the bad guys, stopping them dead in their tracks. His latest mission has him in New Orleans, where people go for the party that never ends. But fun is the last thing on Saxon’s mind now that he’s a breath away from closing in on a vicious overlord known only as the Raven. Until an innocent young woman unknowingly enters the very deadly game…
Ginger Boyce is a librarian who’s growing tired of being so buttoned-up on the job, and when she attends a conference in the Big Easy, she decides to taste the wild side of life. But when her dance with darkness becomes lethal, she’s in dire need of protection―and ends up in the embrace of a man who radiates danger and desire. Soon Saxon finds himself Ginger’s shield against an enemy whose power they haven’t yet begun to face. But will he be able to keep his mind on his mission while the very woman under his care drives him beyond distraction?

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DEEP INTO TROUBLE – Dawn Ryder 
An Unbroken Heroes Novel 
, Book 3 
St. Martin's Paperbacks 
ISBN-13:  978-1-250-07523-9 
March 2017 
Romantic Suspense 

New Orleans. Louisiana – Present Day 

Librarian Ginger Boyce is at a conference in the Big Easy and determined to have some fun.  When a break in the schedule lets her off early, she decides to buy a dress to blend in with the New Orleans vibe and meet a stripper she talked to the day before.  She told her she was going to a book signing and offered to get the woman a signed copy.  She was to go to a certain bar and ask for Kitten.  The bouncer directs her to a bar across the way, and when she explains again she's looking for Kitten, she sees something she shouldn't have.  A man who is called Raven is seen by Ginger killing another man.  Except the Raven is Marc Grog, a man supposedly dead for ten years and who used to be the former head of a media empire of political, wealthy and connected men.  When the men notice her in the room, she tries to run and is saved by several other men. 

Saxon Hale and his Special Ops group are on a lookout and know something is about to come down when they see innocent Ginger walk in the bar.  They barely rescue her, and can't believe her story that she actually saw a murder, knew the murderer was called Raven, and that the Raven is actually a criminal thought dead for ten years.  They have a package that could blow up in a minute when people find out they have Ginger, and going into hiding is now imperative. 

From place to place Saxon and his group are trying to hide out, but they know former operative Tyler Martin has gone to the other side and knows how they operate and where they would go.  Tyler is mixed up with a man running for president, and also Marc Grog, and is trying to play both sides for whatever influence he can get.  Which side will be successful, and how will Saxon handle his growing attachment to the sweet but spunky Ginger? 

Dawn Ryder surely amps up the explosive events in DEEP INTO TROUBLE as Ginger is the only witness to a murder and also a “dead” man.  The government wants her for her testimony, the man who committed the murder wants her, and Tyler Martin, former fellow operative of Saxon, wants her.  Tyler is working for the other side, Special Ops doesn't provide him with the money he feels he deserves.  Tyler is trying to complete his job for maybe the next President of the United States, Carl Davis.  Carl needs the media attention Marc Grog's company can give him, and Tyler is hoping to be Carl's main agent for his security when he's elected.  Tyler knows how Saxon and his group work; it will be nothing to eliminate the woman, and the ops team if he has to. 

Secondary characters are Kagan, head of the Special Ops group, trying to play both sides against the middle as everyone knows his group has Ginger, but whom will he reveal her to?  Saxon's brother Titus is brought into the mission, and several other men work as a unit to do what needs to be done. 

DEEP INTO TROUBLE is full of excitement and pulse raising actions every minute.  Ginger is stronger than Saxon thinks she is, and earns his respect from the first.  Ginger knows Saxon is a very follow-the-rules kind of guy, and tries to keep everything professional between them, but, much to his chagrin, he has no chance of ignoring Ginger's charms.  Who will find Ginger, and will she make it out alive, or will Saxon give his life to save hers?  This journey of politics and dirty games will keep you turning pages.  DANGEROUS TO KNOW (March 2016), and DARE YOU TO RUN (August 2016) are previous books in the series, but DEEP INTO TROUBLE is a standalone story full of enjoyment. 

Carolyn Crisher


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Friday, March 17, 2017

Promo: INTOXICATING by Heather Heyford

1.  Tell us about your newest release.

Intoxicating was loosely inspired by the TV show Uncorked in which wine stewards struggle to jump through the many hoops required to become certified sommeliers. It's hard! For a while, studying and practicing wine service becomes your life, just as I imagine studying for the real "bar" would. Your loved ones either support you or fall away. And that's Poppy and Heath's dilemma. Since Poppy's dyslexic, the only way Poppy can pass is if Heath tutors her, as he's done all through school. In return, social butterfly Poppy has smoothed the way socially for introverted Heath. Yet if he succeeds Poppy will accept a job far away from their hometown.

2.  What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your story?

Traditionally, wine stewards were men. Women sommeliers are currently the It girls. I tried to capture this fleeting moment in which having a woman sommelier gives an eating/drinking establishment a bit of prestige. 

3.  What authors or friends influenced you in helping you become a writer?

I think I knew how to read when I left the womb, because I don't ever remember learning to read, I just started reading. My dad was a military officer. We moved every three years. Whenever I was lonely, there were always books. Right now I'm rereading National Velvet by Enid Bagnold, and it's such a pleasure. I first read it around age eleven when I lived in England and was horse-mad, just like the heroine.

4.  Besides writing, what other interests do you have?

I started my career as a visual artist. I've been contracted for two books a year since 2013, so I haven't had the luxury of being able to devote lots of time to painting. I also studied costume design extensively. In an ideal world, I'd love to design and make all my clothes and write! 

5.  Can you tell us about what’s coming up in the next year for you writing wise? 

I came onboard Kensington with the start of Lyrical Press, their digital line. Five books later, Lyrical is starting a mass market imprint, and thanks to my following I've been invited to write for that. So it's full speed ahead.

6.  How can readers connect with you online? 

Things are moving fast, so the best thing to do is sign up for my newsletter at tinyletter.com/HeatherHeyford. Look for my website, HeatherHeyford.com to have a bright shiny new appearance starting this summer. The social media platforms I feel most at home on are Facebook, followed by Pinterest and Instagram because they're so visual. 

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BLURB for Intoxicating:
Their senior class voted Poppy The Girl Most Likely to Never Graduate from her Waitress Job at her hometown café, and nerdy, science prodigy Heath The Most Likely to Blow Something Up.

Fast-forward ten years. Grown-up Heath has parlayed his genius for chemistry into a wildly successful microbrewery. And—just when their childhood friendship is finally maturing into something beyond sharing platefuls of French fries—Poppy has been offered a position as a lady sommelier at a high-end restaurant in the city.

But there's a catch. Poppy has a secret that could keep her from landing her dream job. A secret the still-shy Heath promises to help her overcome, even at the risk of losing her forever . . .  

Excerpt:
“We’ll stay in touch,” said Heath, though deep down he knew they would drift apart. It was inevitable.
“Of course we will," said Poppy.  "I’ll call you—”
There was a pause while they both thought the same thing: Like you promised to call me today and didn't?
Heath cast aside his last shred of pride. “Think of me."
“I have to do this,” she choked.
This time, it was really the end. Alone in his dark, cavernous house, Heath scrubbed a hand through his hair. Poppy needed him to believe in her, not add to her self-doubt. What was that old saying? 'If you love someone, let her go.'
“I’ll come see you once in a while.”
“Sure you will,” she sniffed. “And I’ll come back and see you, too. A lot. Or at least, as often as I can.”
Heath fisted the phone so hard it was a wonder it didn’t break in two, the way his heart was breaking. “And spend the night?”
"If you think I should."

About Heather:

     Born in the Northeast, Heather Heyford learned to walk and talk in Texas, and then moved to England. (“Ya’ll want some scones?”) While in Europe, Heather was forced by her cruel parents to spend Saturdays in the leopard vinyl back seat of their Peugeot, motoring from one medieval pile to the next for the lame purpose of ‘learning something.’ What she soon learned was how to allay the boredom by stashing a Cosmo under the seat. Now Heather writes contemporary romance novels set in the wine country. See more at HeatherHeyford.com