Excerpts and Author Bio’s
Words Macy Donovan hoped to never hear.
Trace Cartwright was the maverick rodeo cowboy who broke her heart, leaving her on the steps of the church on the eve of their wedding. Now he’s returned to build his home and to lay claim to her heart … again. Macy barely survived the broken heart the first time. Does he think he can walk back into her life and take up where he left off?
Macy nodded and smiled along with her. There was a lot to miss about Gram, and a tight squeeze circled around her heart. A little more than a year had passed, but that wasn’t enough time to temper the loss. She doubted that even twenty years would alleviate the emptiness her grandmother’s passing had left.
About the Author:
Born and raised in the Lone Star state of Texas, Debra grew up among horses, cowboys, wide open spaces, and real Texas Rangers. Pride in her state and ancestry knows no bounds and it is these heroes and heroines she loves to write about the most. She also draws upon a variety of life experiences including working with abused children, caring for baby animals at a major zoo, and planning high-end weddings (ah, romance!).
When she isn’t busy writing about tall Texans and feisty heroines, she can be found cheering on her Texas Tech Red Raiders, or heading off on another cruise adventure. She read her first romance…Janet Dailey’s Fiesta San Antonio, over thirty years ago and became hooked on the genre. Writing contemporary romances, is both her passion and dream come true, and she hopes her books will bring smiles…and sighs…to all who believe in happily-ever-after’s.
Debra invites you to visit her website at http://www.debraholtbooks.com.
She loves to hear from other aspiring authors or readers via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Twitter is https://twitter.com/DebraHoltBooks
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Boots, hats and old saddles…four novellas by four authors of different romantic fiction, all focused on love and romance with, perhaps, a bit of lust thrown in for good measure, ahem, make that good time! Available from Gilded Dragonfly Books at http://a.co/cNOrWql
I forgot the rest of the rhyme…oh well.
I’m looking forward to celebrating a friend’s birthday in Kemah today at a nice indoor/outdoor restaurant on the water. I have that Margaritaville feeling! I love sitting by the water. I would post her birthday present here, but she might drop by and spoil the surprise… 🙂
Until 3:30 this afternoon – Departure time, I’ll be working on my galley for The Cowboys of Clark’s Folly, an anthology of four novellas about an imaginary town in Texas and the cowboys who live, lust and love in Clark’s Folly. Ride ’em, Cowgirl! Available April 16th on Amazon as an eBook. Print book to follow.Preorder your copy now! http://a.co/gDqAuQf
This month I’m celebrating two new releases, one from The Wild Rose Press:
Autumn Hartley purchases Allen Hall at a steal, but the northern lass gets far more than a beautiful plantation in the South Carolina Low Country. The house comes complete with its own ghost, a handsome and charming Civil War General—for the Confederacy. The stage is set for another civil conflict.
John Sibley Allen died in battle from a wound in the back, the bullet fired by the turncoat, Beauregard Dudley. The traitor’s reincarnation is Autumn the Interloper’s first dinner guest. Sib bedevils her date and annoys her with fleeting, phantom touches, certain he can frighten her away as he did previous purchasers. As time marches on, her resident ghost becomes more appealing while her suitor, Beau, pales in comparison. Autumn finds her ability to love didn’t perish in the divorce that sent her south seeking a fresh start.
After over a century in the hereafter, Sib discovers he is falling for none other than the feisty Yankee girl, but what future could a modern woman and an old-fashioned ghost possibly hope for?
Cowboys!! The Cowboys of Clark’s Folly from Gilded Dragonfly Publishing. Welcome to Clark’s Folly, Texas, a town where you will find cowboys to lust over. Each of the four novellas will make you fall in love. The cowboys are tough, but so are the women who tame them.If you love Cowboys, you don’t want to miss these sexy, sensual stories. Take a fantasy trip to Texas and find the cowboy of your dreams.
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TIMING IS EVERYTHING
Single mom Layne Slater thought she’d seen the last of Jason McAndry when he chose the rodeo over her and their unborn son. Now Jason’s back in Cowboy Creek and just as handsome as ever. But Layne can’t give in to those feelings again. She has to protect her children…and her heart.
Jason wants to try to make up for the pain he caused when he left. The least he can do is help Layne while he’s home. Before long, Jason realizes he’s finally ready to be the husband, father and man his family deserves. But can Jason prove to Layne that this time, their love is forever?
A banana split wouldn’t have been his first choice of dessert in January, but it never dropped off his personal menu. He wondered how much of Layne’s agreement was driven by the boy’s eagerness to have ice cream and how much of it came from her need to sit down.
They were the only ones in the place, which allowed her to argue with him about who would pay for their order.
“You bought my groceries,” she said in a low voice when Shay had moved away to assemble his banana split. “Getting dessert is the least I can do.”
“You never pay when I’m with you at the Big Dipper,” he said flatly.
Her face froze. She blinked once, then walked away to plop herself down at a nearby table.
They had left the carriage parked outside the shop. She set the baby carrier on the far edge of the table near the wall and took off the blanket. Scott settled down in a chair beside them with his ice cream cone.
The minute Jason joined them, Layne leaned forward and said quietly, “That wasn’t necessary.”
“Really? With the way Shay stood behind the counter giving me the evil eye?”
She shot a quick look toward the cash register, but he knew the other woman had disappeared through the doorway behind it into the back room.
“She didn’t give you the evil eye.”
“Close enough to it, and I wasn’t about to stand down.”
He dug into his banana split and held up a mouthful of vanilla ice cream. “You sure you don’t want any? I can always get another spoon.”
“Too tame for you, huh? You always went for the fancy ones, the chocolate-marshmallow swirl or the pistachio-walnut-mint.”
“I’m surprised you remembered.” She didn’t meet his eyes.
“Are you kidding? Those were premium flavors. I had to pay extra for `em.”
That got her looking at him. “Don’t even try to make me feel guilty about that. Your banana splits and triple-dip sundaes cost three times as much as my cones.”
He laughed and spooned up a mound of chocolate ice cream covered with whipped cream. “We spent plenty of time here in our dating days, didn’t we?”
“It was everybody’s favorite hangout.”
“I’ll agree with that. And I won’t point out how you sidestepped the question.”
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About the Author:
Barbara White Daille lives with her husband in the sunny Southwest. Though they love the warm winters and the lizards in their front yard, they haven’t gotten used to the scorpions in the bathroom.
Her latest release is Cowboy in Charge, a stand-alone book in The Hitching Post Hotel series. A larger print reissue of A Rancher’s Pride, the first book in Barbara’s popular Flagman’s Folly series, is now available exclusively from Harlequin, while the e-book version is available everywhere. And at the end of 2016, she begins a new sweet romance series for Entangled Bliss.
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Before the interview, I want to thank Linda for helping me celebrate my new release, That Monroe Girl, which is out today.
And Ilona has been kind enough to bare it all today!
What is your greatest temptation…
In men: Anyone with a sense of humor who can make me laugh.
In food: Gooey chocolate anything!
In clothes: I tend to wear casual clothes most of the time.
What is your greatest weakness? Well, besides chocolate, puppies and kittens tend to make me into mush. Yes, I’m one of the rare ones who likes both dogs and cats.
If you could have any kind of car, what would it be? I would say either a late fifties Thunderbird, or a mid-sixties Mustang. I think those were two of the coolest cars ever made.
Your dream home-mountains or ocean? That’s a hard one. I love both, but if I had to choose, I’d take the ocean. There’s nothing that can relax me faster than the surf coming in.
What inspired you to become a writer? I think I always wanted to write. When I was a child, I made books with stories I made up. My first book was about a snowman who melted on the last page. Funny, because I lived in Los Angeles at the time. In school, the teachers complimented me on my creative writing.
Do you have a daily writing routine? If so, please share. Morning is taken up with marketing and personal business. If I have time, I’ll work on my wip. After lunch, I get chores finished then work on writing for the rest of the afternoon. Evenings are a time I spend with Mark, my husband.
What is your favorite book? Little Women by Louisa Alcott. I’ve re-read it many times.
What is your favorite movie? Hands down, it’s Casablanca. Seen that many times.
Who is your favorite historical figure? For some reason, since I saw the movie Gettysburg, I’ve been drawn to Joshua Chamberlain. I’ve read about him both in the war and after. He seemed like such a brave but compassionate man.
In your books, who is your favorite hero and please introduce him? Even though I’ve loved every one of them, that includes bad boy Tim Olson in Iris Rainbow, I guess it’s true that the new one is always your favorite. Jake Spencer in That Monroe Girl, rejected the ranch life to become a news reporter in 1880s Tombstone. He’s tough, but he only uses his gun as a last resort.
Who is your favorite heroine and please introduce her? Ditto on the answer to the last question. Cat Monroe has been raised as a proper lady in Virginia, but finds life dismaying in the rough Arizona Territory. Deep down, she has more grit than even she realizes.
What do you have out now? That Monroe Girl is being officially released today.
Cat Monroe arrives in Tombstone, Arizona searching for her father and brothers, who left Virginia for the West right after the Civil War. With the help of newspaper reporter Jake Spencer, she finds her family and a whole peck of trouble. She’s falling for the newspaperman, but she discovers his family and hers are feuding over water rights. When her father finally accepts that she is his daughter, he wants to marry her off to a rich neighbor who has a dark past.
“I told you this wasn’t finished, Spencer!” And
he tried to land a fist on Jake’s jaw, an attempt which
was deflected. Jake grabbed him by the shoulders and
threw him to the floor. Henderson tripped Jake, and
they rolled over, trading blows.
As the crowd gathered to watch the two
combatants, Sheriff Cortland and one of his deputies
pulled them apart. “What is going on here?”
Henderson pointed at Jake. “He was interfering
with my intended.”
Cat, who was watching with horror from the
sidelines, belted out, “I’m not your intended!”
The sheriff thought for a moment. “Mr. Henderson,
since you are who you are, I’m going to let you two sort
this out peacefully. If you can’t do it peacefully, I’m
putting you both in jail.”
By that time, Albert and John had joined them.
Henderson turned to Albert and pointed at Cat. “I wish
you would control your daughter.”
Cat felt her whole body tense with a desire to get a
gun and blow Henderson to kingdom come. “I can’t
take this any more!” she exploded. “Father, I told you
how I feel. If you insist on Mr. Henderson courting me,
I will have to move out.”
“Cat, listen—” Albert moved to put a hand on her
shoulder, but she shook him off.
“Leave me alone! Why can’t everybody leave me
alone!” She ran out the side door and into the carriage
lot, where she untied her mask, leaned on one of the
hitching posts, and burst into tears full of hurt, anger,
New releases anytime soon? I have a short mystery coming out. No release date yet. It’s with my characters from Prime Catch, Amos and Sarah Darcy.
Where can eager fans find you?
My web site is http://www.ilonafridl.com
About the Author: Ilona Fridl was born in sunny California where she spent the first twenty years of her life. Dreaming up stories took up a lot of her time. She then followed her parents to Wisconsin where she met her husband, Mark. They started a locksmithing business, but there were still stories in her head. Finally, she started putting them on paper―actually, a computer. The rest is history. She has an adult daughter and a granddaughter.
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Three couples. Three stories, where you can follow one pair from meeting to wedding day!
Spending a quiet Christmas housesitting and reading novels about hot cowboys sounds perfect to Caitlin Butler. Until a stray kitten brings her face-to-face with Noah, her crush from college. Watching the handsome vet in action melts Caitlin’s heart and brings back long forgotten emotion. She would be safer back at the house lost in the pages of a book. But a toe-curling mistletoe kiss tempts her to stay. Maybe she won’t be spending this Christmas… alone.
Veterinarian Noah Sullivan isn’t a Scrooge, but the Christmas Eve tradition of hanging mistletoe in the clinic’s waiting room annoys him. Kissing doesn’t belong at the Copper Mountain Animal Hospital. Noah rethinks his position when Caitlin arrives with a stray kitten she found freezing in the snow. All he wants now is to maneuver the pretty preschool teacher under the mistletoe. If he’s not careful, he’ll wind up on Santa’s naughty list.
She didn’t mean to kiss him…
When dude ranch wrangler Charlotte – aka Charlie – Randall kisses Zack Harris in an act of empathy, she falls hat over spurs for the handsome military veteran turned cowboy. Zack has too many demons, however, and refuses to get involved. A year later, he’s still stonewalling, and Charlie needs to move on with her life so she can find a fulfilling relationship, not frustrating unrequited love. Putting distance between them seems the best way to get Zack out of her head and heart…but that means quitting the job she loves and accepting a position in Colorado.
He didn’t mean to kiss her back…
Growing up, Zack longed for a real family, and had one with his squad while deployed in Afghanistan. Now, he’s back in the States and doesn’t want anything messing up his new ranch family, no matter how much he’s attracted to the sexy, hard-working Charlie. She could break his heart and ruin the comfortable working relationship they and the other wranglers enjoy. Besides, her friends claim she’s looking for the perfect guy, and perfect he’s not.
A kiss is just a kiss…or is it?
When Zack learns Charlie’s thinking about leaving the ranch, he decides to find her a boyfriend — someone so good, so perfect, she has a reason to stay in Montana. Until he realizes too late that the only cowboy he wants her kissing is him. Can he commit to love and convince Charlie not to leave? Or has she made up her mind to put the past, and the kiss that started it all, behind her and move on without him?
Longer: Event planner at the Bar V5 Dude Ranch, Meg Redstone is dreaming of a white Christmas with twinkling lights, sparkly decorations and strategically placed mistletoe. She loves making dreams come true for others, whether planning a holiday wedding or giving her young daughter the best Christmas ever.
Ranch foreman Tyler Murphy loves the holidays, but his newest employee has taken over his barn with her over-the-top decorations. He admires Meg’s desire to give her daughter the perfect Christmas while planning a winter wonderland wedding, but he wants to show her that a Montana Christmas is more than glitter and lights.
After raising his younger sister, an instant family is not on Ty’s Christmas wish list. But he finds himself falling hard for the single mom and her little girl. Meg, however, is not interested in a romance with a cowboy like Ty, or any man. Getting her under the mistletoe is going to take a Christmas miracle . . . or a little help from Santa.
Her gaze kept straying back to the man walking next to her.
And she knew with pulse-pounding certainty.
All the rationalizations of why romantic feelings didn’t matter and why she was better off alone than in a relationship disappeared like a snowflake being caught on a tongue. They mattered, and she wanted those things badly.
She hadn’t meant to fall for him, but she had. Hard.
A shiver raced down her spine. The realization was unexpected, scary.
He shot her a sideways glance, which she knew because she couldn’t drag her attention off him. “You, okay?”
“Just thinking.” Of course, he would sense something was up. That was part of his appeal. He got her. The way he understood her daughter, too. If there was one man out there who was what she needed and Brooklyn needed, that was Ty Murphy.
Feelings and desires long buried rose to the surface. She was ready to stop saying she didn’t want more, want him.
“Know what you want?” he asked.
Meg swallowed around the lump in her throat. “Excuse me.”
“What chocolates you’re going to get?”
She sighed with relief. She thought he’d read her mind. “Salted caramels for the guys. I’ll have to see what Sage has in the display case before I decide what I want.”
“You can have more than one,” Ty said.
“I might want only one.”
“It’s Christmas. Don’t be so cautious. Live it up.”
If only she knew where he stood . . . Dare she ask?
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
With a degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University, Melissa McClone worked for a major airline where she traveled the globe and met her husband. But analyzing jet engine performance couldn’t compete with her love of writing happily ever afters. Her first full-time writing endeavor was her first sale when she was pregnant with her first child! Since then, she has published over thirty romance novels with Harlequin and Tule Publishing Group. She’s also been nominated for Romance Writers of America’s RITA® award. When she isn’t writing, you can usually find her driving her minivan to/from her children’s swim practices and other activities. She also sends care packages to deployed service members and fosters cats through a local no-kill animal shelter. Melissa lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, three school-aged children, two spoiled Norwegian Elkhounds and cats who think they rule the house. They do!
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Sparks fly when a headstrong wrangler and an alpha park ranger are thrown together while he searches for evidence to stop the poacher killing animals in RMNP. When the monster turns his sights on Brittany, Joel discovers he’ll do whatever it takes to protect her—even give his own life.
Trust makes all the difference when love and danger collide.
Book 1 of the exciting Colorado Trust Series
Enjoy an excerpt:
Britt wasn’t sure what to think as Joel drove her back to Gina’s apartment. If Kelly wasn’t responsible for the tires, who was? Could it be the same person who’d keyed her truck?
Who hated her that much? Kelly was the only one who made sense.
She glanced over at Joel. He’d been quiet as he drove. His fingers kept flexing on the wheel and each car that approached cast his stony profile in stark relief. She wanted to go back to the teasing exchange they’d had on the phone earlier, but he was still mad at her for the confrontation at the store.
“Your friend Gina home tonight?”
“No. She texted me earlier to let me know she’s staying at Jackson’s one more night.”
“Then I’ll wait while you pack a bag. You’ll be staying at my place tonight.”
Again with the orders. Her stomach flipped over for a couple reasons. “Do you think that’s necessary? Aaron said not to go anywhere alone.”
“He also said this guy might be following you, in which case, I don’t want you alone at all. Not until we catch him.”
The severe tone of his voice sparked the anxiety she was trying to deny. Kelly she could deal with; someone else made the whole situation downright frightening. “You’re that sure it’s not Kelly?”
His hands flexed again. “I’m that sure.”
He wasn’t mad, she realized, he was worried. That didn’t help her nerves one bit, yet her heart warmed as she drew in a shaky breath. His concern strengthened her decision yesterday to give the connection between them a chance to flourish. And if her heart had any say, they might be able to make it last beyond the summer.
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Stacey Joy Netzel is an avid reader and loves all movies with a happily ever after. She lives in Wisconsin with her family, a couple horses and some barn cats. In her limited free time she enjoys gardening, canning, and visiting her parents in Northeastern Wisconsin (Up North), at the family cabin on the lake.
Website and Blog: http://www.StaceyJoyNetzel.com
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